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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


‘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


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


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


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


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...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Trends, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Biotech, Pharmaceutical, Andrew Dunn, BioNtech, ORLANDO SIERRA, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Dispensed


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 ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Society, UK News, Health policy, Office For National Statistics, Coronavirus


‘I need to work’: Italy’s green pass rule triggers rise in Covid jab uptake

Rule that pass must be presented to access workplaces forces hand of many vaccine-hesitant ItaliansCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt the vaccination hub outside Termini train station in Rome, a steady flow of people have been turning up for their first Covid vaccine dose in recent days. The mood is begrudging. “If I didn’t have to do it, I wouldn’t,” said Rosanna Barbuto, a supermarket worker. Catalin, 41, who works in a factory, said: “I’m taking it because I need t...
Tags: Health, Europe, Society, World news, Rome, Italy, Vaccines and immunisation, Termini, Catalin, Coronavirus, Rosanna Barbuto


Victoria records 16 deaths, 2,189 cases as Melbourne lockdown ends – as it happened

Victoria announces quarantine for international arrivals ends 1 November as state records 2,189 new cases and 16 deaths; NSW reports 345 cases and five deaths; 13 cases in ACT and none in Queensland; Qantas to return to 100% of staff levels in January; Scott Morrison says travel agreement with Singapore is imminent; This blog is now closedMelbourne’s 20 months in and out of lockdown – in picturesAustralia has delivered just 8% of Covid vaccinations promised to developing nationsVic: restrictions...
Tags: Health, Australia, Singapore, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Qantas, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Morrison, NSW, Li


‘The plan is to drink all day’: sunny Melbourne celebrates its freedom day. First stop – brunch!

As the first hints of summer creep into the air, residents crowd into cafes – but a grim new record Covid death toll casts a shadowMelbourne, what are your new freedoms?Melbourne’s 20 months in and out of lockdown – in picturesFollow our live blog for the latest updatesVic: hotspots; restrictions; vaccination rates by postcodeVaccine rollout tracker; cases and data tracker15km from home radius map: check your travel limitGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingFor the first time in ...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Victoria, Melbourne, Coronavirus


Australia news live update: Victoria records 16 Covid deaths, 2,189 cases as Melbourne lockdown ends; NSW reports 345 cases, five deaths

Victoria announces 2,189 new Covid cases and 16 deaths just hours after Melbourne exits lockdown; NSW records 345 cases and five deaths; 13 cases in ACT; Qantas to return to 100% of staff levels in January; Scott Morrison says an announcement on a travel agreement with Singapore is imminent; Jacinda Ardern press conference interrupted by earthquake in New Zealand. Follow all the day’s news liveMelbourne’s 20 months in and out of lockdown – in picturesMelbourne’s lockdown ends today. What are you...
Tags: Health, Australia, Singapore, Australia news, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, New Zealand, Qantas, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Morrison, NSW, Li


Covid may have killed up to 180,000 health workers globally, WHO says

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus condemns inequality in vaccine rollout, saying less than one in 10 health workers in Africa are fully vaccinatedSee all our coronavirus coverageThe World Health Organization says 80,000 to 180,000 healthcare workers may have been killed by Covid-19 up to May this year, insisting they must be prioritised for vaccination.A WHO paper on Thursday estimated that out of the world’s 135 million health staff, “between 80,000 to 180,000 health and care workers could have died f...
Tags: Health, Africa, World news, Who, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, COVID


Covid booster jabs could be brought forward as UK daily cases hit 52,000

MPs voice frustration to new vaccines minister about ‘stalling’ programme in EnglandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMillions of people could have their booster jab brought forward as ministers consider cutting the six-month gap between doses as part of a scramble to shore up the faltering vaccine programme and avoid imposing Covid restrictions.As the number of new daily Covid cases hit 52,009 across the UK, the government is launching an advertising campaign urging pe...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, UK News, NHS, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Sajid Javid, Coronavirus


Australia news live update: Victoria records 2,189 Covid cases, 16 deaths as Melbourne lockdown ends; some Qantas international flights to return early

Qantas to return to 100% of staff levels in January; Scott Morrison says an announcement on a travel agreement with Singapore is imminent; cheers at midnight as restrictions ease on one of the world’s most locked down cities. Follow all the day’s news liveMelbourne’s 20 months in and out of lockdown – in picturesMelbourne’s lockdown ends today. What are your new freedoms?Vic: restrictions; vaccination rates by postcodeVaccine rollout tracker; cases and data trackerGet our free news app; get our ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Singapore, Australia news, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Qantas, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Li, Singapore Australia, Coronavirus


Australia Covid news live update: Melbourne celebrates end of lockdown; Qantas to bring forward return of some international flights

Qantas to return to 100% of staff levels in January; Scott Morrison says an announcement on a travel agreement with Singapore is imminent; cheers at midnight as restrictions ease on one of the world’s most locked down cities. Follow all the day’s news liveMelbourne’s 20 months in and out of lockdown – in picturesMelbourne’s lockdown ends today. What are your new freedoms?Vic: restrictions; vaccination rates by postcodeVaccine rollout tracker; cases and data trackerGet our free news app; get our ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Singapore, Australia news, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Qantas, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Li, Singapore Australia, Coronavirus


Australia news live update: Melbourne celebrates end of lockdown, Scott Morrison to discuss international border reopening

Cheers at midnight as restrictions ease on one of the world’s most locked down cities. Follow all the day’s news liveMelbourne’s 20 months in and out of lockdown – in picturesMelbourne’s lockdown ends today. What are your new freedoms?Vic: restrictions; vaccination rates by postcodeVaccine rollout tracker; cases and data trackerGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingAlso worth noting that the regional Victorian town of Mildura is also exiting its lockdown today, a day earlier than ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, New South Wales, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Mildura, Coronavirus


GPs in England threaten industrial action over in-person appointments

Family doctors reject plan to force them to see any patient who wants face-to-face appointmentGPs in England are threatening to take industrial action in protest at the government’s attempt to force them to see any patient who wants a face-to-face appointment.The British Medical Association’s GPs committee voted unanimously to reject the plan by the health secretary, Sajid Javid, that included “naming and shaming” surgeries that see too few patients in person. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, England, Society, UK News, NHS, Doctors, Gps, Sajid Javid, British Medical Association


UK Covid: over 50,000 cases reported for first time since July as Johnson rejects calls to move to ‘plan B’ – live

Latest updates: infections in UK at highest level since July but prime minister says ‘we are within the parameters of what the predictions were’‘Covid is still around’: why Leicester shoppers are still wearing masksEngland: minister denies there is ‘plan C’ to ban Christmas mixingTory MPs appear to heed Javid call to set example by wearing masksWho can get a Covid booster jab in England?Global Covid updates – liveJeremy Hunt made his comments earlier (see 11.12am) during a Commons urgent questio...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, UK News, Farming, Labour, Schools, Health policy, Tony Blair, Leicester, Johnson, Jonathan Ashworth, Javid, Department for Education DfE, Trade Policy


Jeremy Hunt calls for shorter wait for Covid booster jabs before Christmas

Relaxing six-month gap between second and third doses would speed up rollout, says former health secretaryJeremy Hunt has called for the government to cut the time required between Covid vaccine doses to allow more booster jabs to be given as concern grows about the pace and organisations of the latest rollout.Speaking in the Commons, the former health secretary said: “If you look at the higher hospitalisations, cases and death rates [in the UK] compared to countries like France and Germany, the...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, France, Germany, UK News, Health policy, Jeremy Hunt, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


UK Covid live: Labour demands 500,000 per day booster jabs target, saying ‘wall of defence is crumbling’

Latest updates: shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth warns current booster programme will not be completed until March 2022England: minister denies there is ‘plan C’ to ban Christmas mixingBritish Medical Association says ‘time is now’ for Covid plan BWho can get a Covid booster jab in England?Global Covid updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverageJeremy Hunt made his comments earlier (see 11.12am) during a Commons urgent question on Covid. During the exchanges Jonathan Ashworth, the sh...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, UK News, Farming, Health policy, Tony Blair, Jonathan Ashworth, Medical Association, Department for Education DfE, Trade Policy, Coronavirus


UK Covid live: ministers should act now to prevent need for lockdown, urges Tony Blair

Latest updates: former PM joins growing calls for beefed-up measures as health minister suggests time to act is not nowEngland: minister denies there is ‘plan C’ to ban Christmas mixingBritish Medical Association says ‘time is now’ for Covid plan BWho can get a Covid booster jab in England?Global Covid updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverageThe campaign group Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice is also calling for the government to move to a plan B now. In a statement Hannah Brady, its...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, UK News, Farming, NHS, Health policy, Tony Blair, Medical Association, Trade Policy, Hannah Brady, Coronavirus, Bereaved Families for Justice


Bill Clinton says he is ‘glad to be home’ after hospital admission

Former US president releases video thanking staff at California hospital where he was treated for infectionBill Clinton has released a video saying he is on the road to recovery after being hospitalised in southern California for six days to treat an infection unrelated to Covid-19.Clinton, 75, who arrived home in New York on Sunday, said he was glad to be back and that he was “so touched by the outpouring of support” he had received while in hospital last week. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, New York, California, US, World news, US news, US politics, Bill Clinton, Clinton


‘Glad to be home’: Bill Clinton says he is recovering after hospital stay

Former US president releases video thanking staff at California hospital where he was treated for infectionBill Clinton has released a video saying he is on the road to recovery after being hospitalised in southern California for six days to treat an infection unrelated to Covid-19.Clinton, 75, who arrived home in New York on Sunday, said he was glad to be back and that he was “so touched by the outpouring of support” he received while in hospital last week. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, New York, California, US, World news, US news, US politics, Bill Clinton, Clinton


What is driving the rise in UK Covid cases?

A drop-off in mask wearing and slow uptake of booster jabs are among the reasons for the continuing growthCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid cases in the UK are on the rise once more, with 49,156 reported on Monday – the highest figure since mid-July. The increase appears to be driven by growing case numbers in England, but what is behind that increase? Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Coronavirus


Minister denies there is a Covid ‘plan C’ to ban Christmas mixing in England

Denial from Edward Argar comes as virologist warns UK daily case rate is already likely to be close to 100,000Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCurrent pressure on the NHS is “sustainable”, according to a health minister, who denied the government had a “plan C” that would ban the mixing of households at Christmas in England if cases continued to rise.Edward Argar told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that while the NHS was “under huge pressure” it was not the right time t...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Christmas, Conservatives, Society, UK News, NHS, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, BBC Radio, Coronavirus, Edward Argar, Covid Continue


Only 14% of promised Covid vaccine doses reach poorest nations

Just 261m of the 1.8bn doses pledged by wealthy nations have arrived in low-income countries, analysis findsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOnly one in seven Covid vaccine doses promised to the world’s poorest countries have been delivered, a report reveals.Of 1.8bn doses pledged by wealthy nations, just 261m (14%) have arrived in low-income countries, according to the analysis by the People’s Vaccinealliance, a coalition of groups that includes Oxfam, ActionAid and A...
Tags: Health, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Amnesty International Continue, Coronavirus, People 's Vaccinealliance, Oxfam ActionAid



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