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Covid bungle at Perth hospital

An official investigation has been launched after a bungle at a Perth hospital including a woman and her Covid-positive child. Western Australia has recorded 24 new local Covid cases as authorities investigate a bungle at a Perth hospital on Saturday night. Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson conceded the state could not eliminate the highly-transmissible Omicron variant …

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Covid-19: WA records seven new local Covid cases

Western Australia has recorded seven new local Covid cases, with the source of two of them under investigation. Western Australia has reported seven new local Covid cases and four travel-related cases on Saturday. Five of the seven local cases are known contacts of previously reported cases, one who was potentially infectious in the community, WA …

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Pet owners’ terror over hamster Covid cull

An underground network of animal lovers is helping Hong Kong hamster owners avoid a government cull. Authorities began the animal extermination program after humans and hamsters tested positive for Covid-19 at a pet shop. The rodents are genetically similar to humans, and scientists fear a dangerous mutation could spread across the territory and around the …

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McGowan’s low jab over Covid deaths

WA Premier Mark McGowan has used a dirty tactic to justify shutting his state’s borders indefinitely amid backlash. West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has delivered a cold justification for shutting his state’s borders indefinitely, referencing high death rates elsewhere as evidence of his success. “In some countries around the world, lots of people dying in …

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‘Lied to’: Hanson’s bizarre Covid claim

Pauline Hanson has revealed a bold plan for the next federal election based on a sensational claim about Covid in Australia. Pauline Hanson says her party will campaign on a platform of demanding a royal commission into Australia’s Covid-19 response at the upcoming federal election. Speaking at an online Christian anti-vaccine mandate event on Friday, …

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Australian Open under pressure over ‘optional’ Covid tests

Germany’s Alexander Zverev believes there are players with Covid at the Grand Slam The Australian Open was under growing pressure Thursday to make Covid tests mandatory after leading players openly questioned the seemingly lax policy and the Grand Slam got its first positive case. Frenchman Ugo Humbert said following his first-round exit on Tuesday that …

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Australia approves two oral Covid drugs

The first oral medications for Covid-19 will arrive in Australia in coming weeks after a major breakthrough overnight. Covid-positive Australians who are at risk of serious illness will soon have access to two breakthrough treatments in an attempt to keep them out of intensive care. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has granted provisional approval to two …

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Aussies handling Covid ‘like Americans’

Reduced government support is leaving Aussies more confused and anxious than ever during the pandemic, resembling the situation in the US. Australia’s experience during the pandemic is starting to resemble that of the US, with reduced government support and individuals being left to fend for themselves, according to new research from the Australian National University …

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Health staff forced to quarantine after Covid-19 case went to hospital

Western Australia has recorded two new local cases of Covid-19 including one man who visited a hospital emergency department. Western Australia has recorded two new local cases of Covid-19 overnight, including one person who was infectious in the community and forced a dozen health staff into self-quarantine. Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said one of the …

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Massive Covid booster shot change in NSW

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced a major change to the vaccine booster rollout that will affect millions of people. More than three million NSW residents have become eligible for their Covid-19 vaccine boosters after the state government slashed the waiting period between second and third doses. The 40 state-run vaccine hubs from Wednesday will …

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Why Covid fines could be scrapped

Victorians fined for Covid breaches may have them ultimately scrapped for one major reason. Victorians penalised over Covid breaches could have their fines scrapped after questions were raised about the ability of the state’s authorised officers to hand out the punishments. The Department of Justice and Community Safety is reportedly investigating amid concern over whether …

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‘Moronic’: Fake Covid reports spark blow up

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has launched an extraordinary tirade at people reporting fake Covid test results. People are uploading false rapid antigen test information about others on Service NSW, in what has been slammed as “juvenile, moronic” behaviour. NSW residents have been able to register positive RAT information to an online register since January …

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Police Investigating Hillsong Church; Outdoor Youth Camp Ordered to Stop Singing, Dancing Due to COVID

Hillsong Church in Australia was recently ordered by New South Wales (NSW) health officials to stop singing and dancing at its youth camp in Newcastle amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19. In a statement posted on its website, Hillsong said keeping people safe during events is a priority and that the church has always …

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Russia’s Sputnik V Covid vaccine recognised in Australia

A Russian-made vaccine has been recognised by the TGA after indications it could slash the chance of hospitalisation or death by a staggering amount. International travellers who have had two doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine will be permitted to enter Australia now that the Therapeutic Goods Administration has recognised it as a Covid-19 …

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Head of Credit Suisse resigns over Covid rules breach

Credit Suisse’s now former chairman, Antonio Horta-Osorio, had vowed to tackle risk at the scandal-plagued bank The head of Credit Suisse has resigned less than a year after taking the reins of the scandal-hit bank following reports that he had broken Covid quarantine rules. Credit Suisse confirmed last month that Horta-Osorio had violated quarantine rules …

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Woolies halts meat supply from Covid-hit abattoir

Already battling supply chain and staff shortage nightmares, the supermarket giant has had to make a big call about a major supplier. Woolworths has temporarily suspended the sale of meat from a South Australian abattoir where positive Covid-19 cases were permitted to return to work. The supermarket chain announced on Monday that it halted all …

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Revealed: Group to win during Covid

One group of people enjoyed a staggering spike in their wealth while Covid-19 made the majority of people worse off. The wealth of Australia’s billionaires has surged at a staggering rate, Oxfam says, with the ultra-rich enjoying “a terrific pandemic” while others were dying from “economic violence”. The charity issued a report on Monday estimating …

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Three new cases of Covid-19 as exposure sites list grows in WA

Two shopping centres have been added to WA’s fast-growing Covid-19 exposure sites list as the state recorded three new cases, including one who was infectious in the community. Dozens of locations have been added to Western Australia’s growing list of Covid-19 exposure sites as the state recorded three new cases overnight, including one who was …

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Parts of Northern Territory plunged into Covid-19 lockdown

Parts of the Northern Territory have been forced into a Covid-19 lockdown after a surge in cases that has authorities concerned. Parts of the Northern Territory have been plunged into a lockdown just one day after other areas had a lockout imposed. Galiwin’ku and Elcho Island have begun a seven-day lockdown, while Yirrkala is having …

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Alice Springs enters Covid-19 lockout, SA and ACT record two new deaths

Unvaccinated people in Alice Springs and other parts of the Northern Territory cannot leave their homes for the next week except for four reasons. Unvaccinated people in parts of the Northern Territory will be subjected to a seven-day lockout amid fears of Covid-19 spreading in the community. Chief Minister Michael Gunner told reporters on Sunday …

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Professor Michael Good explains why some won’t get Covid from household contacts

Why do some people living with a person who has Covid-19 not test positive at all? A medical expert breaks down how and why this happens. Why do some people living with a person who has Covid-19 not test positive at all? According to medical expert Michael Good, the answer may come down to good …

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SA records 5679 new Covid-19 cases but Premier urges caution on new numbers

There has been a major revelation about South Australia’s expected Covid peak after the state recorded more than 5000 new cases. South Australian Premier Steven Marshall says the state could reach its peak as “early as tomorrow” after another 5679 new cases were recorded. Another six deaths were also recorded. Speaking to reporters on Friday, …

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Drones spray holy water at India Hindu festival as huge crowds defy Covid rules

The ongoing coronavirus surge in India did not deter millions from travelling to Sagar Island for the festival Drones sprayed holy water from the Ganges on thousands of Hindu pilgrims on Friday to reduce crowding during a massive festival being held despite soaring Covid cases in India. The Gangasagar Mela in the east of the …

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Australia vows to enforce Covid rules ahead of Djokovic decision

The Serbian world number one is looking to secure a 10th title at the Australian Open, as well as a record 21st Grand Slam Australia vowed Friday to enforce its Covid-19 vaccine border rules “rigorously” as a decision loomed on the deportation of unvaccinated tennis superstar Novak Djokovic. Finance Minister Simon Birmingham insisted Friday that …

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Hotels to become Covid wards as cases surge

Victoria’s controversial quarantine hotels could soon be filled with Covid patients as Omicron wreaks havoc on the health system. Hotels once used to quarantine Victoria’s returned travellers will soon be filled with Covid patients in a bid to ease pressure on hospitals. It comes amid another spike in the number of Covid patients hospitalised across …

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‘I Was a Slave to Darkness’: During Touching Baptism, Ex-Drug Addict Says She’d ‘Be Dead’ if Church Didn’t Defy COVID Closure

A Canadian church has a message for Christians and houses of worship alike amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: “Refuse to close your doors.” Trinity Bible Chapel in Waterloo, Ontario, published a video Tuesday of a woman named Jennifer Scott. The clip featured Scott’s incredibly touching baptism and her heartwarming testimony. Listen to today’s podcast and subscribe: …

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Australian Open crowds capped at 50 percent over Covid

Australian Open crowds are to be capped at 50 percent capacity because of Covid restrictions Crowds at the troubled Australian Open will be capped at 50 percent capacity as Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations continue to rise in Melbourne, it was announced Thursday. Face masks will also be mandatory at the opening Grand Slam of the year, …

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Chinese cities battle Covid as Winter Olympics loom

China is battling coronavirus outbreaks in several cities, testing the country’s strict “zero-Covid” strategy just weeks before Beijing hosts the Winter Olympics. Here’s a rundown of the measures in place in key areas of the world’s most populous nation. Fears are growing about China’s largest domestic Omicron cluster to date in the northern port city …

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US on ‘threshold’ of living with coronavirus: Fauci

Top US scientist Anthony Fauci said personal attacks by Senator Rand Paul distracted from the important work of tackling the pandemic, and made him a personal target for violence Despite soaring cases and record-high Covid-19 hospitalizations, the United States is approaching the “threshold” of transitioning to living with the coronavirus as a manageable disease, Anthony …

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Djokovic ‘did not know’ of Covid result when in public: mother

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic arrived in Melbourne on January 5, beginning a protracted fight over his visa Novak Djokovic probably “did not know” of his own positive Covid-19 test result when he mixed with the public in Serbia without a mask, his mother said Wednesday in a television interview. Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said it …

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Chief health officer describes Covid-19 as ‘just another virus’

Queensland’s chief health officer has made a startling pitch about Covid-19 as another 20,566 Omicron cases hit the state. Queensland’s chief health officer says there is “nothing mystical or magical” about Covid-19, describing it as “just another virus”. John Gerrard told reporters on Tuesday that people merely had anxiety about the unknown. “Once you actually …

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WA records four new local cases of Covid-19

One of the new cases of Covid-19 in Western Australia was infectious in the community and likely has the highly transmissible Omicron strain. Western Australia has recorded four new local cases of Covid-19, including one person who was likely infectious in the community with the Omicron strain. Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said there were also …

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‘Brainless’: Gold Coast Covid parties blasted

A colourful Queensland mayor has slammed people holding ‘Covid parties’ in his city, despite calling for the state government to let the virus rip. Controversial Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has lashed the “brainless” residents of his city holding Covid parties. But he maintains concerns over Omicron may be overkill and called for the Queensland …

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NSW makes huge Covid treatment shift

NSW health officials have made a major change to treating Covid patients with hospitals under immense pressure as cases surge. Coronavirus patients in NSW’s under-pressure public hospitals are being moved to private facilities in order to free up beds amid surging infections and workforce shortages. There were 303,795 confirmed active cases in NSW on Monday, …

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Golfers to be tested for Covid-19

‘Safe’ environment the priority for officials at the Australian PGA and WPGA Championships at Royal Queensland. Players at this week’s Australian PGA and WPGA Championships will be tested regularly for Covid-19 to help maintain a safe environment at Royal Queensland. PGA of Australia CEO Gavin Kirkman said his priority was to ensure players, caddies, staff …

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Daughter says goodbye to dying mum after jumping through WA’s Covid-19 hurdles

A couple who were stuck in hotel quarantine before finally being able to bid farewell to a dying parent say she would have been more alert two weeks ago. A woman who was stuck in hotel quarantine and unable to see her dying mum has finally had a chance to say farewell — but it …

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Governor-general tests positive to Covid

Australia’s governor-general is the latest big name to contract Covid as cases continue to surge to record highs around the nation. Australia’s Governor-General David Hurley has tested positive for Covid-19. A spokesperson for General Hurley said he had received both vaccine doses, as well as a booster, and was experiencing mild symptoms. He is isolating …

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’Immense pressure’: Covid whacks hospitals

An emergency department boss has revealed a grim reality behind Victoria’s Covid infection explosion as the state battles rising hospitalisations. Victorians are showing up to overrun hospital emergency departments unknowingly infected with Covid despite often not needing urgent care. The revelation was made by The Alfred’s head of emergency Dr Carl Luckhoff who said embattled …

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