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Australian government’s Covid vaccine rollout forecasts don’t add up

2 días 4 horas ago

Government forecasts are more than double the amount of doses CSL is able to produce per week when operating at maximum capacity

A Guardian Australia analysis of the government’s vaccine rollout plan suggests there are significant gaps between the number of AstraZeneca doses forecast by the government and the amount that could be reached with local vaccine production alone.

The government has produced several forecasts of the numbers it expects for available vaccine doses in Australia to support planning of the vaccine rollout.

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Nick Evershed

Half a million NSW workers granted Covid payments, but many remain ineligible

2 días 5 horas ago

Nearly half of the unemployed or part-time workers barred from disaster payments are now at risk of homelessness, says Acoss

Nearly half a million workers in NSW have qualified for Covid-19 disaster payments as the state’s strict lockdown slashes jobs in key sectors, such as hospitality and much of retail.

But 400,000 unemployed or part-time workers across greater Sydney remain ineligible for the payment because they were already receiving some form of welfare. Almost half of those barred from the disaster payment are now at risk of homelessness, according to the Australian Council of Social Service.

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Anne Davies and Elias Visontay

Victoria Covid update: premier Dan Andrews calls for ring of steel around Sydney – video

2 días 5 horas ago

The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has called for a 'ring of steel' to be put around Sydney to contain the spread of Covid-19 after Victoria recorded 14 new cases. 'If there is a national emergency … we need a ring of steel around Sydney so that this is not spreading to other parts of the nation … We will finish up with the whole country locked down if we don't do this properly … If it is a national emergency, then there is a national responsibility to do everything possible to contain it where it is now,' he says

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All the trains in my son’s train podcast ranked by how much I hate them | Ben Jenkins

2 días 5 horas ago

Living in lockdown with small children means distracting them with the same thing, over and over again, until you – like Ben Jenkins – are driven insane

Every parent of a young child in lockdown either knows this fact or is about to learn it: you don’t get to choose where they find their joy.

For example, my two and half year old son likes to listen to the Thomas and Friends Storytime podcast. It is, by some margin, his favourite thing to do. By a similar margin, the opening “toot toot” of the podcast is my least favourite sound on the entire planet, which now activates my fight or flight reflex every time I hear it. But due to some quirk of evolution, I find myself unable to deny my boy his train show, as it gives him the kind of happiness unattainable to adults without the use of class-A drugs.

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Ben Jenkins

US in ‘another pivotal moment’ as Delta variant drives surge in Covid cases

2 días 5 horas ago
  • Hospitals are filling up, especially in areas with low vaccinations
  • CDC offers no change in guidance on mask wearing

The US is “at another pivotal moment in this pandemic” as rising Covid-19 cases show no signs of abating, driven by the Delta variant, and some hospitals are filling up, especially in areas with low vaccination rates, government officials warned on Thursday.

The US government did not change its guidance on mask wearing, despite debates going on in the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about whether those who have been vaccinated should once again be officially advised to wear masks indoors to prevent the spread.

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Joanna Walters in New York

US 'not of the woods yet', says CDC chief, as Delta variant drives Covid surge – video

2 días 5 horas ago

The US is at another 'pivotal moment' in the pandemic as the Delta variant drives a big rise in new cases, said CDC director, Rochelle Walensky, who warned 'we are not out of the woods yet'. She added: 'The Delta variant is more aggressive and much more transmissible than previously circulating strains,' she said. 'It is one of the most infectious respiratory viruses that we know of and that I have seen in my 20-year career.'

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Latest NSW Health Covid exposure sites: full list and map of Sydney hotspots and regional coronavirus case locations

2 días 5 horas ago

Here are the current coronavirus hotspots and Covid-19 public exposure sites in Sydney and regional New South Wales, and what to do if you’ve visited them. Our analysis and map shows where Covid cases are increasing, and a live data update tracks the daily case numbers in NSW

Health authorities have released a list of public exposure sites in Sydney and regional NSW visited by a confirmed case of Covid-19.

Here are the current coronavirus hotspots, Covid exposure sites, venues and case location alerts and what to do if you’ve visited them. See the full list and map below.

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Guardian staff

'National emergency' as NSW records 136 Covid cases and premier calls for vaccine 'refocus' – video

2 días 6 horas ago
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Pfizer vaccine second dose has ‘sweet spot’ after eight weeks, UK scientists say

2 días 6 horas ago

Longer schedule led to more Covid antibodies and higher proportion of helper T-cells, supporting immune memory – researchers

An eight-week gap between the first and second doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is a “sweet spot” when it comes to generating strong immune response while protecting the UK population against the Delta variant of coronavirus, scientists have said.

In a study funded by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), researchers have found that when compared with a four-week gap, a 10-week interval between the doses produces higher antibody levels, as well as a higher proportion of a group of infection-fighting cells in the body known as “helper” T-cells.

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New Zealand shuts Australia travel bubble as Sydney’s Covid outbreak worsens

2 días 6 horas ago

Jacinda Ardern pauses flights for eight weeks as her health chief says the spread in NSW was ‘clearly not under control’

New Zealand is shutting down the quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia for two months, as the country grapples with a number of serious outbreaks of Covid-19.

The country had already paused travel with the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. The new pause applies to all of Australia for the next eight weeks.

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Tess McClure in Christchurch

Businesses that had no downturn from Covid crisis received $12.5bn jobkeeper windfall

2 días 7 horas ago

Payments described as ‘waste of public money’ represent almost 14% of the $90bn program

Businesses that did not suffer any downturn in revenue as a result of the Covid crisis received a $12.5bn windfall from the government’s jobkeeper scheme, new figures show.

The payments, which the opposition has called “the biggest waste of public money in living memory”, represent almost 14% of the $90bn program, which was designed to support workers at risk of losing their jobs at Covid-hit companies.

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Ben Butler

South Australia Covid exposure sites: full list of Adelaide and regional SA hotspots and coronavirus case locations

2 días 7 horas ago

Here are the current coronavirus hotspots and Covid-19 public exposure sites in Adelaide and regional South Australia, and what to do if you’ve visited them

Authorities have released a list of public exposure sites in Adelaide and South Australia visited by a confirmed case of Covid-19.

Here are the current coronavirus hotspots, Covid exposure sites, venues and case location alerts and what to do if you’ve visited them

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Guardian staff

South Australia Covid lockdown restrictions: update to coronavirus rules for Adelaide and regional SA

2 días 7 horas ago

South Australia is going into lockdown after the state’s coronavirus cluster grew. So what are the rules on travelling, gatherings and mask-wearing?

South Australia will begin a one-week lockdown to contain the spread of the Delta variant from 6pm Tuesday, 20 July.

The state’s premier, Steven Marshall, announced the return of the strict measures after SA’s cluster grew to five cases, including someone who dined at the same restaurant as a confirmed case.

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Guardian staff