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

Positive COVID case recorded in remote Northern Territory community

A middle-aged man in a navy suit and tie standing in front of a flag with his head tilted. It's a head-and-shoulders shot.

The Northern Territory has recorded two new cases of coronavirus, including the first in a remote community.A 30-year-old woman from the community of Robinson River in the Gulf of Carpentaria tested positive today. She is a household contact of a 43-year-old fully vaccinated Aboriginal man from Katherine who also returned a positive result today.Greater Katherine will enter … Read more

Tonga recorded its first-ever COVID-19 case as Pacific charts pandemic recovery : NPR

Tonga recorded its first-ever COVID-19 case as Pacific charts pandemic recovery : NPR

A resort at Natadola Bay in Fiji is among many to have felt the effect of COVID on tourism. Aileen Torrest-Bennett/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Aileen Torrest-Bennett/AFP via Getty Images A resort at Natadola Bay in Fiji is among many to have felt the effect of COVID on tourism. Aileen Torrest-Bennett/AFP via … 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

Panic, lockdown and a rush to vaccinate in Tonga as first Covid case recorded | Tonga

Early on Monday morning, the normally quiet capital of the Pacific country of Tonga, Nuku’alofa city, was packed with cars.There were long queues outside vaccination centres, as well as banks, Western Union outlets and shops as people rushed to prepare for the tiny nation’s first proper lockdown.It came four days after the Kingdom of Tonga … Read more

COVID-19 cases recorded in eastern Europe hit 20 million

COVID-19 cases recorded in eastern Europe hit 20 million

Oct 24 (Reuters) – The number of coronavirus infections recorded so far in eastern Europe surpassed 20 million on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, as the region grapples with its worst outbreak since the pandemic started and inoculation efforts lag.Countries in the region have the lowest vaccination rates in Europe, with less than half … 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

No new COVID-19 cases recorded in Queensland, mask requirements in public venues to ease

No new COVID-19 cases recorded in Queensland, mask requirements in public venues to ease

Mask-wearing rules for parts of Queensland have been eased slightly as the state records a day with no new COVID-19 cases.Deputy Premier Steven Miles said there have been no cases recorded either in the community or in quarantine, quoting the Premier in declaring a “double donut day”.While mask requirements will remain in place for another two weeks in south-east Queensland, … Read more