Future pandemic modelling in Australia to factor in increased severity of Covid Delta variant | Coronavirus

Future pandemic modelling conducted in Australia will take into account the Delta variant of Covid being more severe and deadly, epidemiologists say.In a briefing on the Doherty Institute modelling that informs the national reopening plan, researchers said on Monday that evidence pointing to Delta’s increased severity has emerged since the initial modelling was conducted. Prof … Read more

COVID-19 ‘weak positive’ result in SA traveller to NSW sends five close contacts into quarantine

SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier addresses the media.

SA Health is investigating a potential coronavirus case after a young man who recently travelled from South Australia to New South Wales returned a “very weakly positive” result.Key points:The man left South Australia for New South Wales on ThursdaySA Health was informed he had returned a “weak positive” resultFive people have been sent into quarantine as investigations … Read more

How Long Does COVID Immunity Last Anyway? : Short Wave : NPR

How Long Does COVID Immunity Last Anyway? : Short Wave : NPR

Illustration of antibodies (y-shaped) responding to an infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRA/Getty Images/Science Photo Libra hide caption toggle caption KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRA/Getty Images/Science Photo Libra Illustration of antibodies (y-shaped) responding to an infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRA/Getty Images/Science Photo Libra With booster shots on … Read more

SA to return to some dancing, stand-up drinking as COVID-19 testing requirements for Queensland travellers dropped

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South Australians will be able to stand up and drink in beer gardens and other outdoor venues from Thursday, with the state’s authorities also set to ease COVID-19 testing requirements for travellers from south-east Queensland.Key points:Dancing will be allowed for up to 50 people at private functionsPeople will be able to stand up and drink … Read more

Coronavirus latest: Victoria embroiled in protests as Covid-19 cases rise

Coronavirus latest: Victoria embroiled in protests as Covid-19 cases rise

Victoria reported 603 new local cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, as the Australian state’s capital saw aggressive anti-lockdown protests.State authorities imposed a two-week shutdown on construction in Melbourne and other cities from Monday evening after peaceful protests against the industry’s vaccine mandate turned violent.The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, whose headquarters was damaged … Read more

NSW records 1,022 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths as ‘friends bubble’ for under 18s announced

NSW records 1,022 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths as 'friends bubble' for under 18s announced

Play dates are back on in NSW with children under 18 allowed to form a “friends bubble” after the state recorded 1,022 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths.A snap seven-day lockdown has also been announced for the Tweed, Byron Bay and Kempsey local government areas (LGAs) beginning from 5:00pm this afternoon.The announcement comes after an … Read more

Queensland records zero local COVID-19 cases as authorities monitor response to northern NSW case

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at Logan COVID-19 vaccination centre

Queensland has recorded zero locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and one was detected in hotel quarantine.Key points:Authorities are monitoring the state’s border bubble with NSW after a positive case in the Byron Bay areaShe says she will wait to hear an update from NSW before making any changes to the border statusThe Premier described reports of Queensland … Read more

Rural schools close as Alberta’s COVID 19 vaccine passport system launches

Rural schools close as Alberta’s COVID 19 vaccine passport system launches

Two schools in rural Alberta closed their classrooms Monday over the number of students not attending because of COVID-19 infections as Edmonton police introduced tough new vaccine requirements on the first day of the province’s new proof-of-vaccination program. The Big Valley and Donalda schools, both in central Alberta’s Clearview Public School Division, announced that … Read more

Mark Butler says teenagers with COVID-19 are ending up in hospital at a rate of one in 30. Is that correct?

Mark Butler says teenagers with COVID-19 are ending up in hospital at a rate of one in 30. Is that correct?

The claimAfter 18 months of intermittent lockdowns and ongoing restrictions, the National Cabinet has agreed on a plan to open up Australia once vaccination targets are achieved.The targets relate to the percentage of the population aged 16 years and older, despite the Therapeutic Goods Administration approving the Pfizer and Moderna jabs for all those aged 12 and above.Opposition spokesman … Read more

NEW: Weekend COVID-19 cases top 2,200, breakthrough deaths up 25 to 137

NEW: Weekend COVID-19 cases top 2,200, breakthrough deaths up 25 to 137

Below is the full COVID-19 report for the weekend of Sept. 17-19 LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada reports a three-day total of 2,213 new COVID-19 cases — 1,287 from Clark County — along with 35 deaths in data released today. While the totals on Monday are usually much higher than daily counts because they include statistics … Read more

Australian Olympic swimmer Madi Wilson hospitalized with Covid in Italy

Australian Olympic swimmer Madi Wilson hospitalized with Covid in Italy

Australian Olympic swimmer Madi Wilson announced that she tested positive for Covid-19 and is hospitalized in Italy as a precautionary measure because of “underlying chest and lung issues.”Wilson, 27, made the announcement in an Instagram post on Sunday.The swimmer, who competes with the Los Angeles Current team in the International Swimming League (ISL), wrote that … Read more

COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What’s happening the week of Sept. 20

COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening the week of Sept. 20

P.E.I. issued a public exposure notification for a ceilidh which took place last Tuesday. Under current restrictions, a cohort of up to a maximum of 100 people would have been permitted to attend. West Royalty Elementary and École La-Belle-Cloche students return to class Monday as the province continues to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak at West Royalty. … Read more

COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. And like the worldwide scourge of a century ago, the coronavirus may never entirely disappear from our midst.Instead, scientists hope the virus that causes COVID-19 becomes a mild seasonal bug as human immunity strengthens through vaccination and … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Province provides update this afternoon

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Province provides update this afternoon

The province will provide an update on COVID-19 this afternoon as case counts continue to rise. Dr. Jennifer Russell, the chief medical officer of health, and Premier Blaine Higgs will participate in the 2:30 p.m. news conference. The event will be livestreamed here on CBC New Brunswick’s website. It will be the first update since … Read more

US coronavirus: Covid-19 cases forcing hospitals to ration care is unfair and unacceptable, expert says

US coronavirus: Covid-19 cases forcing hospitals to ration care is unfair and unacceptable, expert says

“We are at the point where not every patient in need will get the care we might wish we could give,” said Dr. Shelly Harkins, chief medical officer of St. Peter’s Health in Helena, Montana.It’s one of the latest hospitals to resort to crisis standards of care, meaning emergency medicine personnel must ration care.In those … Read more

Biden Pushes Global Plan to Battle Covid-19 as National Gaps Widen

Biden Pushes Global Plan to Battle Covid-19 as National Gaps Widen

WASHINGTON — Already grappling with divisions in his own country over vaccine mandates and questions about the ethics and efficacy of booster shots, President Biden is facing another front of discord: a split among world leaders over how to eradicate the coronavirus globally, as the highly infectious Delta variant leaves a trail of death in … Read more

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Infected prisoner made four stops before arriving at bail address

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Infected prisoner made four stops before arriving at bail address

Auckland moves to level 3 for two weeks, rest of NZ in level 2 – with changes. Video / NZ HeraldThe prisoner who recently tested positive for Covid-19 made four stops including at two private addresses, before arriving at his bail address at Whakatīwai.His bail conditions required him to be collected by a family member … Read more

Indonesia logs fewest daily COVID-19 cases in over a year

Indonesia logs fewest daily COVID-19 cases in over a year

Visitors wearing protective masks walk at a shopping mall after the ease of restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Jakarta, Indonesia, September 16, 2021. REUTERS/Willy KurniawanJAKARTA, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Indonesia on Monday reported 1,932 new daily coronavirus infections, the lowest since August 2020, data from country’s COVID-19 task force showed, and the … Read more

Biden to Push Global Plan to Battle Covid as National Gaps Widen

Biden to Push Global Plan to Battle Covid as National Gaps Widen

WASHINGTON — Already grappling with divisions in his own country over vaccine mandates and questions about the ethics and efficacy of booster shots, President Biden is facing another front of discord: a split among world leaders over how to eradicate the coronavirus globally, as the highly infectious Delta variant leaves a trail of death in … Read more

Trump may be gone, but Covid has not seen off populism | Politics books

When the pandemic struck, newspaper opinion pages were full of pieces predicting the end of authoritarian populism. Surely Donald Trump, Narendra Modi and Jair Bolsonaro couldn’t survive their mishandling of Covid-19? Finally, people were waking up to the reality of what these leaders represented.Trump may not have lasted, but the expectation that the pandemic might … Read more

A win for COVID-impacted PIs, especially women

A win for COVID-impacted PIs, especially women

The National Institutes of Health on Friday revised its early-stage investigator, or ESI, policy to allow those working on previously granted extensions to request more time as ESIs, due to COVID-19 or other “life events.” Prior to the policy adjustment, many women said they’d been denied pandemic-related extension requests because they’d already been granted extensions … Read more

Seth Rogen Asks Why Emmy Awards Didn’t Take More Covid-19 Precautions

Seth Rogen Asks Why Emmy Awards Didn’t Take More Covid-19 Precautions

When Seth Rogen stepped onstage to present an Emmy Award, he said, “Let me start by saying there is … [+] way too many of us in this little room. What are we doing?” (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images) Getty Images Seth Rogen did wear an orange suit to the 2021 Emmy Awards. But the … Read more

Vaccine gap stokes super spreader fears ahead of UN’s first post-Covid meeting

Vaccine gap stokes super spreader fears ahead of UN's first post-Covid meeting

Scores of presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers are set to ignore an American suggestion to stay home and address the UN General Assembly virtually and will converge on New York City in person this week.The possibility that the visiting delegations might themselves pose a health threat will be an important reminder that while nations … Read more

First death of Illawarra resident from COVID in Wollongong Hospital

COVID Wollongong

NSW Health has recorded the first COVID-related death of an Illawarra resident at Wollongong Hospital.Four people died in New South Wales in the latest reporting period including the woman in her 80’s from Wollongong.Key points:The first Illawarra resident has died from COVID at Wollongong HospitalNSW Health says the 80 year old woman from Wollongong had one … Read more

Cambodia bat researchers on mission to track origin of COVID-19

Cambodia bat researchers on mission to track origin of COVID-19

STUNG TRENG, Cambodia, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Researchers are collecting samples from bats in northern Cambodia in a bid to understand the coronavirus pandemic, returning to a region where a very similar virus was found in the animals a decade ago.Two samples from horseshoe bats were collected in 2010 in Stung Treng province near Laos … Read more

Pindi records three Covid-19 casualties – Newspaper

Pindi records three Covid-19 casualties - Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: Three persons succumbed to Covid-19 and 259 cases surfaced in the federal capital and Rawalpindi on Sunday. The weekly positivity ratio in Islamabad dropped to 4.62 per cent while it remained at 7.2pc in Rawalpindi. There were no casualties in the federal capital, however, 192 people were found infected out of 4,289 tests carried … Read more

Queensland records zero locally acquired cases of COVID-19, two detected in hotel quarantine

Queensland records zero locally acquired cases of COVID-19, two detected in hotel quarantine

Queensland has recorded zero new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as authorities look into contact tracing efforts after an infected traveller transited through Brisbane Airport on their way to the Northern Territory.Key points:The traveller spent four hours in transit at Brisbane Airport while infectiousPremier Annastacia Palaszczuk is confident Queensland has ticked over to 60 per cent with a … Read more

Key data on U.S. J&J, Moderna COVID-19 boosters weeks away, Fauci says

Key data on U.S. J&J, Moderna COVID-19 boosters weeks away, Fauci says

WASHINGTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Data needed to determine the advisability of booster shots of the Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) COVID-19 vaccines is just weeks away, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday.Health officials signaled they expected boosters would ultimately be recommended for a broad swath … Read more

COVID-19 puts Australian gold medallist Madison Wilson in hospital, despite being fully vaccinated

COVID-19 puts Australian gold medallist Madison Wilson in hospital, despite being fully vaccinated

Tokyo gold medal-winning swimmer Madison Wilson has been admitted to hospital having tested positive for COVID-19.Key points:A positive COVID-19 test has forced Madison Wilson out of the International Swim League competitionWilson says she feels “extremely unlucky” to have contracted COVID-19, being fully vaccinated She acknowledged those who have reached out in supportThe 27-year-old is in Italy for … Read more

The great Australian holiday gamble: can we Covid-proof our travel plans? | Australia holidays

Travel is on the mind for many Australians at the moment, whether as a form of lockdown escapism, or an actual escape for those who aren’t currently stuck at home.But given how suddenly states can impose travel restrictions, and fluctuating caps on international arrivals, booking an interstate or overseas trip in the next year carries … Read more

Sept. 19, 2021 COVID-19 Update: 474 New Cases in Hawai‘i, 12 Deaths

Sept. 19, 2021 COVID-19 Update: 474 New Cases in Hawai‘i, 12 Deaths

Longs Drug Store (CVS) offers vaccination by appointment at locations in: Lahaina at the Lahaina Cannery Mall at 1221 Honoapiʻilani Highway; in Kahului at 70 East Kaʻahumanu Ave.; in Kīhei at 41 East Līpoa St.; and in Pukalani at 55 Kiopaʻa St. To pre-register, visit the following website. For a running list of vaccination sites available … Read more

Gordon Brown calls for urgent action to avert ‘Covid vaccine waste disaster’ | Coronavirus

More than 100m Covid vaccine doses are due to expire and be “thrown away” unless global leaders urgently share surplus supplies with the world’s poorest countries, Gordon Brown has warned.The “staggering” number of stockpiled “use now” jabs will be of no use to anyone by December, according to a new report from the research group … Read more

Vaccine inequity mars global Covid-19 vaccination drive

NEW DELHI: At a time when the United States has approved Covid-19 booster shots, just 3.5 per cent of Africans are vaccinated, The Hindu reported on Sunday. Quoting World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Indian newspaper underlined Covid-19 vaccine inequity across the world. On Sept 14, Ghebreyesus revealed that “less than 3.5 … Read more

Scottish Covid vaccine trialists ‘treated like second-class citizens’ | Scotland

Scottish vaccine volunteers are being treated like “second-class citizens” while waiting for the Novavax jab to be approved, an MSP has said, as they continue a months-long fightto have their vaccines recognised on the standard NHS Scotland database.The trialists are worried that the introduction of vaccine passports north of the border next month could put … Read more

After 169 hospitals, a dad finally got the Covid-19 care he needed — and changed dozens of skeptics’ minds

After 169 hospitals, a dad finally got the Covid-19 care he needed -- and changed dozens of skeptics' minds

Just a few weeks ago, the Florida father of six was on a ventilator with Covid-19 pneumonia in both lungs. Like most Americans hospitalized with Covid-19, Walker was not vaccinated.But “all the beds are taken up by Covid victims also getting ECMO treatment,” Susan Walker said at that time. “So now we’re desperately searching outside … Read more

How The Ivermectin Culture Wars Took Off : Shots

How The Ivermectin Culture Wars Took Off : Shots

People opposed to COVID-19 vaccines often embrace ivermectin, a drug that’s been touted as an effective prevention and treatment for COVID-19, which they think is not getting the attention it deserves. Here, an anti-vaccination protester takes part in a rally against vaccine mandates, in Santa Monica, Calif. Ringo Chiu/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle … Read more

Australian gold medal winning Olympic swimmer Madison Madi Wilson hospitalised with Covid-19, coronavirus

Madi Wilson has been hospitalised. Image: Getty/Instagram

Double-vaxxed Olympic swimming champion Madison Wilson says she feels “extremely unlucky” to have been hospitalised with Covid-19.Wilson is currently in Naples, Italy where she is competing with the Los Angeles Current in the International Swim League. The positive diagnosis forced her out of the ISL and into a hospital bed.Kayo is your ticket to the … Read more

Covid-19: Three people test positive for virus in Waikato

Covid-19: Three people test positive for virus in Waikato

Three people in Waikato have returned positive Covid-19 tests after coming into contact with a remand prisoner released on e-monitored bail from Auckland’s Mt Eden Prison. The household members of the remand prisoner reside in Kaiaua/Whakatīwai, Waikato and two of them attend Mangatangi School on the Hauraki Plains. The region and the school are currently … Read more

Three new Covid cases in Waikato – including two Mangatangi School students

Three new Covid cases in Waikato - including two Mangatangi School students

New ZealandUpdated19 Sep, 2021 09:30 AM3 minutes to readThere were 24 new cases of COVID-19 in the community on September 19th.Three members of a Waikato household linked to a remand prisoner with Covid-19 have also tested positive for the virus.One is a child who was symptomatic while at school on Thursday.The three new cases bring … Read more

Pakistan continues to report decline in COVID-19 cases

Pakistan continues to report decline in COVID-19 cases

A healthcare worker administering the coronavirus test on a patient. Photo: fileISLAMABAD: The coronavirus positivity rate in Pakistan remained below 5% for the second consecutive day on Sunday, as coronavirus cases in the country continue to decline. According to the latest statistics of the National Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC), Pakistan has recorded 2,580 new … Read more

Balochistan reports 30 new Covid infections, active cases drop to 320

Balochistan reports 30 new Covid infections, active cases drop to 320

QUETTA: Balochistan reported 30 new cases of Covid-19 in last 24 hours, citing Corona Operation Cell of the province, ARY News reported on Sunday. Coronavirus active cases have dropped in Balochistan to 320 with addition of 30 new infections reported in the province, the corona operation cell stated. Fresh Covid-19 infections have been reported in … Read more

‘I felt this huge relief’: how antibody injections free the immunosuppressed under Covid | Coronavirus

A proud sports mom, Shantay Brown longs to pack into a crowded stadium for her son’s Ohio State football games and scream her face off over the action on the field.But as with so many other simple pleasures in the age of Covid-19, nothing is that simple for Brown. The 47-year-old Missouri resident takes immunosuppressant … Read more

Victoria’s roadmap out of COVID lockdown released by Premier Daniel Andrews

Daniel Andrews, in a suit, speaks to reporters in front of a purple health department backdrop.

Melbourne will be in lockdown until late October and greater freedoms will be granted to fully vaccinated Victorians once 80 per cent of the eligible population has been double dosed, the state’s roadmap has revealed.Key points:Premier Daniel Andrews has warned there will be “very difficult days” ahead for the state’s health systemA 70 per cent … Read more

Covid claims 21 lives amid declining positivity rate in high-risk districts – Newspaper

Covid claims 21 lives amid declining positivity rate in high-risk districts - Newspaper

PESHAWAR: Twenty-one coronavirus patients died and 334 people were infected with the virus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday amid declining positivity rate in high-risk districts. The province’s overall Covid-19 positivity rate declined to 5.9 per cent for the first time during the last more than one month, a health department report said. According to the … Read more

ACT records 17 new cases of COVID-19, with 12 infectious in the community

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The ACT has recorded 17 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19.Twelve of those cases spent some time infectious in the community.Six of the new cases are yet to be linked to other known cases or transmission sites.Eight people are in hospital with the virus —two people are in intensive care and one is requiring ventilation.Of … Read more

Queensland records no new COVID-19 cases as ‘super Pfizer weekend’ sees vaccination rates soar

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

There have been no new locally acquired COVID-19 cases recorded in Queensland as people turn out in large numbers to get vaccinated at walk-in hubs. The state also detected no new cases in hotel quarantine, making it a “double donut” day.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Saturday was a record day for vaccinations in Queensland, with 31,004 jabs … Read more

Covid-19: Pair arrested in Wellington after allegedly travelling from Auckland

Covid-19: Pair arrested in Wellington after allegedly travelling from Auckland

​Two people have been arrested after allegedly travelling from Auckland to Wellington during alert level 4. A police spokesperson confirmed to Stuff a 24-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man had been arrested in Wellington on Saturday after allegedly travelling from Auckland in breach of alert level restrictions. “They have been charged with failing to comply … Read more