Has Covid Cost Australia Its Love for Freedom?

Has Covid Cost Australia Its Love for Freedom?

SYDNEY, Australia — In the war against the coronavirus’s Delta variant, few if any democracies have demanded as much of their people as Australia.In the middle of the latest lockdowns, the police in Sydney gave hefty fines to three moms with strollers chatting in a park. Melbourne’s playgrounds were wrapped in police tape, and traveling … Read more

Emails emerge of ‘VIP route’ for UK Covid test contracts | Coronavirus

Further evidence has emerged that the government operated a “VIP” fast-track process for favoured companies leading to accusations that ministers misled the public about billions of pounds of Covid-19 testing contracts.The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has previously denied operating any VIP process for companies referred by ministers for possible Covid contracts. In … Read more

Piers Morgan details irritating long haul COVID effects weeks after recovery

Piers Morgan details irritating long haul COVID effects weeks after recovery

Piers Morgan caught COVID back in July after he visited the Euro 2020 final By Web Desk September 23, 2021 Piers Morgan details ‘irritating’ long-haul COVID effects, weeks after recovery British broadcaster Piers Morgan has opened up about his COVID-19 symptoms and how he still seems to be suffering from them.Turning to Twitter, the TV … Read more

England’s Covid travel rules spark outrage around the world | Coronavirus

England’s new Covid travel rules and refusal to recognise vaccines administered across huge swaths of the world have sparked outrage and bewilderment across Latin America, Africa and south Asia, with critics denouncing what they called an illogical and discriminatory policy.The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, described England’s new rules, unveiled last Friday, as “a new simplified … Read more

Violent protests against Covid curbs continue in Australian city – Newspaper

Violent protests against Covid curbs continue in Australian city - Newspaper

SYDNEY: Police in Australia’s second largest city of Melbourne arrested more than 200 people after projectiles thrown by protesters injured two officers on Wednesday, the third consecutive day of demonstrations against Covid-19 restrictions. Golf balls, batteries and bottles were among the items thrown at police during the protests held in defiance of stay-at home orders … Read more

‘It’s scary’: record Covid absences cause concern in England’s schools | Coronavirus

Last week more than 100,000 children were absent from school in England with confirmed or suspected Covid infections, the highest number during the pandemic, according to the Department for Education.Five parents and teachers in England share their experiences since the start of the new school year, including how they, their families and their pupils have … Read more

High Covid Hospitalizations Have Delayed Elective Surgeries

High Covid Hospitalizations Have Delayed Elective Surgeries

Because of her condition, she chokes easily and has a hard time breathing. “I just cry all the time because of my situation,” she said.Compounding the physical discomfort is her frustration that so many people in her state won’t get vaccinated against Covid, and they are getting sick and taking up hospital beds.Only 66 percent … Read more

The war against Covid is over – if we want it to be | Eben Kirksey and Lyle Fearnley

The rhetoric of warfare dominated the airways early in the pandemic.When Xi Jinping initially toured Wuhan, he declared that China would win a “people’s war” against the coronavirus. Donald Trump used the Defence Production Act to produce masks, and also ensure a steady supply of American beef, pork and chicken. Boris Johnson declared himself head … Read more

‘Calculated risk’: Ardern gambles as New Zealand Covid restrictions eased | New Zealand

New Zealand is loosening its Covid restrictions, even as a handful of cases continue to circulate in the community, a move experts say represents a roll of the dice for a country that has steadfastly pursued an elimination strategy.“It is a gamble,” says epidemiologist and public health professor Michael Baker. “The one phrase that I … Read more

Alberta asks Ottawa for immediate help to airlift COVID patients out of the province

Alberta asks Ottawa for immediate help to airlift COVID patients out of the province

Alberta’s UCP government is asking Ottawa for immediate help to lessen pressure on the province’s health-care system, which is overburdened with COVID-19 patients. Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver formally requested aid and an immediate meeting with federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair in a Tuesday letter.  He asked for the federal government to provide aero-medical … Read more

Turkey registers 29,338 new COVID cases, highest since April 30 -data

Turkey registers 29,338 new COVID cases, highest since April 30 -data

People wearing protective masks walk along a street amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Diyarbakir, Turkey July 27, 2021. Picture taken July 27, 2021. REUTERS/Sertac KayarISTANBUL, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Turkey logged 29,338 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest number of daily infections since April 30, health ministry data showed.Turkey also recorded 260 … Read more

Germans shocked by killing of cashier after COVID mask row

Germans shocked by killing of cashier after COVID mask row

BERLIN, Sept 21 (Reuters) – German politicians expressed shock on Tuesday over the killing of a 20-year old petrol station worker after an argument about a face mask and said that coronavirus deniers who are willing to use violence will not be tolerated.The killing on Saturday evening in the western town of Idar-Oberstein has hit … Read more

Bolsonaro’s Rejection of Covid Vaccine Creates Awkwardness in N.Y.

Bolsonaro's Rejection of Covid Vaccine Creates Awkwardness in N.Y.

President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil kicked off the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday by defending the use of ineffective drugs to treat the coronavirus and by pushing back on criticism of his government’s environmental record. Brazil’s far-right president said doctors should have had more leeway in administering untested medications for Covid-19, adding that he … Read more

EU states breached air pollution limits in 2020 despite COVID

EU states breached air pollution limits in 2020 despite COVID

The Eiffel Tower is surrounded by a small-particle haze which hangs above the skyline in Paris, France, December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesBRUSSELS, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Most European Union countries broke at least one air pollution limit last year, even as COVID-19 lockdowns improved air quality in many regions, according to provisional European Environment Agency … Read more

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Australian government was warned last year of potential shortage of COVID and arthritis drug Tocilizumab

A woman with dark hair smiles as she poses for a photo with her young son in front of a trampoline.

The Australian government was warned more than a year ago of a potential shortage of a drug used to treat COVID-19 sufferers, but did nothing to procure stockpiles of the medication.Key points:Arthritis patients are struggling to access Tocilizumab, marketed as Actemra, because it is being used to treat COVIDThe Department of Health says it is … Read more

Object lesson: Michael Craig-Martin’s paintings of ​Covid era items – in pictures | Art and design

Lockdown was a productive time for Michael Craig-Martin: most of the works in his new show at Amsterdam’s Reflex gallery were created in its grip. He continued his longstanding project of painting everyday objects in minimal style, their clean lines and smooth surfaces reflecting the blandness at the heart of consumer culture. This time, among … Read more

Nike and Amazon among brands advertising on Covid conspiracy sites | Coronavirus

Dozens of the world’s biggest brands, including Nike, Amazon, Ted Baker and Asos, have been advertising on websites that spread Covid-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories, it has emerged. The companies, as well as an NHS service, are among a string of household names whose ads appear to have helped fund websites that host false and … Read more

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Government faces tough alert level decision

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Government faces tough alert level decision

There were 20 new cases of COVID-19 in the community on September 18th. Video / NZ Herald The Government will face one of its toughest decisions yet when it meets on Monday to decide whether Auckland should drop to level 3 restrictions, Covid commentators say.Health teams might not have all the answers about where and … Read more

Two professional Strictly dancers reported to have refused Covid jabs | Strictly Come Dancing

Two professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing have reportedly refused to be vaccinated against Covid, causing complications before the show’s return on Saturday night.The BBC’s flagship dance contest will return to screens on 18 September with a pre-recorded launch show revealing which professional dancer each competitor has been matched with, before the live show kicks … Read more

Covid in Senegal: Vaccine Demand Grows but Supply Is Short

Covid in Senegal: Vaccine Demand Grows but Supply Is Short

But nurses like Ms. Sy have had to turn many others away.When Covid vaccines were first available, she said, many older people had shown up, but young people had been more hesitant, both to get vaccinated or, if they were sick, to get tested.“For some people, until they experience it, or witness it, they will … Read more

They Shunned Covid Vaccines but Embraced Antibody Treatment

They Shunned Covid Vaccines but Embraced Antibody Treatment

Lanson Jones did not think that the coronavirus would come for him. An avid tennis player in Houston who had not caught so much as a cold during the pandemic, he had refused a vaccine because he worried that it would spoil his streak of good health.But contracting Covid shattered his faith in his body’s … Read more

Covid antibody drug Ronapreve to be given to vulnerable NHS patients | NHS

A drug given to the former US president Donald Trump when he had coronavirus last year is to be used to treat vulnerable NHS hospital patients.Last month, the health secretary, Sajid Javid, heralded Ronapreve as the first treatment designed specifically for Covid-19 to receive regulatory approval in the UK.The Department of Health and Social Care … Read more

Victoria and NSW Covid lockdown protests: violent clashes as police arrest demonstrators | Victoria

Victoria police clashed with anti-lockdown protesters in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, as the Australian state recorded another 535 new coronavirus cases and one death.Around 1,000 protesters gathered in the north-eastern suburbs of Richmond and Hawthorne, forced to make a last-minute change of location after 2,000 police officers formed a “ring of steel” around the Melbourne … Read more

Nicki Minajs fans back rappers Covid 19 jab claims by marching at CDC HQ

Nicki Minajs fans back rappers Covid 19 jab claims by marching at CDC HQ

Web Desk September 18, 2021 Nicki Minaj’s fans lent their support to the rapper’s shocking Covid-19 vaccine claim by marching at the Atlanta HQ of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The protest saw more than a dozen supporters backing Nicki’s claims, which includes that a cousin’s friend was left impotent after the vaccine. … Read more

‘Burnt out’: Philippine nurses battle Covid, resignations – World

'Burnt out': Philippine nurses battle Covid, resignations - World

MANILA: Exhausted nurses in the Philippines are struggling to care for patients as colleagues contract Covid-19 or quit a profession that was dangerously understaffed even before the pandemic. The country is enduring a record rise in infections, fuelled by the Delta variant, with the health department reporting a nursing shortfall of more than 100,000 — … Read more

White House says U.S. can roll out COVID boosters next week

White House says U.S. can roll out COVID boosters next week

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The United States is ready to roll out COVID-19 vaccine booster shots next week but only if health regulators approve the plan, White House officials said on Friday.In August, President Joe Biden said the government would provide boosters in the week of Sept. 20 to address waning vaccine immunity and … Read more

No 10 accused of sidelining behaviour experts on latest Covid measures | Health policy

Senior scientific advisers have publicly accused the government of sidelining behavioural experts and appearing unwilling to listen to “uncomfortable truths” on vaccine passports and masks during the pandemic.The scientists told the Guardian that their input to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) was apparently no longer wanted owing to the expansion of in-house expertise.They … Read more

Amber list scrapped in shake-up of England’s Covid travel rules | Coronavirus

Rules for English travellers heading overseas have been significantly simplified, with the “amber” list of countries scrapped and the traffic light designation replaced with destinations listed as either “red” or OK for travel.The long-heralded shake-up of the travel regulations, announced by the Department for Transport on Friday, also included a reduction in the number of … Read more

COVID updates: National Cabinet agrees to include vaccine status in check-in apps

COVID updates: National Cabinet agrees to include vaccine status in check-in apps

Analysis shows Australia has second-lowest cumulative rate of COVID deaths out of OECD nationsReporting by Stephanie DalzellFederal government analysis shows Australia has the second-lowest cumulative rate of COVID-19 deaths compared to other developed nations.The data looked at the 38 countries in the OECD.It shows Australia had just 0.75 deaths per 100,00 people between January and … Read more

UK scientist warns over relaxation of Covid travel rules | Coronavirus

One of the scientists behind the UK’s testing network for quickly identifying Covid variants of concern has urged the government to continue surveillance of coronavirus cases brought in to the UK from abroad.Alan McNally, a professor in microbial evolutionary genomics who worked on setting up the lighthouse laboratories, made the comments amid reports ministers are … Read more

COVID live updates: NSW to trial shorter quarantine periods for fully vaccinated arrivals, Glen Innes and Hilltops into lockdown

COVID live updates: NSW to trial shorter quarantine periods for fully vaccinated arrivals, Glen Innes and Hilltops into lockdown

Tumut paramedic lodges Supreme Court challenge to COVID-19 vaccine mandate(ABC News)A Riverina paramedic’s legal challenge to the requirement for all NSW health workers to have a COVID vaccine may not be heard before the mandate is due to take effect.A state government health order requires healthcare workers, including paramedics, to have their first dose of the … Read more

Pakistan receives another 4m doses of Covid vaccines

Pakistan receives another 4m doses of Covid vaccines

Another consignment of one million Sinopharm and three million Sinovac doses reached Pakistan on Wednesday, according to the National Disaster Management Authority. The vaccines have been handed over to the Ministry of National Health. Pakistan has immunised over 71 million people across the country so far. This accounts for only 25% of the total population. … Read more