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The Informer: Outbreak grows slowly, but there's still hope

Perisher opened early for skiing and snowboarding on Friday, one week before its traditional opening on the June long weekend. Picture: Shutterstock
Perisher opened early for skiing and snowboarding on Friday, one week before its traditional opening on the June long weekend. Picture: Shutterstock

The Victorian coronavirus outbreak has grown again, with another five cases bringing the total number of infected people to 70.

Three of the five new cases announced on Saturday are direct primary close contacts of existing contacts. The good news is they have been in quarantine for the entire time they have been infectious.

But another two cases have not been linked to any known cases and were infectious in the community.

Victorian contact tracers are focusing on the Craigieburn shopping centre, where one of the "unlinked" cases may have overlapped with other positive cases known to have been at the centre.

NSW, meanwhile, has recorded no new cases of locally acquired COVID-19, despite identifying a raft of exposure sites on the South Coast, Gundagai and Goulburn earlier this week.

Another location was added to the list on Saturday, with anyone who had visited the Foodworks at 152 Sheridan Street, Gundagai between 11am and midday on May 19 urged to monitor for symptoms.

It's just another reminder that the travel situation in Australia can change at any time, and travellers need to keep up to date with advice and exposure sites in places they may have visited.

It will be welcome news, no doubt, that Australians aged 40 and over will be able to get their COVID-19 vaccine from next week, after the Commonwealth moved to expand eligibility for the vaccine rollout.

However, plenty of skiers and boarders have managed to navigate the ever-changing travel situation in Australia to make the early opening of the ski season, with an early blast of winter weather making it possible to get snow guns going.

Perisher, the country's largest ski resort nestled in the Snowy Mountains, officially opened early for skiing and snowboarding on Friday, one week before its traditional opening on the June long weekend.

And, finally, have you ever felt "hangry"? That irritated and grumpy period where you're both hungry and angry?

Well, you might not be alone. Researchers have observed the same behaviour in fruit flies.

The study, published in Animal Behaviour, indicates that male fruit flies, which feed on decaying fruit, grow ever more combative the longer they go without food - to a point.

The quarrelsome behaviour plateaus after 24 hours, the research by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Oxford University suggests.

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