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Lively Adelaide on Strikingly. Coronavirus: Australian scientists first to recreate virus outside China. Image copyright PETER DOHERTY INSTITUTE FOR INFECTION AND IMMUNITY Scientists in Australia have become the first to recreate the new coronavirus outside of China in what they have called a "significant breakthrough".
The discovery will be shared with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the hope it may help efforts to diagnose and treat the virus. Scientists in China have also recreated the virus and shared its genome sequence, but not the virus itself. The outbreak has killed 132 people in China and infected close to 6,000. There are at least 47 cases confirmed in 16 other countries, including in Thailand, France, the US and Australia.
Researchers at a specialist lab in Melbourne, Australia, said they were able to grow a copy of the virus from an infected patient. "We've planned for an incident like this for many, many years and that's really why we were able to get an answer so quickly," said Dr Mike Catton of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. Hope of 'game changer' Factcheck: is New Zealand hypocritical to reject Australia's climate accounting? Coalition MPs and the Australian newspaper have accused the New Zealand government of hypocrisy over its objections to Australia’s use of what are known as carryover credits to meet climate targets under the Paris agreement.
Are they right? What’s the issue? The Australian published comments by four Coalition backbenchers suggesting New Zealand’s climate change minister, James Shaw, was a hypocrite for saying there had been an “allergic reaction” in the international community to countries wanting to use an accounting measure to meet their 2030 climate target under the Paris agreement. There is no question Shaw was referring to Australia: it is the only country planning to use the measure – carryover credits claimed for having emitted less than previous self-set targets – under the Paris agreement.
The backbenchers said New Zealand government was itself relying on carryover credits, in this case to meet its 2020 target under the Kyoto protocol. Who was quoted and what did they say? No Australian Has Won an Australian Open Singles Title Since the ’70s. Can Barty? MELBOURNE, Australia — In downtown Melbourne, Ashleigh Barty is nearly impossible to avoid.
Her image adorns posters not just for tennis apparel but also for things like sunblock, watches and even Vegemite, the savory spread that is an Australian classic. The displays embody a hope — unfulfilled for more than 40 years — for someone from the host country to win an Australian Open singles title. Now, Barty is two wins away as the top seed in the women’s tournament, with Simona Halep as the highest-seeded potential opponent in a draw that has lost many top players. Halep, the No. 4 seed who could meet Barty in a final, is scheduled to play in a quarterfinal on Wednesday. Given the history of others falling short in the face of high expectations at home, it makes sense that Barty has tried to stay within the tennis bubble to avoid seeing the hype (beyond members of her team sending her photos of posters when they see them in the city).
Barty said she could do without all the attention. Australia's internet ranks below India, Kazakhstan, Kosovo. The ranking from Speedtest's Global Index puts Australia behind India, Kazakhstan and Kosovo on the worldwide rankings.
But Australia remains narrowly ahead of Peru, Belize and Madagascar. Australia's fixed broadband speed is 41.7 megabits per second, well below the global average of 73.5. Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland pointed out that Australia's fixed broadband internet is half China or New Zealand's speed. "The Liberal Party promised its multi-technology mix would be faster and cheaper, yet they have delivered a network which costs more to build, more to run and does less," she said in a statement. "Regrettably, relative to developed global economies, Australia is not anywhere near where it should be.
" Top of the list is Singapore, where fixed speed is five times faster than Australia's. Hong Kong, Monaco, Romania and South Korea round out the top five. As for slowest, Turkmenistan's internet is glacially slow at 1.71 Mbps. Canberra fires: capital of Australia faces out-of-control bushfire – as it happened.