Canadians 50 and over should get COVID-19 booster shot, national immunization committee says

Canadians 50 and over should get COVID-19 booster shot, national immunization committee says

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now “strongly recommending” that all Canadians over the age of 50 and other vulnerable individuals — such as health care workers, Indigenous people and those living in congregate care settings — get a third dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. In a new report issued today, NACI … Read more

4,181 new Covid cases confirmed as Coveney urges ‘national effort’ to avoid lockdown

4,181 new Covid cases confirmed as Coveney urges 'national effort' to avoid lockdown

Further lockdowns are not inevitable, but it will require a national effort to avoid them, Minister Simon Coveney has said.He said the country can still avoid the return of enhanced restrictions if people pull together and reduce the spread of Covid-19.Mr Coveney was speaking as a further 4,181 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this afternoon … Read more

Austria imposes national lockdown as Covid-19 crisis deepens

Austria imposes national lockdown as Covid-19 crisis deepens

The government also announced plans to make vaccinations mandatory from February 1 next year.The national lockdown starting Monday will last for 10 days minimum, and could be extended for a further 10 days, Schallenberg told reporters at a news conference in Vienna.The move comes only days after Austria imposed lockdown measures for all those age … Read more

Covid-19: National MP slams Northland communication, as 47th case confirmed

Covid-19: National MP slams Northland communication, as 47th case confirmed

National’s health spokesman Dr Shane Reti has criticised what he says is delayed and incomplete communication being released about Northland’s Covid-19 cases. Reti said the lack of information made it hard to assess if the region should be going into lockdown, with its 47th case confirmed on Tuesday. But Northland District Health Board said it … Read more

COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all adults is a ‘slippery slope,’ expert warns – National

COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all adults is a ‘slippery slope,’ expert warns - National

An infectious disease expert has voiced his disapproval of COVID-19 vaccine boosters becoming available for all adults in Canada. Dr. Neil Rau, who is also an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, said on The Roy Green Show on Sunday that Canada has to be “pragmatic” when it comes to how … Read more

Pentagon says it will respond ‘appropriately’ to new directive from Oklahoma National Guard on vaccine mandate

Pentagon says it will respond 'appropriately' to new directive from Oklahoma National Guard on vaccine mandate

“We are aware of the memo issued by the Oklahoma Adjutant General regarding COVID vaccination for Guardsmen and the governor’s letter requesting exemption. We will respond to the governor appropriately,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement to CNN. “That said, Secretary (Lloyd) Austin believes that a vaccinated force is a more ready force. … Read more

National positivity rate of Covid-19 falls to 1.35pc – Pakistan

National positivity rate of Covid-19 falls to 1.35pc - Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: While national positivity rate of Covid-19 cases dropped to 1.35 per cent, the country reported 572 more infections and six patients died in the last 24 hours. The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), an international body responsible for assessing the state of the world’s preparedness for pandemics and other health emergencies, has warned that … Read more

US coronavirus: The national rate of Covid-19 infections is declining. But some hospitals are still struggling to meet high demand, doctor says

US coronavirus: The national rate of Covid-19 infections is declining. But some hospitals are still struggling to meet high demand, doctor says

One doctor in Michigan said he’d seen headlines about Covid-19 progress but struggled to feel relief because his hospital remains overwhelmed with patients.”I had just worked a couple of shifts in a row where I had six, seven people sitting in the emergency department, waiting for beds at other hospitals that didn’t exist, waiting or … Read more

Queensland records no new cases of COVID-19, Premier says border opening plan depends on vaccination and national plan

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk responds to media questions about the state's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has again urged Queenslanders to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and signalled revised modelling due this week would determine the state’s path to reopening to people from New South Wales and Victoria.Ms Palaszczuk has come under pressure to commit to a plan to reopen the state’s borders as Queensland recorded another day with no … Read more