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Victoria Covid update: Moderna vaccine headed for pharmacies as construction protest turns violent

20 hours 27 minutes ago

Daniel Andrews says rally outside CFMEU headquarters in Melbourne ‘not safe’ and ‘not smart’ as state pushes for reopening

Victorians will have access to 300,000 doses of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine this month at hundreds of pharmacies across the state, premier Daniel Andrews says.

Andrews announced Moderna will be available at 440 pharmacies across the state this week, and a further 281 next week.

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Josh Taylor

New Zealand Covid update: Auckland to move out of level 4 lockdown as 22 cases reported

21 hours 44 minutes ago

Restrictions will be eased from midnight on Tuesday with more businesses allowed to provide click-and-collect services, PM says

After nearly five weeks in lockdown Auckland will move out of the highest setting, New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has said, adding she was confident there was no undetected transmission of the Delta variant in the community.

New Zealand recorded 22 new cases of coronavirus in the community – including three cases outside Auckland – on Monday which some had feared could put the brakes on the easing of restrictions.

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Eva Corlett in Wellington

Fresh calls for windfall tax on companies that prospered during Covid

22 hours 11 minutes ago

Research highlights six firms that increased their profits by a total of £16bn

Campaigners have issued fresh calls for a windfall tax on companies that prospered during the pandemic, after research highlighted six firms that increased their profits by a total of £16bn.

The outsourcing firm Serco and online clothes retailer Asos were among the companies that saw their global profits more than double over the last financial year, while one investment trust, Scottish Mortgage, saw its returns grow to nine times the average of preceding years.

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Gwyn Topham

NSW Covid update: cases drop to three-week low of 935, but deaths yet to peak

1 day ago

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned again that Covid deaths will keep rising and people should ‘brace ourselves for October being the worst month’

New South Wales has reported 935 new cases of Covid-19, the lowest daily caseload recorded in more than three weeks, with premier Gladys Berejiklian warning that, despite the falling infection numbers, hospitalisations and deaths are yet to peak.

Four more people have died of Covid in the state, including two unvaccinated men, one in their 80s and one in their 60s. The other two deaths, a woman in her 80s and a man in his 60s, had received one dose of Covid vaccine.

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Elias Visontay

Covid-19 Australia data tracker: coronavirus cases today, trend map, hospitalisations and deaths.

1 day ago

Guardian Australia brings together all the latest on active and daily new Covid-19 cases, as well as maps, stats, live data and state by state graphs from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, SA, WA, Tasmania, ACT and NT to get a broad picture of the Australian outbreaks and track the impact of government responses

Due to the difference in reporting times between states, territories and the federal government, it can be difficult to get a current picture of how many confirmed cases of coronavirus there are in Australia, where cases are increasing, and the overall trend for each state and territory.

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Nick Evershed, Josh Nicholas and Andy Ball

Covid-19 vaccine Australia rollout tracker by state: total number of people and per cent vaccinated, daily vaccine doses and rate of progress

1 day ago

How does Australia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout and schedule compare with other countries, and when will Australia reach 70% and 80% double dose vaccination? We bring together the latest numbers on the vaccination rate in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and other states, as well as stats, maps, live data and Indigenous vaccination rates.

Australia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout began in late February. Here we bring together the latest figures to track the progress of the rollout and Covid vaccination schedule.

The data shows the total doses given in Australia, people vaccinated in Australian states and the percentage of the population who have received one dose or are double dose fully vaccinated, as well as graphs showing daily new Covid-19 cases in Australia, deaths per day and cumulative coronavirus cases by state and territory.

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Josh Nicholas and Nick Evershed

Welfare recipients struggle with cost of living as lockdowns drag on

1 day 1 hour ago

There are growing calls to help more than 800,000 people currently left out of income support measures

Welfare recipients under stay-at-home orders and barred from additional Covid support – in total more than 80% of those on working-age Centrelink payments – say they are struggling with the extra costs of living under lockdown.

As part of a push to offer extra income support to the more than 800,000 people currently left out, the Australian Council of Social Service (Acoss) surveyed welfare recipients currently living under stay-at-home orders in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

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Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

Finally! Get ready for a new season of culture

1 day 1 hour ago

New albums, new TV series, and actual live shows – the culture taps might have run dry during the pandemic, but this autumn they are switching on again at last. Our critics give their pick of the new crop

Over the past year and a half, with big releases held back and live performances disappearing completely, many of us have had a sneaking feeling that we’ve run out of new culture – and the Guardian’s critics are no exception. The music editor, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, could only dance around his living room to techno with a craft beer, TV writer Ammar Kalia dove into Neighbours and an 800-page history of the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and Arifa Akbar has resorted to theatre in the bath.

Now things are opening up again – and the entertainment industry’s wheels are starting to turn. In this episode, Nosheen Iqbal speaks to Ben, Ammar and Arifa about what’s on offer across music, theatre and TV this autumn, from Abba to Lil Nas X, Succession to Starstruck, and Hamlet to Hairspray. Which should you get excited about?

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Presented by Nosheen Iqbal with Arifa Akbar, Ammar Kalia and Ben Beaumont-Thomas; produced by Hannah Moore and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Phil Maynard and Archie Bland

NSW Covid-19 update: lowest cases since August as 20% of 12-15-year-olds already vaccinated – video

1 day 1 hour ago

NSW Covid-19 numbers have dipped into the triple digits for the first time since August with 935 local cases recorded. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was pleasing to see the direction the numbers are going in but she was ‘not ready to call it’. Four people died which brings the NSW death toll from this outbreak to 245. Berejiklian also announced that one in five 12- to 15-year-olds in NSW have received their first jab. 'Given that was only made available about a week ago that is an outstanding result,' she said. NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant has announced that the region town of Cowra in the state’s central west will go into lockdown from 5pm tonight, following an infected child attending a school campus

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Australian Olympic gold medallist Madi Wilson admitted to hospital with Covid

1 day 1 hour ago

‘I’d be stupid not to say I wasn’t scared,’ 27-year-old swimmer says after testing positive in Italy

Australian Olympic swimming gold medallist Madi Wilson says she feels “extremely unlucky” after being admitted to hospital in Europe with Covid-19.

Less than two months after standing atop the podium with the 4x100m women’s freestyle team, the 27-year-old has revealed she tested positive while in Italy for an International Swim League event.

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Emma Kemp

NSW Covid vaccination rate by suburb: check the percentages in your postcode – interactive map

1 day 2 hours ago

Newly released data from the state government shows the vaccine rollout over time by area

The NSW government has released data showing Covid vaccination rates by area – you can use this interactive map to check your postcode or suburb. You can also toggle between showing the percentage of people who have received at least one dose and the percentage of people who are fully vaccinated.

Use the date menu to compare the rates for areas over time to see the course of the vaccine rollout in that postcode.

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Andy Ball

Victoria Covid roadmap out of lockdown: ‘We are opening up’, says Dan Andrews – video

1 day 2 hours ago

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has unveiled the state’s 'cautious' roadmap out of lockdown, as the state reported 507 new local cases and one death on Sunday. Andrews announced that Melbourne’s lockdown will be lifted once 70% of Victorian adults are fully vaccinated against Covid, expected about 26 October. 

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