The ACCC has provided a second, conditional, interim authorisation for the Australian Banking Association (ABA) and banks to co-operate to provide supplementary relief packages for individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic could cost telecoms operators more than US$25 billion in lost revenue during the next nine months, with more than 650 million passenger trips to be cancelled due to the virus – accounting for over 80% of the anticipated international passenger trips that were previously forecast before the spread of the virus, according to one research firm.

The Australian Government says it has set reasonable expectations of energy companies to protect householders and small business customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will closely monitor retailer and network compliance with measures put in place by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

Faced with a shortage of equipment, a Canadian doctor has rigged up a ventilator to serve nine patients concurrently.

The telecommunications regulator ACMA says it is reviewing and adjusting its work programs so the communications and media sectors can prioritise their business-critical functions and continue communicating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University of South Australia has partnered with Canadian company to develop a "pandemic drone" that can remotely monitor and detect people with infectious respiratory conditions.

The Singapore Government has announced that it would provide the source code for an app known as TraceTogether which uses Bluetooth technology to track people who have been within two meters of coronavirus patients.

GUEST OPINION* by Andrew Huntley regional director ANZ and Pacific Islands Barracuda: In the face of growing concerns over the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), increasing numbers of Australian schools are closing and companies are encouraging employees to work from home.

GUEST CONTRIBUTION* by Adam Fuoss, vice president technical sales Silver Peak: As Australian businesses adapt to the changing dynamics of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the unprecedented shift toward remote working is creating a mass exodus of employees out of branch offices into their homes. Employees are quickly having to adapt to communicating and collaborating in new ways to maintain business productivity.

Australian clinical trials startup HealthMatch has released a global COVID-19 clinical trials tracker to map developments on research breakthroughs around the world.

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