Sindh relaxes Covid-19 SOPs, allows indoor dining

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Wednesday relaxed certain Covid-19 restrictions in the province following a decrease in the number of daily cases. Markets in the province, including Karachi, can now stay open till 10pm. Essential services such as pharmacies, grocery stores, bakeries and petrol pumps would be allowed to operate 24 hours a day. In … Read more

EU to donate another 200 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses

EU to donate another 200 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech during a debate on “The State of the European Union” at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Yves HermanSTRASBOURG, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The European Union will donate a further 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to poorer countries and close gaps in … Read more

Victoria records 423 new COVID cases and two deaths, as public transport shutdown planned

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Police will suspend part of Melbourne’s public transport system for six hours on Saturday in an attempt to thwart planned anti-lockdown protests.Key points:The bulk of Victoria’s 423 new cases are not yet linked to existing outbreaksA roadmap will be unveiled on Sunday, detailing a plan to ease restrictions over the next few monthsUnion leaders say they … Read more

Dr. Fauci fact-checks Nicki Minaj’s claims about COVID vaccines

Dr. Fauci fact-checks Nicki Minaj’s claims about COVID vaccines

Famed rapper Nicki Minaj’s false claims about the COVID-19 vaccines are being denied as the artist lands under hot waters for spreading misinformation.  In an appearance on CNN, immunologist and physician Dr. Anthony Fauci told host Jake Tapper that the rapper’s claims about the vaccines leading to impotency were false. “Is there any evidence that the … Read more

Covid curbs relaxed in 18 hotspots

ISLAMABAD: The government announced on Tuesday the opening of educational institutions as it lifted additional Covid-induced restrictions in 18 coronavirus hotspots in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkwha provinces out of a total 24. Planning Minister Asad Umar, who also supervised the national anti-Covid strategy, told a press conference that the Covid-related curbs would be relaxed gradually, but … Read more

Covid-19: Aucklander who fled level 4 lockdown to Whakatāne may face prosecution

Covid-19: Aucklander who fled level 4 lockdown to Whakatāne may face prosecution

Christel Yardley/StuffThe person is understood to have visited a number of retail premises in Whakatāne.An Aucklander who fled the city’s level 4 lockdown to go to Whakatāne this week may face prosecution. Police have confirmed they located the Aucklander overnight on Monday and the person was taken into custody. Senior Sergeant Al Fenwick told the … Read more

Obstetrician Gauthami Bhagwanani calls on pregnant women to get COVID-19 vaccine

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An obstetrician working in one Sydney’s COVID-19 hotspots has called on pregnant women to get vaccinated, saying it’s “heartbreaking” delivering babies pre-term and separating newborns from mothers because of the virus.Gauthami Bhagwanani is the birthing unit director at Liverpool Hospital and appeared alongside Gladys Berejiklian at the Premier’s COVID media briefing to describe what she had seen first … Read more

ACT records 13 new cases of COVID-19, as territory braces for another month of lockdown

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The ACT has recorded 13 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as the territory endures what Chief Minister Andrew Barr says is one of the “toughest moments” in Canberra’s history.Key points:Eight of today’s new cases were infectious in the community The ACT will today mark 75 per cent of people over 12 years of age vaccinated with one doseHealth authorities … Read more

Live Breaking News: NSW, Victoria lockdown easing restrictions and rising Covid cases

Live Breaking News: NSW, Victoria lockdown easing restrictions and rising Covid cases

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a surprise eased restriction as a reward for NSW reaching a major vaccine milestone.Hello and welcome to Wednesday’s live Covid coverage.NSW hospitality leaders are calling on Premier Gladys Berejiklian to provide more guidance around the plan to reopen pubs and restaurants to vaccinated residents, with fears owners could be exposed … Read more

Queensland records no new locally acquired COVID-19 cases as vaccination rollout extended to welcome walk-ins

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk speaks about COVID-19 in Parliament

Queensland has recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as the state government revealed the vaccination rollout will be expanded to encourage walk-ins this weekend.Key points:Hubs across Queensland will allow walk-in vaccinations this weekendQueenslanders aged 60 or older can now opt for the Pfizer vaccineAn extra 189,455 Pfizer doses arrived in Queensland this weekPremier Annastacia … Read more

Biden’s team tightens grip on state use of Covid antibody treatments

Biden's team tightens grip on state use of Covid antibody treatments

President Joe Biden has sharply criticized DeSantis and others for resisting efforts to encourage mask wearing and ramp up vaccinations, vowing in a speech last week that if “governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way.” Still, until recently, the administration had shipped … Read more

NEW: 35 COVID-19 deaths reported statewide, cases top 1,300

NEW: 35 COVID-19 deaths reported statewide, cases top 1,300

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Monday, Sept. 13 LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada reports 35 deaths — 25 in Clark County — and more than 1,300 new COVID-19 cases in data released today. Test positivity increased slightly statewide, moving from 11.3% to 11.5%. Clark County’s test positivity rate increased from 8.8% to 9.0%. And … Read more

Inside new COVID-19 battlegrounds of Sydney’s inner-city suburbs of Redfern, Glebe, Waterloo

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When Joanne Bostock was admitted to Royal Prince Alfred hospital last month for a kidney infection, she was given antibiotics and discharged.Key points:Glebe, Redfern and Waterloo have all been flagged as suburbs with increasing case numbersNSW Health says cases almost doubled in Redfern from 76 to 149A man who had spent time in Parklea prison is … Read more

Alabama health officials warn Saskatchewan: Don’t repeat our mistakes in COVID-19 battle

Alabama health officials warn Saskatchewan: Don't repeat our mistakes in COVID-19 battle

It has one of the country’s highest COVID-19 infection rates and lowest vaccination rates. Hospital admissions are soaring, with many surgeries and other medical care cancelled or delayed. For weeks, its medical community has called for indoor mask mandates and vaccine passports to curb the spread of COVID-19, but its political leadership repeatedly resists those calls, citing individual freedoms. This describes the situation in … Read more

The Guardian view on Johnson’s Covid plan: winter is coming, again | Editorial

As winter approaches, the good news is that we are in better shape than many people feared given the scrapping of almost all Covid restrictions over the summer. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) warns that we are entering a period of uncertainty, but says that we are increasingly unlikely to reach January’s peak … Read more

Giving Covid booster shots to healthy people is ‘not right,’ WHO says

Giving Covid booster shots to healthy people is 'not right,' WHO says

Nurse Mary Ezzat administers a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot to Jessica M. at UCI Medical Center in Orange, CA, on Thursday, August 19, 2021.Jeff Gritchen | MediaNews Group | Orange County Register via Getty ImagesWorld Health Organization officials called again for wealthy nations to stop distributing Covid vaccine booster doses in hopes of making more … Read more

Provincial officials to speak as Ontario sees 577 new COVID-19 cases

Provincial officials to speak as Ontario sees 577 new COVID-19 cases

Provincial officials are set to make an announcement about Ontario’s COVID-19 response at 1 p.m. Tuesday. You’ll be able to watch that live in this story.  Ontario reported 577 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and seven more deaths.  Of the new cases, 452 are among individuals who have either not been fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown.  Here … Read more

Colorado radio host who urged boycott of vaccines dies of Covid-19 | Colorado

Bob Enyart, a rightwing talk radio host in Colorado who urged people to boycott vaccines for Covid-19, has died of Covid-19.Enyart’s death was reported two weeks after the Denver Bible church said he and his wife had been taken to hospital.“Pastor Bob and Cheryl are in … good hands and improving daily,” the church said … Read more

Emergent to make Providence Therapeutics potential COVID-19 vaccine

Emergent to make Providence Therapeutics potential COVID-19 vaccine

A woman holds a test tube in front of displayed Emergent logo in this illustration taken, May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationSept 14 (Reuters) – Emergent BioSolutions Inc (EBS.N) signed a five-year agreement with Canadian biotechnology company Providence Therapeutics to develop and manufacture its COVID-19 vaccine candidate for about $90 million.Emergent will produce drug substances for … Read more

Heads threatened with legal action over Covid jabs

Heads threatened with legal action over Covid jabs

Another letter seen by BBC News, signed by “a concerned group of parents”, says: “Given the clear evidence that serious harm – or worse – can and does arise as a consequence of these experimental vaccines including to children, the school involved in the process of administration of Covid-19 vaccinations renders themselves liable to criminal … Read more

Over 50s to get booster shot as UK says COVID vaccines have saved more than 100,000 lives

Over 50s to get booster shot as UK says COVID vaccines have saved more than 100,000 lives

Booster shot recommended for all Britons over 50Third shot also eyed for vulnerable and some health staffWinter “could be bumpy at times”, health official saysLONDON, Sept 14 (Reuters) – COVID-19 vaccines have saved more than 112,000 lives and averted 24 million cases of the disease, British officials said on Tuesday as they recommended all vulnerable … Read more

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

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 14 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is self-isolatingas a precaution after several members of his entourage fell ill with COVID-19, but is “absolutely” healthy … Read more

Additional Covid-19 curbs lifted in 18 districts of KP, Punjab and Islamabad: Asad Umar – Pakistan

Additional Covid-19 curbs lifted in 18 districts of KP, Punjab and Islamabad: Asad Umar - Pakistan

Federal Minister for Development, Planning and Special Initiatives Asad Umar announced on Tuesday the lifting of additional non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) in 18 of 24 districts where the restrictions were enforced earlier this month in the wake of high coronavirus prevalence. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Umar, who also heads the National Command and Operation … Read more

Girl and mother with COVID-19 transferred to Adelaide hospital from Broken Hill

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A girl sick with COVID-19 has been flown to Adelaide for treatment, accompanied by her mother, who also has the virus.Key points:A 13-year-old girl and her mother have been transferred to AdelaideThe girl is being treated for a non-COVID related illnessThere are 10 active coronavirus cases in South AustraliaNSW Far West Local Health District chief executive Umit Agis said the … Read more

Tuesday briefing: Go-ahead for Covid boosters as winter nears |

Top story: PM to signal opposition to further lockdownsHello, this is Warren Murray with your trusted first read of the day.Boris Johnson is to confirm the start of a booster jabs programme for the over-50s, while government scientists have approved vaccinations for older schoolchildren. In an address this afternoon, the prime minister is expected to … Read more

Canberra’s lockdown extended until October 15 as ACT records 22 new COVID-19 cases

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The ACT’s lockdown has been extended for another four weeks until October 15, Chief Minister Andrew Barr has confirmed. Key points:The ACT has recorded 22 new COVID-19 casesThere will be a phased return to face-to-face learning, beginning with year 12 students at the start of term 4 The ACT has been in lockdown since August 12 The extension of the lockdown … Read more

14 Covid deaths in Punjab – Newspaper

14 Covid deaths in Punjab - Newspaper

LAHORE: Punjab reported 14 more Covid deaths during the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 12,223 across the province. Primary and Secondary Healthcare Secretary Imran Sikandar Baloch said the overall positive rate was recorded 6.3 per cent in Punjab. The average positivity rate was recorded 12pc in Lahore, 7pc in Rawalpindi, 9pc in Faisalabad … Read more

Coronavirus Vaccination Rates Decline in Illinois After Summer Upswing – NBC Chicago

Coronavirus Vaccination Rates Decline in Illinois After Summer Upswing – NBC Chicago

After a run of increased vaccinations across the state, likely caused by concerns over a delta variant-driven surge in COVID cases, vaccination rates are rapidly declining, decreasing by more than half in the last 10 days. On Sept. 1, the state was averaging more than 40,000 new COVID vaccinations a day over a seven-day period. … Read more

NSW records 1,127 COVID-19 cases, two deaths

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NSW recorded 1,127 new locally acquired COVID-19 infections and two deaths in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.A man in his 50s from Western Sydney, who had no underlying health issues, died at Concord Hospital.A woman in her 80s from Western Sydney died at Ryde Hospital.The areas of concern remain in Western and south-western Sydney, in Auburn, Greenacre, Bankstown, … Read more

5 new COVID-19 cases announced in P.E.I.

5 new COVID-19 cases announced in P.E.I.

P.E.I. reported five new COVID-19 cases Monday, four of them related to the recent outbreaks at two of the province’s schools. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said in a briefing four individuals were under 19. Three of the new cases were children at West Royalty Elementary, all of whom were in close contact with cases announced this weekend … Read more

Coronavirus latest: US Covid hospitalisations stay under 100,000 for third day

Coronavirus latest: US Covid hospitalisations stay under 100,000 for third day

Job interviews can be tricky at the best of times. Throw in a sudden need for them to be conducted online and there is an extra layer of difficulty for both candidates and interviewers. For Elizabeth Conley of The Interview Skills Clinic, the pandemic has meant a change in both what she is training candidates … Read more

Boris Johnson to confirm Covid booster jabs for over-50s in UK | Vaccines and immunisation

Boris Johnson is to confirm the start of a booster jabs programme for the over-50s on Tuesday after government scientists finally approved vaccinations for older schoolchildren.Setting out a widespread acceleration of the vaccine programme before what ministers concede will be a difficult second winter coping with the virus, the prime minister will also signal his … Read more

More destinations added to CDC’s ‘very high’ Covid-19 travel risk list

More destinations added to CDC's 'very high' Covid-19 travel risk list

(CNN) — Island destinations from the Caribbean Sea to the Indian Ocean joined a handful of Eastern European countries among the latest places deemed “very high” risk for travel by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Mauritius, Albania and Serbia on Monday moved to the “Level 4: Covid-19 … Read more

COVID-19 live updates: Over 243,000 kids test positive in 1 week, nearly setting new record

COVID-19 live updates: Over 243,000 kids test positive in 1 week, nearly setting new record

More than 243,000 children tested positive for COVID-19 last week, marking the second-highest week ever for pediatric cases, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.Students arrive at Ambridge Area Senior High School on the first day of Pennsylvania’s mask mandate for K-12 schools and day care centers on Sept. 7, … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: ‘Spike’ of 122 new cases reported, province holds live update

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: cases reported at Plaster Rock, Campbellton schools

New Brunswick has recorded a big bump in positive COVID-19 cases related to Campbellton and Moncton clusters as multiple schools and daycares are closed Monday. The province announced 122 new cases of the virus Monday, accumulated over the weekend. Positive cases have been detected in 11 schools and three childcare facilities in the Moncton, Fredericton and … Read more

How will the Covid vaccine rollout to 12-to-15-year-olds in UK work? | Coronavirus

After months of uncertainty, the UK’s four chief medical officers have said that Covid-19 vaccinations can be offered to all 12-to-15-year-olds. How was the decision made, how will the vaccines be rolled out, and what difference will they make?What were the UK’s chief medical officers asked?Ministers asked the CMOs for advice on whether to offer … Read more

After long delay, Congo’s Tshisekedi receives COVID-19 vaccine

After long delay, Congo's Tshisekedi receives COVID-19 vaccine

Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo addresses a press conference after the G20 Compact with Africa conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany August 27, 2021. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoKINSHASA, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi has received his first dose of the Moderna (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine, the … Read more

UK children aged 12 to 15 to be offered Covid jab | Coronavirus

Children aged 12 to 15 will be given Covid vaccinations, the UK’s four chief medical officers have decided, setting aside the view of the government’s vaccine watchdog that the clinical benefits of such jabs were too minimal to justify them.In a decision that will relieve ministers, who hope a mass programme of vaccinating older children … Read more

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Positive cases travelled on the Western train line

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Positive cases travelled on the Western train line

Auckland’s level 4 lockdown has been extended but Cabinet has made an in-principle decision to shift the region down to level 3 at 11.59pm on September 21. Video / NZ HeraldThe Ministry of Health has released a number of new locations of interest, including several trips on the Western train line, with the most recent … Read more

Everest to bring Canadian biotech’s potential COVID shots to China, other markets

Everest to bring Canadian biotech's potential COVID shots to China, other markets

A medical worker prepares to administer a dose of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine to a man at a vaccination site, during a government-organized visit, in Beijing, China January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia RawlinsBEIJING, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Shanghai-based Everest Medicines (1952.HK) said it signed a licence agreement with Providence Therapeutics to make and sell … Read more

Primark’s sales fall short as COVID continues to take toll

Primark's sales fall short as COVID continues to take toll

Signage is displayed outside a Primark store at the Oxford Street, in London, Britain July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKayPrimark Q4 underlying sales seen down 17% on two-year basisUK sales hurt by ‘pingdemic’Group still raises full year profit forecastShares down 3.4%LONDON, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Sales at fashion retailer Primark fell short of management expectations in … Read more

The Delta Variant Is Causing Concern Over Long COVID, Even For The Vaccinated : Shots

The Delta Variant Is Causing Concern Over Long COVID, Even For The Vaccinated : Shots

Weeks after getting sick from COVID-19, Kathleen Hipps is still experiencing symptoms, even though she was fully vaccinated. Kathleen Hipps hide caption toggle caption Kathleen Hipps Weeks after getting sick from COVID-19, Kathleen Hipps is still experiencing symptoms, even though she was fully vaccinated. Kathleen Hipps Like millions of others, Kathleen Hipps thought she was … Read more

UK cancels Covid vaccine deal with French firm Valneva | Coronavirus

The UK government is to pull out of a deal with the French pharmaceutical company Valneva to purchase its Covid-19 vaccination, the company has said.The move will come as a blow to the vaccine manufacturing site in Livingston, West Scotland, which was visited by the prime minister, Boris Johnson, in January.About 100m doses of the … Read more

China moves to contain fresh Covid outbreak in south-east Fujian province | China

China is pushing to contain a coronavirus outbreak in the south-eastern Fujian province with measures including mass testing, suspended transport services and closures of bars and cinemas.There were at least 85 cases recorded in Fujian province as of Monday. That figure includes symptomatic and asymptomatic cases, which Chinese authorities count separately.The South China Morning Post … Read more

School in Melbourne’s inner north defends stance on remote learning despite COVID-19 outbreak

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The founder of a Melbourne primary school at the centre of a COVID-19 outbreak has defended the decision to invite parents to send their children during lockdown, saying it is not on the “lunatic fringe”.Key points:The Fitzroy Community School campus has been listed as a tier 1 exposure siteThe school’s founder says parents were given the … Read more

Covid-19 vaccine Australia rollout tracker by state: total number of people and per cent vaccinated, daily vaccine doses and rate of progress | Australia news

Australia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout began in late February. Here we bring together the latest figures to track the progress of the rollout and Covid vaccination schedule. The data shows the total doses given in Australia, people vaccinated in Australian states and the percentage of the population who have received one dose or are double dose … Read more

ACT records 13 new COVID-19 infections, as vaccination bookings open for 12-15-year-olds

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The ACT has recorded 13 new COVID-19 cases.Of the new cases, only two were in quarantine for their entire infectious period.Ten people spent some time in the community while infectious, while the isolation status of one person is still under investigation.There are nine people with COVID-19 in hospital in the ACT, with three in intensive care and one person on … Read more

Queensland records two locally acquired COVID-19 cases in Brisbane students linked to Sunnybank cluster

Queensland records two locally acquired COVID-19 cases in Brisbane students linked to Sunnybank cluster

Two Brisbane school students have tested positive to COVID-19 but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says authorities are a “lot more comfortable” about the state’s most recent outbreak.Key points:The cases from the Sunnybank cluster have been in home quarantine38 per cent of eligible Queenslanders are now fully vaccinatedThe vaccination program has opened for 12- to 15-year-oldsMs Palaszczuk said the local … Read more