Aussie scientist trialling coronavirus device hospitalised with magnets up nose

In a bit of funny news for the world this morning, an Australian scientist has been taken to hospital after getting magnets stuck up his nose.

The Melbourne astrophysicist was working on a invention to help stop the spread of coronavirus, which involved a magnetic necklace that would somehow be able to stop users from touching their face.

He’s told the BBC he was having a tough time trialling the product before having a break.

He was then just playing with the magnets themselves, sticking them to different parts of his face, before one of them became stuck in his nose.

“I started mindlessly placing the magnets on my face. First my ear lobes, then my nostrils – like a magnetic piercing,” he told the BBC.

“The problem was when I put magnets in my other nostril. They all pinched together, and the ones on my septum got stuck!”

“I started to get more and more stressed when I realised it wasn’t going to be trivial to remove them.

The man had to be taken to hospital to have the magnets removed.

To add to the hilarity, the man attended a hospital in Melbourne, where his partner works. A few of the doctors that know his partner were very entertained.

“They thought it was great, particularly the doctors that know my partner.

“They came past to have a laugh and ask ‘why were you putting magnets in your nose,” he told the BBC.

They were able to get the magnets out of his nose, and he’s all well and good now.

Overnight, he’s quickly become and internet sensation. He’s even shared a Guardian article of the incident on his own Facebook page just “in case you needed a laugh during these difficult times!”

Arrest Man

Man facing jail time after breaking self-isolation order four times

A man will face court today, charged with breaching isolation orders multiple times over the past couple of weeks.

The 30-year-old arrived at Sydney International Airport from Jordan on March 18, where he was advised to self-isolate for a 14 day period.

On Saturday March 20, he was arrested at Edensor Park for an outstanding warrant and granted court bail which included a condition that he obey the isolation orders.

He was then stopped out and about on Banksia Street in Pagewood on March 28 and slapped with a $1,000 fine for failing to comply with a Health directive.

Later that same say he was found on Pitt Street in the CBD where he was arrested and later charged for breach of bail and non-compliance.

The man was then directed to isolate at a serviced apartment at Camperdown, due to his failure to self-isolate at home.

He was taken there yesterday, before he was arrested again for attempting to leave.

The man was taken to Sydney City Police Station and charged with not complying with Public Health Order under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW). He was refused bail and will appear in Central Local Court today.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, says some people are just not getting the severity of the situation.

“This repeat offender’s reckless and selfish behaviour could have dangerous consequences to the community at large at a time when the vast majority are united to protect lives.

“I commend police on their continued efforts to ensure those who breach self-isolation directions face the full force of the law.

“This includes an on-the-spot fine of $1000 for individuals, and a maximum $11000 fine and six months imprisonment where a Court Attendance Notice is issued,” Minister Elliott said.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.


GC ELECTION | Where to vote, when to vote, and who you can vote for

There’s just one day left to get your early vote in for your next Gold Coast Council, with the electoral commission warning that voting is still compulsory.

Voters could be looking at a $133 fine if they don’t have their say in time.

There are eleven places around the coast to submit your vote before March 28, which is still going ahead despite worries about the coronavirus crisis.

So far, early voting numbers have skyrocketed, with voters wanting to get in before venues get too crowded.

Tonight, locations are open until 6.00pm, before tomorrow’s voting day.

Here’s a list of voting locations:

  • Tugun Community Centre (Activity Room), 414 Coolangatta Rd, Tugun
  • 6/53 Township Drive, Burleigh Heads
  • Fradgley Hall Community Centre, Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads
  • Albert Waterways Community Centre, Cnr Hooker & Sunshine Boulevard, Mermaid Waters
  • Show Society, Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, 115 Mudgeeraba Road, Worongary
  • Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre, 296 Nerang Broadbeach Road, Carrara
  • G4, Southport Community Centre, 6 Lawson Street, Southport
  • Runaway Bay Community Centre, Lae Drive, Runaway Bay
  • 4/54 Siganto Drive, Helensvale

For more information about voting centres, click here.

The Tugun location is also accepting votes for the Currumbin by-election.

Mayor Tom Tate was campaigning down in Tugun last week and said that the early voting locations are taking every precaution to ensure social distancing and cleanliness.

“Absolutely we wont allow more than 100 in there, and the hygiene – it’s being cleaned at the highest level.

“Public toilets around the place that were being cleaned twice a week are now being cleaned daily, to make sure that those facilities, whether its a library and the like, the hygiene standard is really increased,” Mr Tate said.

At this stage, the March 28 date is still going ahead, though voters are being urged to get along and vote, particularly the elderly and more vulnerable.

We’ve summed up all the candidates from every division, if you want to have a closer look at the people who are calling on your vote.

Here they are!

The hopeful Mayors

Division 1

Alberton, Cedar Creek, Gilberton, Jacobs Well, Kingsholme, Luscombe, Norwell, Ormeau, Pimpama, South Moreton Bay Island, Stapylton, Steiglitz, Woongoolba and Yatala.

Division 2

Helensvale, Hope Island, Monterey Keys, Oxenford, Sanctuary Cove and Studio Village.

Division 3

Coomera, Maudsland, Upper Coomera, Willowvale and Wongawallan.

Division 4

Biggera Waters, Coombabah, Hollywell, Paradise Point, Runaway Bay, South Stradbroke Island and Sovereign Island.


Division 5

Is uncontested, Peter Young will continue as councillor.

Division 6

Ashmore, Benowa, Bundall and Southport.

Division 7

Arundel, Helensvale, Labrador, Molendinar and Parkwood.

Division 8

Ashmore, Benowa, Carrara, Clear Island Waters, Merrimac and Nerang.

Division 9

Advancetown, Austinville, Bonogin Valley, Gilston, Lower Beechmont, Mudgeeraba, Natural Bridge, Neranwood, Numinbah, Reedy Creek, Springbrook, Tallai and Worongary.


Division 10

Broadbeach, Broadbeach Waters, Bundall, Isle of Capri, Main Beach, Paradise Waters, Sorrento, Surfers Paradise and The Spit.


Division 11

Burleigh Waters, Robina and Varsity Lakes.

Division 12

Burleigh Waters, Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Waters, Miami and Nobby Beach.

Division 13

Burleigh Heads, Elanora, Palm Beach, Tallebudgera and Tallebudgera Valley.

Division 14

Currumbin, Currumbin Waters, Currumbin Valley, Coolangatta, Bilinga, parts of Elanora, Kirra, Rainbow Bay, parts of Tallebudgera and Tallebudgera Valley, and Tugun.


More Aussies can be tested for coronavirus

More Australians can now be tested for coronavirus as even tighter restrictions come into place to slow the spread of the illness.

Anyone with a fever or acute respiratory infection who works in health care or aged care can now be tested for the virus.

So too can people living in areas with an elevated risk of community transmission, or where there are two or more plausibly-linked cases.

This takes in aged and residential care, rural and remote Aboriginal communities, detention centres, boarding schools, and military bases that have live-in accommodation.

The Australian Medical Association says the testing criteria should be even broader, so as to better understand the virus.

Australia has been placed into an even tighter lockdown as governments desperately try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Further restrictions on businesses, community facilities and public spaces came into effect at midnight.

Tasmanian independent senator Jacqui Lambie wants the nation to go into a full lockdown by midnight Friday.

“For goodness sake prime minister, we don’t want any more 35 minutes of your dribble, please make a decision that a leader would make,” she told Nine.

“Play it safe mate and put us into lockdown unless it is for essential services, please.”

Existing restrictions will inevitably lead to wider job losses as more businesses are forced to close.

Unprecendented scenes of thousands of people queuing at Centrelink offices around the country have underscored the scale of the issue.

Economists predict 814,000 Australians will be added to dole queues before the end of June.

A total of 2423 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Australia as at 3pm on Wednesday.

Australia’s death toll rose to nine after a 68-year-old man died in Queensland.

Of those with the virus, 197 people are in hospital with 17 in intensive care.

More than 169,000 people have been tested so far.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said one sick person could lead to 400 more contracting the disease within a month if they didn’t stick to distancing and quarantine measures.

All non-urgent elective surgery has been put on indefinite hold in a bid to free up capacity across the hospital system.

“The most urgent message … is to stay home if you’re sick, ” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

“Our instruction (to healthy people) is, more generally, stay home unless you’re going out for essentials.”

The government is sending text messages telling Australians: “Stop the spread, stay 1.5m from others, follow rules on social gatherings, wash hands, stay home if sick”.

Open house inspections and auctions are banned, as are personal services such as beauty therapy, waxing, tattoo parlours and massage.

Most community facilities will also close, including libraries, swimming pools, RSL clubs, galleries and community centres.

Weddings will be restricted to the couple, celebrant and two witnesses only, but funerals are allowed a maximum of 10 mourners.

State governments will also be policing social gatherings in public spaces and in people’s houses.

The government has also used biosecurity laws to ban Australians from travelling overseas.

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Prince Charles and Camilla

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus and is currently recovering in isolation at Balmoral Castle.

The Palace confirmed the shock news in a statement a short time ago.

“The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus,”  a Clarence House spokesman said.

“He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.”

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has also been tested but does not have the virus, the spokesperson confirmed.

“In accordance with Government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.

“The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing.”

Mystery surrounds where the 71-year-old may have contracted the virus from.

“It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks,” the statement says.