Victoria records 1,254 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths as state hits 90pc double vaccination threshold

Pedestrians wearing masks cross the road in front of Flinders Street Station in Melbourne

Victoria has recorded 1,254 new local COVID-19 cases and five deaths, as the state reaches its target of 90 per cent full vaccination for those aged 12 and over.Key points:Most of Victoria’s COVID restrictions lifted on Friday in anticipation of the state reaching the 90 per cent vaccination targetUnder new rules triggered on Friday, unvaccinated Victorians can … Read more

Bitcoin hits new record as crypto market cap exceeds $3 tln

Bitcoin hits new record as crypto market cap exceeds $3 tln

A representation of the virtual cryptocurrency Ethereum is seen among representations of other cryptocurrencies in this picture illustration taken June 14, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su/IllustrationSYDNEY, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Bitcoin and ether made record peaks in the Asia session on Tuesday as enthusiasm for cryptocurrency adoption and fears about inflation leant support to the asset class.Bitcoin … Read more

New Zealand hits Covid case record but Ardern says ‘better times coming’ | New Zealand

New Zealand has passed 200 daily cases of Covid-19 for the first time in the pandemic, placing it on a worrying trajectory for the summer and raising expert concerns that the growing outbreak could overwhelm the health system.On Saturday there were 206 cases announced – 200 based in Auckland, the city at the centre of … Read more

S&P 500 hits record on strong jobs report, Pfizer COVID-19 pill cheer

S&P 500 hits record on strong jobs report, Pfizer COVID-19 pill cheer

U.S. job growth regains momentumPfizer jumps after positive COVID-19 antiviral pill dataTravel stocks lead market gainsPfizer news hits competitors, vaccine stocksIndexes: Dow up 0.25%, S&P up 0.12%, Nasdaq down 0.09%Nov 5 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 and Dow rose modestly to record highs on Friday following a strong U.S. jobs report and positive data for … Read more

Ether hits record high at $4,400 as crypto surge continues

Ether hits record high at $4,400 as crypto surge continues

A previous headline erroneously said $44,000. The record is $4,400. Ether, the second-largest digital currency by market value — hit a record high Thursday night at $4,400. As of 10:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, ether ETHUSD, +3.24% had pulled back slightly, recently trading at $4,370, according to Kraken data. The cryptocurrency reached its previous all-time … Read more

German Covid-19 cases jump as ‘fourth wave’ hits

German Covid-19 cases jump as 'fourth wave' hits

A key measure of coronavirus infections in Germany rose sharply over the past week, figures showed, raising the prospect of tougher restrictions as winter approaches. The seven-day incidence rate of cases – which has been used to decide Covid-19 curbs – jumped more than 26 points in a week, the Robert Koch Institute responsible for … 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

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