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Implement ‘plan B’ winter measures now or risk NHS crisis, Johnson warned

12 horas 58 minutos ago

Exclusive: NHS Confederation head fears efforts to tackle backlog of 5 million patients will be derailed

Ministers must urgently implement sweeping “plan B” winter measures or derail efforts to tackle the backlog of 5 million patients, the head of the NHS Confederation warned as the UK recorded its highest daily Covid death toll since March.

Infections have been rising sharply since the start of October but the government is resisting introducing the extra restrictions set out in its winter plan such as masks, vaccine passports and advice to work from home.

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Andrew Gregory, Heather Stewart, Ian Sample

Australian expats not registered with Medicare say they can’t get their vaccinations recognised

13 horas 34 minutos ago

Non-residents who live abroad but received jab in Australia frustrated by inability to be recognised by immunisation record or get international passport

Australians who live overseas but got vaccinated while visiting Australia say the immunisation record system is failing to recognise their Covid vaccination status if they are not registered with Medicare, trapping them in a “black hole” of bureaucratic wrangling.

Two Australian citizens, both healthcare workers living long-term in Kenya, have told the Guardian they were vaccinated during trips home to see their sick parents this year.

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Christopher Knaus

Covid live: no contingency measures for UK despite high deaths; Pfizer jab 93% effective in keeping children out of hospital

13 horas 40 minutos ago

UK reports further 223 deaths but UK government says no to plan B for now; US study shows success in preventing hospitalisation of 12- to 18-year-olds

The Czech Republic is embroiled in a political crisis with the ill-health of far-right president Miloš Zeman coinciding with a general election, and it is also seeing rising Covid numbers.

Robert Muller reports from Prague for Reuters that the Czech Republic detected 2,521 new cases of Covid yesterday, the highest daily tally since late April.

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Tom Ambrose (now) and Miranda Bryant, Martin Belam and Samantha Lock (earlier)

Row erupts over air purifiers at NSW schools as parents fear Covid spread

14 horas 33 minutos ago

P&Cs raise thousands to buy air filter machines – only to have them knocked back by authorities

Air purifiers have been bought for some New South Wales state schools but others will miss out and that’s unfair, say parents worried about Covid-19 as students return to classrooms.

Parents and citizens groups at some schools have raised thousands of dollars to purchase their own air purifiers, only to have them knocked back by authorities.

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Cait Kelly

‘Sydney, we’re back’: Hamilton makes jubilant return to the Australian stage

15 horas 49 minutos ago

Pre-show address from Brent Hill as King George III prompts a rapturous applause from the fully vaccinated – and slightly overwhelmed – crowd

A week of cafe catch-ups, eating out and some horse race at the weekend has been merely a warm-up act for Sydney’s reopening.

As hundreds of jubilant theatregoers flashed their vaccine certificates and took their seats on Tuesday night for the return of Hamilton – the first major Sydney theatre production to return to the stage – lockdown was officially behind them.

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Rosemary Bolger

Charge Bolsonaro with murder over Covid toll, draft Brazil senate report says

16 horas 3 minutos ago

Draft text says neglect, incompetence and opposition to science fueled ‘stratospheric’ death toll

The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, should face murder charges for his role in the country’s “stratospheric” coronavirus death toll, a draft report from a senate inquiry into Brazil’s Covid crisis has recommended.

The 1,078-page document, published by Brazilian media on Tuesday afternoon, is not due to be voted on by the commission until next week and could yet be modified by senators.

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Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro

John King’s MS Diagnosis

16 horas 19 minutos ago
The CNN anchor revealed his multiple sclerosis diagnosis after Fox News’ Tucker Carlson spread vaccine misinformation in light of Colin Powell’s death but Carlson failed to mention Powell was being treated for blood cancer when he died, reducing his body's ability to fight infection.

Without Covid-19 jab, ‘reinfection may occur every 16 months’

18 horas 1 minuto ago

Reports grow of repeat infection as experts warn prevalence among school pupils puts older people at risk

As Covid-19 infections surge in England, people are increasingly reporting catching Sars-CoV-2 for a second or even third time.

New analysis has suggested that unvaccinated individuals should expect to be reinfected with Covid-19 every 16 months, on average.

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Linda Geddes