‘Where’s the logic?’: how England’s ‘no jab, no job’ policy will hit a care worker

2 días 1 hora ago

Debbie Vickers is among tens of thousands of care home staff likely to lose jobs because of Covid vaccine rules

Carol Thomas, a retired health academic who lives with multiple sclerosis, is about to lose not just a carer but a companion because of the government’s “no jab, no job” policy.

Unless the policy is changed, which looks unlikely after the health secretary, Sajid Javid, this month told unjabbed care workers to “get out and get another job”, the 62-year-old’s days of being cared for by Debbie Vickers are numbered.

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Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

‘You reap what you sow’: Russians party despite record Covid figures

2 días 2 horas ago

Critics blame Kremlin denial and mixed messaging for pursuit of normality as deaths top 1,000 a day

Moscow’s streets were buzzing with energy on Friday evening. At Simach, a trendy bar and nightclub in the city centre, the small, sweaty dance floor was packed and a long queue of chatty people formed outside.

Looking at the crowd, it is easy to forget that Russia is at the centre of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, recording daily record deaths and infections just as global fatalities from the disease have fallen to their lowest level in a year.

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Pjotr Sauer in Moscow

Qld announces reopening plan; Victoria records 1,903 Covid cases, NSW 265; ACT hotspot status ends tonight – As it happened

2 días 3 horas ago

Queensland announces reopening plan; Liberals hear climate plan; Victoria and NSW release Covid numbers; Tasmania snap lockdown to end tonight; Icac hearings begin into Gladys Berejiklian; Barnaby Joyce ‘hopes’ climate won’t split the Coalition. Question time begins in Canberra.

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The federal treasurer and Victorian Liberal MP Josh Frydenberg has once again ramped up his attacks on the Victorian Labor government over lockdowns (you may remember some of his speeches on the Victorian lockdown last year) a theme he continued yesterday, even as the state government announced an earlier than expected loosening of restrictions.

Daniel Andrews responded to that on ABC News Breakfast this morning:

Well, look, I would just say to Josh, this is not about you and your breathless political rants don’t work against this virus. This day and this week, and the weeks to come, are all about Victorians who have done an amazing thing.

They’ve got vaccinated in record numbers and in record time. And this is their moment. It’s not for Josh. And his endless criticism and negativity, I just don’t think it goes down very well in Victoria because it doesn’t work against this virus. So, I will say no more about him.

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Mostafa Rachwani and Amy Remeikis (earlier)

Northern Territory chief minister and US senator Ted Cruz in Twitter spat over Covid vaccines

2 días 4 horas ago

Michael Gunner informed his new ‘mate’ Republican Ted Cruz of a few facts when comparing Texas and the NT’s Covid responses

The Northern Territory chief minister, Michael Gunner, has hit back at US senator Ted Cruz who criticised the Northern Territory’s vaccine policy, telling the firebrand 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.

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Mostafa Rachwani

Police departments face a shortage as unions enable officers to refuse vaccines

2 días 6 horas ago

Representatives say the mandates violate the officers’ rights while city leaders are trying to keep the public safe

Sgt Randy Huserik and all other officers with the Seattle police department who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 are prepared to report at 7am Tuesday morning to any of the city’s five precincts rather than their usual assignments. Some detectives could even be responding to 911 calls instead of following up on their case load, he said.

That’s because the city is implementing a vaccine mandate for officers on 18 October and preparing to fire hundreds of officers who refuse to get the vaccine, which could leave the department significantly understaffed.

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Eric Berger

Factory farms of disease: how industrial chicken production is breeding the next pandemic

2 días 7 horas ago

At least eight types of bird flu, all of which can kill humans, are circulating around the world’s factory farms – and they could be worse than Covid-19

One day last December, 101,000 chickens at a gigantic farm near the city of Astrakhan in southern Russia started to collapse and die. Tests by the state research centre showed that a relatively new strain of lethal avian flu known as H5N8 was circulating, and within days 900,000 birds at the Vladimirskaya plant were hurriedly slaughtered to prevent an epidemic.

Avian flu is the world’s other ongoing pandemic and H5N8 is just one strain that has torn through thousands of chicken, duck and turkey flocks across nearly 50 countries including Britain in recent years and shows no sign of stopping.

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John Vidal

Nerves as NSW children head back to school, after months of Covid lockdown

2 días 7 horas ago

Teachers, parents and pupils are all excited – but a little anxious – about the adjustment from online learning to the classroom

Like many parents in New South Wales, Nicole Kastner has been juggling parenting and teaching for the past three months.

But on Monday morning her five-year-old, Jack, returned to his indergarten class in Sydney’s inner west.

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Cait Kelly

Queensland promises to reunite families by Christmas under Covid border reopening plan

2 días 7 horas ago

Annastacia Palaszczuk announces lifting of border restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers from NSW and Victoria once 80% of Queensland residents aged over 16 get two jabs

Queensland expects to open its borders to Covid hotspots one week before Christmas, removing the need to quarantine for fully vaccinated interstate travellers once the state hits its 80% vaccine milestone.

Queensland’s vaccine rate lags behind Victoria and New South Wales with 80% of Queensland residents aged 16 expected to have had two doses by 17 December.

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Mostafa Rachwani

Queensland announces Covid re-opening plan for borders scheduled ahead of Christmas – video

2 días 8 horas ago

Queensland will open its borders to inter-state travellers from Covid hotspots for the fully vaccinated from 17 December. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement as she outlined the state’s reopening plan, which sets out when restrictions on arrivals will ease, based on vaccination modelling. At 70% fully vaccinated, expected on 19 November, people will be able to enter Queensland from domestic hotspots, provided they are fully vaccinated, arrive by air, have a negative test in the previous 72 hours and undertakes 14 days home quarantine. At 80%, expected on 17 December, the state will reopen fully to arrivals from hotspots without quarantine, and will have no restrictions on arrivals at 90% fully vaccinated

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New Zealand Covid update: Auckland to remain in lockdown even as fully vaccinated hit 70%

2 días 8 horas ago

Jacinda Ardern says restrictions are needed to prevent a spike in cases, as experts warn any relaxation now would be ‘very dangerous’

Auckland, the city at the centre of New Zealand’s Covid outbreak, will remain in level 3 lockdown for another two weeks, despite rising vaccination levels. The decision from prime minister Jacinda Ardern comes as experts remain concerned that an early move out of lockdown could be disastrous, and risk overwhelming the health system.

Auckland is closing in on 90% of its population having had one shot; 89% of the region’s population has now had at least one dose, and 70% are fully vaccinated.

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Tess McClure in Christchurch