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Here's what you need to know today, May 18, 2020

ACM, the publisher of this website, has journalists in every state and territory in Australia and below we bring you the best of our content from across our network today.

We hope it can help you find your path during this strangest period in our lives.

Here are some quick links to the key content today:

One death: NSW announces new public transport rules

There has been one new case and another death in NSW in the past 24 hours, after NSW's first weekend under slight more normal conditions.

And, as the working week begins, the Berejiklian Government has turned its attention to managing public transport, and says it will try to keep the trains, buses and ferries at around 20 per cent capacity as people return to work.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she had been pleased with people's behaviour over the weekend, announcing the single new case found among almost 6000 tests.

More than 1.3 million people seek super relief

Future Super co-founder Kristin Hunter.

Future Super co-founder Kristin Hunter.

The number of people seeking to raid their retirement nest egg to help them get through the deep economic downturn is climbing.

More than 1.3 million have applied for early access to their superannuation under the emergency scheme set up by the government, potentially wiping $10 billion off accumulated retirement savings.

More than 662,000 applied for relief in the scheme's first week of operation, beginning April 20, and that number climbed to more than one million by the end of the second week before reaching 1.344 million on May 10.

McDonald's closes 12 outlets over virus-positive freight driver

McDonald's has closed 12 restaurants across Victoria and more than 200 staff have been told to be tested after a freight delivery driver tested positive for coronavirus.

All 12 outlets will be shut and deep-cleaned after being visited by the driver, who was asymptomatic and unaware he had COVID-19, The Age reported.

"We have made the decision to close and conduct a deep clean of 12 restaurants in Victoria, following confirmation a truck driver for an external service provider has tested positive for COVID-19," a McDonald's spokeswoman said.

Working from home will be the last restriction to change

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews

As children go back to school and sports get ready to restart, there is one aspect of pandemic life that will not change anytime soon: working from home.

The states are trying to open up the economy as much as is safe, while preventing a repeat of the number of people who used to pack onto trains in peak hour.

That means even those in regional areas have been told that working from home is likely to be one of the last things to change.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Monday that it was critical in controlling the spread of the virus as other restrictions lifted.

"The chief health officer is very clear that one of our greatest challenges, one of the greatest risks, is if everyone simply comes back to the office," he said.

Man pleads guilty to trafficking MDMA

A Portland man has pleaded guilty to trafficking MDMA after police uncovered close to 1000 pills en route to his house via domestic mail.

Joel Norman, 27, of Coolibah Court, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to possessing anabolic steroids and attempting to traffick MDMA.

The court heard Norman was arrested in October last year and remanded in custody where he remained for 165 days before being released on bail in early April.

On October 22, a package intercepted at Australia Post's Melbourne distribution centre was found to contain 997 MDMA tablets, the court was told.

We may never beat virus: Qld's top doctor

Queensland's chief health officer has warned the coronavirus may never be eradicated, as health officials work to avoid a possible outbreak at an aged care home.

The North Rockhampton Nursing Centre remains in lockdown after a nurse tested positive to COVID-19 on Thursday.

The woman returned to work while awaiting the results and despite having symptoms.

Health Minister Steven Miles and Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young arrived in the central Queensland town on Monday.

Epidemic chief warns against countries hogging virus vaccine

Jane Halton, who chairs an international vaccine coordination group. Picture: Karleen Minney

Jane Halton, who chairs an international vaccine coordination group. Picture: Karleen Minney

The head of an international group coordinating coronavirus vaccines has warned against "vaccine nationalism", saying she fears for what happens once a vaccine is found.

"As soon as there's a vaccine I fear that we may not be quite as all in it together as we have been," Jane Halton, a former top bureaucrat in Australia who now chairs the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation, headquartered in Norway, said.

The World Health Organisation would have "a crucial role to play in being very clear about who should get this vaccine first", she said.

Marist brother jailed for second time

The Warrnambool victim of pedophile Marist brother Gerard McNamara, known as "The Rat" by students, has welcomed his fourth criminal sentencing for sex offences.

The County Court has released audio of Judge Chris Ryan's sentencing of Brother McNamara, aged in his early 80s, to a 35-month jail sentence.

He will serve an immediate seven months with the remaining 28 months to be suspended.

"As a victim of Brother McNamara I can say that going through the court process has allowed me to see life in a new light," the Warrnambool victim said on Monday.

This story Here's what you need to know this Monday first appeared on The Canberra Times.