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Teacher Belinda Cetnar fights Victorian coronavirus vaccine mandate

A Victorian teacher has launched court action to fight the state’s ‘no jab, no job’ vaccine mandate, trying to stop it going ahead. A Victorian teacher is the first to launch legal action against the state’s ‘no jab, no job’ vaccine mandate. Relief teacher Belinda Cetnar launched an urgent application against the policy and will …

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Covid map: Coronavirus cases, deaths, vaccinations by country

Scroll table to see more data *Deaths per 100,000 people Filter: The worldAfricaNorth AmericaLatin America & CaribbeanAsiaEuropeMiddle EastOceania Country Deaths Death rate* Total Cases US 697,736 213.3 43,479,167 Brazil 597,948 285.5 21,468,121 India 448,997 33.2 33,834,702 Mexico 278,806 220.9 3,681,925 Russia 206,179 141.5 7,474,850 Peru 199,423 623.4 2,177,283 Indonesia 142,173 53.1 4,219,284 UK 136,953 204.0 …

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Beijing Games organisers admit ‘great pressure’ over Covid

Beijing Winter Olympics organisers said Monday they face “great pressure” because of Covid-19, as China ramps up preparations with a series of test events. February’s Games could be the most restricted mass sporting event since the pandemic began, with no international spectators allowed and a vaccine mandate for anyone entering a strictly enforced “bubble”. Olympic …

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Victoria records 1220 new Covid-19 cases overnight, three dead

Victoria has recorded 1220 new locally acquired coronavirus cases overnight and three people have died. Victoria has recorded 1220 new cases of Covid-19 and three more people have died from the virus. The figures from the last 24 hour reporting period were announced by the Health Department on Sunday morning. The cases were detected among …

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SA records Covid-19 case in woman returning from Victoria

Covid-19 has jumped the border from Victoria after a woman who had an exemption flew home on a Jetstar flight. Covid-19 has jumped the border from Victoria to South Australia with a new case announced in Adelaide on Saturday. The state’s Deputy chief health officer Emily Kirkpatrick said a woman in her thirties who recently …

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Covid fears for ship crew rushed to hospital after berthing in WA

Western Australia is on alert after two ship crew members berthed in Fremantle were rushed to hospital with fears they could have Covid-19. Two crew members of an oil and chemical ship have been taken to a WA hospital by ambulance with fears they could be infected with Covid-19. WA Health on Saturday said the …

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New pill claims to cut Covid-19 death, hospital risk

The first pill to help in the fight against Covid-19 could be made available within months, but will Australia sign on to purchase the treatment? The first pill to help in the fight against Covid-19 could be made available within months, but Australia hasn’t signed on to purchase any doses just yet. Interim clinical trial …

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Covid threat looms over Thailand’s plans to open up to tourists

“The vaccine rate among the older and most vulnerable population should be as high as 85 or 90%”, says Tanarak Plipat, a senior health inspector-general and until recently deputy director of Thailand’s Department for Disease Control. “Overall, given the delta variant, to be safe vaccine coverage for anybody residing in Thailand should be 80%.” Source …

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When Australia could get booster Covid-19 shots

Australia’s state and territory leaders are working on a plan to roll out third doses of Covid-19 vaccines and it could happen sooner than you expect. Australia’s state and territory leaders are working with the commonwealth government on a plan to begin administering booster coronavirus vaccines by the end of the year. Following a national …

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Six Argentine players banned from Wallabies clash for Australia Covid breach

Argentina’s Rugby Championship clash with Australia was thrown into chaos Thursday after six players were ruled out for breaching coronavirus health orders with an unauthorised trip into New South Wales from Queensland state. The group, which also included two staff, headed to Byron Bay for a health retreat from their Gold Coast base and were …

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Shock as teens reveal they’re behind hit Covid site

Jack, Wesley and Darcy, who are all 14 and 15, have won tens of thousands of followers for their straightforward Australian Covid tracking website, CovidBaseAU. The trio from Melbourne set up the site, anonymously, after Jack got frustrated trying to find historic Covid data. They decided to reveal their identities as they got their first …

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Covid ‘flashpoint’: Calls to postpone NRL grand final

There are calls for authorities to postpone the NRL grand final to stop the risk of further spread following reports of new local infections in Brisbane. A leading epidemiologist has urged authorities to postpone the NRL grand final following reports of three new local infections in Brisbane. A guesthouse in South Brisbane is under police …

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Covid patient’s family allegedly attack cops at hospital

Three men have been charged after allegedly assaulting police and security at a Melbourne hospital following a family Covid tragedy. Police and security guards have allegedly been attacked at a Melbourne hospital housing Covid patients. Senior Constable Tim Bail confirmed police had charged three men after an alleged affray at the Northern Hospital in Epping …

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Fears of more Covid infections across Brisbane

Covid fears have erupted in Queensland and a number of locations across Brisbane are on alert following reports of another new mystery infection. A guesthouse in South Brisbane is under police guard following reports of a second Covid-19 infection in the state just hours after a mystery infection was announced. The possible outbreak at the …

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Victoria records 705 new local Covid-19 cases

Victoria has recorded 705 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Monday as extra freedoms for Melburnians were delayed. Victoria has recorded 705 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Monday as Melbourne’s sixth lockdown continues to have little impact on slowing surging infections. One new death was also announced by the health department on Monday, taking …

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NSW records 961 new local Covid-19 cases and nine deaths

Another 961 new Covid-19 cases have been recorded in NSW as the state reaches a major vaccine milestone. NSW has recorded 961 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases and nine deaths as the state continues its battle with the Delta variant. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a major vaccine milestone had been achieved overnight. Eighty five …

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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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