Informer: So much anger and shouting as others just struggle to breathe

Anti-lockdown protesters gathered in Melbourne on Saturday despite current COVID-19 restrictions prohibiting outdoor gatherings. Picture: Getty Images
Anti-lockdown protesters gathered in Melbourne on Saturday despite current COVID-19 restrictions prohibiting outdoor gatherings. Picture: Getty Images

As the Covid active case numbers worsened in NSW on Saturday, protests again broke out across Melbourne and Brisbane.

Yet while all this shouting and spitting is going on - and pity the poor police who have to cop the spray of what is certain to contain infection of one type or another - people elsewhere are sitting patiently in quarantine patiently waiting it out, and others are on ventilators struggling to breathe.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus was spreading out into the regions with the Murrumbidgee Local Health District recording its first case since last year after a woman tested positive.

Annie Lewis from the Border Mail has reported the woman tested positive after visiting locations in Lake Cargelligo and Hillston while infectious on Monday, August 16.

A major outbreak in Shepparton, Victoria, has set in train a series of added restrictions.

Thousands of people in the town and surrounding areas have been forced into isolation and several school campuses have closed after a man in his 30s tested positive on Friday.

The North West Star reported how local community sports were abruptly shut down and kids told to put their footy boots back in the cupboard.

The Shepparton cluster has centred on three large families with children at three local schools.

Over in the west, there was a heart-warming tale of entrenched community issues being slowly upturned and fresh paths forged.

It has been eight years since a teenager in foster care in the Peel region of WA has gone on to secondary education or even complete an apprenticeship.

But that streak ended when 16-year-old Chloe Fial decided to study hairdressing.

The teenager choked back a few tears when she recounted to Claire Sadler from the Mandurah Mail how much her foster parents had done for her by keeping her, and her younger brothers, all together as one family.

"She is my mum. She has done everything for me, been there for me, given me a room, a bed, and food," she said.

"But the best thing that has happened is she has kept my family all together. My younger brothers and I are a package deal and I wouldn't have it any other way."

We're eating more supermarket produce while in lockdown but farmers are not seeing their share, according to a report in The Macleay Argus.

The cost of vegetables increased 5.5 per cent in the third quarter over the previous quarter, with some products reaching premium prices in the Sydney supermarkets, yet a long, long fiscal journey from the farmgate.

Lebanese cucumbers were selling for up to $11.90/kg in Sydney supermarkets in early August, with growers were receiving about $5/kg, equating to a 140 per cent mark up.

Red Delicious apples retailing for $3.90/kg were going for 83c/kg at the farm gate.

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