Multiple million Australians at the moment are out of labor, in keeping with the most recent labour pressure knowledge, which reveals the unemployment charge is now 7.5%.

Though seasonally adjusted employment elevated by 114,700 folks between June and July, and hours labored elevated 1.3%, the unemployment charge in July edged up from 7.4% in June.

The survey was accomplished earlier than Victoria applied the stage 4 lockdown in an effort to comprise a second wave of coronavirus infections within the state, so the month-to-month result’s seemingly extra rosy than the present actuality:


Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Olivia Colman have welcomed a donation from Amazon Prime Video to a fund which the actors launched to assist help theatre professionals whose livelihoods have been threatened by the pandemic.

Amazon mentioned it could give $6m to help the European movie, TV and theatre manufacturing group get by the disaster.

The primary awards are £1m to a Covid-response fund created by the movie and TV charity; and £500,000 to the theatre group fund spearheaded by Waller-Bridge, Colman and their Fleabag producer Francesca Moody:


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The Chinese language chief, Xi Jinping, has launched a marketing campaign focusing on a brand new enemy of the nation: meals waste.

“Waste is shameful and thriftiness is honourable,” Xi mentioned in a speech revealed on Tuesday, describing the quantity of meals that goes to waste within the nation as “surprising and distressing”, in keeping with the state information company Xinhua.

Quoting a poem, he mentioned: “Who is aware of that of our meal within the dish, each grain comes after arduous toil?” He added: “We must always nonetheless preserve a way of disaster about meals safety. The affect of this yr’s Covid-19 pandemic has sounded the alarm.”

The give attention to meals waste comes after weeks of mass flooding throughout the nation worn out crops, contributing to rising meals costs – already larger after the Covid-19 outbreak paralysed the Chinese language economic system.

Confronted with commerce tensions with the US and different international locations, meals safety – at all times a precedence for China – has change into much more essential. As a lot as 20% to 30% of China’s grains are imported, in keeping with estimates:


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A world-leading parasite researcher has warned there could possibly be critical penalties for Australia if the drug ivermectin have been for use extensively within the therapy of Covid-19, saying “there isn’t any sturdy, strong proof that ivermectin gives advantages in opposition to the illness”.

Dr Carlos Chaccour, from the Barcelona Institute of International Well being, has been finding out ivermectin for greater than a decade and spoke after studies the anti-parasitic drug might deal with Covid-19.

On Tuesday the Nationwide occasion MP David Gillespie referred to as for ivermectin for use off-label – that’s, for situations for which it has not been authorized by regulators – to deal with the virus.

It’s the newest in a line of medicines being promoted by some commentators as “protected” and “authorized” as a result of medication regulators such because the Therapeutic Items Administration in Australia and the Meals and Drug Administration in america have mentioned they’re protected for treating sure well-known and studied situations.

However this doesn’t imply the identical medication are protected when used to deal with Covid, particularly since many sufferers have weakened immune programs and co-morbidities:


Right here’s the complete story on the most recent from New Zealand:

Covid-19 could have been circulating locally for weeks, New Zealand’s prime well being official has mentioned, as 13 new group circumstances have been confirmed – all linked to the 4 circumstances introduced on Tuesday.

The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, mentioned the rising cluster in Auckland, now totalling 17, “would worsen earlier than it will get higher”.

Thirty-six circumstances at the moment are energetic within the nation, together with these in managed quarantine amenities. One of many new circumstances introduced on Thursday was on the Mount Albert grammar college in Auckland, and was confirmed to be a relative of a earlier case. The contaminated scholar attended class on Monday, and native well being authorities mentioned they have been contacting and isolating round 100 shut contacts that they had whereas at college:


Australian state of Victoria data 278 new circumstances, eight deaths


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