No 10 accused of sidelining behaviour experts on latest Covid measures | Health policy

Senior scientific advisers have publicly accused the government of sidelining behavioural experts and appearing unwilling to listen to “uncomfortable truths” on vaccine passports and masks during the pandemic.The scientists told the Guardian that their input to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) was apparently no longer wanted owing to the expansion of in-house expertise.They … Read more

88 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death reported in Manitoba

88 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death reported in Manitoba

There are 88 new COVID-19 cases and an additional death reported in Manitoba on Friday. Among the latest cases, 53 are in unvaccinated people, while 12 people were partly vaccinated and 23 were fully vaccinated. While some double-dosed people are getting COVID-19, most are not getting seriously ill. Only five per cent of hospitalized Manitobans are fully vaccinated and … Read more

Amber list scrapped in shake-up of England’s Covid travel rules | Coronavirus

Rules for English travellers heading overseas have been significantly simplified, with the “amber” list of countries scrapped and the traffic light designation replaced with destinations listed as either “red” or OK for travel.The long-heralded shake-up of the travel regulations, announced by the Department for Transport on Friday, also included a reduction in the number of … Read more

75 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday, COVID-related hospitalizations increase

75 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday, COVID-related hospitalizations increase

OTTAWA — Ottawa Public Health is reporting 75 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday, the second time this week there have been 75 new cases of COVID-19 on a single day. Thirty-four of the 75 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday involve residents under the age of 20. Since the first … Read more

Do COVID-19 vaccines affect periods? Expert calls for investigation

Do COVID-19 vaccines affect periods? Expert calls for investigation

Share on PinterestThousands of women report that COVID-19 vaccines affect their period. AnanR2107/Getty ImagesCOVID-19 vaccines can cause several side effects, which are mostly mild. However, changes to menstrual cycles or unexpected vaginal bleeding are not among the listed side effects for any COVID-19 vaccines available in the United Kingdom or the United States.Despite this, thousands … Read more

Swiss impose new COVID-19 requirements for some travellers

Swiss impose new COVID-19 requirements for some travellers

People eat on a terrace during easing of lockdown measures against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Geneva, Switzerland, May 5, 2021. Picture taken May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseZURICH, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Travellers entering Switzerland who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recovered from the virus will need to provide a negative test … Read more

S’pore’s daily Covid-19 cases to hit 1,000 soon in ‘rite of passage’ before situation stabilises: Ong Ye Kung, Health News & Top Stories

S'pore's daily Covid-19 cases to hit 1,000 soon in 'rite of passage' before situation stabilises: Ong Ye Kung, Health News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – The majority of Covid-19 patients will now recover at home, rather than in hospitals or designated facilities, as Singapore braces itself for an exponential surge in cases over the coming weeks. This wave of infections was not unexpected and should be seen as a “rite of passage” for any country hoping to live … Read more

Singapore optimistic as severe COVID-19 cases remain low

Singapore optimistic as severe COVID-19 cases remain low

SINGAPORE, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Singapore, which has one of the world’s highest COVID-19 vaccination rates, is seeing encouraging signs that the number of severe cases is not rising at the same pace as new infections, a senior health official said on Friday.The country reported 910 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the most in 15 … Read more

China’s zero-Covid policy: An infected 4-year-old separated from his parents highlights its human cost

China's zero-Covid policy: An infected 4-year-old separated from his parents highlights its human cost

The video serves as a poignant reminder of the human cost of China’s prized zero-Covid policy, which has helped the country quell multiple resurgences of the virus. The elimination playbook consists of placing entire neighborhoods under lockdown, testing millions of residents in a matter of days, and swiftly isolating infected people and their close contacts … Read more

COVID updates: National Cabinet agrees to include vaccine status in check-in apps

COVID updates: National Cabinet agrees to include vaccine status in check-in apps

Analysis shows Australia has second-lowest cumulative rate of COVID deaths out of OECD nationsReporting by Stephanie DalzellFederal government analysis shows Australia has the second-lowest cumulative rate of COVID-19 deaths compared to other developed nations.The data looked at the 38 countries in the OECD.It shows Australia had just 0.75 deaths per 100,00 people between January and … Read more

UK scientist warns over relaxation of Covid travel rules | Coronavirus

One of the scientists behind the UK’s testing network for quickly identifying Covid variants of concern has urged the government to continue surveillance of coronavirus cases brought in to the UK from abroad.Alan McNally, a professor in microbial evolutionary genomics who worked on setting up the lighthouse laboratories, made the comments amid reports ministers are … Read more

COVID live updates: NSW to trial shorter quarantine periods for fully vaccinated arrivals, Glen Innes and Hilltops into lockdown

COVID live updates: NSW to trial shorter quarantine periods for fully vaccinated arrivals, Glen Innes and Hilltops into lockdown

Tumut paramedic lodges Supreme Court challenge to COVID-19 vaccine mandate(ABC News)A Riverina paramedic’s legal challenge to the requirement for all NSW health workers to have a COVID vaccine may not be heard before the mandate is due to take effect.A state government health order requires healthcare workers, including paramedics, to have their first dose of the … Read more

Pakistan receives another 4m doses of Covid vaccines

Pakistan receives another 4m doses of Covid vaccines

Another consignment of one million Sinopharm and three million Sinovac doses reached Pakistan on Wednesday, according to the National Disaster Management Authority. The vaccines have been handed over to the Ministry of National Health. Pakistan has immunised over 71 million people across the country so far. This accounts for only 25% of the total population. … Read more

Damon Thibodeaux: Wrongly convicted man dies of Covid-19, nine years after he was exonerated

Damon Thibodeaux: Wrongly convicted man dies of Covid-19, nine years after he was exonerated

“The nurse that took care of him said he was positive and very friendly. She was honored to take care of him. She said most people are hateful but Damon was not,” David Thibodeaux, Damon’s brother, told CNN. “That’s my brother. He is a very loving person.”Damon, 47, was wrongly convicted in Louisiana in 1997 … Read more

ACT records 30 new COVID-19 cases, a number Chief Minister Andrew Barr says is ‘simply too high’

ACT records 30 new COVID-19 cases, a number Chief Minister Andrew Barr says is 'simply too high'

The ACT has recorded 30 new cases of COVID-19, at least 14 of which were infectious in the community and with 11 not yet linked to other known cases.Eight people are in hospital with the virus, with one person in intensive care requiring ventilation.There are currently 245 active cases in the territory.ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr “regretfully” … Read more

IMF, World Bank urge more COVID-19 vaccination doses to go to poor countries

IMF, World Bank urge more COVID-19 vaccination doses to go to poor countries

WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and other multilateral-organization leaders on Thursday urged countries with high COVID-19 vaccination rates to boost efforts to send doses to low- and middle-income countries.Georgieva and the heads of the World Bank Group, World Health Organization and World Trade Organization expressed concern in a … Read more

COVID-19 surge forces health care rationing in parts of West

COVID-19 surge forces health care rationing in parts of West

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization.The decisions marked an escalation … Read more

Victoria records 510 local COVID cases and one death ahead of slight ease in restrictions

A person in a face mask walks across an empty suburban road on a blue-sky day.

Victoria has recorded 510 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and one death, as the state prepares for a slight easing of restrictions.Key points:Of the new cases, 386 are yet to be linked to known outbreaksFully vaccinated people in Melbourne and Ballarat will get slightly more freedoms when restrictions ease tomorrowThe ninth COVID-19 death of the current … Read more

Long Covid in children and adolescents is less common than previously feared | Coronavirus

Children and adolescents who are infected with Covid-19 rarely have symptoms that last for longer than 12 weeks, according to a review of international research.The review, published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, suggests that long Covid in children and adolescents is less common than previously feared.The review analysed 14 international studies involving 19,426 children … Read more

Canada’s Trudeau hammers main election rival’s COVID-19 approach

Canada's Trudeau hammers main election rival's COVID-19 approach

MONTREAL, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, seeking to carve out a lead ahead of a Sept. 20 election, on Thursday accused his main rival of showing weak leadership in the fight against COVID-19.Opinion polls show Trudeau’s center-left Liberals are tied with the right-of-center Conservatives led by Erin O’Toole and appear set … Read more

‘It’s a seller’s market for workers’: how Covid and Brexit have shaken up UK jobs | Trade unions

For employers struggling to find staff, Britain’s worst labour shortage in decades is seen as putting the economic recovery from lockdown at risk. For workers, it comes as a moment of opportunity.“For the first time in a generation, it’s a seller’s market for workers,” said Andy Prendergast, a national secretary at the GMB. The union … Read more

From crackpot Covid theorists to antivaxxers, hubris and fear haunt the wellness community | Brigid Delaney

It’s not unusual to meet people with alternative beliefs at a Sufi meditation course on a rooftop in Ubud. But when a mild, vaguely apologetic Australian woman in her mid-50s explained to me that she was responsible for her own breast cancer because she had repressed her needs and her sexuality and this repression had … Read more

Sask. schools have seen dozens of COVID cases since classes started this fall

Sask. schools have seen dozens of COVID cases since classes started this fall

Halfway through the first month of school, as many as one in five people testing positive for COVID-19 in Saskatchewan are children aged zero to 11. The province’s four biggest school divisions — Regina Public Schools, Regina Catholic Schools, Saskatoon Public Schools, and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools — have reported dozens of COVID cases combined … Read more

Iran approves U.S. firm J&J’s shot as it fights fifth COVID wave

Iran approves U.S. firm J&J's shot as it fights fifth COVID wave

Iranians wait to receive a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as cases spike, in a vaccination center in Tehran, Iran August 9, 2021. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS Sept 16 (Reuters) – Iran’s new government has approved use of U.S. firm Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ.N) COVID-19 vaccine, a senior official said … Read more

Vladimir Putin says dozens in Kremlin inner circle have Covid | Russia

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has said dozens of people in his inner circle at the Kremlin have tested positive for coronavirus, which has affected more than 7 million people in the badly-hit country.Earlier this week, the 68-year-old Putin said he was self-isolating after announcing an outbreak among members of his entourage.“Cases of the coronavirus … Read more

Covid spot checks in place at Molineux

Covid spot checks in place at Molineux

While UK Government made an announcement this week that they would not be enforcing a mandatory full Covid status certification from the 1st October 2021, the announcement did not rule out a future change to current guidelines should the NHS come under unsustainable pressure, with additional measures potentially including the possibility of mandatory vaccine-only Covid-status … Read more

England care homes ‘may be forced to close’ as Covid jab deadline looms | Social care

Care homes may be forced to close and thousands of staff risk losing their jobs if they decline to receive their first Covid-19 vaccine by the end of Thursday, ministers have been warned.Providers and unions have warned of an exodus of staff in England due to the government’s requirement for them to be fully vaccinated … Read more

U.N. says world likely to miss climate targets despite COVID pause in emissions

U.N. says world likely to miss climate targets despite COVID pause in emissions

A truck engine is tested for pollution exiting its exhaust pipe near the Mexican-U.S. border in Otay Mesa, California September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake/ZURICH, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The pace of climate change has not been slowed by the global COVID-19 pandemic and the world remains behind in its battle to cut carbon emissions, the … Read more

Ryanair plans to carry 225m passengers by 2026 in Covid rebound | Ryanair

Ryanair plans to fly an extra 25 million passengers a year by 2026, as the no-frills airline tries to take advantage of the industry’s slow recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.The Irish airline said it hoped to carry 225 million passengers annually by March 2026, 25 million higher than its previous target of 200 million, as … Read more

Putin to remain in COVID-19 isolation for days as dozens in entourage ill

Russia's Vladimir Putin self-isolates after COVID-19 found in entourage

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a meeting with athletes, participants of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, in Moscow, Russia September 11, 2021. Sputnik/Evgeny Biyatov/Kremlin via REUTERS MOSCOW, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he would have to spend “a few days” in self-isolation after dozens of people in … Read more

Victoria’s COVID restrictions are changing again. Here’s what they will be from 11:59pm Friday

Victoria's COVID restrictions are changing again. Here's what they will be from 11:59pm Friday

As Victorians hit the target of having 70 per cent of those aged over 16 single-dosed with a COVID-19 vaccine, some small changes are coming into effect.Here are all the new rules and restrictions from 11:59pm on Friday, September 17.Melbourne and Ballarat: MasksMasks must be carried at all times and must be worn both indoors … Read more

Europe’s low-cost airlines could have the edge in a post-Covid world

Europe's low-cost airlines could have the edge in a post-Covid world

Ryanair and EasyJet airplanes.Horacio Villalobos | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesLONDON — European low-cost airlines have clear advantages over larger flag carriers in a post-pandemic world, analysts have told CNBC, despite the massive support packages deployed from governments around the world.It’s been a bruising time for airlines as the coronavirus pandemic brought travel to … Read more

Alberta adds COVID-19 measures, vaccine passport in effort to prevent health-care system’s collapse

Alberta adds COVID-19 measures, vaccine passport in effort to prevent health-care system’s collapse

EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this article said Wednesday marked the second time Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It actually marked the third time such a declaration has been made. The line has been removed and we regret the error. The Alberta government introduced … Read more

ACT records 15 new COVID-19 cases, at least eight of which were infectious in the community

ACT records 15 new COVID-19 cases, at least eight of which were infectious in the community

The ACT has recorded 15 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19.Key points:At least eight of the new cases were infectious in the communityOne new case has been detected at Canberra’s jail, through routine monitoringActing Chief Health Officer Vanessa Johnston says some people had been knowingly infectious in the community during the outbreakAt least eight of the … Read more

Covid lockdown in Vietnam could keep coffee prices high through 2022

Covid lockdown in Vietnam could keep coffee prices high through 2022

Pots of coffee bean are seen at a coffee shop in Hanoi, Vietnam on August 15, 2012. Vietnam is one of the world’s top coffee producers and exporters.Hoang Dinh Nam | AFP | Getty ImagesVietnam’s Covid-19 lockdown has constrained the global supply of coffee — and coffee prices could remain “relatively high” through 2022, said … Read more

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: 13 new community cases – PM Jacinda Ardern and Dr Ashley Bloomfield

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: 13 new community cases - PM Jacinda Ardern and Dr Ashley Bloomfield

There are 13 new cases of Covid-19 in the community today – including a truck driver who left Auckland.The driver was tested after isolating for being a household contact of another case, director general of health Ashley Bloomfield said.The truck driver travelled to Hamilton, Cambridge and Tauranga but it’s unclear if he was infectious during … Read more

Queensland records one new locally acquired case of COVID-19

Palaszczuk looking smug.

Queensland has detected one new locally acquired case of COVID-19, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.The case was a student at St Thomas More College, which was linked to the Sunnybank cluster, and was in home quarantine, the Premier said.Ms Palaszczuk told state Parliament the student was not infectious in the community.”That student is in home quarantine and has not … Read more

Victoria records 514 new COVID cases as state on cusp of vaccination milestone

Victoria records 514 new COVID cases as state on cusp of vaccination milestone

Victoria has recorded 514 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, as regional communities in the state transition in and out of lockdown.Contact tracers have linked just 148 of the new cases to known outbreaks.There were 61,961 test results received on Tuesday, and 41,758 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run sites.Around 68.3 per cent of Victorians … Read more

L.A. to require COVID vaccines at bars, nightclubs, more

L.A. to require COVID vaccines at bars, nightclubs, more

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges in Los Angeles County under a forthcoming health order aimed at further armoring the region against the pandemic. The mandate, which will be issued by Friday, will require both patrons and employees to have at least one vaccine dose by … Read more

Overburdened Red Deer hospital forced to airlift COVID-19 patients to Calgary, Edmonton

Overburdened Red Deer hospital forced to airlift COVID-19 patients to Calgary, Edmonton

Critically ill patients are being airlifted out of Red Deer Regional Hospital as doctors and nurses from its various departments are recruited to care for patients on ventilators due to spiking COVID-19 cases in central Alberta. COVID-19 hospitalizations in Red Deer, Alta., have jumped 62 per cent (from 83 to 134 cases) and ICU admissions are up 31 … Read more

Manitoba offers 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine to immunocompromised people

Manitoba offers 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine to immunocompromised people

Manitoba will begin offering third doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines to immunocompromised people and to individuals who may choose to receive a third dose for travel purposes. Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead of the province’s vaccine implementation task force, made the announcement on Wednesday. “For those who are immunocompromised, two doses of the vaccine may not … Read more

Italy to make COVID ‘Green Pass’ mandatory for workers -minister

Italy to make COVID 'Green Pass' mandatory for workers -minister

ROME, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Italy is set to make its COVID-19 “Green Pass” mandatory for all workersfrom next month, a minister said on Wednesday, becoming the first European country to do so as it tries to accelerate vaccinations and stamp out infections.The pass, a digital or paper certificate showing someone has received at least … Read more

Ontario reports 593 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday

Ontario reports 593 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday

Ontario reported 593 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the vast majority of which have presented in people who are either not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unclear.  Here are some other key pandemic indicators and figures from the Ministry of Health’s daily provincial update: Tests completed in the last 24 hours: 33,220 Provincewide … Read more

Covid teams can vaccinate pupils against parents’ wishes, schools told | Schools

Healthcare staff can decide whether children get a Covid vaccine against the wishes of their parents, according to government guidelines published on Wednesday that left some headteachers fearing protests at the school gates.The guidelines say vaccinations for children aged 12 to 15 will be administered by School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) teams that already carry … Read more

Opinion | Presidential impatience with covid doesn’t excuse wielding extra-constitutional power

Opinion | Presidential impatience with covid doesn’t excuse wielding extra-constitutional power

Shortly before the pandemic unleashed by World War I killed him, Randolph Bourne wrote: “War is the health of the state.” This truism explains why the political class is so fond of martial rhetoric, waging “war” on poverty, drugs, cancer, terrorism, climate change, covid-19, etc. Today, some argue that Biden can mandate vaccinations because George … Read more

Covid kills a 9/11’s worth of Americans every three days. The vaccine mandate shouldn’t be controversial | Jill Filipovic

The Biden administration’s decision to require vaccinations for large segments of the workforce has been predictably controversial among Trump loyalists, vaccine deniers and rightwing media.It’s also the strongest moment of Joe Biden’s presidency.Leadership and strength are defined by moments like this one: a leader doing the right and necessary thing even when they know they … Read more

US coronavirus: 1 in 500 US residents has died of Covid-19

US coronavirus: 1 in 500 US residents has died of Covid-19

It’s a sobering toll that comes as hospitals in the US are struggling to keep up with the volume of patients and more children are grappling with the virus. In hopes of managing the spread and preventing more unnecessary deaths, officials are implementing mandates for vaccinations in workplaces and masking in schools.But with only 54% … Read more