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60 Minutes

May 3, 2020  |  Nine

Trading Blows It was an almighty slap. A few days ago Australia was described as chewing gum on the boot of China that needed to be scraped off on a rock. The insult came from an influential Chinese newspaper editor who is backed by the ruling Communist Party. Australia's crime? The Chinese think we're troublemakers because the Morrison government is calling for an independent inquiry into the origins and spread of coronavirus. It's fair to say Canberra's relationship with Beijing is currently fractured, but understanding why China is so defensive, not to mention petulant, can be difficult because the regime is so suspicious of the western media. However, in an exclusive and at times robust interview with Tara Brown, Professor Chen Hong, head of the Australian Studies Centre in Shanghai, argues the Chinese case. Sea Sick 'Coronavirus super spreader' is an unwanted label which is forever now attached to the cruise ship industry. In Australia, and all over the world, cruise liners have proven to be the perfect host for the disease. In confined spaces with lots of people partying, COVID-19 thrives. The companies which operate the ships say the wellbeing of their passengers is their priority, but on 60 Minutes, Tom Steinfort reveals how profits are the real captains of this industry. On the Right Track At the Nine Network, Richard Wilkins' high-profile job means he meets a lot of people. Six weeks ago he spent time with Hollywood royalty, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. He didn't know it then, but they seem to have given him more than a welcoming handshake and a great interview - he also got coronavirus. Wilkins was lucky. He didn't suffer symptoms, but when it was confirmed that he had the disease an incredible mission began, to track down all the people he'd had close contact with and determine if they had been infected too. Medicos, social workers and even military people were tasked with stopping this potential spread of COVID-19. But this wasn't special treatment just for Wilkins. Liz Hayes reports that there are extraordinary operations like this for every coronavirus case in Australia. The Cost of Living With the total dominance of the coronavirus pandemic in our lives, many of us now characterise the way we live as the "new normal". The truth is it's not normal. Nothing like it. The disease itself, the social distancing, the massive job losses and the world's blown-up economies are completely alien to us. Governments are throwing enormous amounts of money at the problem but it's still impossible to accurately calculate the human cost of this catastrophe. And as Sarah Abo finds out, there's a priceless quality that also needs to be factored into the equation - our extraordinary resilience. Update: Bianca She swears like a trooper and has a lightning left and right hook that would make a prizefighter proud. Bianca Saez is a very lively 27-year-old woman. She is also Australia's most recognisable sufferer of Tourette syndrome; in fact she's one of the worst cases in the world. Bianca lives with constant, uncontrollable tics combined with sudden outbursts of inappropriately colourful expletives. Tourette syndrome is, without question, an enormous burden, but the way she's getting on with her life is remarkable. For more than a decade Bianca has allowed 60 Minutes to tell her story publicly with the aim of increasing awareness about Tourette's. And now she has more inspiring news to share.

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60 Minutes

April 26, 2020  |  Nine

Intensive Caring To show the extraordinary effort that goes into the fight against coronavirus COVID-19, 60 Minutes has been allowed inside an Australian COVID-19 intensive care unit. It's the first time any media has been given access which is because it's one of the most dangerous places in the country. In these special wards, every day is a matter of life and death, and not just for the patients. The remarkable health professionals trying to save them also face enormous risks. Every Aussie has made sacrifices during this unprecedented time, but as Tom Steinfort discovers, the intensive caring by medical staff in these ICUs adds an entirely new perspective to this coronavirus crisis. Who's WHO? If you're on the wrong side of US President Donald Trump you certainly know about it, and right now, the focus of his fury is the World Health Organization. He accuses the WHO of being China's lapdog and says it's responsible for helping the communist regime hide the true extent of the coronavirus disaster. As punishment Trump has withdrawn American funding to the organisation. Australia too has questions about the WHO, specifically what it did in China and when? By comparison with the US leader though, our prime minister Scott Morrison is far more diplomatic. He wants a review of the WHO's role, but he's also proposed the health body be given additional powers, including the right to forcibly enter countries to avoid repeating the COVID-19 disaster. Liz Hayes asks the question - who exactly is the WHO? End of Trade With the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, one day is a long time. Consequently, it seems like an age has passed since Liam Bartlett reported 60 Minutes' first story about the disease. But it was actually only seven weeks ago when he went undercover at an Asian wildlife market; one of the very kind where it's believed today's deadly virus originated. His report from Bangkok was not only watched by millions of people around the world, it forced an extraordinary response. Thai authorities raided the market, shut it down, and took the animals they found to safety. This week the Australian agriculture minister David Littleproud demanded further international action, calling these types of markets a risk to human health and food production. Child's Play Everyone knows how successfully Kim Kardashian has proven that you don't need any particular ability to be famous. She's so good at the art of being a celebrity, she has 164 million followers on Instagram as well as another 100 million or so on Facebook and Twitter. And what follows followers is money. Heaps of it. It's a financial carrot that guarantees a plethora of Kardashian wannabes, many of whom are mini-moguls. As Sarah Abo reports, just like the child movie stars of a bygone era, it seems you're never too young to start posting in search of fame and fortune.

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