Today’s top headlines are a bit of a mixed bag, but as usual the Covid-19 pandemic is dominating the news cycle. As Victorians keep their fingers crossed for a reduction in cases, leading to a loosening of lockdown restrictions, the state recorded 51 new cases on Thursday and a further seven deaths. Meanwhile Queensland recorded no new cases.
And the coronavirus pandemic has had an effect on many people in more ways than one, with a new study revealing two in five Australians have consumed more alcohol since the pandemic started back in February. The Global Drug Survey Covid-19 Special Edition results were released on Wednesday and showed that 39 per cent were drinking more compared to before Covid-19, whereas 37 per cent were drinking less. Meanwhile, 17 per cent reported no change to their drinking habits, while 7 per cent reported a mix of effects.
In international news, all eyes are on the Trump Administration after the US President seemingly admitted to deliberately downplaying the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year in a series of interviews with investigative journalist Bob Woodward.
The NY Post reports that Trump spoke to Woodward on the record on 18 occasions for his new book Rage, and told him: “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
And finally, there is some good news doing the rounds today – for a change! Two men who went missing onboard a boat off the coast of South Australia on Sunday have been found alive! The ABC reports that Tony Higgins, 57 and Derek Robinson, 48, made contact with a family member and with police last night, just hours after police called off their search.
The men were reported missing on Sunday, and had not heard from since Friday. However one of the men called a family member and Victor Harbor police at around 10pm last night to confirm that they were both safe and well.
“They seem to be in relatively good health and good spirits,” Senior Constable Matt Brown said. “We’re just trying to provide updates of exactly where they are so we can help them and tow them and their boat to safety.”
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