Covid-19 Update

Omicron is the new COVID kid on the block: five steps to avoid, ten to take immediately

South Africa reacted with outrage to travel bans, first triggered by the UK, imposed on it in the wake of the news that its genomics surveillance team had detected a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africa has been monitoring changes in SARS-CoV-2 since the pandemic first broke out.

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Are new COVID variants like Omicron linked to low vaccine coverage? Here’s what the science says

The emergence of a new SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern, Omicron, has reignited global discussions of vaccine distribution, virus mutation, and immunity against new virus strains.

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Quarantine-free international travel recommences for vaccinated Australians

Australia eased its international borders restrictions on Monday, allowing some of its vaccinated public to travel freely and many families to reunite for the first time since March last year.

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More freedom for NSW: Premier announces changes to lockdown roadmap

COVID-19 restrictions will be eased further in Sydney from Monday, authorities said, as the city looks set to exit a nearly four-month lockdown after hitting its 70% full vaccination target.

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Vaccine certificates to come into force in NZ

The New Zealand Government has confirmed vaccine certificates will come into force, most likely from November.

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Melbourne is officially the world’s most locked down city

Melbourne has officially spent more time in lockdown than any other city in the world.

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Victoria reports dramatic rise in COVID case numbers

Covid case numbers in Victoria rose dramatically on Thursday, with the state reporting 1,438 new infections.

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Reopening roadmap: What are the rules once NSW’s 80% target is reached?

New South Wales has unveiled its roadmap to recovery, described as a “clear path to follow out of the pandemic and lockdowns”.

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UK plans COVID boosters for over 50s to cope with ‘bumpy’ winter

Britain will begin a COVID-19 vaccine booster programme for older and more vulnerable people soon as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government relies on vaccines rather than further lockdowns to navigate a “bumpy” winter.

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New Zealand secures 250k vaccine doses from Spain

Around a quarter of a million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine bought from Spain will arrive in New Zealand this week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday, boosting the country’s inoculation programme.

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NSW unveils ‘roadmap to freedom’ for the fully vaccinated

NSW has unveiled its roadmap out of coronavirus restrictions for those who have received two doses of vaccine.

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Vaccination rates surge in Sydney’s hard-hit suburbs

COVID-19 daily infections in Sydney fell for a third straight day on Tuesday but still lingered near record levels as the outbreak spurred a spike in vaccination rates in the hard-hit western suburbs of Australia’s largest city.

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What you can and can’t do under the new ‘Delta’ alert level 2

Read up on the the rules under Alert Level 2 in New Zealand.

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Australian doctors warn of risks to hospitals once COVID-19 curbs ease

Australian doctors on Thursday warned the country’s hospitals are not ready to cope with the government’s reopening plans, even with […]

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Auckland could be prioritised for COVID jabs: Bloomfield

New Zealand’s director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says Auckland could be prioritised for vaccinations if the government is unable […]

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Simple steps to reduce spring allergies

Looking like you’ve lost a round in the ring? If you’ve got dark circles under the eyes that are not […]

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Berejiklian eases lockdown restrictions after vaccine milestone reached

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has slightly eased lockdown restrictions, despite the state reporting a record 1029 cases on Thursday. From […]

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Australia pandemic panel backs reopening targets despite Sydney outbreak

Australia can proceed with its reopening plans when the country reaches 70%-80% vaccination levels, the government’s pandemic modelling adviser said, […]

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Which countries are making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory?

A sharp upturn in infections due to the Delta variant and a slowdown in vaccinations have pushed governments to make […]

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‘Freedom Plan’ proposed for vaccinated NSW residents

Fully vaccinated NSW residents could soon be able to return to bars, restaurants and gyms under a new ‘Freedom Plan’ […]

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New Zealand links Delta outbreak origin to recent Sydney returnee

New Zealand’s COVID-19 outbreak jumped to 21 cases on Thursday, but the authorities said the virus may not have been […]

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Four new cases of Delta variant confirmed in Auckland

Four new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Auckland this morning. One of the four new cases is a […]

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BREAKING: New Zealand to move into lockdown from midnight tonight

New Zealand will move into alert level 4 from 11:59pm tonight, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. At this stage, […]

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Sydney seeks to tighten COVID-19 curbs, Canberra to enter lockdown

Extra Australian military personnel may be called in to ensure compliance with lockdown rules in Sydney, the New South Wales […]

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