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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...

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Australia’s AstraZeneca vaccine deal a ‘national security’ secret

Australia’s AstraZeneca vaccine deal a ‘national security’ secret

The Australian government’s entire vaccine supply agreement with AstraZeneca is being withheld from public release on the grounds it poses a “real and substantial risk” to national security if it were released. Australia’s vaccine rollout has faced one of its most difficult weeks, as many states across the country re-entered lockdown following COVID-19 outbreaks and...

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Record daily dose number as younger Australians go for AstraZeneca

Record daily dose number as younger Australians go for AstraZeneca

Younger Australians have shown a stronger interest in getting the AstraZeneca vaccine in the days since Prime Minister Scott Morrison made a controversial move to make it easier for them to see their doctor amid a backlash from some states against the idea. Australia recorded its highest daily number of vaccinations on Thursday, with 161,390...

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Australia plans to shelve AstraZeneca Covid vaccine by October

Australia plans to shelve AstraZeneca Covid vaccine by October

3 small cap ASX shares worth watching closely ASX dips despite Wall Street gains, as Bitcoin price sinks below $US30,000 The federal government has announced it will shelve the controversial AstraZeneca vaccine by October, suggesting it will have enough supplies of other vaccines to meet “allocation horizons” for vaccinating the population by the end of...