Romania remains vaccine sceptical despite surge in COVID-19 cases

Romania remains vaccine sceptical despite surge in COVID-19 cases

ADUNATII-COPACENI, Romania, Oct 11 (Reuters) – In leafy Romanian villages surrounding the capital Bucharest, few people realise one person has died from COVID-19 every six minutes in the country during the first 10 days of October, and vaccine scepticism remains high.These villages have some of the highest COVID-19 infection numbers and lowest vaccination rates in … Read more

Merck seeks first U.S. FDA authorization for COVID-19 tablet

Merck seeks first U.S. FDA authorization for COVID-19 tablet

The Merck logo is seen at a gate to the Merck & Co campus in Rahway, New Jersey, U.S., July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidOct 11 (Reuters) – Merck & Co Inc (MRK.N) said on Monday it has applied for U.S. emergency use authorization for its tablet to treat mild-to-moderate patients of COVID-19, putting it on … Read more

AstraZeneca antibody cocktail succeeds in late-stage study to treat COVID-19

AstraZeneca antibody cocktail succeeds in late-stage study to treat COVID-19

Oct 11 (Reuters) – AstraZeneca’s (AZN.L) experimental COVID-19 drug has helped cut the risk of severe disease or death in a late-stage study, the British drugmaker said on Monday, a boost to its efforts to develop coronavirus medicines beyond vaccines.The drug, a cocktail of two antibodies called AZD7442, reduced the risk of severe COVID-19 or … Read more

COVID live updates: Queensland reaches 70pc first dose vaccination rate as ACT closes in on 98pc

COVID live updates: Queensland reaches 70pc first dose vaccination rate as ACT closes in on 98pc

What do the health experts have to say about the lockdown ending in NSW?Epidemiologist Tony Blakley said in about 10 to 21 days, the government should assess how fast cases are increasing. If the data suggests cases will soon surge to about 4,000 a day or more (at which point over 2,000 would be on hospital on … Read more

Accused AFL grand final COVID rule-breakers Hayden Burbank and Mark Babbage ordered to face court in Darwin

Hayden Burbank and Mark Babbage

Two Melbourne men accused of falsifying documents to enter Western Australia to attend the AFL grand final have been ordered to face court in the Northern Territory. Hayden Burbank, 49, and Mark Babbage, 39 travelled from Darwin into Western Australia on September 22, allegedly claiming to be NT residents.The two were arrested just south of Perth and charged by … Read more

Vaccines prevent severe COVID-19, even from Delta: study

Vaccines prevent severe COVID-19, even from Delta: study

A represnetative image.PARIS: Vaccination is highly effective at preventing severe cases of Covid-19, even against the Delta variant, a vast study in France has shown.The research published Monday — focusing on prevention of severe Covid and death, not infection — looked at 22 million people over 50 and found those who had received jabs were … Read more

Texan vying for governor slams COVID vaccine mandates from hospital

Texan vying for governor slams COVID vaccine mandates from hospital

Oct 10 (Reuters) – Conservative firebrand and Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Allen West was receiving care for COVID-19 in a hospital on Sunday, he said on Twitter, noting that his experience with the illness had strengthened his opposition to vaccine mandates.West, 60, served as chairman of the Republican Party of Texas for less than a … Read more

Hunter records 82 new COVID cases as officials urge ‘Freedom Day’ caution

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The Hunter has recorded 82 new COVID cases on “Freedom Day” as the region continues to post some of the highest numbers in the New South Wales.Key points:There have been 1,768 cases of coronavirus in the Hunter New England Health District since August 5Hairdressers, gyms, and hospitality venues are welcoming back customers todayThe Deputy Prime Minister says Indigenous … Read more

Country sees lowest number of Covid cases since June 28 – Pakistan

Country sees lowest number of Covid cases since June 28 - Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The country reported the lowest number of Covid-19 cases in a single day since June 28. According to data of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 767 people contracted coronavirus and 19 patients died during the last 24 hours. The highest number of cases during the last over three months was reported on … Read more

Australian scientists fear job insecurity as morale plummets amid Covid, survey finds | Australia news

The coronavirus pandemic has had a stark impact on scientists, with widespread job insecurity, worker fatigue and plummeting morale prompting warnings many may leave the profession without more government support.An annual survey conducted by Science & Technology Australia and Professional Scientists Australia found an increase in staff fatigue in 71% of respondents – up from … Read more

‘Freedom Day’: Sydney reopens as Australia looks to live with COVID-19

'Freedom Day': Sydney reopens as Australia looks to live with COVID-19

A person in protective face mask walks along the harbour waterfront across from the Sydney Opera House during a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott’Enjoy the moment’, PM wishes Sydney residentsBusinesses can open with reduced capacityUnvaccinated to remain in lockdown until Dec 1SYDNEY, … Read more

Covid-19: Nearly all Pfizer vaccines in central storage must be used before January expiry date

Covid-19: Nearly all Pfizer vaccines in central storage must be used before January expiry date

Nearly a million Pfizer Covid vaccine doses are due to expire by the end of the January, but Medsafe says the vials will be used “well before” then. As many as 55,770 vials of Pfizer – each containing up to six doses – are due to expire before the end of the year. Another 101,790 … Read more

NSW COVID restrictions lifted, 5km bubble scrapped; pubs, clubs reopen

NSW COVID restrictions lifted, 5km bubble scrapped; pubs, clubs reopen

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said it’s been a long 100 days but the easing of restrictions is a major step forward to Sydney returning to pre-COVID conditions.“I just ask everybody to be patient, treat everyone with kindness and respect, you will have a lot of young people pulling beers, serving tables, there will be challenges … Read more

Victorian health authorities list more tier 1 COVID-19 exposure sites

A blue sign shows a hand with a phone and the words 'HAVE YOU CHECKED IN?'.

More venues in Melbourne and regional Victoria have been listed as tier 1 COVID-19 exposure sites.The new venues listed last night are:Woodend Primary School at 146 High Street, Woodend between 8:45am and 4:00pm on October 5 and 6Queen of Peace Parish Primary School at 62 Everingham Road, Altona Meadows between 8:30am and 4:00pm on October 5Virtual … Read more

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Auckland Hospital staff member tests positive

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Auckland Hospital staff member tests positive

The Ministry of Health has announced 60 new community cases of Covid-19 today along with updates on the positive case that travelled through Northland plus MIQ changes for Hamilton. Video / NZ HeraldA staff member at Auckland Hospital has tested positive for Covid-19.The Auckland DHB says the fully-vaccinated worker tested positive on Saturday.The DHB says … Read more

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Death notice says in lieu of flowers get vaccinated

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Death notice says in lieu of flowers get vaccinated

Chris Jacob is the mobile vaccination coordinator for Te Manu Toroa, and is running the temporary testing site at the Katikati Rugby Club today along with the DHB, and Nga Mataapuna Oranga provider network affiliates – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tamawharuia and Pirirākau Hauora. Video / Bay of Plenty TimesAuckland artist Ruth Cole is carrying … Read more

US coronavirus: The national rate of Covid-19 infections is declining. But some hospitals are still struggling to meet high demand, doctor says

US coronavirus: The national rate of Covid-19 infections is declining. But some hospitals are still struggling to meet high demand, doctor says

One doctor in Michigan said he’d seen headlines about Covid-19 progress but struggled to feel relief because his hospital remains overwhelmed with patients.”I had just worked a couple of shifts in a row where I had six, seven people sitting in the emergency department, waiting for beds at other hospitals that didn’t exist, waiting or … Read more

Life expectancy gap in England ‘a growing chasm’ exacerbated by Covid | Life expectancy

England’s richest people are living for a decade longer than the poorest, and the life expectancy gap between them has widened to “a growing chasm”, research has revealed.The difference in expected lifespan between the wealthiest and poorest areas has more than doubled since the early 2000s, an analysis of official data by the King’s Fund … Read more

Covid committee to decide on T20 World Cup matches: ICC

Covid committee to decide on T20 World Cup matches: ICC

The fate of Twenty20 World Cup matches if players test Covid positive will be decided by a committee and not by the member boards, the global governing body said Sunday. T20 cricket’s showpiece events begins October 17 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman with the International Cricket Council hoping for a smooth tournament amid coronavirus concerns. India’s … Read more

A Prayer for Our Next COVID Era

A Prayer for Our Next COVID Era

“When can I visit my immunocompromised daughter?”“Is it too risky to host an indoor birthday dinner for my 70-year-old husband?”My inbox overflows with sensible—yet unanswerable—questions.For the past 18 months, my patients have craved straightforward answers: a simple “Yes—it’s perfectly safe” or “Go for it. Have fun!” or even a “No, you absolutely cannot” to quiet … Read more

US workers overwhelmingly comply with Covid vaccine mandates

US workers overwhelmingly comply with Covid vaccine mandates

The vast majority of Americans subject to workplace vaccination mandates have complied with them, confounding predictions that such requirements would worsen labour shortages by prompting unvaccinated workers to resign en masse. New York state’s mandate for healthcare workers was one of the first and strictest mandates enforced to date — it included no option for … Read more

Students, staff on quarantine order can return to class if they have negative Covid-19 ART results, Parenting & Education News & Top Stories

Students, staff on quarantine order can return to class if they have negative Covid-19 ART results, Parenting & Education News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Students and staff  under quarantine orders can return to school from Monday (Oct 11) if they feel well and get a negative antigen rapid test (ART) result for Covid-19 the day before. With the new rules, quarantine orders, leave of absence or approved absence will no longer apply for primary and secondary schools, and … Read more

Victorian COVID-19 positive truck driver entered Western Australia, exposure sites identified

A close-up side-on shot of a woman wearing a face mask in front of a fence with a red COVID clinic sign on it.

Three Western Australian service stations are potential COVID-19 exposure sites after a Victorian truck driver who tested positive to the virus entered the state.Key points:A man in his 20s who visited WA recently has tested positive to COVID-19The truck driver was in the state for five daysService stations in Kewdale and the Goldfields are potential exposure sitesThe … Read more

Boy tests positive to COVID-19 in Adelaide after flight connected with Virgin Australia case

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A boy has tested positive for COVID-19 after being on the same flight as a Virgin Australia flight attendant who tested positive for the virus. Key points:A Virgin flight attendant tested positive for COVID-19 last weekSince then, a teenage boy on one of the same flights with the attendant has also contracted the virusMeanwhile, a truck driver with COVID-19 … Read more

Covid by numbers: 10 key lessons separating fact from fiction | Coronavirus

1 The UK was hit by more than 1,000 separate outbreaksGenomic sequencing has identified more than 1,000 different seeds of Sars-CoV-2 introduced in early 2020. Instead of one central outbreak, reverberating outwards like an explosion, we now know there were many erupting simultaneously across the country. There were far more imports of Sars-CoV-2 from France, … Read more

Azad Kashmir by-elections, Covid vaccination, dengue outbreak

Azad Kashmir by-elections, Covid vaccination, dengue outbreak

Here are some of the stories we will be following today, Friday, October 10, 2021. Pakistan has seen a steady decline in its coronavirus cases. In the last 24 hours, nearly 750 new cases were reported, while 19 people succumbed to the deadly virus. Sindh has made it mandatory for students above or of the … Read more

NSW Covid update: Perrottet flags reopening international borders ‘as quickly as possible’ | New South Wales

The New South Wales government has sent its strongest signal yet that it plans to resume international travel ahead of the date set by the commonwealth, with the state’s new deputy Liberal leader saying hotel quarantine was “fast becoming redundant”.Ahead of the state’s reopening on Monday after 106 days in lockdown, the NSW Liberals deputy … Read more

ACT records 30 new cases of COVID-19 as a Queanbeyan man dies from the virus in Canberra Hospital

ACT records 30 new cases of COVID-19 as a Queanbeyan man dies from the virus in Canberra Hospital

The ACT has recorded 30 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, while a Queanbeyan man has died from the virus in Canberra Hospital.Key points:At least six of today’s cases spent time in the community while infectiousTwo southern NSW men in their 50s have died from the virusToday was the first day during this lockdown that the ACT government … Read more

Fewer than 1,000 Covid cases reported for second consecutive day – Newspaper

Fewer than 1,000 Covid cases reported for second consecutive day - Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reported fewer than 1,000 cases of Covid-19 for the second consecutive day on Saturday as 955 more people were infected by the deadly virus and 29 died. According to the National Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC) data, there were 43,352 active cases as of Oct 9 and 2,744 patients were admitted to various … Read more

NSW records 477 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths

People getting a COVID-19 test

NSW has recorded it lowest daily number of locally acquired COVID-19 cases in nearly two months.The state recorded 477 new COVID-19 infections and six death in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.It’s the lowest daily number of new COVID-19 cases since NSW recorded 452 on August 17.The state now has 90.1 per cent of people aged over … Read more

Covid-19: Locations of interest in Delta outbreak for Sunday, October 10

Covid-19: Locations of interest in Delta outbreak for Sunday, October 10

Six sites in the Bay of Plenty town of Katikati have been added to the Covid-19 locations of interest on Sunday. The potential exposure sites have been revealed after a person who moved from Auckland’s Pukekohe to a rural area near Katikati tested positive for coronavirus. The Ministry of Health said the public health risk … Read more

COVID live updates: End of stay-at-home restrictions in sight as NSW readies to open up

COVID live updates: End of stay-at-home restrictions in sight as NSW readies to open up

COVID vaccine letters target GPs, pharmacists demanding they ‘cease and desist’ or face ‘punishment’GPs and pharmacists say they are facing a rise in harassment from anti-vaxxers including fake legal letters threatening to strip them of their indemnity unless they stop administering COVID vaccines to the public.Alvin Wee runs a vaccination clinic on weekends at his … Read more

COVID-19 hospitalizations could double within a month, new N.B. projections show

COVID-19 hospitalizations could double within a month, new N.B. projections show

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in New Brunswick could double within a month if contact rates don’t dramatically drop, new provincial modelling shows. Contact rate refers to the number of people an average person interacts with on a given day, times their chance of getting infected per contact, said Sanjeev Seahra, professor and chair of the University … Read more

The grief of Victoria’s COVID-19 pandemic is not being shared equally

A woman wearing a headscarf standing behind a house.

Muheden Elmi had survived years on the run from a government intent on killing him before he arrived in Australia.Key points:Community members have told the ABC at least 13 Somali-Australians died from coronavirus last yearPhotos of a makeshift hospital at the Melbourne Showgrounds scared several people away from seeking helpCulturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities … Read more

Jacinda Ardern facing biggest challenge yet as New Zealand switches to Covid suppression | New Zealand

This week, New Zealand’s locked down cities woke to a brave new world of lifted restrictions: state-sanctioned picnics in parks, the prospect of reopening schools, a chance to reunite with friends and family. Infusing the visions of grass-stained blankets and beach-side beers, however, is a strong dose of Covid anxiety. Cases continue to circulate in … Read more

Delays set to push Covid jabs for teens in England into Christmas period | Coronavirus

Delays to the Covid-19 vaccination programme for 12- to 15-year-olds could push immunisations into the Christmas period as local health teams target vaccine-hesitant parents with Zoom sessions and “mop-up” clinics are planned for isolating pupils who miss jabs in schools.Headteachers have called for more resources to speed up the scheme as it becomes clear that … Read more

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: New locations of interest – McDonalds, op shops, supermarkets, petrol stations

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: New locations of interest - McDonalds, op shops, supermarkets, petrol stations

Winston Peters makes allegations about the identity of the Northland Covid-19 case. Source / Newshub via TwitterTwelve new sites in Auckland and Hamilton have been added to the latest locations of interest list including supermarkets, dairies and a series of op shops.It comes after the Government last night shifted Northland into a four-day level-3 lockdown … Read more

Moderna, Racing for Profits, Keeps Covid Vaccine Out of Reach of Poor

Moderna, Racing for Profits, Keeps Covid Vaccine Out of Reach of Poor

Moderna’s market value has nearly tripled this year to more than $120 billion. Two of its founders, as well as an early investor, this month made Forbes magazine’s list of the 400 richest people in the United States.As the coronavirus spread in early 2020, Moderna raced to design its vaccine — which uses a new … Read more

US coronavirus: With more Covid-19 booster shots on the horizon, one expert says mixing and matching doses may be an effective approach

US coronavirus: With more Covid-19 booster shots on the horizon, one expert says mixing and matching doses may be an effective approach

“I hope that when the FDA and CDC review data around Moderna and Johnson & Johnson that they will allow a mix-and-match approach,” CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen said Friday. Vaccine advisers for the US Food and Drug Administration will meet October 14 and 15 to discuss applications for booster doses from Moderna and … Read more

Unions call for tighter Covid safety measures in schools | Schools

Unions have called on the government to stop “standing by” and reinstate safety measures at schools to prevent further disruption to education this winter as the rate of Covid surges among teenagers.The spread of the virus appears to be significantly outpacing the government’s vaccination programme, with one in 14 secondary school-age children in England infected … Read more

Australia braces for more COVID-19 infections

MELBOURNE:  Australia was bracing for more COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations, officials said on Saturday, even as it moves toward gradually easing pandemic restrictions with the vast majority of its people getting vaccinated against the virus. Sydney, in a lockdown for more than 100 days, is to ease some key restrictions for the fully vaccinated from … Read more

Those unvaccinated against Covid-19 can no longer eat at hawker centres, enter malls, from Oct 13, Health News & Top Stories

Those unvaccinated against Covid-19 can no longer eat at hawker centres, enter malls, from Oct 13, Health News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Unvaccinated individuals will no longer be able to dine in, go to shopping malls, hawker centres and coffee shops, or visit attractions from next Wednesday (Oct 13). However, unvaccinated children under the age of 12 can still do so. The Ministry of Health said on Saturday (Oct 9) that this is a move … Read more

South Australia records two new cases of COVID-19, including a woman who flew from Victoria to Adelaide

A woman with blonde hair wearing a black shirt speaks to microphones

South Australia has recorded two new cases of COVID-19.Key points:One case is a historical case in an Adelaide medi-hotelThe second case is a woman who flew home to South Australia from Victoria on FridaySA Health is working to contact eight passengers on board her Jetstar flightOne is a historical case from a man in his … Read more

Queensland Premier visits same location as COVID-infected person, reportedly missing them by an hour

Queensland Premier visits same location as COVID-infected person, reportedly missing them by an hour

The Queensland Premier attended the same location as a COVID-19 infected person earlier this week, reportedly missing them by an hour during her visit to the Gold Coast.Key points:Annastacia Palaszczuk visited the same Coolangatta café as a COVID-infected person on MondayThe café’s owners and staff are self quarantining, but the Premier was not required toThe wrong … Read more

Victoria Covid update: record cases as treasurer blasts PM’s lack of support for building sector | Victoria

Victorian businesses affected by the construction industry’s two-week shutdown will be given almost $200m in financial support, as the sector prepares to reopen.Victoria recorded 1,488 new cases of coronavirus in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, and two men aged in their 60s from Hume and the Mornington Peninsula have died.The Victorian treasurer, Tim Pallas, … Read more

US coronavirus: The country just surpassed 700,000 Covid-19 deaths

US coronavirus: The country just surpassed 700,000 Covid-19 deaths

The toll means the US continues to have more Covid-19 deaths than any other the country in the world, with Brazil, which has the second-highest number, reporting more than 597,000 deaths while India, third, reporting more than 448,000 deaths. The mandate will be a condition of in-person attendance for the six million students in the … Read more

N.S. reports 77 new cases of COVID-19 over past 2 days

N.S. reports 77 new cases of COVID-19 over past 2 days

Nova ScotiaThere have been 77 new cases of COVID-19 discovered in Nova Scotia since the last update on Wednesday.Latest figure includes new cases discovered since last update on WednesdayCBC News · Posted: Oct 01, 2021 4:46 PM AT | Last Updated: October 1Dr. Lisa Barrett discusses Nova Scotia’s proof of vaccination policyInfectious disease expert Dr. … Read more