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More than 170 unaccompanied children among Australians stranded in India

Repatriation flights will resume once the travel ban lifts on 15 May, but the government has not set a deadline for rescuing vulnerable AustraliansMore than 170 unaccompanied children are among the Australians seeking to return from India as it struggles to contain a deadly second wave of Covid-19, officials in Canberra have revealed.With the Senate’s Covid-19 committee turning its attention to the government’s controversial temporary ban on travellers from India, officials reported there were n...
Tags: Health, Senate, India, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Canberra, Coronavirus


NSW Covid-19 hotspots: list and map of Sydney and regional coronavirus case locations

Here are the current coronavirus hotspots in New South Wales and what to do if you’ve visited themGreater Sydney Covid restrictions explainedCoronavirus Australia live updatesDownload the free Guardian appNew South Wales health authorities have updated a list of hotspots Covid-positive people have visited while infectious.Here’s an overview and what to do if you’ve visited them. More detailed information is available at the NSW Health website. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, New South Wales, Sydney, South Wales, NSW Health, Coronavirus, NSW Covid


Australia news live update: new Covid rules in NSW as medical chief says ‘missing link’ in cases still unknown

Mask-wearing mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, as health authorities brace for more coronavirus cases due to the level of activity of a man in his 50s while infectious. Follow latest updatesFull report: authorities search for ‘missing link’ between traveller from US and positive Sydney manSydney restrictions: new rules for Mother’s Day weekend explainedSydney Covid hotspots: list of coronavirus exposure sites Sydney Roosters caught up in Covid scare 5.24am BS...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, India, US, Australia news, United States, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Labor party, Liberal party, South Australia


Australia news live update: Covid restrictions for greater Sydney as medical chief says ‘missing link’ in NSW cases still unknown

Mask wearing mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, as health authorities brace for more cases due to the level of activity of a man in his 50s while infectious. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid case: man tests positive in SydneyNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional case locationsSydney Roosters caught up in Covid-19 scare as NRL players sent for testingTweaked Moderna vaccine ‘neutralises Covid variants in trials’NDIS on track to be more expensive than Medicare, Lin...
Tags: Health, Australia, US, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Labor party, Liberal party, South Australia, South Australian politics, Assisted dying


Australia news live: NSW contact tracers scramble to contain spread following local Covid case in Sydney’s east

Health authorities are expecting more cases due to the level of activity of the man while potentially infectious. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid case: man tests positive in SydneyNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional case locationsTweaked Moderna vaccine ‘neutralises Covid variants in trials’ 11.16pm BST The Queensland police service blocked academic research seeking to scrutinise its response to domestic violence cases and the attitudes of officers – sending rejection letters that denied ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, United States, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, World Health Organization, New South Wales politics, Labor party, Liberal party, South Australia, South Australian politics


Tweaked Moderna vaccine ‘neutralises Covid variants in trials’

Limited data from small test trial shows positive results against South Africa and Brazil strainsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first “tweaked” vaccine against the worrying coronavirus variants that emerged in South Africa and Brazil has successfully neutralised them in laboratory trials, the US company Moderna has said.The results of the small trial suggest that boosters against the variants will be feasible and could potentially be rolled out this year to count...
Tags: Health, Science, US, Society, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Moderna, Coronavirus


The US won’t reach herd immunity this year. So how will it live with Covid?

Daily life will vary depending on where you live, and how local officials decide to implement – or ignore – public health measuresFor many months, members of the public have equated a return to “normal life” with the phrase “herd immunity”: that threshold reached when the Covid-19 pandemic would be boxed in by immunization campaigns, find no new hosts and society would return to a 2019-style normal. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, US, US news, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


The US won’t reach herd immunity this year. So how will we live with Covid?

Daily life will vary depending on where you live, and how local officials decide to implement – or ignore – public health measuresFor many months, members of the public have equated a return to “normal life” with the phrase “herd immunity”: that threshold reached when the Covid-19 pandemic would be boxed in by immunization campaigns, find no new hosts and society would return to a 2019-style normal. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, US, US news, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


As UK nears zero Covid deaths, there’s good reason for optimism

Analysis: the vaccine strategy and staggered easing of restrictions have worked well. The next step is crucialCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe handling of the coronavirus crisis in the UK has provided few moments to celebrate, but the day we reach zero deaths from the disease will clearly be one to toast. That day may not be far off. On Tuesday, the UK reported four Covid deaths within 28 days of a positive test. On Monday it was only one. Months of painful lockdow...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Marise Payne denies racism motivated ban on Australian citizens returning from Covid-ravaged India

Foreign affairs minister says ‘temporary pause’ is to alleviate the ‘significant burden’ returning travellers were placing on health systemsForeign affairs minister Marise Payne has defended the government’s decision to ban Australian citizens returning home from India, saying the move was “not in any way” motivated by racism.On Saturday the government announced it will introduce penalties including fines and jail time for anyone who tries to return home from India, with treasurer Josh Frydenber...
Tags: Travel, Health, India, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Josh Frydenberg, Marise Payne, Coronavirus, COVID


Single dose of Covid vaccine can nearly halve transmission of virus, study finds

Research from Public Health England suggests that protection conferred a fortnight after vaccinationSee all our coronavirus coverageA single dose of a Covid-19 vaccine can slash transmission of the virus by up to half, according to a Public Health England study.The PHE finding offers further hope that the pandemic can be brought under control as it indicates that vaccinated people are far less likely to pass the virus on to others. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Public Health England, Coronavirus


Why Australia is under pressure to upgrade advice on Covid’s aerosol transmission

Experts cite examples of coronavirus spreading via airborne transmission including, in one case, by ‘faecal aerosols produced by toilet flushing’The latest coronavirus outbreak from hotel quarantine in Western Australia has focused attention on how the virus is transmitted. Hotel quarantine is supposed to be secure with returned travellers separated from each other. Staff and residents are meant to be regularly tested for Covid-19 and infection control procedures are supposed to be rigorous.Yet ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Western Australia, Burnet Institute, Mike O'Toole, Coronavirus


Children may be at risk from long Covid symptoms, study finds

Data shows 24% of patients had persistent ailments months after leaving a Moscow hospitalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChildren who are hospitalised with coronavirus may be at risk of persistent fatigue and other symptoms of long Covid, according to researchers who examined the health of patients months after they were discharged.Scientists interviewed the parents of more than 500 children who were admitted to a Moscow hospital with Covid between April and August la...
Tags: Health, Children, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Moscow, Coronavirus


Covid ‘vaccination persuasion’ teams reap rewards in Turkey

Door-to-door initiative targeting elderly people reluctant to have jab to be rolled out after local successCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA coronavirus “vaccination persuasion” initiative targeting elderly people who have declined invitations to get vaccinated is gearing up to be rolled out across Turkey after proving a resounding success in a district in the country’s south-east.Since February, doctors and healthcare workers in the mainly Kurdish city of Adıyaman, o...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, World news, Turkey, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Adiyaman, Coronavirus


India reportedly running out of vaccines amid Covid surge

Government’s plans to ramp up the vaccination programme by the weekend under threat Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia is reportedly running out of Covid-19 vaccines just as a virulent second wave continues to devastate the country, threatening the government’s plans to ramp up the vaccination programme by the weekend in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.From Saturday, everyone in India over the age of 18 will be eligible for a vaccine, a decision made by t...
Tags: Health, India, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Japan’s slow Covid vaccine rollout casts cloud over Olympics

Just 1.3% of Japan’s population have received at least first dose, with less than 90 days until Games Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than two months after it began its vaccine rollout, Japan still lags behind the rest of the developed world, raising questions about its preparedness and doubts about the wisdom of holding the Olympics in Tokyo in less than three months’ time.To date, 1.3% of Japan’s population have received at least one of two doses, compared with...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Japan, UK, France, Sport, Society, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Vaccines and immunisation, Olympic Games, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Coronavirus, US 49


Australia news live update: WA premier Mark McGowan says lockdown ends at 12.01am but some restrictions remain

Top doctor says leaks continue to happen because federal experts ‘deny’ virus is airborne; Facebook says independent federal MP had repeatedly breached its misinformation policy. Follow all the latest updates, liveHotel quarantine ‘a human rights catastropheWA Covid hotspots: list of exposure sitesPerth and WA Covid lockdown rules explainedWA premier furious that Australian residents are travelling to ‘Covid-infected countries’ 7.18am BST Bit of an update on this very odd story about missing...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Perth, Western Australia, Western Australian Politics, Anthony Albanese


Australia news live update: WA premier Mark McGowan says lockdown ends at 12.01am; Facebook removes Craig Kelly’s page

Top doctor says leaks continue to happen because federal experts ‘deny’ virus is airborne; Facebook says MP Craig Kelly has repeatedly breached its misinformation policy. Follow all the latest news and updates, liveHotel quarantine ‘a human rights catastropheWA Covid hotspots: list of exposure sitesPerth and WA Covid lockdown rules explainedWA premier furious that Australian residents are travelling to ‘Covid-infected countries’ 6.09am BST It has not taken long for WA premier Mark McGowan to...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Perth, Western Australia, AFL, West Coast Eagles


Australia news live: AMA says WA Covid hotel quarantine not ‘fit for purpose’; Facebook removes Craig Kelly’s page

Top doctor says leaks continue to happen because federal experts ‘deny’ virus is airborne; WA premier Mark McGowan to decide today whether Perth and Peel can reopen after three days of lockdown. Follow all the latest news and updates, live• Hotel quarantine ‘a human rights catastropheWA Covid hotspots: list of exposure sites• Perth and WA Covid lockdown rules explained• WA premier furious that Australian residents are travelling to ‘Covid-infected countries’ 5.25am BST Victoria has joined We...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Perth, Western Australia, Western Australian Politics, Anthony Albanese


What Covid vaccines does the UK have and which are in the works?

As Valneva recruits volunteers for final stage trials of its vaccine, here is the current state of play in Britain Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVaccines to protect against the coronavirus were designed, tested and manufactured in record time, and several have been approved for use in the UK vaccination programme, with a number of others under consideration. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Scotland, Society, UK News, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus


Australia news live: AMA says WA hotel quarantine not ‘fit for purpose’ for containing Covid

Top doctor says leaks continue to happen because federal experts ‘deny’ virus is airborne; WA premier Mark McGowan to decide today whether Perth and Peel can reopen after three days of lockdown. Follow all the latest news and updates, live • WA Covid hotspots: list of exposure sites • Perth and WA Covid lockdown rules explained • WA premier furious that Australian residents are travelling to ‘Covid-infected countries’ 11.35pm BST Now they are putting them out at 8.30! Pick a time Victoria, o...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Perth, Western Australia, Western Australian Politics, Anthony Albanese


UK health regulator concerned over use of rapid coronavirus tests

Exclusive: MHRA says mass testing regime in England ‘a stretch’ of its authorisation for how kits should be usedHow accurate are lateral flow tests?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s healthcare regulator has expressed concern to the government that its multibillion-pound mass testing programme is “a stretch” of the authorised use of rapid tests, the Guardian has learned.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved the lateral flow ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Health policy, MHRA, Coronavirus


Halfway there … the key numbers that tell the story of the UK’s vaccine drive

The government has hit both its self-imposed targets so far. How will it go the rest of the way?More than half of the UK population has now received at least a first dose of vaccine against Covid-19. By Friday evening 33,388,637 people had received one of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccines. Here’s how it was done, and what is still left to do. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Pfizer AstraZeneca


Can Australia achieve herd immunity to coronavirus, and what happens if not?

Declining immunity and new viral variants may mean annual vaccine boosters are neededImmunologists and virologists are questioning the ability of populations to ever achieve herd immunity to Covid-19.They say gradually waning immunity to the virus after infection or vaccination, and the impact of variants, mean it is likely annual vaccinations will be required and cases will continue to occur. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Western Australia Covid lockdown: new case confirmed as hotel quarantine failures condemned

Australian Medical Association president Dr Omar Khorshid says state governments are not doing enough to protect those in quarantine from coronavirusContinued leaks from hotel quarantine are “a frustration to all Australians” and state governments are not doing enough to prevent it, the president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Omar Khorshid, has said, while the Western Australian premier called on the federal government to “step up and help”.Authorities revealed one new community cas...
Tags: Health, Science, India, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Perth, Western Australia, WA, Australian Medical Association, Coronavirus, Omar Khorshid


‘Clients want us to clean the air’: how the pandemic took hygiene to a whole new level

The past year has turbo-charged our relationship with cleanliness, raising expectations and turning many into germophobes. Has it gone too far?Before Lynsey Crombie sits on a train, or outside a cafe, she takes out her antibacterial wipes and cleans the table, the arms of her seat – anywhere she might touch or put her phone down. “I’ve always done it,” says the bestselling author of The 15-Minute Clean and How To Clean Your House And Tidy Up Your Life. “Until last year I used to get some funny l...
Tags: Health, Fashion, Life and style, Infectious Diseases, Homes, Hygiene, Interiors, Coronavirus, Lynsey Crombie


Western Australia Covid lockdown: hotel quarantine failures condemned as McGowan urges Morrison to ‘step up and help’

Australian Medical Association president Dr Omar Khorshid says state governments are not doing enough to protect those in quarantine from coronavirusContinued leaks from hotel quarantine are “a frustration to all Australians” and state governments are not doing enough to prevent it, the president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Omar Khorshid, has said, while the Western Australian premier called on the federal government to “step up and help”.WA’s Perth and Peel region on Saturday a...
Tags: Health, Science, India, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Perth, Western Australia, Morrison, WA, McGowan, Australian Medical Association, Coronavirus, Omar Khorshid


Western Australia Covid lockdown: AMA condemns hotel quarantine failures

Australian Medical Association president Dr Omar Khorshid says state governments are not doing enough to protect those in quarantine from coronavirusContinued leaks from hotel quarantine are “a frustration to all Australians” and state governments are not doing enough to prevent it, the president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Omar Khorshid, has said.Western Australia’s Perth and Peel region on Saturday after the latest hotel quarantine outbreak led to community transmission. The v...
Tags: Health, Science, India, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Perth, Western Australia, Ama, Australian Medical Association, Coronavirus, Omar Khorshid


Australian authorities say three new cases of blood clots ‘very likely linked’ to AstraZeneca vaccine

The Therapeutic Goods Administration says the patients, including an 80-year-old man, are all in a stable condition and recoveringAustralian health authorities say another three cases of rare blood clots – including in an 80-year-old Victorian man – are very likely linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine.The medicines regulator on Friday night said the suspected cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) were in a 35-year-old New South Wales woman, a 49-year-old Queensland man and the 80...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Queensland, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, Therapeutic Goods Administration, Coronavirus


The Gambia becomes second African state to end trachoma

Health workers spent years targeting agonising and blinding eye disease, which was rife in rural areasThe Gambia has become the second country in Africa to eliminate trachoma, one of the leading causes of blindness.The achievement, announced by the World Health Organization on Tuesday, came after decades of work on the disease, which has damaged the sight of about 1.9 million people worldwide. Ghana was the first country in Africa to eliminate the disease in 2018. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Africa, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Global development, The Gambia, World Health Organization, Gambia, Ghana, Global Health



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