Category: Australia COVID-19

Queensland School Shut After Student Gets CCP Virus

Queensland (QLD) Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said she was “struggling to understand” how a 17-year-old Brisbane schoolgirl has contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus. The Australian student became unwell on Thursday and tested positive overnight. QLD Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the girl’s family of five, who live in the Brisbane […]

Victoria Records 10 New COVID-19 cases

Victoria has reported 10 new local COVID-19 cases as the Victorian state government prepare to cautiously lift the state’s lockdown while remaining wary of another outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant. For a third straight day, all the new locally acquired cases on Tuesday have been linked to Victoria’s current outbreaks and were in […]

Australia’s Deputy PM Defends MP’s Right to Attend Legal Anti-Lockdown Demonstrations

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has defended the right of National Party colleague George Christensen MP to protest as part of the July 24 “freedom rallies” held around Australia. The protests, which saw thousands of Australians march through a number of capital cities, were a reaction to several state governments’ COVID-19 lockdowns. In an interview […]

Australia Pfizer Approved for Children Aged 12 to 15

The Pfizer vaccine has received approval from the Australian drug body for use among children aged between 12 to 15. Announcing the approval on Friday, Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) had thoroughly and independently, assessed the domestic and international evidence before extending its approval for the vaccine. “As with all […]

Sydney COVID-19 Outbreak Declared a ‘National Emergency’

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said the Delta variant outbreak of the CCP virus in Sydney had become a “national emergency.” This comes as the number of COVID-19 cases in Sydney rose again in the 24 hour period to 136, with one man dying from COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese […]

NSW Premier Declares ‘National Emergency’ Over COVID-19

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said the Delta variant outbreak of the CCP virus in Sydney had become a “national emergency.” “There is no doubt that the numbers are not going in the direction we hoped they would at this stage, and it is fairly apparent we will nowhere close to zero come […]

Victoria May Quash New COVID-19 Outbreak After Fifth Lockdown Takes Hold

Victoria has gone from only six per cent of new coronavirus cases isolating while infectious to 92 per cent in just three days. Health Minister Martin Foley revealed the figures on Thursday’s COVID update, praising Victorians for following the rules of the state’s fifth lockdown. There were 26 new locally acquired cases of coronavirus on […]

Vaccine Makers Face Fresh Challenges as COVID Variants Weaken Vaccine Efficacy

Scientists have already started looking for new vaccine candidates for the CCP virus as the mRNA vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna, become less effective against increasingly contagious coronavirus mutations, according to new research. The report, published in the U.S.-based New England Journal of Medicine at the beginning of July found that vaccine-induced antibodies were 2.9 […]

Sydney COVID-19 Outbreak Stabilising

Premier Gladys Berejiklian of New South Wales (NSW) believes that the Sydney outbreak is stabilising after the number of new local COVID-19 infections has started to level off , but warns the cases are likely to keep bouncing around. NSW recorded 65 new local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, […]

The Downsides of the JobKeeper Redux

Commentary It did not take long for commentators to label the revised joint Commonwealth and state financial support package for the economic victims of COVID-19 restrictions as “JobKeeper lite.” This will doubtless irritate Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg after they invested precious political capital in burying the JobKeeper subsidy scheme at […]