Russia’s daily Covid death toll passes 1,000 for first time

4 días ago

Officials report 33,208 new cases in fifth consecutive day of record coronavirus infections

Russia reported 1,002 deaths from the coronavirus on Saturday, the first time the country’s daily number has passed the 1,000 mark since the start of the pandemic.

New Covid-19 cases confirmed in the previous 24 hours numbered 33,208, setting a record for the fifth consecutive day, the Russian coronavirus taskforce said.

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Reuters in Moscow

Long Covid: what are you entitled to if you can’t work in the UK?

4 días 4 horas ago

About 1m Britons report symptoms and many are unable to work – but there are benefits and arrangements in place

Since falling ill with Covid-19 in March 2020, Sara Hawthorn, 38, has been experiencing extreme fatigue and other problems, such as trouble concentrating and brain fog.

“I can’t work or focus,” says Hawthorn, who lives in Leeds and runs her own PR agency. “I’m constantly forgetting. I can’t trust my brain.”

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Suzanne Bearne

NSW hits 80% vaccination target; Victoria’s seven deaths include 15-year-old girl – as it happened

4 días 6 horas ago

Southern Tasmania in lockdown with next 48 hours ‘critical’ and ACT expands travel into regional NSW. This blog is now closed

The NSW numbers are in.

The state has reported 319 local Covid-19 cases overnight, and two additional deaths.

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Luke Henriques-Gomes and Caitlin Cassidy (earlier)

US throws out millions of doses of Covid vaccine as world goes wanting

4 días 7 horas ago

Figures surged over summer as doses expired and vaccinations flagged amid widespread hesitancy

The United States is wasting millions of Covid-19 vaccine doses even as shortages plague many parts of the world.

At least 15m doses were scrapped in the US between March and September, according to one analysis of CDC data. A separate investigation found 1m doses were discarded in 10 states between December and July.

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Melody Schreiber

Victoria Covid deaths include girl, 15, as Frydenberg hits out at ‘ludicrous’ roadmap

4 días 9 horas ago

Victoria records 1,933 new cases and seven deaths while NSW reports 319 infections and two deaths and reaches 80% vaccination target as southern Tasmania in lockdown

The federal treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has lashed the Andrews government over its roadmap out of lockdown, describing it as “ludicrous” and “unacceptable”, as Victoria recorded 1,993 new Covid cases on Saturday and seven deaths, including a 15-year-old-girl.

The state’s Covid-19 commander, Jeroen Weimar, said the girl had a “number of conditions” but had also been infected with Covid.

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Luke Henriques-Gomes

Biden’s clean electricity program could be dropped from spending bill, report says – as it happened

4 días 13 horas ago

A Capitol police officer has been charged with obstruction of justice in connection to the deadly January 6 attack in Washington.

Federal prosecutors say Michael Riley, a 25-year veteran of Capitol police, helped one of the participants in the attack by encouraging them to take down incriminating Facebook posts.

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Sam Levin (now) and Adam Gabbatt (earlier)

‘I just want to go home’: the locked-out Queenslanders trapped in no man’s land

4 días 18 horas ago

Hundreds of people are stuck in northern NSW, living in cars and tents – and running out of time

Surrounded by cane fields that stretch out to the Border Ranges, the showgrounds in the northern New South Wales town of Murwillumbah are normally spectacularly pretty.

But this week, when the ranges were lost in mist and rain was coming down, it was decidedly desultory. In the camping area of the showgrounds, people have set up makeshift homes. Some this week were succumbing to depression and despair. Everything was wet: feet, socks, bedding.

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Susan Chenery

Covid: UK records 44,932 new cases and 145 deaths; US set to partly lift travel restrictions – as it happened

4 días 19 horas ago

UK figures fall slightly compared to previous day; White House set to lift travel restrictions for some fully vaccinated foreign nationals. This live blog has now closed – for all our coronavirus coverage, please head to our dedicated site

Senior government science advisers from the UK, Europe and Canada have called on countries around the world to offer vaccination certificates to volunteers on Covid jab trials so they can travel internationally.

The UK has led the way in granting vaccine certificates to trial participants, but many countries have failed to follow suit and refuse to admit people unless they have had two doses of Covid vaccine that has already gone through trials and been approved by regulators.

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Tom Ambrose (now); Martin Belam and Samantha Lock (earlier)

New Zealand’s weird and wonderful vaccine rollout

4 días 19 horas ago

The government is using an array of sweeteners, gimmicks and incentives to raise inoculation rates, including turning a 787 Dreamliner into a vaccination clinic

You can do it in the cabin of a Dreamliner plane. You can do it at a race track. You can even do it in a fast food drive-through queue.

New Zealand’s government is employing a host of increasingly weird and wonderful strategies, gimmicks and sweeteners in a bid to get the last 20% of its eligible population inoculated against Covid-19.

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Tess McClure in Christchurch

Conflicting Covid test results leave Britons suspicious of PCR tests

4 días 19 horas ago

Three people relate how they responded to testing positive on a lateral flow test but negative on the supposedly better PCR test

At least 43,000 people may have been wrongly given a negative Covid test result, the UK Health Security Agency has said, as it announced the suspension of operations at a privately run lab in Wolverhampton.

The announcement comes after dozens of people reported receiving a negative result after using a Covid PCR test, having got a positive result from their rapid lateral flow test, prompting scientists to call for an urgent investigation.

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Rachel Obordo and Alfie Packham