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NSW records 1259 new coronavirus cases, 12 deaths as curfews lift

NSW records 1259 new coronavirus cases, 12 deaths as curfews lift

NSW has recorded 1259 new cases of coronavirus and 12 further deaths, a jump in infections from yesterday. However, the curfew in high-risk Sydney LGAs will be lifted tonight after New South Wales passed the 80 per cent single-dose milestone. Other restrictions will remain. Despite ending the curfew, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said now was not...

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Victoria tightens border bubble with NSW

Victoria tightens border bubble with NSW

Victoria is tightening the NSW border bubble, limiting non-essential movement across state lines. From 11.59pm on Monday, border bubble residents will only be able to cross state lines for six reasons including medical care, compassionate reasons, work, education, playing sport or getting vaccinated. The new measure only applies to the NSW-Victorian border bubble residents, although...

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No new coronavirus cases in SA cluster

No new coronavirus cases in SA cluster

South Australia has reported no new COVID-19 infections linked to its local cluster of cases, raising hopes the outbreak has been completely contained. SA Health says there were no positive swabs among the 13,597 tests conducted on Thursday. The so-called Modbury cluster stands at 21 confirmed infections with two new cases revealed over the past...

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Aussie teens getting the AstraZeneca vaccine

Aussie teens getting the AstraZeneca vaccine

Even by pandemic standards, Saturday was a rattling day. As Covid cases in Sydney reached their highest tally to date, anti-lockdown protests turned violent in the CBD. The day before, NSW had begged both the federal government and other Australian states for more Pfizer vaccines. The proposed approach gave me new hope, which by afternoon...

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Distress levels up, deaths steady in COVID

Distress levels up, deaths steady in COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic did not lead to more Australians taking their own lives, contrary to some predictions. But it did increase levels of psychological distress, particularly for younger people. The JobKeeper program, increased JobSeeker supplement and labour market recovery were protective factors against suicide, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found. An examination of...

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Indoor masks back in Victoria as virus spreads

Indoor masks back in Victoria as virus spreads

Masks are again compulsory indoors in Victoria, as the state’s number of new COVID-19 infections continues to grow. From Thursday, anyone aged over 12 will be required to wear a mask in all indoor settings, including schools and workplaces, unless an exception applies. Masks must also be worn outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible. AAP...

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Graphic’ vaccine advert sparks backlash

Graphic’ vaccine advert sparks backlash

An Australian vaccine advertisement has sparked a backlash, with many criticising its graphic depiction of a young woman suffering from Covid. The government advert shows the woman in a hospital bed gasping for air while hooked up to a ventilator. The text reads: “Covid-19 can affect anyone…Book your vaccination.” But critics say the advert unfairly...

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NSW’s Covid cases reach new high

NSW’s Covid cases reach new high

New South Wales has recorded its highest daily COVID-19 number in the current outbreak with 44 new cases, prompting Premier Gladys Berejiklian to tighten lockdown restrictions. Even more concerningly for health authorities, the majority of those cases have not been in isolation while infectious. Just 10 were in isolation throughout their infectious period, eight for...