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Duterte gives ‘no joke’ mask cleaning tip – Australian Associated Press

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has told his people they should use gasoline as a disinfectant for protective face masks – and stressed that his advice was not a joke.

The outspoken leader last week made a similar remark about using petrol on masks if cleaning agents were unavailable, which his spokesman said was a joke and reminded the public that Duterte often says things in jest.

“What I said is true,” Duterte said during a televised address on…



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Vic Police issue 184 COVID breach fines – Australian Associated Press

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Another 184 Victorians have been slapped with coronavirus restrictions, including 58 for breaking curfew.

Among those fined were also 24 people fined $200 for not wearing masks in public.

Police checked 19,051 vehicles at checkpoints in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning and issued 16 fines as a result.

There were also 5127 spot checks on people at homes, businesses and public places across the state.

Among those picked up by police was a man who travelled from…



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Office work is not dead despite a mass shift to working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, toll giant Transurban says.

But more people are expected to stick to driving and avoid public transport because of health concerns even after COVID-19, according to a Transurban report.

The company surveyed 4500 across Australia and North America over six days in July, finding 25 per cent did not expect to return to their previous public transport…



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How close is SARS‐CoV‐2 to canine and feline coronaviruses? – Wiley

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Dear Editor,
Coronaviruses (CoVs) are enveloped positivesense RNA viruses that can infect a wide variety of species, including human beings and companion animals. The superior genetic plasticity of this virus family is responsible for an extensive host range and results from the accumulation of point mutations and recombination events (Buonavoglia etal . 2006, Brownlie & Sibley 2020). During the last two decades, three zoonotic CoVs have emerged that cross species barriers: severe acute re…

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