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Australia Covid live updates: Victoria to have freedom of movement from Friday as state records 1,935 cases; 296 cases in NSW

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews says freedom of movement to resume from 6pm Friday as state records 1,935 new cases, 11 deaths; NSW records 296 new cases and four deaths – follow all today’s newsCovid shut more than 320 schools across NSW and Victoria in past three weeksEnd of Covid disaster payment looms for many still out of workVaccine rollout tracker; cases and data trackerGet our free news app; try our weekend edition app; get our morning email briefingThe full rundown on Covid in NSW toda...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Daniel Andrews, NSW, NSW Health, Australian Capital Territory (ACT, Coronavirus, COVID


Australia Covid live updates: Victoria records 1,935 new cases, 11 deaths; NSW reports 296 infections and four deaths

Victoria may reach jab milestone allowing greater freedoms this week, while figures show worrying number of school closures from outbreaksCovid shut more than 320 schools across NSW and Victoria in past three weeksEnd of Covid disaster payment looms for many still out of workVaccine rollout tracker; cases and data trackerGet our free news app; try our weekend edition app; get our morning email briefingInteresting little tidbit on the negotiations regarding a net zero deal:The ABC is reporting th...
Tags: Health, Abc, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, NSW, Andrews, Australian Capital Territory (ACT, Coronavirus


UK government paves way to bring in tough ‘plan B’ Covid rules

Councils consulted over support for measures such as vaccine passports amid warnings by senior doctors that NHS faces winter illness ‘triple whammy’• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageNew evidence has emerged that the government is paving the way to implement “plan B” measures in England to combat the spread of Covid-19, amid warnings from health chiefs that a “vortex of pressures” is encircling the NHS.In the clearest sign to date that Whitehall is actively consideri...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Flu, Whitehall, Coronavirus, UK Health Security Agency UKHSA


Coronavirus live: Russia defends Sputnik V vaccine after Namibia halts rollout; Britain’s weekly cases at highest since July

Lab that developed Russian jab says decision ‘not based on science’; UK adviser says measures need to be in place now to get transmission rates downUK faces ‘another lockdown Christmas if we don’t act soon’Record Covid fatalities as Russia prepares for nationwide curbsCovid testing failures at UK lab ‘should have been flagged within days’ English local health chiefs urge extra Covid measuresSee all our coronavirus coverageHere is a good picture to start your weekend with as a zoo in Jakarta, Ind...
Tags: UK, England, Russia, World news, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Boris Johnson, Namibia, Jakarta Indonesia, Coronavirus


Covid outbreaks have shut more than 320 schools across NSW and Victoria in past three weeks

With the majority of students due to return to classrooms full-time, outbreaks raise concerns that schools are unpreparedVaccine rollout tracker; Cases and data trackerGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingMore than 300 schools across New South Wales and Victoria have closed down in the last three weeks due to Covid outbreaks, with the majority of students still due to return to classrooms.Between the start of term four on 4 October and 22 October, there were 234 closures at gover...
Tags: Health, Australia news, New South Wales, Victorian politics, Victoria, Melbourne, Australian education, Department Of Education, NSW, Coronavirus


‘Incredibly worried’: end of Covid disaster payment looms for many still out of work

At 80% vaccination the support will be gone. Some will be hit hard, particularly if Australia’s economy doesn’t bounce back stronglyFollow our Covid live blog for the latest updatesAustralia vaccine rollout tracker; cases and data trackerGet our free news app; try our weekend edition app; get our morning email briefingIt’s the lifeline that’s kept nearly 2 million people in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT on a steady weekly income during Covid lockdowns.Since June, the government’s Covid-1...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Poverty, New South Wales, Welfare, Victoria, Australian economy, New South Wales Victoria, Coronavirus, COVID


Coronavirus live: Britain’s weekly Covid cases at highest since July; vaccines alone not enough to curb variants – WHO

Government adviser says measures need to be in place now to get transmission rates down; WHO says whole world needs to be vaccinatedUK faces ‘another lockdown Christmas if we don’t act soon’Record Covid fatalities as Russia prepares for nationwide curbsCovid testing failures at UK lab ‘should have been flagged within days’ English local health chiefs urge extra Covid measuresSee all our coronavirus coverageHere is a good picture to start your weekend with as a zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia, reopens ...
Tags: UK, England, Russia, World news, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Who, Boris Johnson, Jakarta Indonesia, Coronavirus


Walmart offers employees a more 'flexible' way of working, asking them to return to the office next month

Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Walmart asked all of its corporate associates to return to the office in a memo released Friday. The retailer did not disclose if this change is mandatory. The transition will begin on November 8, according to Walmart's chief people officer Donna Morris. Walmart asked its corporate associates to return to the office next month, saying in a note to employees "there is no substitution for being in the offices together."The note, posted on th...
Tags: Amazon, Work From Home, News, Trends, Remote Work, Walmart, Sam's Club, Retail, Corporate, Alphabet Inc, Bill Clark, Pandemic, Walmart Employee, CQ Roll Call Inc, Emily Walsh, Donna Morris


Individuals who are fully vaccinated now might not be considered so in the future without a COVID-19 booster shot, CDC says

Booster shots are being offered to some adults in the US who got Pfizer's vaccine, called Comirnaty. Jens Schlueter/Getty Images As booster shots rollout, the definition of fully vaccinated might change, the CDC says. Currently, being fully vaccinated in the US means an individual has both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the J&J vaccine. About 6% of the total US population has so far received a booster dose, according to CDC data. The definition of fully vaccinate...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, United States, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Johnson, Vaccines, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, J J, Johns Hopkins University


Coronavirus live: UK records a further 44,985 Covid cases; vaccines alone not enough to curb variants – WHO

Government adviser says measures need to be in place now to get transmission rates down; WHO says whole world needs to be vaccinatedUK faces ‘another lockdown Christmas if we don’t act soon’Record Covid fatalities as Russia prepares for nationwide curbsCovid testing failures at UK lab ‘should have been flagged within days’ English local health chiefs urge extra Covid measuresSee all our coronavirus coverageHere is a good picture to start your weekend with as a zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia, reopens ...
Tags: UK, England, Russia, World news, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Who, Boris Johnson, Jakarta Indonesia, Coronavirus


Owners offload dogs bought in lockdown by pretending they are strays

Rescue centres say they are seeing more and more pets their owners are now too busy to look afterPeople are pretending that dogs they acquired during lockdown are strays so that rescue centres take them in, after failing to sell them online, animal rescue charities and shelters have warned.Figures from March revealed that more than 3.2m pets were bought by UK households during lockdown. Since Covid restrictions were lifted and people have started to return to the office, charities have reported ...
Tags: UK, Dogs, Animals, Pets, Life and style, Society, UK News, Charities, Coronavirus


Nurses and shop staff in UK face tide of abuse since end of lockdowns

Customer-facing workers in all sectors report greater hostility, research showsPeople in public-facing jobs are facing rising hostility and verbal abuse since the end of the Covid lockdowns, according to organisations which represent them. Half of all shop, transport, restaurant and hotel workers and others dealing regularly with the public have experienced abuse in the past six months, figures from the Institute for Customer Service (ICS) show. This is a 6% rise over May’s 44%. Of those who had...
Tags: UK, UK News, Work & careers, Mental Health, NHS, Trade unions, Transport, Social work, Hospitality Industry, Coronavirus, COVID, Institute for Customer Service


Austrian chancellor says the unvaccinated could be forced to lockdown in their homes if COVID-19 cases worsen

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg in October 2021. Thierry Monasse/Getty Images Austria's chancellor on Friday warned of possible restrictions for people not vaccinated against COVID-19. Restrictions for unvaccinated people would begin if ICU capacity reaches 25%, he said, according to the Associated Press. If more than 600 people require treatment in the ICU, health authorities will require the unvaccinated to remain in their homes. People in Austria who are not vaccinated ag...
Tags: Science, News, International, Trends, Ap, Austria, Who, World Health Organization, Associated Press, Connor Perrett, Coronavirus, COVID, Alexander Schallenberg, Schallenberg


Adobe employees in the US will be required to get vaccinated for COVID-19 by December 8 or else be placed on unpaid leave

Adobe world headquarters in downtown San Jose, California. Lisa Werner /Contributor/Getty Images Adobe told employees on Friday that they must be vaccinated by December 8 or take unpaid leave. The software company re-opened its global headquarters in San Jose, California to 50% limited capacity in June. The mandate stems from an executive order issued by the Biden Administration, CNBC reported. Adobe is requiring a vaccine mandate for all US-based employees. The software company notified...
Tags: News, Adobe, US, Trends, Tech, Vaccination, Medicare, Biden, Cnbc, Chen, San Jose California, Tech Insider, Biden Administration, Coronavirus, COVID, Bethany Biron


Record Covid fatalities as Russia prepares for nationwide curbs

Putin blames low vaccination rates, with 1,075 deaths recorded in a dayRussia reported a record 1,075 Covid deaths in 24 hours on Saturday as Europe’s hardest-hit country with dramatically low vaccination rates prepares for nationwide curbs from next week.Despite multiple pleas from President Vladimir Putin and the availability of the homegrown Sputnik V vaccine, only 36% of Russians are fully vaccinated. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Austria: unvaccinated may face restrictions if Covid cases keep rising

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg says those who have not had jab could be barred from hotels and restaurantsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUnvaccinated people in Austria could face new lockdown restrictions if coronavirus case numbers continue to rise, Austria’s chancellor has said.The news came after a Friday evening meeting between Alexander Schallenberg, the chancellor, and state-level leaders to discuss their response to rapidly increasing case numbers. Continue...
Tags: Europe, World news, Austria, Coronavirus, Alexander Schallenberg


Pregnant women pass fewer coronavirus antibodies to unborn boys than girls - a clue as to why men are more vulnerable to severe COVID-19

A pregnant woman wears a mask during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Charles Krupa/AP Photo Pregnant women carrying baby boys have fewer coronavirus antibodies than those carrying girls, a study found. Pregnant women also transferred fewer antibodies to male fetuses than females, the findings showed. The research offers a hint about how the male immune system responds to COVID-19. It's one of the pandemic's most persistent mysteries: Why are men and boys more vulnerable to ...
Tags: Science, News, Boston, US, Trends, Pfizer, Antibodies, Pregnant Mother, Massachusetts General Hospital, Immunity, Charles Krupa, Surrey England, Moderna, Fetus, Aria Bendix, Coronavirus


Austrian chancellor says unvaccinated may face restrictions if Covid cases rise

Alexander Schallenberg warns entry to hotels and restaurants could be barred for those who haven’t received jabUnvaccinated people in Austria could face new lockdown restrictions if coronavirus case numbers continue to rise, Austria’s chancellor has said.The news came after a Friday evening meeting between Alexander Schallenberg, the chancellor, and state-level leaders to discuss their response to rapidly increasing case numbers. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, World news, Austria, Coronavirus, Alexander Schallenberg


Coronavirus live: UK expert fears lockdown Christmas; vaccines alone not enough to curb variants – WHO

Government adviser says measures need to be in place now to get transmission rates down; WHO says whole world need to be vaccinated Covid testing failures at UK lab ‘should have been flagged within days’ English local health chiefs urge extra Covid measuresSee all our coronavirus coverageHere is a good picture to start your weekend with as a zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia, reopens following a dramatic fall in Covid cases in the country.In case you missed it last night, the senior official credited w...
Tags: UK, England, World news, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Who, Boris Johnson, Jakarta Indonesia, Coronavirus


Covid live news: FDA says benefits outweigh risks for Pfizer jab for children; vaccine rollout means no more lockdowns, says Sunak

News comes after Pfizer said jab showed 90.7% efficacy against virus in trial of five- to 11-year-olds; UK chancellor says hospitality must not shut againCovid testing failures at UK lab ‘should have been flagged within days’ English local health chiefs urge extra Covid measuresSee all our coronavirus coverageAs Melbourne continues to celebrate opening up, health officials in Australia have expressed concern about a growing proportion of Covid cases in young people, particularly in regional Vict...
Tags: UK, Australia, World news, Infectious Diseases, Fda, Pfizer, Melbourne, Victoria Victoria, Coronavirus, Sunak


Navalny honoured, Regeni trial begins: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

A roundup of the coverage of the struggle for human rights and freedoms, from Russia to Yemen Continue reading...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, World news, Uganda, Colombia, Philippines, Italy, Global development, Poland, Brazil, Myanmar, Yemen, Alexei Navalny, Navalny, Coronavirus


Covid testing failures at UK lab ‘should have been flagged within days’

Senior scientists say problems at Immensa site show private firms should not be carrying out PCR testsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealth officials should have known about major failings at a private Covid testing lab within days of the problem arising, rather than taking weeks to shut down operations at the site, senior scientists say.About 43,000 people, mostly in south-west England, are believed to have wrongly been told they did not have the virus by Immensa He...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Healthcare Industry, Health policy, Wolverhampton, south west England, Coronavirus, Immensa Health Clinic, Immensa


‘Nervous giddy excitement’: relieved Melbourne residents enjoy weekend out of lockdown

The world’s lockdown capital emerges for its first Friday night of freedom, but not everyone joined the partyFollow our Covid live blog for the latest updatesVic: hotspots; restrictions; vaccination rates by postcodeAustralia vaccine rollout tracker; cases and data trackerGet our free news app; try our weekend edition app; get our morning email briefingFrom St Kilda to Coburg the traffic is heavy in Melbourne for the first time in months. The bars are filling up and friends are having long hugs ...
Tags: Australia news, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, St Kilda, Lygon Street, Carlton Continue, Coburg, Coronavirus, COVID


Covid live: AY.4.2 strain of Delta variant under investigation in UK; Pfizer says jab shows 91% efficacy in children

Offshoot of Delta designated a variant under investigation in UK; Pfizer says child-size doses effective at stopping infections in five- to 11-year-oldsAct early on rising UK cases or face harsher measures, experts warnUK vaccines watchdog ‘approves second jabs for 16 and 17-year-olds’CDC endorses boosters for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccinesZimbabwe’s older people: the pandemic’s silent victimsAustralia’s second-most populous city celebrates the end of lockdownSee all our coronavirus cove...
Tags: Europe, UK, Cdc, Russia, UK News, World news, Australia news, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Delta, World Health Organization, Pfizer, Melbourne, Johnson Johnson, Moderna, Coronavirus


English schools struggle to cope as Covid wreaks havoc

Despite government narrative of a return to normality, schools in areas with high Covid rates lack supportCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSchools in England hit by high numbers of Covid-19 cases among staff and pupils have been forced to reinstate mask wearing, send whole year groups home to study online and in some cases close early for half-term as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc in education.Despite the government narrative of a return to normality in classro...
Tags: Politics, England, Education, Children, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Schools, Local Government, Local Politics, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


Covid live: Pfizer says jab shows 91% efficacy in children, Russia reports record deaths for fourth day

Pfizer says child-size doses effective at stopping infections in five- to 11-year-olds; Russia reports 1,064 more deaths linked to virusAct early on rising UK cases or face harsher measures, experts warnCDC endorses boosters for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccinesZimbabwe’s older people: the pandemic’s silent victimsAustralia’s second-most populous city celebrates the end of lockdownSee all our coronavirus coverageOne thing regular readers will have noted is that I occasionally pop in this ma...
Tags: Europe, UK, Russia, UK News, World news, Australia news, Britain, Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization, Pfizer, Melbourne, Johnson Johnson, Moderna, Coronavirus, Barcelona Institute for Global, Quique Bassat


The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is 91% effective in 5- to 11-year-olds, new study results find

The Food and Drug Administration is considering authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds. ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP) (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images A study found the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in kids. The study, a Pfizer trial, found 91% efficacy for the jab among more than 2,200 kids ages 5 to 11. The FDA is reviewing Pfizer's application to offer its two-dose vaccine to kids in that age group. The Pfizer-BioNTech ...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Trends, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Biotech, Pharmaceutical, Andrew Dunn, BioNtech, ORLANDO SIERRA, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Dispensed


The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is 91% effective in 5- to 11-year-olds, new study results show

The FDA is now considering authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds. ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP) (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images Pfizer's vaccine was 91% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in 5- to 11-year-old kids. The new results come from Pfizer's trial, which enrolled more than 2,200 children in this age range. The FDA is reviewing Pfizer's application to offer its two-dose vaccine to younger children. The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vac...
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CDC endorses boosters for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccines

Health officials say millions more Americans can get a booster shot and choose a different vaccine for the extra doseMillions more Americans can get a Covid-19 booster and choose a different company’s vaccine for that next shot, federal health officials said on Thursday.Certain people who received Pfizer vaccinations months ago already are eligible for a booster and now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says specific Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients qualify, too. And i...
Tags: Health, Cdc, World news, US news, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Johnson, Johnson Johnson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Moderna, Coronavirus, Johnson Covid


Act early on rising UK Covid cases or face harsher measures, Sage experts warn

Sage minutes show warning that earlier intervention would reduce need for more stringent and longer-lasting measuresCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters need to act early to counteract rising Covid infections, the government’s scientific advisers have said while suggesting that failure to do so could mean harsher interventions will be required this winter.On Thursday daily new Covid cases in the UK exceeded 52,000, the highest since July. Figures from the Office ...
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