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5 Must-Reads of the Day: Domestic violence calls for help rise, 30 per cent of Aussies gaining weight during quarantine, survey finds most people want JobSeeker increase to remain after crisis and more

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5 must-read coronavirus global headline stories from around the world on May 5th, 2020.

1. Domestic violence “removalists” see a peak in calls for help

Ipswich-based removal company, Siaki and Sons, has been taking four domestic violence removal jobs a week.

But that number has spiked during coronavirus to about ten.

The reports fuel fears that stay-at-home orders would exasperate domestic violence.

Read more: Domestic violence removalists see more than double the calls from help than before virus

2. Almost a third of Aussies gaining weight during isolation, study finds

New research finds about 30 per cent of Australians surveyed are putting on weight during quarantine.

The weight gain was particularly pronounced among young adults.

The Australian Lockdown report found more than half of all millennials were eating more junk food, while a third of all those surveyed admitted they had put on weight.

Read more: Aussies putting on quarantine kilos

3. Calls for JobSeeker increase to remain after virus

Almost 60 per cent of Australians think the JobSeeker top up should stay in place even when the virus is over, new polling finds.

The payment has been doubled to about $1100 a fortnight but the government says it will return to $550 at the end of September.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the Government had been clear from the beginning that the measures were temporary.

Read more: Should JobSeeker increase remain after coronavirus? New polling shows Aussies think yes

4. Doctors find new dangerous coronavirus side effects

Health professionals around the world have been reporting patterns in symptoms not originally associated with the virus.

For one “Covid toe” has been the tag given to strange lesions on the feet, detected frequently in children.

But new reports from doctors indicate a more worrying symptom could come with coronavirus – blood clots.

Worryingly, the risk of a clot can remain long after respiratory symptoms subside.

Read more: Coronavirus could increase chance of blood clots, doctors say

5. China mocks US in bizarre lego cartoon

China’s state news agency Xinhua has released an animated video mocking the US over its response to COVID-19.

The video shows China taking precautions and warning the US about the virus, while the US – represented by a lego Statue of Liberty – calls the the Chinese “liars” throughout.

The back and forth shows the US “contradicting” itself, and ends with a sarcastic line that makes no qualms with mocking America.

“That’s what I love about you Americans,” the Chinese figure says.

“Your consistency.”

Read more: Chinese animated short points finger at “contradictory” Americans during coronavirus

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