Queensland announces new quarantine rules for vaccinated people, as one new COVID case recorded

Queensland announces new quarantine rules for vaccinated people, as one new COVID case recorded

Queensland has announced new quarantine rules for fully vaccinated people, as the state records one new community case of COVID-19.Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the new case was flagged as a potential positive on the Gold Coast yesterday, with the virus believed to have been transmitted through a casual contact at a Bunnings hardware store.Queensland … Read more

B.C. now has 5 cases of COVID Omicron variant in both vaccinated and unvaccinated

B.C. now has 5 cases of COVID Omicron variant in both vaccinated and unvaccinated

B.C. health officials said Tuesday there are now five cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in the province. Dr. Bonnie Henry said at a media briefing that, after the first initial Omicron case last week, four additional cases of the variant were discovered over the weekend.They have been mild and no one is in … Read more

COVID-19 still found a way into a fully vaccinated crowd. Will Omicron make ‘breakthrough infections’ worse?

A man with a moustache wraps his arm around a shorter blonde woman while standing on a porch

High school reunions have always been fraught with the possibility of awkwardness. When you hold one in a pandemic, the gathering of old friends, lovers and rivals becomes infinitely trickier.The class of 1971 from Waynesboro High School in the US state of Virginia was determined to get together, despite the threat of COVID-19. Organisers did everything they could to prevent … Read more

S.Korea’s COVID-19 rules put some vaccinated foreigners in limbo

S.Korea's COVID-19 rules put some vaccinated foreigners in limbo

A woman wearing a mask to prevent contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) naps at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-JiRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterSEOUL, Dec 6 (Reuters) – South Korea imposed stricter measures on Monday to contain growing coronavirus infections and the Omicron variant, leaving … Read more

Dutch say pre-flight tests needed as most COVID passengers from S.Africa were vaccinated

Dutch say pre-flight tests needed as most COVID passengers from S.Africa were vaccinated

People walk outside XL Schiphol test pavilion after Dutch health authorities said that 61 people who arrived in Amsterdam on flights from South Africa tested positive for COVID-19, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 27, 2021. REUTERS/Eva Plevier/file photoRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterAMSTERDAM, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Dutch health authorities called for pre-flight COVID-19 … Read more

Covid-19: Tarras Cafe to close because owners and most staff aren’t vaccinated

Covid-19: Tarras Cafe to close because owners and most staff aren't vaccinated

A Central Otago cafe once voted the most popular in the region will close its doors because the owners and most of the staff are not vaccinated against Covid-19. Tarras Country Cafe owners Emily and Peter Todd said they had chosen to close the doors on Thursday before the Government’s traffic light system came into … Read more

UK employers step up demand for workers vaccinated against Covid | Coronavirus

Employers in the UK are following the lead of their counterparts in the US by stepping up demands for staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19, analysis of recruitment adverts reveals.According to figures from the jobs website Adzuna, the number of ads explicitly requiring candidates to be vaccinated rose by 189% between August and October as … Read more

COVID cluster emerges after Hamilton country music gig for vaccinated patrons

Man playing guitar.

Concerns are mounting after three people were hospitalised after contracting COVID-19 at a country music gig in western Victoria. Key points:The event was held for fully vaccinated patrons at a golf course in HamiltonOrganisers say the vaccine status of all patrons was checked upon entryThree people have since been hospitalised, and 18 cases of COVID-19 are attributed … Read more

Austria orders lockdown for those not vaccinated against COVID-19

Austria orders lockdown for those not vaccinated against COVID-19

A person wearing an FFP2 mask sits at St. Stephen’s square amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Vienna, Austria, April 1, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerAustria has one of W.Europe’s lowest vaccination ratesInfections have surged, strain on ICU beds is growingGovt wants to avoid extra restrictions on the vaccinatedA third of population can leave home in … Read more

Young children unlikely to be vaccinated against COVID until 2022, Health Minister Greg Hunt says

Young children unlikely to be vaccinated against COVID until 2022, Health Minister Greg Hunt says

Australian children aged between five and 11 are unlikely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before January, Health Minister Greg Hunt says.Key points:The TGA is still reviewing health and safety data for children aged between five and 11Greg Hunt says it is still unclear if Australians will need more than one booster shotThe federal government has announced the … 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

Queensland records zero COVID-19 cases as outgoing CHO shares online message to ‘get vaccinated’

Queensland records zero COVID-19 cases as outgoing CHO shares online message to 'get vaccinated'

Queensland has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 as outgoing Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young shares her final message to “get vaccinated” on her last day in the job after more than 16 years.Key points:Fewer than two-thirds of Queenslanders are fully vaccinated, despite the looming December 17 opening of the state’s bordersJust over three-quarters have … Read more

WA to require travellers from states with COVID-19 transmission to be fully vaccinated

WA to require travellers from states with COVID-19 transmission to be fully vaccinated

The WA government has announced a major change to its border rules, effectively requiring travellers from states with COVID-19 transmission to be fully vaccinated in order to enter.Key points:From Friday arrivals from medium, high and extreme-risk states will need to fully vaccinatedFrom November 15, the requirement will be extended to low-risk statesPreviously travellers only needed a … Read more

City of Calgary says most employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 – Calgary

City of Calgary says most employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 - Calgary

The deadline is approaching for City of Calgary employees to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status, but so far 86 per cent say they’ve had the jab. Municipal government workers will have to upload their records by Monday, under the city’s COVID-19 vaccination policy. Read more: City of Calgary announces vaccination policy for all employees, … Read more

Ottawa facing pressure to nix pricey COVID test rule for fully vaccinated travellers

Ottawa facing pressure to nix pricey COVID test rule for fully vaccinated travellers

Calls are mounting for Canada to nix its pricey pre-arrival COVID-19 test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers. Despite easing some travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers, the federal government still requires they provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test before entering Canada.  The big complaint about the test is the price. Depending on where they’re travelling from, people … Read more

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: MIQ shake up – Cabinet considers shorter stays, home isolation for vaccinated travellers

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: MIQ shake up - Cabinet considers shorter stays, home isolation for vaccinated travellers

Exclusive footage of inside Auckland City Hospital’s Covid ward. Video / SuppliedA new case of Covid-19 has been identified in Waiuku.The infection was confirmed today in the rural town 40 kilometres southwest of Auckland.Waiuku Health Centre said it had taken its first positive swab test on Sunday and needed to inform the wider community.The test … Read more

Analysis: Vaccinated Singapore shows zero-COVID countries cost of reopening

Analysis: Vaccinated Singapore shows zero-COVID countries cost of reopening

Passengers from Amsterdam arrive at Changi Airport under Singapore’s expanded Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) quarantine-free travel scheme, as the city-state opens its borders to more countries amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Singapore October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File PhotoRecord surge in deaths and infection points to risksDeath toll of 280 driven by Delta variant, … Read more

Washington State trooper who died of COVID hadn’t been vaccinated yet, family says

Washington State trooper who died of COVID hadn’t been vaccinated yet, family says

By Seattle Times staff reporter Washington State Patrol Trooper Eric Gunderson, who died from COVID-19 at age 38 last month, was unvaccinated but likely would have gotten a vaccine this fall, family members said in a statement Friday. Gunderson was best known for leading the State Patrol’s part of the Amtrak 501 investigation, when a … Read more

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Death notice says in lieu of flowers get vaccinated

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Death notice says in lieu of flowers get vaccinated

Chris Jacob is the mobile vaccination coordinator for Te Manu Toroa, and is running the temporary testing site at the Katikati Rugby Club today along with the DHB, and Nga Mataapuna Oranga provider network affiliates – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tamawharuia and Pirirākau Hauora. Video / Bay of Plenty TimesAuckland artist Ruth Cole is carrying … Read more

Outdoor pools in NSW to reopen for COVID-19 vaccinated and unvaccinated residents

The Granville Centre swimming pool

From tomorrow, outdoor pools are reopening across the state for vaccinated and unvaccinated residents, NSW Health has confirmed.The changes to the public health orders, which call for a COVID-19 safety plan to be in place, will also apply in areas with stay-at-home rules and in the 12 local government areas (LGAs) of concern.When their reopening … Read more

Norway lifts COVID-19 restrictions, despite under 70 per cent of population being fully vaccinated

Norway lifts COVID-19 restrictions, despite under 70 per cent of population being fully vaccinated

Norway has re-opened society, its government says, ending its COVID-19 restrictions that have limited social interaction and hobbled many businesses.Key points:Culture and sports venues will be able to utilise their full capacityAs many as 76 per cent of Norwegians have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine Meanwhile, 67 per cent have been fully immunised against the virusThe Nordic … Read more

Quebec reports 821 new COVID-19 cases, 80% of which are inadequately vaccinated

Quebec reports 821 new COVID-19 cases, 80% of which are inadequately vaccinated

*Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Quebec counted 837 new COVID-19 cases and not 821. Quebec reported 821 new COVID-19 infections and three more deaths on Saturday.Health officials say about 80 per cent of new infections involve people who are not adequately vaccinated — which means either not vaccinated … Read more