Australia live news updates: Omicron Covid cases climb; Victoria records 13 deaths and NSW three; Sydney pub and club at centre of scare | Australia news

7.20pm EST 19:20 Frydenberg is talking about government advice they’ve got on Omicron. “The medical advice is still coming in, in terms of the Omicron variant but we have heard from the medical professionals and the Chief medical officer that it looks encouraging and that some of the early signs are more positive than initially … Read more

Latest news updates: Nine in 10 adults in UK have Covid-19 antibodies, says ONS

Latest news updates: Nine in 10 adults in UK have Covid-19 antibodies, says ONS

Donald Trump’s former White House chief of staff will no longer co-operate with the congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, in a U-turn that underscores the growing rancour between the former president’s allies and lawmakers.Bennie Thompson, the Democrat chairing the January 6 select committee, said last month that Mark Meadows … Read more

COVID live updates: Epidemiologists hope approval of Pfizer vaccine for children will reduce infection risk before new school year

COVID live updates: Epidemiologists hope approval of Pfizer vaccine for children will reduce infection risk before new school year

Live updatesPinnedToday’s case numbersThis section will be updated throughout the day. If you don’t see your state or territory yet, don’t worry — case numbers often filter in throughout the day.Victoria:New South Wales:Queensland:South Australia:Tasmania:ACT:Western Australia:Northern Territory:15m ago15 minutes agoSun 5 Dec 2021 at 8:59pmBy Bridget JuddDavid Littleproud: State and territory leaders should hold their nerve … Read more

Cryptocurrency Bill 2021 Live Updates: Crypto & Official Digital Currency Bill To be Introduced in Parliament Winter Session

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Modi Govt to introduce Cryptocurrency Bill 2021 in Parliament during Winter Session. Cryptocurrency Bill 2021 in Parliament Live Updates: The Central Government is set to introduce the much-awaited The Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill 2021 in Parliament during the ongoing Winter Session, starting today. The Crypto industry is awaiting a positive regulation … Read more

COVID updates: Results from ‘priority tests’ expected amid concerns about NT’s growing coronavirus cluster – as it happened

COVID updates: Results from 'priority tests' expected amid concerns about NT's growing coronavirus cluster - as it happened

What do we know about COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 12? With almost 60 per cent of Australian children aged 12 to 15 now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the focus is turning to younger age groups.This week Israel followed the United States in clearing the Pfizer vaccine for use in those aged between five and 11.Australia’s medical regulator, … Read more

Coronavirus live updates: Pfizer deal would allow experimental covid-19 pill to be manufactured around the world

Coronavirus live updates: Pfizer deal would allow experimental covid-19 pill to be manufactured around the world

“This license is so important because, if authorized or approved, this oral drug is particularly well-suited for low- and middle-income countries and could play a critical role in saving lives, contributing to global efforts to fight the current pandemic,” said Charles Gore, executive director of Medicines Patent Pool, a nonprofit group focused on access to … Read more

Latest news updates: Thailand’s economy returns to contraction after Covid-19 outbreaks

Latest news updates: Thailand’s economy returns to contraction after Covid-19 outbreaks

Thailand’s economy shrank in the three months to September 30, after outbreaks of Covid-19 led to business lockdowns across the country, including in Bangkok, damping tourism and other services activity.Quarterly gross domestic product shrank 0.3 per cent year-on-year, according to data released by the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council on Monday. … Read more

COVID live updates: All the coronavirus news you need to know

COVID live updates: All the coronavirus news you need to know

Brett Sutton has criticised the national COVID-19 roadmapVictoria’s Chief Health Officer has written in the Medical Journal of Australia, questioning why there is no recovery phase in the roadmap agreed on by National Cabinet.”It [is] as if we could all soon heave a sigh of relief and simply move on,” Professor Sutton wrote.He argued a recovery phase would … Read more

COVID live updates: All the latest coronavirus news from Australia and overseas

COVID live updates: All the latest coronavirus news from Australia and overseas

Live updates1m ago1 minutes agoSat 13 Nov 2021 at 9:56pmBy Daniel SmithQueensland’s coming milestoneWill qld hit 70% today and when will we know? Does this mean people coming in can hug their loved ones? I’m sad for people who haven’t been able to come home, it feels a little long in the tooth now …-Get … Read more

Nursing homes can now lift most COVID restrictions on visits : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Nursing homes can now lift most COVID restrictions on visits : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Melvin Goldstein, 90, glances at pictures of birds, left, and a fish, his 13-year-old granddaughter drew for him as a gift as his daughter Barbara Goldstein shares them with his during a family visit inside the Hebrew Home at Riverdale on March 28 in New York. On Friday, the government eased many remaining pandemic restrictions. … Read more

COVID live updates: All the COVID-19 news you need to know in the one spot

COVID live updates: All the COVID-19 news you need to know in the one spot

COVID protests in CroatiaHundreds of Croatians protested on Thursday for the fourth day in Zagreb and other cities against obligatory vaccination certificates for the public sector as the country’s COVID-19 cases hit a record high.Earlier this month the authorities introduced more restrictive measures to fight the record surge of coronavirus infections since the start of … Read more

Crypto Analyst Benjamin Cowen Updates Bitcoin Forecast After Top Crypto Reaches New Record High

Crypto Analyst Benjamin Cowen Updates Bitcoin Forecast After Top Crypto Reaches New Record High

With Bitcoin reaching new all-time highs above the $68,000 mark, crypto analyst Benjamin Cowen says traders should consider one factor when looking at BTC’s chart. In a new strategy session, the closely followed analyst tells his 600,000 YouTube subscribers that while Bitcoin already put in an all-time high (ATH) late last month, this week’s breakout … Read more

Latest news updates: Pfizer asks US drugs regulator to widen Covid booster eligibility to all adults

Latest news updates: Pfizer asks US drugs regulator to widen Covid booster eligibility to all adults

European equities and Wall Street stock futures drifted on Tuesday as caution ahead of US inflation data tempered a long winning streak for equities. The Stoxx Europe 600, which has closed higher for 13 of the past 15 trading sessions and hit its latest all-time high on Monday, was flat in early dealings.Futures contracts on … Read more

COVID updates: Greater Darwin enters fifth day of ‘lockout restrictions’, Queensland expected to hit 80 per cent first-dose vaccination rate — as it happened

COVID updates: Greater Darwin enters fifth day of 'lockout restrictions', Queensland expected to hit 80 per cent first-dose vaccination rate — as it happened

The Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT is calling on federal health authorities to pressure the territory government into changing how it measures the local coronavirus vaccination rollout.The government counts the number of  “jabs in arms” whereas the federal government data uses the Australian Immunisation Register data, which is based on addresses registered with Medicare.Chief Minister Michael Gunner says the NT is … Read more

Australia news updates live: ACT Covid restrictions to ease Friday; masks to come off in Queensland this week; NSW students to sit HSC exams | Australia news

I have been working closely with colleagues in New South Wales, ACT and Victoria over the last few weeks to prepare for exactly the issues that have been faced and that is a rapidly moving space, in terms of how rapid antigen tests can be used in those circumstances, what is the minimum amount of … Read more

COVID live updates: Restrictions ease in NSW as residents in Katherine and Darwin await lockdown news

COVID live updates: Victoria and the ACT exercise new freedoms today as they continue to emerge from restrictions

Live updates8m ago8 minutes agoSun 7 Nov 2021 at 9:04pmBy Bridget JuddQueensland government ‘re-evaluating’ mask mandateAs Queensland edges closer to the 80 per cent single-dose COVID-19 vaccination milestone, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has flagged potential changes to the mask mandate.In August, former chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young warned Queenslanders that masks could be mandatory until Christmas, … Read more

Metaverse Tokens See Triple-Digit 7 Day Gains, Crypto Market Cap Inches Toward $3 Trillion – Market Updates Bitcoin News

Metaverse Tokens See Triple-Digit 7 Day Gains, Crypto Market Cap Inches Toward $3 Trillion

While bitcoin has been consolidating for a few days now, a number of other digital assets have seen solid seven-day gains. The two metaverse tokens sandbox and decentraland have skyrocketed over 170% during the last week. Crypto assets like loopring, crypto.com coin, and arweave have spiked in value more than 66% and up to 169% … Read more

COVID live updates: SA and Qld tighten border restrictions with NT after Katherine COVID cases

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Live updates16m ago16 minutes agoFri 5 Nov 2021 at 9:46pmBy Daniel SmithElective surgery in VicHi Team! When will elective surgery re-open in Vic? I’m in metro Melb and am waiting for surgery for endometriosis. It’s been really difficult and I’d really love to know when surgery will resume so I can get some relief-Waiting for … 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

COVID live updates: All the COVID news you need from across Australia

COVID live updates: All the COVID news you need from across Australia

WORLD NEWS: Netherlands reissues order to wear face masksFaced with sharply rising coronavirus cases, the caretaker prime minister of the Netherlands says the Dutch government is reinstituting an order to wear face masks in public places like stores and libraries and mandating an extension for the use of COVID-19 passes.COVID-19 cases have increased rapidly in … Read more

Latest news updates: Pfizer lifts 2021 Covid vaccine sales outlook to $36bn

Latest news updates: Pfizer lifts 2021 Covid vaccine sales outlook to $36bn

The month of October marked further signs of progress for the US as it seeks to bring its most recent wave of the coronavirus pandemic under control.National trends in infections, hospitalisations and deaths have been in decline, while the vaccination rollout has been given an additional recent lift with commencement of the Covid-19 booster shot … Read more

COVID updates: Queensland Health tracking down people who may have accidentally been given ultra-low Pfizer dose at pop-up vaccine clinic

COVID updates: Queensland Health tracking down people who may have accidentally been given ultra-low Pfizer dose at pop-up vaccine clinic

COVID vaccine developer refusing jab because he’s had his ownAAPAdelaide medical researcher Nikolai Petrovsky has developed and administered his own COVID-19 vaccine and says he is facing the sack because of his refusal to get one of the TGA-approved ones.The director of endocrinology at Flinders Medical Centre has developed a vaccine candidate, COVAX-19, which completed phase 1 trials in … Read more

COVID live updates: Fully vaccinated Canberrans can now travel throughout NSW and Victoria

COVID live updates: Fully vaccinated Canberrans can now travel throughout NSW and Victoria

Live updates7m ago7 minutes agoSun 31 Oct 2021 at 8:44pmBy Alexis MoranACT travel restrictions easeReporting by Harry Frost for ABC RadioFor the first time in months, Canberrans are able to travel outside the region’s border bubble without the need for an exemption or quarantine — throughout New South Wales including Sydney.Canberrans can also travel to Victoria … Read more

Latest news updates: UK Covid-19 infections hit highest level on record

Latest news updates: UK Covid-19 infections hit highest level on record

Personal consumption expenditure: The PCE index is the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation, and the latest data will be closely followed ahead of the central bank’s policy meeting on November 3. The core PCE index, which excludes volatile components such as energy and food, is expected to have risen 0.2 per cent in September … Read more

COVID live updates: Victoria and the ACT exercise new freedoms today as they continue to emerge from restrictions

COVID live updates: Victoria and the ACT exercise new freedoms today as they continue to emerge from restrictions

Restrictions easing across Victoria and the ACT From 6:00pm, regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne will unite on the same restrictions, enabling travel across the state.Masks will also no longer be required outdoors, as Victoria is set to hit its 80 per cent double dose target.Places like gyms and retail shops will be able re-open, with density … Read more

Latest news updates: Robinhood disappoints as crypto activity fades

Latest news updates: Robinhood disappoints as crypto activity fades

Robinhood, the brokerage at the centre of a meme stock trading mania, said that its crypto trading business had fallen 78 per cent in the third quarter as it delivered a disappointing outlook for the year. The brokerage said that the decline in crypto activity — a key revenue driver for the broker — led … Read more

COVID live updates: WA eases restrictions with Queensland amid hard border warning ahead of Christmas

COVID live updates: WA eases restrictions with Queensland amid hard border warning ahead of Christmas

Western Australia assesses Queensland as ‘very low’ riskThe change came into effect just after midnight, and you know what that means — quarantine-free travel.Queensland was meant to move to “very low risk” last Friday, but that was put on hold after a positive case was recorded on the Gold Coast on Thursday.”With the inclusion of … Read more

COVID-19 updates: Quarantine-free travel between Queensland and WA to resume within 24 hours

COVID-19 updates: Quarantine-free travel between Queensland and WA to resume within 24 hours

Questions from the audienceGood morning Bridget. Just wondering when Novavax may be available in Australia?-Vax to the max Morning, Vax to the max.Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd was asked about this over the weekend — here’s what he had to say:”So, at the moment we don’t know when Novavax will become available. We’re still … Read more

COVID-19 live updates: Victoria set to ease more COVID restrictions this week

COVID-19 live updates: Victoria set to ease more COVID restrictions this week

NSW: Schools are back, but not all teachers areABC NewsSchools across New South Wales are welcoming back the remainder of students to classrooms today after four months of at-home learning due to COVID-19 related lockdowns.Students in years 2 to 11 are returning to face-to-face learning, after kindergarten and years 1 and 12 students made their return last … Read more

COVID live updates: All the COVID-19 news you need from across Australia

COVID live updates: All the COVID-19 news you need from across Australia

Experts warn NSW residents it won’t be possible to maintain drop COVID case numbersABC NewsCOVID-positive case numbers have taken a tumble in New South Wales, but experts say maintaining the fall is “not possible”.Epidemiologist Catherine Bennett, from Deakin University, said the drop in transmission numbers was a good sign but cases were likely to start … Read more

Biden says U.S. will donate another 17,000 J&J vaccine doses to Africa : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Biden says U.S. will donate another 17,000 J&J vaccine doses to Africa : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

The vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The White House says Thursday that the U.S. will commit 17 million additional doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the African Union. Picture Alliance/dpa/picture alliance via Getty I hide caption toggle caption Picture Alliance/dpa/picture alliance via Getty I The vial of the Johnson & … Read more

COVID live updates: Victoria’s gyms, clubs and cafes to be vaccination hubs

COVID live updates: Victoria's gyms, clubs and cafes to be vaccination hubs

When oh when can we travel? I don’t have a crystal ball, so can’t answer some of these, but I’ll do my best. I feel your pain, South Aussie desperate to go to NSW! I am in Vic and my wedding dress is stuck in Qld! I’m hoping I can see it at Christmas time, along with … Read more

COVID live updates: Queensland reaches 70pc first dose vaccination rate as ACT closes in on 98pc

COVID live updates: Queensland reaches 70pc first dose vaccination rate as ACT closes in on 98pc

What do the health experts have to say about the lockdown ending in NSW?Epidemiologist Tony Blakley said in about 10 to 21 days, the government should assess how fast cases are increasing. If the data suggests cases will soon surge to about 4,000 a day or more (at which point over 2,000 would be on hospital on … Read more

COVID live updates: End of stay-at-home restrictions in sight as NSW readies to open up

COVID live updates: End of stay-at-home restrictions in sight as NSW readies to open up

COVID vaccine letters target GPs, pharmacists demanding they ‘cease and desist’ or face ‘punishment’GPs and pharmacists say they are facing a rise in harassment from anti-vaxxers including fake legal letters threatening to strip them of their indemnity unless they stop administering COVID vaccines to the public.Alvin Wee runs a vaccination clinic on weekends at his … Read more

Pfizer Submits Favorable Initial Data To The FDA On Kids’ COVID-19 Vaccine Trial : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Pfizer Submits Favorable Initial Data To The FDA On Kids' COVID-19 Vaccine Trial : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Pfizer and BioNTech say they will submit a formal request for emergency use authorization of the vaccine in young children “in the coming weeks,” as they share data with the FDA about trials for kids from 5 up to 12. Here, a healthcare worker administers a dose of the vaccine to an older child at … Read more