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Dr Oran Rigby, founder and CEO of Akkure, developed a strong interest in the application of robotics and automation to medicine while working in Australia.

In March this year the digital health start-up Akkure Genomics launched CovidMedBot, a free online tool providing personalised risk assessment to help(...)

Protesters confront police at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne on September 5th during an anti-lockdown rally protesting the state’s strict lockdown laws as a preventive measure against  Covid-19. Photograph: William West/AFP via Getty

Protesters against a Covid-19 lockdown defied police in Australia’s hotspot on Saturday, prompting 15 arrests, even as the state of Victoria continued(...)

An empty Degraves Street in Melbourne. Stage four coronavirus restrictions are in force across metropolitan Melbourne including a 8pm to 5am curfew, people must remain within a 5km radius of their homes and an hourly limit on exercise has been introduced. Photograph: Erik Anderson/EPA

The man who sent Melbourne into one of the world’s harshest lockdowns hit a milestone recently. The premier of Victoria, Dan Andrews, gave his 50th s(...)

Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio. Photograph: Maddie McGarvey/New York Times

Ohio governor Mike DeWine has tested positive for coronavirus, just ahead of a planned meeting with US president Donald Trump. The Republican governo(...)

 Medical staff prepare to transport people from the St Basil’s Home for the Aged  which has had an outbreak of coronavirus disease, in Melbourne, Victoria. Photograph: EPA

The federal government in Australia has set up a specialist aged care response centre to address the surging number of Covid-19 cases spreading throu(...)

Dawn Bateman (right),  her husband Chris and children Samy and Pippa are pictured at their home in the Northern Territory in Australia.

Dawn Bateman grew up on the remote and beautiful Horn Head near Dunfanaghy in Co Donegal, attending Holy Trinity National School and later Pobalscoil (...)

Health advice notices are seen at Sydney International Airport. Photograph:  Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

I have just won a clean sweep in a two-test series. Those pesky New Zealanders remain tricky opponents but in these last two tests I was up against a(...)

Cars wait to cross the border at Gold Coast Highway checkpoint on the Gold Coast, Australia. Photograph: Albert Perez/EPA

An Australian state is toughening its punishments for anyone caught violating coronavirus quarantine rules, including up to six months in jail. The m(...)

Annette O’Donnell and her partner Michael Hillary: “It’s a bit eerie and sad opening this morning and having to take away tables and chairs.”

Annette O’Donnell has been through a Covid-19 lockdown once. Now, the Ballylanders, Co Limerick, woman is having to do it all over again at the Galtee(...)

Members of the Melbourne Fire Brigade (MFB) prepare to take food parcels to residents in a locked down public housing estate in Melbourne. Photograph: William West/AFP via Getty

Melbourne began a six-week lockdown on Thursday following a spike in new coronavirus cases, as states around the country tightened internal borders to(...)

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