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In Australia, the New South Wales premier says the state’s construction industry will “definitely” return by the end of July, but has suggested the state will not adopt Victoria’s model of capacity limits on work sites because they “cause confusion”.
The construction industry is urging the government to overturn its hastily announced shutdown of the construction industry amid warnings of a $2bn blow to the economy as builders across greater Sydney scramble to deal with fallout from the ban.
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Since early in the coronavirus pandemic, critics of unprecedented lockdown measures seen worldwide have argued that these interventions cause more harm than the disease itself. But an analysis of global health data suggests there is little evidence to support the idea that the cure is worse than the disease.
The analysis, published in the journal BMJ Global Health, considered claims that lockdowns cause more health harms than Covid-19 by examining their impacts on measures including death rates, routine health services and mental health.
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