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New Zealand reports record Covid cases as experts sound warning over health system

1 día 8 horas ago

Health officials have been unable to link more than half of the cases, possibly indicating further undetected spread in the community

New Zealand has hit its highest daily case number since the pandemic began. 94 new Covid-19 infections announced on Tuesday, as experts warned that cases would probably keep rising, and sustained high numbers could quickly push the health system to capacity.

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern said the rise in Covid cases was “incredibly hard,” and urged people to get vaccinated and to continue following the rules.

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Covid-19: how 43,000 false negative tests were uncovered as wrong | podcast

1 día 8 horas ago

Last week, testing at a private Covid lab in Wolverhampton was halted, after the UK Health Security Agency found tens of thousands of people may have been falsely given a negative PCR result. But since the start of September, scientists had been alerted to strange patterns in the testing data which suggested something was out of the ordinary. Anand Jagatia speaks to Dr Kit Yates, a mathematical biologist, about why it took so long for these errors to be traced back to the lab, and what the consequences could be

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Presented by Anand Jagatia and produced by Madeleine Finlay

Contact Tracing

1 día 8 horas ago
Contact tracing is used by health departments to prevent the spread of infectious diseased. In general, contact tracing involves identifying people who have an infectious disease (cases) and people who they came in contact with (contacts) and working with them to interrupt disease spread. For COVID-19, this includes asking people with cases to isolate and their contacts to quarantine at home voluntarily.

Victoria Covid-19 update: unvaccinated people won't enjoy extra freedoms until 2022 – video

1 día 8 horas ago

Daniel Andrews says unvaccinated people in Victoria will be waiting until well into 2022 for the same freedoms as those who have been vaccinated. When asked if he will adopt a similar system to New South Wales where restrictions for everyone will be lifted in December, Andrews said unvaccinated people in Victoria won't be able to out wait the virus. 'I’m not going to say to someone, just wait it out, just wait for five weeks, and then you will be able to go the pub'

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‘Kicking us when we’re down’: Melbourne entertainment venues vexed by ‘typo’ in Covid roadmap

1 día 10 horas ago

Live venues were listed alongside pubs as being allowed patrons indoors from Friday but document was later corrected

Melbourne entertainment venues won’t be able to open to fully vaccinated patrons indoors when lockdown ends, because a Covid-19 rule change contained a “typo”.

When the roadmap changes were unveiled on Sunday, a document shared by the premier Daniel Andrews said pubs, clubs and entertainment venues would open to up to 20 double-dosed people from 11.59pm on Thursday.

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After 30 years in obstetrics, Covid vaccination has made me reassess my advice to pregnant patients| Jenny Dowd

1 día 11 horas ago

Usually known for my forthright opinions, I have altered my approach to spend time trying to understand my patients’ vaccination fears

Pregnant women try to do the best for their baby’s health and development, yet, when something is new – such as Covid-19 vaccinations – it can be hard to make decisions for yourself, let alone for your unborn child. In this time of rapidly changing public health announcements, it’s not surprising that some pregnant women are hesitant when it comes to Covid-19 vaccinations.

The negative consequences of not getting vaccinated were starkly displayed in recent figures from England, showing that one in six critically ill patients are unvaccinated pregnant women with Covid. Of the 20 women requiring high-level and invasive intensive care treatment, 19 were unvaccinated and one had received one dose.

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Washington mourns death of ‘trailblazer’ Colin Powell as tributes pour in – as it happened

1 día 12 horas ago

Joe Biden reflected on Colin Powell’s legacy of service and offered condolences to his family following the former US secretary of state’s passing.

“Jill and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and a patriot of unmatched honor and dignity, General Colin Powell,” said Biden in a newly released statement.

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Abené Clayton (now) and Joan E Greve (earlier)

More than a third of UK music industry workers lost jobs in 2020

1 día 13 horas ago

UK Music’s annual report says 69,000 people lost work as the pandemic wiped billions off the value of the sector

More than a third of UK music industry workers lost their jobs last year – 69,000 in total – as venues closed, festivals were scrapped, tours ground to a halt and the pandemic wiped billions off the value of the sector.

UK Music, the umbrella organisation representing the commercial music industry from artists and record labels to the live music sector, said the value of the industry almost halved last year due to the financially crippling impact of the Covid crisis.

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Covid live: Latvia closes schools and venues as curfew introduced; UK situation ‘concerning’, says expert

1 día 13 horas ago

Latvia has closed schools, restaurants and entertainment venues for a month; UK reports 49,156 new cases and 45 Covid-linked deaths

Australia’s Northern Territory chief minister, Michael Gunner, has hit back at US senator Ted Cruz who criticised the Northern Territory’s vaccine policy, telling the Texan conservative “you know nothing about us”.

The spat began when the US Republican shared a video of Gunner announcing the territory’s wide-ranging vaccine mandate for workers. Cruz lamented the “Covid tyranny of their (Australia’s) current government,” which he said was “disgraceful and sad”.

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Army veteran on trial in Belfast over Troubles killing dies with Covid-19

1 día 14 horas ago

Trial of Dennis Hutchings, who was 80, has been adjourned for three weeks after he contracted the virus

An army veteran whose trial at Belfast crown court over a Troubles shooting was adjourned due to his ill health has died after contracting Covid-19, it has been reported.

It is understood that Dennis Hutchings died on Monday. The trial had been adjourned for three weeks after he contracted Covid.

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