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

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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

Tier 1 COVID exposure sites listed in Melbourne and regional Victoria as case numbers spike

Castlemaine Health hospital, a part modern, part old red brick building in Castlemaine

Multiple medical facilities are prominent among the latest tier 1 additions to Victoria’s COVID exposure site list. The new tier 1 locations include:Rowville Medical Clinic on September 28 between 4:50pm and 5:40pmFour Corners Medical Clinic in Cobblebank on September 27 between 12:30pm and 1:30pmSmile Avenue Specialist Orthodontists in Blackburn on September 27 between 11:00am and 12:00pmIn addition, some patients at … Read more

U.S. COVID-19 death toll hits 700,000

U.S. COVID-19 death toll hits 700,000

Oct 1 (Reuters) – The United States surpassed 700,000 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, as officials roll out booster doses of vaccines to protect the elderly and people working in high-risk professions.The country has reported an average of more than 2,000 deaths per day over the past week, which represents about … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 round-up: Public Health launches new registration system for proof of vaccination

N.B. COVID-19 round-up: Public Health launches new registration system for proof of vaccination

Public Health has made it easier for New Brunswickers to access their proof of COVID-19 vaccination online. Instead of having to attend a regional health authority vaccination clinic to obtain a registration code to create a MyHealthNB account and securely access their COVID-19 information, people can simply type “IR,” followed by one of their vaccination dates for the … Read more

Ottawa Public Health reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday, hospitalizations increase

Ottawa Public Health reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday, hospitalizations increase

OTTAWA — Ottawa Public Health is reporting 61 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday, the highest one-day increase in new cases in five days. Twenty-six of the 61 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa involve residents under the age of 20. No new deaths were reported in the capital. Since the first case … Read more

Why the Covid vaccines don’t contain a magnetic 5G tracking chip

Why the Covid vaccines don't contain a magnetic 5G tracking chip

Among the conspiracy theories circulating about the coronavirus pandemic, one claim is that Covid-19 vaccines contain microchips that the government or global elites like Bill Gates would use to track citizens. Despite viral videos claiming a chip in the vaccine makes their arm magnetic, the conspiracy is false.”That’s just not possible as far as the … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh tests positive for COVID-19

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh tests positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has tested positive for COVID-19, but has no symptoms, according to a court statement that said he would miss Friday’s investiture ceremony for Justice Amy Coney Barrett.Kavanaugh, 56, tested positive just days before the court is scheduled to open its new term and resume … Read more

Merck says Covid antiviral pill halves risk of hospitalisation and death

Merck says Covid antiviral pill halves risk of hospitalisation and death

Newsletter: The Road to RecoveryExpert coverage of how business and the economy are recovering, post-pandemic. Delivered 3 times a week. Merck said it would ask US regulators to authorise the first antiviral pill to treat Covid-19 after a late-stage clinical trial showed the drug cut the risk of hospitalisation or death in half. If the … Read more

Scottish Covid vaccine passport app hit by problems after launch | Coronavirus

Scotland’s Covid vaccine passport app is experiencing problems hours after its launch.The app, which proves someone is fully vaccinated, is needed from Friday to enter nightclubs, large events and for overseas travel. But a number of users have complained it does not work and that the app cannot find their data.The Scottish government said the … Read more

Second truck driver in two days tests positive for COVID-19 after being in South Australia

A COVID testing station sign with a truck passing in the background on the other side of the road

A second truck driver in two days has tested positive for COVID-19 after being in South Australia.Key points:A truck driver tested positive for COVID-19 while in SA on WednesdayAnother driver with the virus was in the state todayTruck drivers are meant to have had at least one vaccine doseThe truck driver in his 30s visited … Read more

Rich Township High School Moves to Remote Learning Due to COVID Cases – NBC Chicago

Rich Township High School Moves to Remote Learning Due to COVID Cases – NBC Chicago

A suburban high school will transition to remote learning for two weeks after at least two cases of COVID-19 were reported. According to officials at Rich Township High School, in-person instruction will be suspended from Friday through Thursday, Oct. 14. Students will not have classes on Friday, and will resume remote learning on Monday, according … Read more

More Covid curbs for non-vaccinated take effect today

ISLAMABAD: The restrictions forewarned by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on the non-vaccinated population, would take effect from Friday (today), such as ban on boarding domestic and international flights, entering the educational institutions and shopping malls. Planning Minister Asad Umar, who heads the NCOC – the nerve centre of the government’s unified anti-Covid … Read more

Medical Examiner – NBC Chicago

Medical Examiner – NBC Chicago

The mother of a Chicago Public Schools’ student who recently passed away died from pneumonia caused by COVID-19, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Thursday, days after parents and teachers voiced concerns about district safety measures following her death. Shenitha Curry’s cause of death was ruled as pneumonia due to COVID-19 infection with diabetes … Read more

Queensland records two community cases of COVID-19

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk provides COVID-19 update

Queensland has recorded two new community cases of COVID-19, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.One is linked to an existing cluster and the other infection was acquired interstate.The Premier said while the situation is being monitored closely, there was still no lockdown for Queensland.”The fundamental reason we are not in lockdown is because we do not have any … Read more

Prevent Senior hospital chain ordered to pay family of Covid-19 patient, after allegations of secretly giving unproven treatments

Prevent Senior hospital chain ordered to pay family of Covid-19 patient, after allegations of secretly giving unproven treatments

The Sao Paulo court sentenced the healthcare company Prevent Senior to pay the compensation after hearing that patient Carlos Alberto Reis was not cared for in ICU and was treated with drugs of unproven efficacy against Covid-19, such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine. According to judge Guilherme Santini Teodoro’s decision, there was a failure in Reis’ … Read more

Wall St slides, S&P 500 posts worst month, quarter since COVID outbreak

Wall St slides, S&P 500 posts worst month, quarter since COVID outbreak

S&P 500 snaps seven-month winning streakS&P 500, Nasdaq see biggest monthly drop since March 2020Indexes down: Dow 1.59%, S&P 1.19%, Nasdaq 0.44%NEW YORK, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Wall Street ended sharply lower on Thursday and the S&P 500 posted its worst month since the onset of the global health crisis, following a tumultuous month and … Read more

Safe to give COVID-19 shot and flu vaccine at the same time – UK study

Safe to give COVID-19 shot and flu vaccine at the same time - UK study

A person receives a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine at the Central Middlesex Hospital in London, Britain, August 1, 2021. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – It is safe for people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu shot at the same time and it does not negatively impact the immune response produced … Read more

Oxford Covid biotech firm makes stellar debut on London stock market | IPOs

Oxford Nanopore, whose DNA sequencing technology has been essential in tracking Covid-19 variants globally, has made a stellar stock market debut in London. A rise in its share price of as much as 47% has left the firm valued at almost £5bn.The flotation of the Oxford University spin-out has given its chief executive and co-founder, … Read more

Thanks to covid-19, Vladimir Putin has become almost invisible

Thanks to covid-19, Vladimir Putin has become almost invisible

FRESH FROM victories in Tokyo, Russian Olympic medalists were preparing for a reception with Vladimir Putin earlier this month when they were told they would spend a week in quarantine before meeting the president. “I still can’t believe I’ll have to sit in one room for seven days,” Angelina Melnikova, a gymnast, wrote on social … Read more

Opinion: This group has a lot to lose when the Covid emergency ends

Opinion: This group has a lot to lose when the Covid emergency ends

Just before leaving office in January, the Justice Department under the outgoing administration issued a memo saying that those released on home confinement through the CARES Act would need to return to prison after the Covid-19 emergency ended. Of the more than 7,500 people under home confinement, a substantial number could be forced back to … Read more

Pfizer Covid booster recipients ‘want a normal Thanksgiving’ after getting third shots

Pfizer Covid booster recipients 'want a normal Thanksgiving' after getting third shots

Lalain Reyeg administers a COVID-19 booster vaccine and an influenza vaccine to Army veteran Gary Nasakaitis at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital on September 24, 2021 in Hines, Illinois.Scott Olson | Getty ImagesMassachusetts resident Preston Alexander, 66, was elated when he found out last week he was eligible to receive a booster dose of Pfizer and BioNTech’s … Read more

Somalia opens first public oxygen plant to help treat COVID-19 amid severe shortage

Somalia opens first public oxygen plant to help treat COVID-19 amid severe shortage

MOGADISHU, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Somalia’s first public oxygen plant opened on Thursday, in a ray of hope for a country where a lifesaving treatment for the coronavirus has been largely unavailable to patients during the pandemic.Global demand for medical oxygen has surged with the COVID-19 pandemic, and many countries have experienced desperate shortages.This and … Read more

Tour Down Under’s 2022 race cancelled due to COVID-19 rules

Tour Down Under's 2022 race cancelled due to COVID-19 rules

The Australian Olympic Cycling team trains at the Anna Meares Velodrome, a potential venue for the Track Cycling event for the 2032 Olympic Games bid, in Brisbane, Australia, July 6, 2021. Picture taken July 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy/File PhotoSept 30 (Reuters) – The Tour Down Under in Australia, which was scheduled to take place in … Read more

Traralgon maternity ward, Indigenous clinic locked down after COVID-19 exposure

The hospital in Traralgon has lost power.

A maternity and paediatric ward at an eastern Victorian hospital is in lockdown after being exposed to a COVID-positive person while a local Indigenous medical clinic has been identified as a tier-one exposure site.Key points:A maternity and paediatric ward in Gippsland is in lockdown after a person infected with COVID-19 attended yesterdayTwo new COVID cases today take … Read more

Patients turned away from GP clinics because of COVID-19 concerns despite negative tests

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Doctors are refusing to see children with flu-like symptoms even if they are COVID-negative, forcing parents to resort to calling ambulances or attend hospital emergency departments for seasonal ailments, a union says.Key points:An Adelaide mum who was trying to book a GP appointment for her son says she was repeatedly turned awayCurrent SA Health advice recommends anyone with … Read more

State-specific check in apps will be needed for COVID vaccine passports

State-specific check in apps will be needed for COVID vaccine passports

Australians will need to manage multiple check-in apps on their phones if they move between states once borders open, and consent to their medical records being shared every 12 months.Senior public servants have provided an update on how vaccination certificates will be used in coming months and also addressed concerns that paper versions could be … Read more

Vietnam’s biggest city to start lifting COVID-19 curbs to spur business

Vietnam's biggest city to start lifting COVID-19 curbs to spur business

Motorbikes drive past a billboard warning against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after the government eased nationwide lockdown during the outbreak in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, April 25, 2020. REUTERS/Yen DuongJobs available as industry restarts – government99.6% of Vietnam’s COVID-19 cases recorded since MayCrisis centred largely in Ho Chi Minh CityHANOI, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Vietnam’s … Read more

Victoria COVID cases grow by 1438; five deaths recorded

Victoria COVID cases grow by 1438; five deaths recorded

Victoria’s COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar said authorities believed about a third of Thursday’s new cases were down to illegal gatherings, including AFL Grand Final parties, over Friday and Saturday.“As people have dropped their guard and decided it’s now as a grand final weekend, it’s a long weekend, we deserve a bit of a payback, … Read more

Queensland records six new community cases of COVID-19, new restrictions announced for south-east, Townsville region

Queensland records six new community cases of COVID-19, new restrictions announced for south-east, Townsville region

Queensland has recorded six new community cases of COVID-19 and new restrictions will be introduced for parts of the state’s south-east and the Townsville region, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says authorities are “not too concerned at this stage”.Ms Palaszczuk said four of those cases are linked to the aviation trainer cluster, which began with a man … Read more