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Media bargaining code passes Senate – as it happened

Eleventh-hour amendments made to bill to address Facebook’s concerns; Queensland ends quarantine-free travel with New Zealand as South Australia and NSW ease restrictions. This blog is now closed Senate passes media bargaining code legislationNSW loosens some Covid restrictionsFollow the global coronavirus live blog 8.54am GMT With that, I will leave you for the day. Here’s a recap of today’s news: 8.43am GMT NSW Health has issued a health alert for arrivals from New Zealand, after three...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Welfare, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, South Australia


Australia news live: media bargaining code passes Senate

Eleventh-hour amendments made to bill to address Facebook’s concerns; Queensland ends quarantine-free travel with New Zealand as South Australia and NSW ease restrictions. Follow the latest updates, liveNSW loosens some Covid restrictionsFollow the global coronavirus live blog 8.27am GMT The media bargaining code bill will now return to the lower house, where the amendments can be agreed and passed into law. For more on the amendments, and Facebook’s backflip, here’s Peter Lewis’ take from y...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Welfare, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, South Australia


9 essentials for staying healthy while traveling, from a sterilizer wand to a muscle stimulator to improve circulation

Taking proper precautions while traveling is vital in helping prevent contracting a virus like COVID-19. Innovative tech like portable water filters or wand sterilizers can help make any trip a much safe experience.  Below, we've rounded up 9 essentials everyone should pack in their suitcase or carry-on for healthy travel. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Travel isn't what it used to be. Not only has the pandemic severely restricted what has become the world's favorite pastime, but it's also c...
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Research identifies failures with Australia and New Zealand's hotel-based COVID-19 quarantine

The researchers found a notable risk of failure with hotel quarantine in Australia and New Zealand. The two countries have collectively had 16 COVID-19 identified failures from hotel-based quarantine up to January 31, 2021. The two countries also have higher proportions of infected travelers, threatening both nations' status in eliminating the illness.
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Air New Zealand to trial Covid vaccine passport on Sydney flights

Airline aims to ‘streamline health verification’ for travel as vaccinations begin Air New Zealand will trial a digital vaccine passport in April on flights between Auckland and Sydney.As vaccination begins in Australia, attention has turned to the potential resumption of international travel and how Australia could track whether potential visitors have been vaccinated. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Health, Australia, World news, Australia news, Air transport, Sydney, New Zealand, Auckland, Air New Zealand, Coronavirus


UK Covid live: Boris Johnson to set out roadmap out of England lockdown

Prime minister to tell MPs new plan for schools, social contact, retail and hospitalityScotland vaccination drive linked to big drop in hospital admissionsVaccinating children could be key to stifling Covid, say expertsGlobal coronavirus updates – live 3.30pm GMT Boris Johnson is about to make his Commons statement on the roadmap for easing the lockdown in England.After he has spoken, Johnson will respond to questions from MPs. There are 100 MPs down to speak; the list is here. Sir Keir Star...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Labour, SNP, New Zealand, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, SDLP, Vietnam, Johnson


The Latest: Biden to mark 500,000 lives lost with ceremony

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON __ President Joe Biden will mark the U.S. crossing 500,000 lives lost from COVID-19 with a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at the White House. The nation is expected to pass the grim milestone on Monday, just over a year after the first confirmed U.S. fatality due to the novel coronavirus. The White House said Biden will deliver remarks at sunset to honor those who lost their lives. He will be joined by first lady Jill Biden and Vice President Ka...
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The Latest: New Zealand to remove restrictions from Auckland

By The Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand will remove remaining coronavirus restrictions from Auckland on Monday after an outbreak discovered in the largest city fades away. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said more than 72,000 tests had found no evidence the virus was spreading in the community. Auckland was placed into a three-day lockdown this month after a mother, father and daughter tested positive. Another five contacts later tested positive. After the lockdown ended, Auc...
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Australia's travel bubble with New Zealand to restart as Victoria records no new Covid cases

Quarantine-free travel for New Zealanders entering Australia will resume from SundayAustralia’s first Covid vaccinations of elderly and disabled unlikely to be from own GPSee all our coronavirus coverageAustralia’s coronavirus travel bubble with New Zealand will recommence on Sunday, the Department of Health has announced.In a statement issued on Saturday afternoon, the department said “green zone” flights from New Zealand could resume at 12.01am on Sunday, subject to some conditions. Continue r...
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Australia's travel bubble with New Zealand to resume as Victoria records no new Covid cases

Quarantine-free travel for New Zealanders entering Australia will restart from SundayAustralia’s first Covid vaccinations of elderly and disabled unlikely to be from own GPSee all our coronavirus coverageAustralia’s coronavirus travel bubble with New Zealand will recommence on Sunday, the Department of Health has announced.In a statement issued on Saturday afternoon, the department said “green zone” flights from New Zealand could resume at 12.01am on Sunday, subject to some conditions. Continue ...
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Mental illness in early life linked with poorer health and advanced aging in adulthood

A new pair of studies from a Duke research team's long-term work in New Zealand make the case that mental health struggles in early life can lead to poorer physical health and advanced aging in adulthood.
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Australia news live: Scott Morrison grilled over response to Brittany Higgins; Victoria reports two local Covid cases

PM addresses former Liberal staffer’s allegation of rape; AstraZeneca vaccine approved for Australia; hotel quarantine back in the spotlight. Follow liveVictoria Covid hotspotsVictoria stage 4 rules and restrictionsAustralia state by state rules explainedFollow our coronavirus global live blog 5.27am GMT It’s been a busy day, so I’m only just now beginning to catch up on the Coalition party room meeting from earlier today. The allegations raised by Brittany Higgins dominated the discussion, ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Syria, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, New Zealand, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Patricia, Patricia Karvelas


First shipment of vaccine lands in Australia – as it happened

Parliament remembers apology to stolen generations, and quarantine-free border to New Zealand closed after new cases. This blog is now closed. 8.08am GMT We’ll leave it there for today. Thanks for tuning in. Here are today’s main developments: 7.54am GMT Prof Tony Blakely, a top epidemiologist at the University of Melbourne, says the federal government should set up an independent agency to accredit and audit Covid quarantine hotels. Blakely also says some federal politicians have polit...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian media, Welfare, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Parliament, Scott Morrison


Australia politics live: first shipment of Pfizer vaccine lands in Australia

Parliament marks anniversary of national apology to stolen generations, and quarantine-free border to New Zealand closed over UK variant Covid cases. Follow all the latest news and updates, live Follow all the latest global coronavirus newsVictoria Covid hotspotsVictoria stage 4 rules and restrictionsAustralia state by state rules explained 5.28am GMT This looks like almost being done and dusted.Josh Frydenberg says the changes are minor, but will provide "comfort" to tech players that the c...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Australian media, Welfare, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party


Australia politics live: First shipment of Pfizer vaccine lands in Australia – question time

Parliament marks anniversary of national apology to stolen generations, and quarantine-free border to New Zealand closed over UK variant Covid cases. Follow all the latest news and updates, live Victoria Covid hotspotsVictoria stage 4 rules and restrictionsAustralia state by state rules explained 3.30am GMT Scott Morrison has spoken with Papua New Guinea’s prime minister about speculative announcements of possible Chinese-funded development on the PNG island of Daru, parliament has been told...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian media, Welfare, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison


The Latest: Australia receives over 142,000 vaccine doses

By The Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia — Australia will begin vaccinating its population against COVID-19 next week after its first shipment of Pfizer vaccine was delivered on Monday. More than 142,000 doses had arrived at Sydney airport, the government said. Health care, aged care and quarantine workers will be among the first to be vaccinated from Feb. 22. Prime Minister Scott Morrison will also be among the first to receive a dose in a bid to raise public confidence in the program. Austr...
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Australia politics live: First shipment of Pfizer vaccine lands in Australia

Parliament marks anniversary of national apology to stolen generations, and quarantine-free border to New Zealand closed over UK variant Covid cases. Follow all the latest news and updates, live Victoria Covid hotspotsVictoria stage 4 rules and restrictionsAustralia state by state rules explained 2.34am GMT Greg Hunt says the government won’t say until later in the week what the allocations of this first shipment of vaccines will be for each jurisdiction. 2.31am GMT Given the seriousnes...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Labor, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian media, Welfare, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party


Australia politics live: Parliament marks anniversary of national apology to stolen generations

Daniel Andrews says it’s too early to be sure about when Victoria’s lockdown will end; Australia closes quarantine-free border to New Zealand after coronavirus cases confirmed as UK variant. Follow all the latest news and updates, live Victoria Covid hotspotsVictoria stage 4 rules and restrictionsAustralia state by state rules explained 1.34am GMT Here is how the chamber looked as those speeches were delivered. 1.32am GMT Linda Burney finishes with this:The healing power of telling the t...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian media, Welfare, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Parliament


The Latest: Auckland, New Zealand begins 3-day lockdown

By The Associated Press NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand’s largest city of Auckland has begun a three-day lockdown following the discovery of three unexplained coronavirus cases in the community. Health officials say the cases are of the more contagious variant first found in Britain and that genome testing hadn’t linked them to any previous known cases. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the lockdown after an urgent meeting with other top lawmakers in the Cabinet. She says they decided to take a ...
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Australia politics live: Daniel Andrews gives press conference update on Victoria cases; jobseeker in spotlight as parliament returns

Pressure mounts for Coalition to announce a permanent increase to unemployment payment; Australia closes quarantine-free border to New Zealand after coronavirus cases confirmed as UK variant. Follow all the latest news and updates, live • Victoria Covid hotspots 11.28pm GMT There is still no word on whether or not the lockdown will be extend, but Daniel Andrews says the numbers so far are “pleasing”:We are well-placed right now, but right now is too early to be definitive about Wednesday eve...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian media, Welfare, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison


Australia politics live: jobseeker in spotlight as parliament returns; NZ Covid cases confirmed as UK variant

Pressure mounts for government to announce a permanent increase to unemployment payment ahead of coronavirus supplement expiring next month. Follow all the latest news and updates, live 9.33pm GMT Ben Butler will have more for you very soon - but the Crown CEO Ken Barton has resigned.Helen Coonan will step into interim leadership. 9.27pm GMT Asked the same question about returned Australians and hotel quarantine on Sunday, this is what Greg Hunt said:That would be a matter for national ...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian media, Welfare, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Greg Hunt


Australia news live: Victoria reports new Covid case in former Holiday Inn guest

New Zealand PM says Australia’s closure of border forces travel bubble rethink. Hotel quarantine worker in Melbourne diagnosed with UK variant. Follow liveWHO says it is ‘too early’ to dismiss AstraZeneca vaccineVictoria Covid hotspots; NSW Covid hotspotsVictoria reported no new cases in past 24 hoursSouth Africa suspends AstraZeneca vaccinations 5.32am GMT McGuire is now talking about the “Do Better” report, and his response to it:The report does make the point that there have been systemi...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Africa, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Queensland politics, New Zealand, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party


Australia news live: Jacinda Ardern casts doubt on trans-Tasman travel bubble after snap closure

New Zealand PM says Australia’s closure of border over case in Auckland is forcing rethink. Hotel quarantine worker in Melbourne diagnosed with UK variant. Follow liveWHO says it is ‘too early’ to dismiss AstraZeneca vaccineVictoria Covid hotspots; NSW Covid hotspotsVictoria reported no new cases in past 24 hoursSouth Africa suspends AstraZeneca vaccinations 4.25am GMT More from the press conference in which New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern refused to show confidence in the trans-T...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Africa, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Queensland politics, New Zealand, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party


Coronavirus live: More than 11.4 million in UK have had first dose; Netherlands cases surpass 1m

Worcestershire begins surge testing for South African Covid variantUK on target to give all over-50s Covid jabs by May – taskforce chiefWhen Britain might start reopeningSurgeon joins fight against vaccine hesitancy among BAME communitiesFourth Covid case linked to New Zealand hotelSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.25pm GMT A mosque has been turned into a pop-up Covid vaccination centre to help ease mistrust in the Muslim community about getting the jab, PA media reports.Young children went...
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Coronavirus live: UK records a further 828 deaths and 18,262 cases; Netherlands cases surpass 1m

Worcestershire begins surge testing for South African Covid variantUK on target to give all over-50s Covid jabs by May – taskforce chiefWhen Britain might start reopeningSurgeon joins fight against vaccine hesitancy among BAME communitiesFourth Covid case linked to New Zealand hotelSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.09pm GMT In the UK, 828 more people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the total to 112,092, according to government data.This daily number is do...
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Coronavirus live: 10 people die of Covid after care home outbreak in Fife; Netherlands cases surpass 1m

Worcestershire begins surge testing for South African Covid variantWhen Britain might start reopeningSurgeon joins fight against vaccine hesitancy among BAME communitiesFourth Covid case linked to New Zealand hotelSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.24pm GMT India’s government has urged states and union territories to accelerate vaccinations after a review found “substantial” room for speeding up the programme, Reuters reports.India started what it says is the world’s biggest vaccination prog...
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Coronavirus live news: surge testing starts in Worcestershire after South African variant detected; German minister angry over vaccine rollout

When Britain might start reopeningSurgeon joins fight against vaccine hesitancy among BAME communitiesFourth Covid case linked to New Zealand hotelSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.14pm GMT A further seven people with Covid-19 have died in Northern Ireland, the PA news agency has reported. Another 390 positive cases of the virus were also notified by the Department of Health on Saturday. There are 602 Covid-positive inpatients in hospital, 67 of whom are in intensive care. 2.14pm GMT A ...
Tags: Health, England, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Worcestershire, Department Of Health, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: surge testing starts in Worcestershire after South African variant detected; Russia reports 16,627 cases

When Britain might start reopeningSurgeon joins fight against vaccine hesitancy among BAME communitiesFourth Covid case linked to New Zealand hotelSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.24pm GMT Related: ‘My personal lockdown has been much longer’: on chronic illness, before and after Covid 11.46am GMT We reported earlier that Boris Johnson was urging caution as reports suggested pubs could reopen in April, without serving alcohol. Now, the PA news agency is reporting that a shadow mini...
Tags: Health, Russia, PA, Britain, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Worcestershire, Coronavirus, Lucy Powell Labour


‘It is only now I realise the toll the pandemic has taken’: a letter from the other side of Covid

I moved from London to New Zealand, where the sense of normality is surrealRead more: Laura Barton on how a daily call to California got her through lockdownNew Zealand doesn’t exist. So goes the meme, an internet in-joke arising from the frequency with which the island nation is left off world maps, and amplified by the whimsical news stories that often emerge there. For instance: a city road was recently closed for an entire month to allow safe crossing for a family of sea lions. How is New Ze...
Tags: Health, Family, London, California, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, New Zealand, Auckland, Laura Barton, Coronavirus, lockdownNew Zealand


Coronavirus live news: New Zealand reports fifth case from quarantine hotel; zero local cases in Australia

Greece becomes latest EU nation to limit vaccine; Israel, Lebanon ease lockdowns; all contacts of Melbourne hotel quarantine worker, who contracted UK strain and put Australian Open at risk, test negative. Follow live 5.04am GMT In the United States, the supreme court has told California it cannot enforce a ban on church services due to Covid-19. AP reports that the high court issued orders late Friday in two cases where churches sued over Covid-19 restrictions. The court ruled the state, fo...
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