Crypto regulation imminent in SA, say local exchanges

Crypto regulation imminent in SA, say local exchanges

While South African-based crypto exchanges expect digital currencies to continue gaining value in 2022, they also believe more regulation is set to be introduced to the sector this year.The exchanges say price volatility of the crypto assets will persist this year, while trends in the decentralised finance will gather steam.At the tail-end of 2021, some … Read more

NT records zero new local COVID cases as lockout scheduled to lift in Greater Katherine tomorrow

Northern Territory records one new local COVID-19 case linked to Katherine outbreak

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner says lockout restrictions will likely lift in Greater Katherine on Wednesday despite a high likelihood more COVID-19 cases will be found in the region in the coming days.Key points:Cases in the current outbreak remain at 61Positive wastewater results are still being returned in KatherineA final decision on Katherine’s lockout will … Read more

NT records one new local COVID case in three-year-old girl, as Katherine lockout is extended for 24 hours

Northern Territory Health Minister Natasha Fyles at a press conference.

The Northern Territory has recorded one new local case of the COVID-19, a three-year-old girl in Katherine.NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles said the girl had tested positive after taking a PCR test while receiving treatment in Katherine Hospital.Ms Fyles said the girl had seven household contacts and they were all being interviewed this morning.She said the girl lived in the Acacia Road … Read more

Chinese crypto ban poses no threat to local industry media, sources say

Chinese crypto ban poses no threat to local industry media, sources say

While some major Chinese cryptocurrency-related publications seem to be shutting down, a number of local news agencies continue running by moving to social media like Twitter.China’s most recent crypto ban would not significantly affect local crypto media sources as there are a number of ways to disseminate industry information, according to an executive at one … Read more

South Australia records three new cases of COVID-19, including two cases of local transmission

A crowd of people line up for covid testing

South Australia has recorded three new COVID cases, including the first instances of local transmission since the state opened its borders to New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT last week.Key points:Two men aged in their 50s are believed to have caught the virus from an interstate traveller at an eventA child in quarantine has also … Read more

Victoria records 1,061 new local COVID-19 cases and four deaths

Two health workers in protective gear.

Victoria has recorded 1,061 new local COVID-19 cases and four deaths as tighter border rules have come into force to respond to the new Omicron variant. There are now 11,331 active cases of the virus in Victoria, and 503 people have died during the state’s current Delta outbreak.There are 283 people in hospital with COVID-19, of whom 44 are in intensive care and … Read more

Northern Territory records one new local COVID-19 case linked to Katherine outbreak

Northern Territory records one new local COVID-19 case linked to Katherine outbreak

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has blasted COVID conspiracy theorists as “tinfoil-hat wearing tossers” while announcing one new local case in the Territory.Key points:One new COVID-19 case was recorded overnightRockhole has moved from a hard lockdown to a regular lockdownNT Chief Minister Michael Gunner slammed conspiracy theorists spreading “insane” COVID misinformationThe new case is a teenager from … Read more

Queensland COVID-19 border bubble with northern NSW being considered amid Byron Bay hostel lockdown, no new local cases recorded

Police officers perform checks as car crosses newly reopened Queensland-NSW border bubble

The Queensland government is considering a Gold Coast-Tweed border bubble when the state’s roads reopen to New South Wales next month, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says a COVID-19 scare in Byron Bay is a concern.Key points:Queensland authorities will examine the Byron COVID case “very carefully” before enacting a border bubblePremier said the case was a reminder people must get … Read more

Katherine lockdown extended as Northern Territory records two new local COVID cases

Katherine lockdown extended as Northern Territory records two new local COVID cases

The Northern Territory has recorded two new local cases of COVID-19 overnight, Chief Minister Michael Gunner says.Key points:Two people in Katherine, a 33-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man, have tested positive to COVID, taking the current NT cluster to 37 casesRobinson River will transition from a lockdown to a lockoutKatherine’s lockdown has been extended for another 48 hours, pending … Read more

Victoria records 797 new local COVID-19 cases and eight deaths, new tier 1 exposure sites listed

A woman in blue PPE holds up a syringe containing Pfizer vaccine.

Victoria has recorded 797 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths.There are now 14,131 active cases of the virus in Victoria, and 424 people have died in the state during the current Delta outbreak. There are 394 people in hospital with COVID-19, of whom 72 are in intensive care and 44 are on a ventilator.LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on … Read more

Covid 19 Delta Outbreak: Waiheke Island confirms first local virus case

Covid 19 Delta Outbreak: Waiheke Island confirms first local virus case

Auckland moves to level 3.2 tomorrow night, Far North to level 2 on Thursday; more freedoms likely from Nov 29. Video / Mark Mitchell / Michael Craig / Dean PurcellWaiheke Island has recorded its first local case of Covid-19 just weeks after an Aucklander awaiting test results travelled to the island.In a post to Facebook … Read more

Victoria records 1,268 new local COVID-19 cases and seven deaths

Healthcare workers in full PPE look on as other workers speak to people at car windows at a drive-through vaccination site.

Victoria has recorded 1,268 new local COVID-19 cases and seven deaths.There are now 16,662 active cases of the virus in Victoria, and 352 people have died during the current Delta outbreak.There are 651 people in hospital in the state with COVID-19, of whom 106 are in intensive care, and 70 are on a ventilator.The new cases were detected from 65,410 test results received … Read more

COVID updates: Queensland has recorded three new local cases — as it happened

COVID updates: Queensland has recorded three new local cases — as it happened

Victorian opposition calls for resumption of elective surgeryVictoria’s opposition is calling for elective surgery to resume for the tens of thousands of people waiting for operations.The public hospital waitlist was already long in many instances before the pandemic hit, and has ballooned during the state’s prolonged lockdowns.With hundreds of Victorians still in hospital with COVID-19, … Read more

Victoria records 989 new local COVID-19 cases and nine deaths

Victoria records 1,377 new local COVID-19 cases and four deaths

Victoria has recorded 989 new local COVID-19 cases and nine deaths, the first time daily case numbers have been below 1,000 since September 28.Key points:The death toll for the current outbreak in Victoria has risen to 318There were 16,158 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites and more vaccinations at GP clinicsNew tier 1 venues have been … Read more

Victoria records 1,510 new local COVID-19 cases and four deaths

A social distancing sign.

Victoria has recorded 1,510 new local COVID-19 cases and four deaths as the state moves closer to a further easing of restrictions later this week.Key points:The death toll from the current Delta outbreak in Victoria has risen to 234There were 28,232 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites yesterday, and more at GP clinicsCity of Melbourne … Read more

Victoria records 1,750 new local COVID cases and nine deaths

People at a Melbourne beach.

Victoria has recorded nine further deaths of people with COVID-19 and 1,750 new locally acquired cases. The new infections were found from 72,858 test results processed on Friday, the day Melbourne and Mildura emerged from lockdown.Strict density caps remain in place and most retail is still closed, but hospitality venues and beauty services have been packed with … Read more

Local Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target | Global development

Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its … Read more

Victoria records 847 new local COVID-19 cases and one further death

Two people walk near a sign saying 'COVID-19 testing this way'.

Victoria has recorded 847 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and one further death, amid warnings to stay home this grand final day.It is the 22nd death linked to the state’s current Delta outbreak.The new infections were found from 57,342 test results processed on Friday.It is the highest single-day tally of the outbreak to date. Case … 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