Time, teamwork put WA on front foot in viral fight

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Hard-border closures and a partial lockdown in WA are providing medical researchers with the opportunity to explore potentially life-saving COVID-19 treatments. Recent data suggests Australia as a whole is doing a good job of reducing the rate of new COVID-19 infections and managing to flatten the curve. However, of all states and territories, Western Australia has stood apart for its comparatively aggressive response to the disease in recent weeks, implementing strict border controls and expanding its testing criteria. Those measures have contributed to the caseload in WA currently standing in the hundreds, with little evidence to indicate sustained community transmission…

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Stella McCartney joins Victoria Beckham in furloughing staff

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Fashion designer Stella McCartney has furloughed hundreds of her staff and asked those who remain working to take a pay cut during the coronavirus crisis. McCartney will use taxpayers’ money offered as part of the Government’s job retention scheme to pay salaries, in a move similar to Victoria Beckham, who has been slammed for furloughing people despite her £335million fortune. One employee said staff were ‘extremely hurt’ by the decision taken by McCartney, who has a personal fortune estimated at more than £60million. ‘What she has done is morally wrong and socially unacceptable,’ said one of the workers who has…

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