A lone passenger sits at a tram stop on a mostly-empty city centre street on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo
Australian authorities said Victoria state would extend a COVID-19 lockdown beyond Tuesday to slow the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant, despite a slight drop in new infections in the state and nationwide.
Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said lockdown rules would not be lifted as cases were still being detected in the community, promising more details would be provided on Tuesday, when the lockdown had been due to end.
"It would be perhaps a few days of sunshine and then there is a very high ...
A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past the Sydney Opera House, during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, July 1, 2021. (Reuters)
Australian authorities ordered more businesses to close Saturday along with a slew of new restrictions in the country’s largest city as a weeks-long lockdown failed to quash an outbreak of COVID-19.
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Any retail deemed not “critical” would be forced to close across Sydney and its surroundings while those in hard-hit suburbs would be placed under stricter stay-at-home orders from midnight on Saturday, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian told media in Sydney.
“It’s not good enough for us to tread water which is what we’re d...
The prospect of an extended lockdown in Sydney loomed on Monday as Australian health officials reported yet another record daily rise in COVID-19 cases for the year, fuelled by the highly infectious Delta variant.
A general view of the Sydney Opera House which is closed due to Covid-19 Delta outbreak.GETTY IMAGES
New South Wales state reported 112 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, almost all in Sydney, despite the country’s biggest city entering its third week of lockdown. Case numbers have been at record levels for at least three days.
There was, however, a glimmer of light as the number of newly-infected people who were out in the community while infectious dropped to 34 from 45 on Sunday.
State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the progress of that figure in coming days...
Australia will send 2.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Indonesia as well as testing kits and ventilators as part of a $12 million package for oxygen-related equipment announced on Wednesday night.
The support effort comes as south-east Asia’s largest country suffers a devastating new wave of the Delta variant of COVID-19 that has caused infections and deaths to climb to record levels and left hospital beds and oxygen in short supply.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne said she had spoken to her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on Wednesday and confirmed an assistance package for Australia’s near neighbour as it battles the worst virus outbreak of the region.
It includes a shipment of AstraZeneca by the end of the year as well as more than 40,000 rapid antigen test...
Officials in Australia’s New South Wales state have ordered a week-long extension of Sydney’s strict coronavirus lockdown as the city of five million residents struggles to contain an growing outbreak of the delta variant of COVID-19.
The latest lockdown was imposed on June 26 after a Sydney airport limousine driver who had been transporting international air crews tested positive for the variant. More than 300 people have since been infected.
The outbreak has grown to more than 300 people, including 27 new cases reported Wednesday.
“This delta strain is a game-changer,” New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney. “We don’t want to be in a situation where we are constantly having to move between lockdown, no lockdown, lockdown, no lockdown.”
The Australian Grand Prix and Australian MotoGP event have been cancelled and removed from their respective calendars due to ‘restrictions and logistical challenges relating to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.’
The F1 Grand Prix had already been moved to 19-21 November from March and a Covid-safe plan had been developed by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) involving secure bubbles for the teams.
However, it has proved too difficult to organise and the race, due to be held at Albert Park in Melbourne, has been scrapped, as it was in 2020.
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) tweeted: ‘We regret to announce that the 2021 AusGP has been cancelled due to restrictions and logistical challenges relating to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.’
AGPC chairman Paul Littl...
New blood clot cases have led to a further revision of rules around Australia’s only locally produced COVID vaccine.
Yesterday, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) revised its recommendations for the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine once again.
People under the age of 60 are now eligible for Pfizer, while AstraZeneca is only recommended for people 60 years or more old. The previous age cut-off for AstraZeneca was 50.
The decision came because of the latest 12 cases of the vaccine-induced rare blood-clotting condition called Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS). Seven of the cases were in people aged 50–59. Among those, a 52-year-old woman became the second Australian fatality of TTS.
According to the new statistics, the incidence rate in the...
Mr Byamungu Elias (CAO Rukungiri District) Vs Dr Semakura Jibril Owomugisha (CEO MTNi-Ug) while receiving the MTNi-Ug Forest Development Plan For Rukungiri District For the Period of 2019 to 2029. MTNi-Ug is abroad based Organization that also improve Household income, Food Security and Agro-industrialization by donating short term plants like Vegetable seeds, Organic fertilizers and pesticides to peasants, Fruit plant Seedlings for Agroforestry in Uganda.
District leaders lead by Chief Administrative Officer Mr Byamungu Elias, Ass. RDC, Production Officer, all in place for the launch
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About 18,000 people have been evacuated across New South Wales as heavy rains continue to pound the east coast of Australia, causing the floods to worsen.
Addressing parliament on today, prime minister Scott Morrison said that “Australia is being tested once again.”
“The east coast of Australia, predominantly New South Wales but also in south-east Queensland, has experienced an extraordinary deluge over recent days,” he said.
Rains are expected for at least the next 24 and 48 hours, Mr Morrison said. “Some parts of New South Wales are experiencing the worst flooding in 50 years, from Penrith to the north of Port Macquarie,” he said.
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Leading Australian-headquartered, FirstWave has announced the signing of a three-year Level 1 Partner Agreement with Moja Access, part of CSquared Group, a pan-African technology company. With the goal to make commercially driven investments to improve and increase connectivity and internet access in Sub-Saharan Africa. Internet users across these African nations can now be protected on CSquared’s network from cyber intruders, on a consumption basis, at an affordable monthly price.
In the initial phase of this partnership, FirstWave has deployed its recently...