NSW to spend $130 million on mental health as state records 301 cases of locally acquired COVID-19, 10 deaths

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The NSW government has pledged $130 million in support for mental health in the wake of the pandemic, as the state recorded 301 cases of locally acquired COVID-19.Another 10 people died in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday. The new cases were detected from 69,107 test results received yesterday.NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the announcement of funds for services, beds, … Read more

Reddit r/HermanCainAward posts stories of anti-vaxxers dying of Covid

Reddit r/HermanCainAward posts stories of anti-vaxxers dying of Covid

Sarah Ostrowski was convinced to finally get vaccinated after reading numerous stories on Reddit’s r/HermanCainAward of unvaccinated people dying from Covid-19.Courtesy of Sarah OstrowskiFor most of the pandemic, Sarah Ostrowski went to her full-time gas station job in Indiana, accepting the risk of being unvaccinated. Many times a day she interacted with customers and even … Read more

Chicago Launches Series of COVID Vaccine Clinics to Boost City’s Vaccination Numbers – NBC Chicago

Chicago Launches Series of COVID Vaccine Clinics to Boost City’s Vaccination Numbers – NBC Chicago

The city of Chicago is stepping up its efforts to boost COVID vaccination numbers before the end of the year, and numerous local organizations are hosting vaccine drives in the coming week. The drives are part of a new initiative called “Project Chicago 77,” which is aiming to ensure that at least 77% of Chicago … Read more

Packers elevate WR Juwann Winfree for gameday as COVID-19 replacement

Packers elevate WR Juwann Winfree for gameday as COVID-19 replacement

The Green Bay Packers elevated WR Juwann Winfree (juh-wann) from the practice squad to the active roster for gameday as a COVID-19 replacement. The transaction was announced Saturday by General Manager Brian Gutekunst. Packers T Dennis Kelly (back) has been downgraded to OUT for Sunday’s game against Chicago, and will not travel with the team. … Read more

COVID symptoms: How many COVID survivors suffer side effects/

COVID symptoms: How many COVID survivors suffer side effects/

A new study suggests that more than half of COVID-19 survivors end up with long-term symptoms of the coronavirus. Researchers reviewed 57 studies that included more than 250,000 unvaccinated adults and children who were infected with the coronavirus from December 2019 to March 2021. Patients were reviewed one month after infection, two to five months … Read more

Moderna COVID vaccine booster shot gets an early thumbs up, but it’s not a done deal. What to know

Moderna COVID vaccine booster shot gets an early thumbs up, but it's not a done deal. What to know

Moderna’s COVID-19 booster shot isn’t approved yet. Sarah Tew/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites. The Food and Drug Administration hasn’t given the Moderna booster shot approval yet, but a Thursday recommendation by an independent advisory committee for the FDA is a promising start. … Read more

Britain records 43,423 new COVID cases, 148 deaths

Britain records 43,423 new COVID cases, 148 deaths

Health workers and volunteers handle lateral flow test samples and record results as students take coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests at Harris Academy Beckenham, March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleLONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Britain reported 43,423 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, government statistics showed, with the total number of cases recorded between Oct. 10 and Oct. … Read more

Covid ‘vaxathon’: over 2.5% of New Zealanders get jabbed in one day | Coronavirus

New Zealand’s “Super Saturday” of Covid vaccinations has proved a hit, with more than 2.5% of the population responding to the call to get jabbed on a single day.The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, set an ambitious goal of administering 100,000 shots on the day, aiming to push vaccination rates towards her 90% goal.But New Zealanders … Read more

County-by-county look at COVID-19 in Virginia; which areas saw biggest jumps Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

County-by-county look at COVID-19 in Virginia; which areas saw biggest jumps Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

RICHMOND, Va. — The health department reported 14,779 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the +238,872 total tests processed over the past week. That brings Virginia’s total number of coronavirus cases to 902,938.As of Friday’s update, 37,767 (+503 from the Friday before) people had been hospitalized and 13,391 (+316) people had died as … Read more

The Children Who Lost a Parent to COVID-19

The Children Who Lost a Parent to COVID-19

Throughout the pandemic, media outlets and online dashboards have provided constant updates on the number of people who have died from COVID-19. Far less prominent—but just as striking—are the tallies of those left behind.According to an estimate published recently in the journal Pediatrics, at least 140,000 American children had lost a parent or caregiver because … Read more

‘Uncomfortably high level’ of Covid-19 cases

'Uncomfortably high level' of Covid-19 cases

Health Service Executive Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry has said while there is an “uncomfortably high level of cases” of Covid recorded each day, they are not converting “as badly as they previously did” into hospitalisations. Speaking on RTÉ’s Brendan O’Connor, he said the risk of Covid-19 cases translating into hospitalisations has “greatly weakened”. … Read more

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta variant: Super Saturday Vaxathon vaccination drive sees record numbers jabbed

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta variant: Super Saturday Vaxathon vaccination drive sees record numbers jabbed

Watch: Kiwis have smashed the government’s ‘Super Saturday’ goal of 100,000 vaccine doses today – and Auckland should hit the 90 per cent first-dose target in the next five days.Finally we can say it, Aotearoa.Hooray for high numbers.On Saturday almost 130,000 Kiwis joined Team Jabbed when they took a wee needle in the arm and … Read more

Long Covid: what are you entitled to if you can’t work in the UK? | Long Covid

Since falling ill with Covid-19 in March 2020, Sara Hawthorn, 38, has been experiencing extreme fatigue and other problems, such as trouble concentrating and brain fog.“I can’t work or focus,” says Hawthorn, who lives in Leeds and runs her own PR agency. “I’m constantly forgetting. I can’t trust my brain.”Hawthorn at first tried to conserve … Read more

NCOC eases Covid-induced restrictions

One-day weekly closure of businesses ends, shrines, cinemas open for vaccinated people ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) eased some of the coronavirus-induced restrictions nationwide, in the wake of fall in the number of new cases of Covid-19, and the stepped-up vaccination campaign. On account of a low-risk outlook of the disease, the … Read more

Washington State trooper who died of COVID hadn’t been vaccinated yet, family says

Washington State trooper who died of COVID hadn’t been vaccinated yet, family says

By Seattle Times staff reporter Washington State Patrol Trooper Eric Gunderson, who died from COVID-19 at age 38 last month, was unvaccinated but likely would have gotten a vaccine this fall, family members said in a statement Friday. Gunderson was best known for leading the State Patrol’s part of the Amtrak 501 investigation, when a … Read more

Northern Territory Covid: ‘Nightmare choices’ facing the Top End

Northern Territory Covid: ‘Nightmare choices’ facing the Top End

One part of Australia was ridiculed for bringing in some of the toughest Covid rules in the world, but they’re on the edge of a disaster if the virus gets in.This week, the Northern Territory attracted global attention as it unveiled some of the most stringent Covid-19 vaccine rules on the planet.Conservative commentators around the … Read more

One dies of Covid-19, 60 cases in twin cities

One dies of Covid-19, 60 cases in twin cities

Islamabad: One more patient from Islamabad Capital Territory died of coronavirus illness, COVID-19 in the last 24 hours taking the death toll from the federal capital to 936 while a total of 60 new patients have been reported positive for the illness from ICT and Rawalpindi district taking tally from the region to 142,187.Data collected … Read more

Queensland records no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as Bunnings vaccination clinics open

Queensland records no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as Bunnings vaccination clinics open

Queensland has recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, as the state turns to a novel way to increase vaccination rates.Treasurer Cameron Dick held this morning’s press conference at a Bunnings warehouse in Logan, south of Brisbane.Pop-up vaccination clinics will be available for the first time today at 33 Bunnings stores across the state, … Read more

Italy’s New Law Requires Workers to Get Covid Vaccine or Testing

Italy's New Law Requires Workers to Get Covid Vaccine or Testing

ROME — Italy on Friday set a new bar for major Western democracies seeking to move beyond the pandemic by enacting a sweeping law that requires the nation’s entire work force — public and private — to have government-issued health passes, essentially forcing Italians to choose between getting a pass and earning a living.With the … Read more

Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Friday, Oct. 15

Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Friday, Oct. 15

Calgary·THE LATESTAlberta reported 1,051 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday out of 14,054 tests.16 new deaths were reported Friday CBC News · Posted: Oct 15, 2021 8:02 AM MT | Last Updated: October 15Seven doctors and nurses flew out from Newfoundland to help at the Fort McMurray hospital. (Jennifer Richard)The latest on COVID-19 in Alberta: A total of 2,946 Albertans have … Read more

N.B. pastor jailed for a week as judge considers COVID-19 contempt charge – New Brunswick

N.B. pastor jailed for a week as judge considers COVID-19 contempt charge - New Brunswick

A New Brunswick pastor is in custody after a court hearing Friday over his alleged breaches of COVID-19 public health rules was adjourned until next week. The Crown has alleged Philip James Hutchings, the pastor of His Tabernacle Family Church in Saint John, is in contempt of court for not abiding by a consent … Read more

New COVID cases continue downward trend, but officials urge caution as flu season approaches

New COVID cases continue downward trend, but officials urge caution as flu season approaches

Health officials say COVID-19 cases are still trending downward nationally but warn that a hard flu season could put more pressure on the health care system. Last week, the Public Health Agency of Canada reported that the virus’s reproductive number (Rt) had fallen below one for the first time since mid-July, putting new COVID infections on a downward … Read more

Manitoba reports 4 more deaths, 92 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday

Manitoba reports 4 more deaths, 92 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday

Manitoba has 92 new cases of COVID-19 and four more people have died from the disease, the provincial online data page says. The latest deaths bring the toll in Manitoba since the start of the pandemic to 1,230.  Southern Health reported the highest number of new cases out of all the regions, with 30 new … Read more

U.S. FDA advisers raise questions about J&J COVID-19 vaccine booster

U.S. FDA advisers raise questions about J&J COVID-19 vaccine booster

A healthcare clinician prepares a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for a commuter during the opening of MTA’s public vaccination program at the 179th Street subway station in the Queens borough of New York City, New York, U.S., May 12, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonOct 15 (Reuters) – Some members … Read more

Why are Britons so much more relaxed about Covid than Europeans? | Coronavirus

Compared with some other countries, along with high numbers of Covid cases and deaths, the UK has relatively relaxed Covid restrictions, with no mandatory vaccine passports, no social distancing measures, and no mask mandate in England.Four people from the UK and in Europe share their views on the country’s approach to Covid restrictions compared with … Read more

Ontarians can begin downloading QR codes for COVID-19 vaccine passport based on birth month

Ontarians can begin downloading QR codes for COVID-19 vaccine passport based on birth month

Starting Friday and into the weekend, eligible Ontario residents will be able to download their QR codes to be used as proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for entering some non-essential businesses. The Ontario government has divided access on its website based on birth month.People born in January, February, March or April can get their … Read more

Covid infection rate in England rises again to one in 60 people | Coronavirus

About one in 60 people in England had Covid-19 last week, according to estimates published on Friday.The prevalence of infection was up for a third straight week, having been at about one in 70 the previous week, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).At the peak of the second wave in early January, about … Read more

Philippines starts COVID-19 vaccinations for 12-17 year olds

Philippines starts COVID-19 vaccinations for 12-17 year olds

MANILA, Oct 15 (Reuters) – The Philippines started vaccinating young people aged 12-17 against the coronavirus on Friday, hoping it will enable schools to safely reopen even as the country battles one of Asia’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks.It follows many other countries in expanding its immunisation drive to minors.Authorities plan a pilot run of a return … Read more

Pearson pounded after COVID hits U.S. community college enrolment

Pearson pounded after COVID hits U.S. community college enrolment

The company logo is displayed outside the Pearson offices in London, Britain August 4, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File PhotoU.S. enrolments hit by COVID, job demandShares drop 10%, lowest level since Jan.Demand for virtual learning remains strongLONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Global education group Pearson said enrolments at community colleges in the United States had been hit … Read more

Charities say Covid booster rollout for immunosuppressed is ‘chaotic failure’ | Health

The programme of giving third Covid vaccinations to people with compromised immune systems has been a “chaotic failure”, charities have said, with fewer than half of those eligible contacted about a third jab before an NHS deadline this month.Surveys by Blood Cancer UK and Kidney Care UK found that for both groups of patients, between … Read more

Italy’s mandatory COVID health pass for work sees untroubled launch

Italy's mandatory COVID health pass for work sees untroubled launch

Port workers gather outside the entrance of the major port of Trieste to protest against the implementation of the COVID-19 health pass, the Green Pass, in the workplace, in Trieste, Italy, October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Borut ZivulovicTRIESTE, Oct 15 (Reuters) – COVID-19 health passes became mandatory for all workers in Italy from Friday, with the measure … Read more

Volunteers on Covid jab trials should get travel certificates, say top scientists | Coronavirus

Senior government science advisers from the UK, Europe and Canada have called on countries around the world to offer vaccination certificates to volunteers on Covid jab trials so they can travel internationally.The UK has led the way in granting vaccine certificates to trial participants, but many countries have failed to follow suit and refuse to … Read more

Covid-19: Two positive wastewater results in Te Awamutu, ‘we need to pay attention to it’

Covid-19: Two positive wastewater results in Te Awamutu, 'we need to pay attention to it'

There have been two positive Covid-19 wastewater results in as many days this week in Te Awamutu, and it’s not yet clear why. An epidemiologist says while it could be a recovered case still shedding the virus, locals need to take the positive detection seriously considering the 37 community cases in Waikato and the region’s … Read more

Analysis: With boosters, masks and Green Pass, Israel sees a COVID-19 wave in retreat

Analysis: With boosters, masks and Green Pass, Israel sees a COVID-19 wave in retreat

JERUSALEM, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Four months into one of its worst COVID-19 outbreaks, Israel is seeing a sharp drop in new infections and severe illness, aided by its use of vaccine boosters, vaccine passports and mask mandates, scientists and health officials said.Israel was struck by its fourth coronavirus wave in June, fuelled by the … Read more

S.Korea eases coronavirus gathering curbs before switch to ‘living with COVID’

S.Korea eases coronavirus gathering curbs before switch to 'living with COVID'

A woman skateboards on a shopping street amid tightened social distancing rules due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Seoul, South Korea, July 12, 2021. REUTERS/Heo Ran/File PhotoSEOUL, Oct 15 (Reuters) – South Korea said on Friday it would lift stringent anti-coronavirus curbs on social gatherings next week, as the country prepares to switch … Read more

Hobart braces for three-day lockdown after COVID hotel quarantine breach

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein gestures in front of a sign saying "keep on top of COVID".

The ABC understands the Tasmanian government is meeting with Public Health to discuss further COVID measures including a short, sharp three-day lockdown in the south.The government will hold a COVID press conference at 2:30pm AEDT.It comes after a 31-year-old man flew into Hobart from Melbourne on Monday without the appropriate border pass.He was taken to a quarantine … Read more

New Zealand reports 65 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19

New Zealand reports 65 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19

A vaccination centre sign directs the public during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Auckland, New Zealand, August 26, 2021. REUTERS/Fiona Goodall/File PhotoOct 15 (Reuters) – New Zealand reported 65 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, with all in locked-down Auckland, as the country readies for a mass … Read more

Biden says U.S. will donate another 17,000 J&J vaccine doses to Africa : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Biden says U.S. will donate another 17,000 J&J vaccine doses to Africa : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

The vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The White House says Thursday that the U.S. will commit 17 million additional doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the African Union. Picture Alliance/dpa/picture alliance via Getty I hide caption toggle caption Picture Alliance/dpa/picture alliance via Getty I The vial of the Johnson & … Read more

Covid-19: Dannevirke court sitting delayed due to coronavirus scare

Covid-19: Dannevirke court sitting delayed due to coronavirus scare

David Unwin/StuffThe Dannevirke courthouse is not running as it should on Friday due to a Covid-19 scare in the town.The Dannevirke courthouse has not opened for its usual sitting on Friday due to a Covid-19 scare in the town. The courthouse was locked since 8.40am, with people due to appear and lawyers not already in … Read more

B.C. health officials provide update on COVID-19 in northern B.C.

B.C. health officials provide update on COVID-19 in northern B.C.

B.C.’s minister of health, along with the provincial health officer and Northern Health’s chief medical health officer are providing an update on the situation with COVID-19 in northern B.C. at 3:15 p.m. today. Adrian Dix, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Jong Kim are hosting an unscheduled briefing, as data from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control … Read more

People taking statins less likely to die from Covid, study suggests | Statins

Millions of people who take statins may be less likely to die from Covid, research suggests.The cholesterol-lowering drugs are one of the world’s most popular medications. They can also reduce inflammation in blood vessels, which has prompted questions over whether they could help with outcomes in coronavirus patients.Now a large study published in PLOS Medicine … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 2 more deaths, 133 new cases, rapid tests offered in circuit breaker areas

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 65 new cases, and hospitalizations and ICU admissions rise

New Brunswick recorded two more COVID-related deaths Thursday and 133 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial dashboard shows. Sixty-three people are in hospital because of the virus, including 19 in intensive care. That’s down from 68 and 27 respectively on Wednesday. There are now 1,103 active cases across the province. A total of  81.8 per cent of … Read more

Arizona Cardinals receive three positive COVID-19 tests this week, source says

Arizona Cardinals receive three positive COVID-19 tests this week, source says

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals have had three positive COVID-19 tests this week, a source told ESPN NFL insider Dan Graziano on Thursday, putting the team one positive test away from going into intensive protocols.That would mean more testing for several players and personnel.Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones was put on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday … Read more

Most Covid Cases in Africa Go Undetected, W.H.O. Says

Most Covid Cases in Africa Go Undetected, W.H.O. Says

Official statistics on coronavirus cases in Africa give the impression that the continent has avoided the worst of the pandemic. But in a continent where most deaths are not formally registered and many countries are struggling to vaccinate their people, the great majority of coronavirus cases — an estimated six out of seven — are … Read more

Ontario sees 417 new COVID-19 cases as ICU burden ticks upward

Ontario sees 417 new COVID-19 cases as ICU burden ticks upward

Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, is scheduled to hold a briefing on COVID-19 in the province at 3 p.m. ET. You can watch it live in this story. Ontario reported 417 new cases of COVID-19 and the deaths of three more people with the illness on Thursday. The number of people being … Read more

Covid boosters: Who needs them and how do they help? – BBC News

Covid boosters: Who needs them and how do they help? - BBC News

Covid boosters: Who needs them and how do they help?  BBC NewsUS to ship 2.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan  The Express TribuneFDA advisers to weigh authorising Moderna and J&J Covid boosters  Financial TimesJ&J COVID-19 shot gets better boost from Moderna or Pfizer in NIH study  ReutersPeople in Israel and Bahrain are losing their vaccination status for … Read more