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COVID-19 would “spread like wildfire” in prisons say legal advocates

COVID-19 would “spread like wildfire” in prisons say legal advocates

August 3, 2020

Overcrowding and social isolation leave prisoners vulnerable to COVID-19 but NSW Corrective Services...

For cultures hit by earlier pandemics, memory cues instinct to panic early

For cultures hit by earlier pandemics, memory cues instinct to panic early

July 7, 2020

The lockdown has reignited a lingering legacy of trauma for some, and laid down a new template for others, writes Connor Amor-Bendall for our special series Clayton 3168: Lockdown on the strip.

Life without a safety net: a student’s story

Life without a safety net: a student’s story

July 4, 2020

The pandemic has raised unique challenges for Australia’s international students, trapping some young people such as Teri Li in an economic and psychological spiral, writes Yuhan Zhang for our special series Clayton 3168: Lockdown on the strip.

Pandemic reveals a Chinese migrant's neighbours at their best and worst

Pandemic reveals a Chinese migrant’s neighbours at their best and worst

July 1, 2020

The racial slurs that began appearing on his social media feed dismayed Felix, owner a long-established Chinese restaurant on Clayton Road. But he says the pandemic has also delivered some quiet blessings. Duolin Li continues our special series Clayton 3168: Lockdown on the strip

Dr Rosie Gibson of Massey Wellington’s Sleep/Wake Research Clinic

Having Covid dreams? You’re not alone

July 1, 2020

Many people reported having unsettling dreams surrounding family members getting sick and being separated from loved ones, or strange dreams that make little sense.

A recipe for surviving a pandemic: luck, timing and reinvention

A recipe for surviving a pandemic: luck, timing and reinvention

June 29, 2020

When the coronavirus lockdown closed his beloved restaurant to diners, Michael Samsir had to use his ingenuity and build new connections to survive, writes Rosalee Kiely, continuing our special series Clayton 3168: Lockdown on the strip.

How young Greeks are bringing generations of worshipers together with the click of a button

How young Greeks are bringing generations of worshipers together with the click of a button

June 27, 2020

Social distancing laws have brought the young and old of Clayton’s Greek orthodox community closer than ever before. Latest in our special series ‘Clayton 3168: Lockdown on the strip’.

One stubby in four hours: how trade dried up for one small bottle shop

One stubby in four hours: how trade dried up for one small bottle shop

June 26, 2020

With sales down and bills mounting, there are fears it may be last drinks for some independent liquor stores unless loyal customers step in to help. Continuing our new series ‘Clayton 3168: Lockdown on the strip’.

Seventy days and counting: Surviving lockdown on a suburban shopping strip

Seventy days and counting: Surviving lockdown on a suburban shopping strip

June 25, 2020

Through the height of the coronavirus lockdown, a team of our reporters has been virtually knee-deep in one suburban shopping strip capturing stories of heartbreak and hope. Today we launch our series 'Clayton 3168: Lockdown on the strip'.

After weighing a range of issues, including safety, the Cedar Bakery team in Preston decided to wait a little longer before resuming table service. There were still Covid-19 cases turning up every day, said manager George Khoury. “We didn’t want to contribute to that.” Photos: Will C. Povey

Waiting on tables? Some cafes are in no hurry to resume normal service

June 12, 2020

The easing of lockdown restrictions, and a return to cafe service on 1 June, was keenly anticipated by many in highly caffeinated Melbourne. But the strings attached, and the lurking Covid-19 risk, have persuaded some businesses to sit tight and await the next stage.

“There is a cultural problem in medicine of perfection,” says Dr Kieran Allen, a psychiatry registrar with Monash Health. Image: Shutterstock

Behind the mask, the toll on doctors of a not-so-caring profession

June 11, 2020

The images are everywhere – doctors being heroic and stoic; tearful and angry; tireless and exhausted. The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed a glimpse into the often overlooked pressures of the medical profession.

Children who need respite or foster care are facing extra pressures during the coronavirus lockdown.

Virus poses an extra threat for vulnerable children

June 5, 2020

Children who need respite or foster care are facing extra pressures during the coronavirus lockdown, while a key role played by teachers is unavailable to vulnerable children.

University student journalism from Australia, NZ and the Pacific.
Project: Coronavirus