"Some wild weather has affected large parts of WA, causing widespread damage and large-scale power outages." Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on social media.
Over half a million jobs were lost in Australia in April, the largest fall on record, raising the unemployment rate to 6.2 percent. Meanwhile the Reserve Bank of Australia expects the rate to increase to 10 percent.
The number of global coronavirus deaths has surpassed 237,000 with more than 3.3 million infections. Here are updates for May 1, 2020.
The coronavirus disease has infected almost 2.2 million people and killed nearly 150,000 globally since it first emerged in China's Wuhan. Here are the latest updates for April 17:
World Health Organization figures show the increase in new Covid-19 infections is now about 70,000 per day, up from about 50,000 just a few days ago. Here are the latest updates for March 30:
The novel coronavirus has spread to more than 170 countries, infected more than 205,000 people worldwide. More than 81,000 people have recovered so far, mostly in China.
AAP's more than 170 journalists will stop working by June 26. Its Pagemasters editorial production service will also close at the end of August, the company said.
Beijing reports 433 more cases of new coronavirus and a total of 2,744 deaths, while Australian PM Scott Morrison says the world is about to be gripped by "a pandemic of coronavirus."
The life expectancy for Aboriginal Australians is about eight years lower than the national average.
Addressing Australia's parliament on a landmark state visit, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo cast the two nations as would-be "Avengers" – "forces of good" uniting to defeat a "common enemy" and shared challenges.
Forecasts of rain expected to bring some respite but risk of landslides and water pollution grows, officials say. Meanwhile, a top climatologist says Australia could become so dry that its residents could become "climate refugees."
Bushfires ravaging Australia have provided a foretaste of the kinds of conditions that could become normal, says Richard Betts, Head of Climate Impacts Research at Britain's Met Office Hadley Centre.
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