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More than half of Australians are now vaccinated against Covid-19

Australia has hit a major Covid-19 vaccine milestone and is now dishing out jabs faster than America and the United Kingdom. Australia has hit a major Covid vaccine milestone, with now more than half the eligible population fully vaccinated. Official federal government figures show 50.1 per cent of Australians aged over 16 have received both …

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Singapore migrant workers are still living in Covid lockdown

In 2020 Singapore was hit by a series of coronavirus outbreaks, centred around dormitories where thousands of migrant workers live. Cases have dropped significantly, but most of the men are still not permitted to leave except to go to work. It is one of the longest periods of Covid confinement faced by anyone anywhere in …

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Biden says US donating ‘historic’ extra 500 million Covid vaccines

US President Joe Biden addressed a Covid-19 summit of world leaders Wednesday with a promise to donate a “historic” extra 500 million vaccines to countries struggling to overcome the pandemic. “This is an all-hands-on-deck crisis,” Biden said. “America will become the arsenal for vaccines as we were the arsenal for democracy in World War II.” …

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Thousands of retired healthcare workers urged to return to Covid frontline

Tens of thousands of retired doctors, nurses and pharmacists are being urged to rejoin the workforce to help the overwhelmed system. Thousands of retired doctors, nurses, psychologists and pharmacists are being asked to consider returning to the workforce to bolster the fight against coronavirus. Almost 29,000 healthcare workers across Australia who recently stopped working have …

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Doctor’s major worry about Covid future

Australia’s former deputy chief medical officer says he is worried the intense fear of Covid-19 within some states may stop the country moving forward. Australia’s former deputy chief medical officer says he is worried the intense fear of Covid-19 within states largely untouched by the virus may hinder the country from moving forward. Professor Nick …

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Fears after Covid case at airport for ‘hours’

Queensland reported zero new local Covid-19 cases on Monday, but concerns are high after an positive case was reportedly at Brisbane airport for ‘hours’. Queensland has recorded zero new local cases of Covid-19 but the state is on high alert after an positive case was in Brisbane airport for four hours while infected. Chief health …

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Victoria records 507 new local Covid-19 cases

Victoria has recorded 507 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Sunday as Dan Andrews prepares to reveal the state’s road map out of lockdown. Victoria has recorded 507 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Sunday as new cases continue to rise throughout lockdown. It’s the eighth straight day Victoria has recorded more than 400 new …

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Covid-19 case reported at maternity hospital

Pregnant women are among more than 100 people who will enter isolation after a patient at a Melbourne hospital tested positive for Covid-19. A number of pregnant women will enter isolation after a patient at a Melbourne maternity hospital tested positive for Covid-19. The patient tested positive midweek after she visited the women’s outpatient clinic …

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Sydney Covid patient’s plea after 399 days in hospital

The heartfelt moment a Sydney Covid patient was released from hospital after 399 days has been captured, and he had one important message. A Covid-19 patient who spent more than a year recovering in a Sydney hospital has urged people not to wait and get vaccinated now. David Avila Mellado, 69, was finally released from …

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Brazil turns the tide with Covid-19 vaccines

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak has contributed to his popularity tumbling to a low 24 percent Despite a slow start plagued by much controversy that still haunts President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s coronavirus vaccination campaign is now one of the fastest-paced and farthest-reaching in the world. While boasting a globally renowned vaccination …

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‘Ludicrous’: Andrews roasted for Covid miss

The Victorian government has been slammed for failing to lift one key restriction amid the loosening of Covid-19 laws in Melbourne. Locked-down golf professionals have slammed the Victorian government’s decision to keep its ban on the sport in place despite lifting other restrictions from this weekend. Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Thursday that up to …

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Victorian construction industry forced to get coronavirus vaccine

Victorian construction workers will soon be forced to adhere to a new rule in order to keep their jobs and legally enter worksites. Construction workers in Victoria will soon be forced to show evidence to their boss that they have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine if they want to keep their …

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Haunting final post before Melbourne Covid death

A Melbourne father remembered as a ‘kind-hearted man’ posted a harrowing assessment of his illness just days before he died of coronavirus. A Melbourne father who died of coronavirus posted a harrowing message to his friends about its effects just days before he succumbed to the illness. Martin “Marty” Blight, 46, died in hospital on …

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Victoria records 514 new local Covid-19 cases

Victoria has recorded 514 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Thursday as officials brace for infections to keep rising. Victoria has recorded 514 new locally acquired Covid-19 infections on Thursday. But chief health officer Brett Sutton has warned infections will keep rising as the virus spreads rapidly through the north and western suburbs of Melbourne. …

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‘Heartbreaking’ result of Covid in pregnancy

A Sydney doctor has begged pregnant women to get vaccinated against Covid-19, having seen the havoc wreaked by the virus in maternity wards. A top obstetrician from southwest Sydney has urged pregnant women and their families to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or risk severe complications and emotional pain at birth. Dr Gau Bhagwanani, the birthing …

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Victoria’s worst Covid suburbs revealed

Victoria has recorded 423 new local Covid-19 cases on Wednesday as authorities revealed 10 hot spot postcodes where the virus is spreading rapidly. Victoria has recorded 423 new locally acquired Covid-19 infections on Wednesday as the virus spreads rapidly through the north and western suburbs. The health department confirmed the new local cases about 9am, …

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Tributes flow for Victorian Covid-19 victim

The heartbroken family of a Melbourne man who died with Covid-19 have delivered an urgent message to the public. The grieving family of a Melbourne father who died after contracting Covid-19 has urged people to get vaccinated. Martin “Marty” Blight, 46, became unwell after his northern suburbs workplace was identified as a tier one exposure …

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China races to squash new Covid-19 cluster among schoolchildren

Southern Chinese cities closed schools and ordered testing for millions in a race to curb a new Covid-19 outbreak Southern Chinese cities closed schools and ordered testing for millions on Tuesday in a race to curb a new Covid-19 outbreak which has sparked concerns over infections among unvaccinated schoolchildren. Putian, a city of 3.2 million …

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Australian Story: Southwest Sydney GP Jamal Rifi fights Covid outbreak

One GP has vaccinated 15,000 people in southwestern Sydney and tested many others for Covid-19 in his own driveway. This is how he did it. Southwestern Sydney doctor Jamal Rifi made headlines five years ago when he spoke out against Islamic extremism. Now, the much-loved Canterbury-Bankstown GP is in a fight of a different kind, …

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Testing times: Borneo orangutans get Covid swabs

Wildlife officials said antigen tests on all 30 of the red-haired creatures in Sabah state came back negative Dozens of critically endangered orangutans in Malaysia have been tested for the coronavirus, with vets in protective suits undertaking the tricky task of giving the apes nasal swabs. The antigen tests on 30 of the red-haired creatures …

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Covid vaccine Melbourne: Greg Hunt says Daniel Andrews should have known about extra doses

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ declaration he had no prior warning a shipment of 400,000 doses was headed to his state has been disputed. The health minister has cast doubt over accusations the government did not inform Premier Daniel Andrews about a shipment of extra Covid-19 vaccines to Victoria. Mr Andrews sensationally accused the government of …

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NSW Covid-19 updates: Restrictions eased as vaccinated Sydneysiders enjoy ‘picnic day’

Sydneysiders woke to new freedoms on Monday with many flocking to local parks and beaches to celebrate. Fully vaccinated Sydneysiders flocked to parks and beaches on Monday to enjoy the long-awaited ‘picnic day’. Monday marked the first day Sydney residents could enjoy recreation in groups of up to five, so long as they were within …

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Covid-19 Victoria: Compliance blitz on construction sites, priority vaccines for workers

Victoria has launched a month-long enforcement blitz across a particularly risky industry to try and stop Covid-19 spreading. Victorian construction workers will get priority access to Covid jabs as the government ramps up compliance at worksites to stop the spread of the virus. Treasurer Tim Pallas announced the “enforcement blitz” on compliance with the chief …

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Canberra Covid-19 lockdown: ACT records 13 new cases

Canberra’s total outbreak has now grown to more than 500 cases as the nation’s capital continues to struggle to get Delta under control. Canberra has recorded 13 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases, bringing the national capital’s total outbreak to 506. Of the 13 new cases, two were in isolation for their entire infectious period while …

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‘Concerning’ factor in 13 Covid deaths

Doctors have raised concerns about NSW’s “hospital in the home” Covid treatment system, after 13 people died at home of the virus since August 1. Welcome to our coverage of Australia’s Covid-19 situation. Millions of residents are anxiously awaiting today’s case numbers, after Victoria reported 334 new infections and NSW reported 1542 new cases on …

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GPs banned from prescribing drug for Covid

Australian doctors have been banned from prescribing a controversial drug for Covid after a significant spike in scripts in recent months. Australia’s medicines regulator has banned general practitioners from prescribing Ivermectin tablets for Covid-19. The Therapeutic Goods Administration says GPs are now only able to prescribe Ivermectin for approved conditions including scabies and certain parasitic …

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The way we were: Denmark lifts all Covid curbs

With no masks in sight, buzzing offices and concerts drawing tens of thousands, Denmark on Friday ditches vaccine passports in nightclubs, ending its last Covid curb. The vaccine passports were introduced in March 2021 when Copenhagen slowly started easing restrictions.  “We are definitely at the forefront in Denmark as we have no restrictions, and we …

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India eye historic series win over England after Covid all-clear

India head into the fifth Test in Manchester starting Friday just one match away from the superb achievement of winning Test series in both Australia and England in the same year after the game got the go-ahead following a fresh coronavirus scare within the tourists’ camp. The Old Trafford fixture was under threat after reports …

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Covid: Biden requires employees of big businesses to be vaccinated or face testing

In July, Biden gave an optimistic speech about how Americans soon would be declaring their “independence” from the virus. Because of the Delta variant, that independence day has failed to arrive. This, in turn, has taken a toll on the US economy and public perceptions of how Biden is handling the pandemic. This is Biden’s …

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Covid case shuts down Kings training

The Sydney Kings’ preparations for the 2021/2022 season have been thrown into disarray after a player tested positive to Covid, forcing the suspension of training. The Sydney Kings have suspended pre-season training, effective immediately, following a positive Covid test within the playing group. The Kings informed the NBL on Thursday that currently one player has …

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10 dead in fire at Covid hospital in North Macedonia

Ten people died in a fire Wednesday evening at a hospital treating coronavirus patients in North Macedonia, authorities said. The fire broke out following an explosion in a Covid-19 clinic in Tetovo in the northwest of the Balkan country, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who immediately headed to the town. At least 10 people died …

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Ten dead in fire at Covid hospital in North Macedonia

The modular Covid unit had only been built last year at the hospital to look after coronavirus patients in Tetovo, a town of around 50,000 people Ten people died in a fire Wednesday evening at a hospital treating coronavirus patients in North Macedonia, authorities said. The modular Covid unit had only been built last year …

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Covid has ‘devastating’ impact on fight against HIV, TB, malaria: Global Fund

The Covid-19 pandemic had a “devastating” impact on the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in 2020, according to a report released by the Global Fund on Wednesday. “To mark our 20th anniversary, we had hoped to focus this year’s report on the extraordinary stories of courage and resilience that made possible the progress we …

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EU Threatens to Block $150M COVID Relief Grant to Poland After Provinces Oppose LGBTQ Ideology

The European Union’s (EU) executive branch, the European Commission, is looking to punish Poland for choosing to oppose LGBTQ ideology.  The EU wants to force Poland to submit to its highest court’s pro-LGBTQ rulings by blocking millions of dollars of COVID-19 pandemic recovery aid. Bloomberg reports over the last year towns and provinces across Poland …

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‘Does nothing’: Barilaro blasts Covid rule

John Barilaro has broken government ranks with a shock admission about one of the most controversial Covid rules in NSW. Deputy Premier John Barilaro says Covid-19 curfews don’t work and claims his government introduced the tough restriction in parts of Sydney because of pressure from the media. Mr Barilaro on Monday ruled out introducing a …

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NSW’s Covid ‘peak’ just days away

New South Wales has recorded 1281 new local infections of Covid-19, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian revealing when the state will hit its worst day. New South Wales has recorded 1281 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 and five deaths, premier Gladys Berejiklian has revealed. Speaking on Monday, the Premier warned the latest modelling indicated the …

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Uproar as Brazil v Argentina clash abandoned following Covid controversy

An employee of Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) argues with Argentina players Nicolas Otamendi (left) and Marcos Acuna after their World Cup qualifier with Brazil was halted Brazil’s World Cup qualifying clash against Argentina was sensationally abandoned shortly after kick-off on Sunday as controversy over Covid-19 protocols erupted. “By decision of the match referee, …

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Brazil-Argentina abandoned over Covid issue

Argentina’s players walked off the pitch shortly after health authorities came on to stop play Brazil and Argentina’s World Cup qualifier was abandoned just minutes after kick-off on Sunday after Brazilian health officials objected to the participation of three Argentine players they believe broke quarantine rules. The visitors walked off the pitch at the Corinthians …

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Brazil v Argentina clash halted following Covid controversy

The World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina descended into chaos on Sunday Brazil’s World Cup qualifying clash against Argentina was dramatically suspended shortly after kick-off on Sunday as controversy over Covid-19 protocols erupted. Amid incredible scenes at Sao Paulo’s Neo Quimica Arena, the match between the two giants of South American football came to …

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