Category Health

ACT records 40 new local COVID-19 cases, 19 infectious in community

The ACT has recorded 40 new local cases of coronavirus overnight. ACT Health confirmed 21 of today's cases are linked to known cases or clusters and 19 are under investigation. ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephens-Smith said none of today's COVID-19 cases are connected to the special care nursery cluster at Centenary Hospital. LIVE UPDATES: Nation's record breaking vaccination streak amid plea to WA said both babies linked to that cluster are being cared for in the paediatric ward and another five babies are considered close contacts and are currently in quarantine. Across the ACT, 96.7 per cent of eligible people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 68 per cent of residents are now fully vaccinated. There were over 4800 COVID-19 tests administered in the ACT yesterday, a record since the current outbreak started in August. READ MORE: US nuclear submarine hits underw..

Restrictions to ease in Queensland with no new COVID-19 cases

Queensland is easing some COVID-19 restrictions after the state recorded no new cases. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that from 4pm today, the entire state will be on stage three restrictions. There were more than 15,000 tests conducted across the state in the past 24 hours. READ MORE: New strain of Delta detected in NSW Brisbane, Logan, Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Townsville (including Magnetic Island), and Palm Island had been under tightened stage two restrictions but will now join the rest of the state. What are stage three restrictions?100 people allowed in the home200 people at funerals or weddingsOne person per two square metres in indoor venues100 per cent capacity in stadiumsNo restrictions on community sportMasks must be worn at stadiums, airports and on flightsIn South East Queensland, masks must be carried at all times and worn on public transport, and while indoors, unless eating or drinking and outdoors when physical distancing is not possibleVisitors permitted in aged c..

Third COVID-19 dose recommended for immunocompromised by vaccine body

A third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has been recommended for some immunocompromised people by the country's peak immunisation body. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) said today people over the age of 12 with conditions that severely impact their immune systems should get a third dose two to six months after the second dose. The preference is they receive a mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna, though those who have already received AstraZeneca can get a third dose of that. LIVE UPDATES: Victoria records 1838 new cases About 500,000 Australians are considered to have weaker immune systems. Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly said the third dose should be given between two and six months after their second dose. "Unfortunately some people that have immune systems that don't work as well as the general population, those vaccines may not lead to that protection," Professor Kelly said. "The evidence is now clear that people in those categories of immune-..

Victoria Police investigating why Daniel Andrews wasn’t wearing mask

Victoria Police will review a video of Premier Daniel Andrews failing to wear a mask while walking across a car park outside Parliament in Melbourne to see if it constitutes a COVID-19 breach. Video of the premier was captured by news outlets yesterday as Mr Andrews approached his morning press conference. The footage later appeared on social media. READ MORE: Victoria records national record for daily COVID-19 case spike Victoria Police today confirmed in a statement it would review the incident. "Victoria Police are currently assessing a video circulating on social media of Premier Daniel Andrews walking across a carpark in Melbourne without a mask on October 7," the statement read. "As the incident is being reviewed by investigators, we will not be providing further comment at this stage." Under the state's COVID-19 restrictions, people who do not wear a face mask when required can be fined $200.

NSW records 646 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths

New South Wales has recorded 646 new local cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Eleven people – two women and nine men, have died after contracting the virus. Two were in their 50s, one in their 60s, four in their 70s, and four in their 80s. Only one was fully vaccinated. READ MORE: Why Dr Chant was not at NSW press conference Across the state, 89.4 percent of the population over 16 have had one dose of the vaccine. Seventy per cent have had one dose of the vaccine. NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said while there had been a decline of cases in western and southwestern Sydney, there were still suburbs of concern. They include Greenacre, Yagoona, Panania, Lakemba, Blacktown, Liverpool and Merrylands. "We are seeing increasing cases in the Hunter area. "We've seen 97 cases reported across New England, and it's scattered across many areas," Dr Chant said. The case numbers were announced in a Facebook livestream. Coronavirus traces have been detected in Wee Waa, Quirindi ..

What Australia can learn from COVID-19 spike in English schools

With school students in New South Wales and Victoria returning full scale to classrooms within weeks, England's experience of resuming face-to-face learning should prove cautionary. NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet this week announced all school students will be back in classroom learning by October 25, among a raft of changes to the state's roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown. Some regional Victorian students returned to the classroom full-time this week. Year 11 students outside of locked-down areas also returned to schools full-time on Wednesday. But the experience of reopened schools in England shows Australia should take a cautious approach, Fiona Russell, a pediatrician and epidemiologist with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne, said. LIVE UPDATES: Victoria records 1838 new cases, five deaths What happened in English schools?English schools reopened early last month and have recorded a jump in COVID-19 related student absences from 122,000 to 204,000 ..

Google will prevent climate change deniers from making money from ads

Google is cracking down on the ability of climate change deniers to make money off its platforms and to spread climate misinformation through advertisements. The company said it will no longer allow advertising to appear alongside "content that contradicts well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change". Google will also prohibit advertisements that deny the reality of climate change. LIVE UPDATES: Case numbers hit new high in Victoria The policy, which goes into effect next month, applies to any content on YouTube and other Google platforms that refers "to climate change as a hoax or a scam," as well as denials that "greenhouse gas emissions or human activity contribute to climate change." READ MORE: US nuclear submarine hits underwater object in South China Sea "We've heard directly from a growing number of our advertising and publisher partners who have expressed concerns about ads that run alongside or promote inaccurate claims about cl..

Dominic, born with organs outside his body, has never left hospital

For any parents, taking their first baby home from hospital is a milestone moment. But Amanda Williams and Kyle Grayson are still waiting for that special day with their beloved baby Dominic, after more than a year. He was born with some of his organs on the outside of his body and has never left Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick. LIVE UPDATES: Victoria records new high COVID-19 cases However, the family hopes they will be able spend Christmas together at home on the NSW Central Coast. "I honestly think I would cry on the way home," Ms Williams said. "He hadn't actually gone outside and seen sunlight or cars until he was 11 months old." READ MORE: US nuclear submarine hits underwater object in South China Sea The family knew Dominic had a condition called giant omphalocele before he was born. It is a rare birth defect which means his stomach, bowel and liver - and possibly some of his other organs - are all outside his body. According to Boston Children's hospital i..

ADF called in to drive Victorian ambulances as calls for help jump

Australian Defence Force personnel will start driving ambulances in Victoria as the COVID-19 pandemic stretches the state's health system. Ambulance Victoria metro regional director Jerome Peyton told Today that paramedics were experiencing soaring emergency calls driven by the pandemic. "We're getting an increasing number of job numbers. We're getting 200 COVID patients a day and this is putting a hell of stress on not only our staff but the staff at health services as well," Mr Peyton said. LIVE UPDATES: Warnings over NSW freedom day changes In the past two weeks, Ambulance Victoria had reported four of its five busiest days in history. Victoria's Triple Zero call system was also experiencing near record levels of demand. For the first time in Ambulance Victoria's history, two paramedics will no longer be deployed to each ambulance. Instead, a paramedic will be joined by a driver from the Australian Defence Force, St John Ambulance Australia, State Emergency ..

Ndakasi, beloved mountain gorilla whose photobomb went viral, dies aged 14

Ndakasi, a mountain gorilla whose image went viral when she photobombed her caretaker's selfie, has died at the age of 14. She died on September 26 after a prolonged illness, according to a statement published Tuesday by the Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. "It is with heartfelt sadness that Virunga announces the death of beloved orphaned mountain gorilla, Ndakasi, who had been under the care of the Park's Senkwekwe Center for more than a decade," the park said. LIVE UPDATES: Warnings over NSW freedom day changes "Ndakasi took her final breath in the loving arms of her caretaker and lifelong friend, Andre Bauma," it added. The Senkekwe Center, located inside the park, is the only facility in the world that looks after orphaned mountain gorillas. Bauma had looked after Ndakasi ever since rangers found her clinging to the body of her dead mother in 2007, when she was just two months old. Too vulnerable to return to the wild, Ndakasi lived with other o..