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We’ve been doing a good job of slowing down the spread of COVID-19, but we still need to be really, really careful. From this Friday in New South Wales two adults will be able to visit another household together and they can bring their young children along too. It’s about giving people a break from social isolation which can be tough on your mental health. But the Premier has stressed people must continue to practise social distancing. Because there’s still new cases of COVID-19 in the community the state still needs to keep social distancing, especially when it comes to the elderly. If anyone feels even the tiniest bit sick they need to stay away from people. In New Zealand, they went for even tougher restrictions basically shutting everything down. They’ve had hardly any new cases recently so they’re easing restrictions too, with some non-essential people going back to work, outdoor activities being allowed and takeaway and delivery services resuming. Both countries have taken different approaches, but the message is the same – keep social distancing!

WILDLIFE FUND
There’s some good news for zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums! The Aussie government has announced a $95 million support package to help cover the costs of looking after their critters. Heaps of zoos and aquariums have had to shut their doors to visitors because of the pandemic, but the government is hoping the extra money will make sure parks can re-open when things go back to normal.

CAPTAIN COOK
This week marks 250 years since Captain James Cook landed in Botany Bay in New South Wales. The HMB Endeavour set sail from England on the 26th of August, 1768. At the helm was James Cook on his first voyage as captain of a ship. So, where were they going? Well, the main aim of the voyage was to travel to Tahiti via the coast of South America. But then, there was another task. A secret task. Before sailing from England, Cook had been handed confidential instructions by the admiralty to open when he left Tahiti. You see, for centuries Europeans believed there was a big mass of land in the South to “balance out” the big mass of land they knew existed in the North. They called it Terra Australis Incognita or “unknown southern land” and now it was Cook’s mission to find it. The Endeavour made its way to New Zealand or Aotearoa. Cook’s first encounter with Maoris didn’t go well and the crew shot and killed a number of people. They continued on and in April 1770 they spotted land again. This time it was the east coast of New Holland, as Australia was known to Europeans at the time. Though Indigenous people had been there for thousands of years, Europeans had never set foot on this side of the island before. And, like in New Zealand, the first encounters were often violent ones. For the next couple of months, the Endeavour and crew sailed up to the tip of Queensland, mapping the coast and claiming the land for the King of England. It had been a long and difficult three-year voyage and in 1771 the Endeavor arrived home again.

VIRTUAL TENNIS
The world’s top tennis players have put down their racquets and picked up their controllers for the Virtual Madrid Open. Andy Murray won his opening match!

ROBO WARNING
A robot in Singapore called O-R3 is sharing important messages to joggers by telling them to stay home.

2.6 CHALLENGE
People in the UK have been taking part in the 2.6 challenge, which was started on the day that the London Marathon was supposed to go ahead. It’s been postponed until October, but people all around the country have been taking it upon themselves to make up challenges that tie in with the number 2.6 or 26, which is the number of miles there are in a marathon.

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