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Global COVID-19 deaths hit 5 million as Delta variant sweeps the world

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – Worldwide deaths related to COVID-19 surpassed 5 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, with unvaccinated people particularly exposed to the virulent Delta strain. The variant has exposed the wide disparities in vaccination rates between rich and poor nations, and the upshot of vaccine hesitancy......

Melbourne cases hit record despite two months of lockdown

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People wear protective face masks in the city centre during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott Home parties to watch sports event behind spike in cases 98% cases in Sydney and Melbourne out of Australia’s 2,400......

Sydney’s unvaccinated warned of social isolation when COVID-19 lockdown ends

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A health worker is stationed at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing clinic set up for residents of surrounding public housing towers in the Redfern suburb, where authorities are working to contain an emerging cluster of cases, as widespread lockdown continues in Sydney, Australia, September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott Australia’s total......

COVID-19 lockdown to ease more rapidly for the vaccinated in Sydney

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A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask crosses tram lines in the city centre during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott Lockdown rules in Sydney to begin easing from Oct 11 Curbs for unvaccinated in NSW......

Australia hits vaccine milestone as Melbourne cases hover near record levels

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A healthcare worker walks down stairs at the Kings Park townhouse complex locked down in response to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Melbourne, Australia, June 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders Australia passes 50% double-dose vaccine mark Two million doses administered in a week Seeing ‘pleasing declines’ in NSW......

COVID-19 sends northern Chinese city into semi-shutdown

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BEIJING, Sept 22 (Reuters) – China’s northeastern city of Harbin, population 10 million, went into semi-shutdown after reporting new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases for the first time since early February. Three of 16 new local cases reported in China for Sept. 21 were in Harbin, the provincial capital of Heilongjiang,......

Melbourne police fire pepper balls, pellets to break up COVID-19 protest

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SYDNEY/MELBOURNE, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Police in Melbourne fired pepper balls and rubber pellets on Tuesday to disperse about 2,000 protesters who defied stay-at- home orders to damage property, block a busy freeway and injure three officers, leading to more than 60 arrests. It was the second day of demonstrations......

Key data on U.S. J&J, Moderna COVID-19 boosters weeks away, Fauci says

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Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci responds to accusations by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Capitol hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 20, 2021. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool via REUTERS WASHINGTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Data needed to......

FDA advisers recommend COVID boosters for 65 and older after rejecting broad approval

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Sept 17 (Reuters) – Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted on Friday to recommend COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for Americans 65 and older and those at high risk of severe illness, after overwhelmingly rejecting a call for broader approval. The panel also recommended that the FDA include......

Sydney pilots home quarantine as Australia looks to reopen border

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Sydney trials home quarantine for vaccinated travellers Trial to use controversial face recognition technology Almost 2,000 new COVID-19 cases in Sydney and Melbourne Victoria to ease some restrictions from Friday night SYDNEY, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Australian officials will trial a home quarantine system for fully vaccinated international travellers arriving......

Australia COVID-19 cases rise but vaccination surge gives hope

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Healthcare workers administer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests at a drive-through testing centre on the first day of a seven-day lockdown, as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of an outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, May 28, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders SYDNEY, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Australia’s Victoria state reported......

COVID-19 cases in southeast China more than double as Delta spreads

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Residents register to take nucleic acid tests at a testing site in Quanzhou, following new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Fujian province, China September 13, 2021. China Daily via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OUT. 59 new local cases reported......

Sydney COVID cases seen topping 2,000 a day; Australia ramps up vaccinations

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More pressure on health system in next few weeks, premier says Daily cases in Sydney hotspots to rise as high as 2,000 First vaccine shipments from Britain arrive SYDNEY, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Sydney, the epicentre of Australia’s biggest coronavirus outbreak, is expected to see daily infections peak next week,......

COVID-19 cases rise in Australia’s Victoria as lockdown extension looms

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A lone woman, wearing a protective face mask, walks across an unusually quiet city centre bridge 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 SYDNEY, Sept 1......

Australia in vaccine swap pact with Singapore as COVID-19 cases surge

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Australia to swap 500,000 doses of vaccine with Singapore Australian capital extends lockdown by 2 weeks Most populous state records new 1,164 cases Victoria state says too soon to ease curbs CANBERRA, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Australia will receive 500,000 doses of Pfizer’s (PFE.N) COVID-19 vaccine from Singapore this week,......

New Zealand reports first death linked to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

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A health worker draws a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from a vial during a vaccination event hosted by Miami – Dade County and Miami Heat, at FTX Arena in Miami, Florida, U.S., August 5, 2021. REUTERS/Marco Bello/File Photo WELLINGTON, Aug 30 (Reuters) – New Zealand on Monday......

With full vaccine approval, U.S. could control COVID by spring 2022 -Fauci

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WASHINGTON, Aug 24 (Reuters) – The United States could get COVID-19 under control by early next year, with potential wider vaccine approvals coming in the weeks ahead, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday, one day after Pfizer (PFE.N) won wider FDA approval for its shot. The nation’s top infectious disease......

Indonesia to allow restaurants, shops to reopen in Jakarta

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A worker wearing a face shield and a mask wipes a protective screen on a table at a restaurant, as the Indonesian capital kicks off a two-week “transitional” period of eased restrictions, after the pace of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections slowed over the last two weeks, in Jakarta, Indonesia,......

Philippines’ Duterte orders payment of healthcare workers’ benefits

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MANILA, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the health and budget ministries to arrange payment for healthcare workers who have not received their benefits on time, following nurses’ threats to resign and strike warnings by unions. Hospitals fear that desertions of medical staff, particularly nurses, have reached......

Sydney imposes nightly curfew as Australia battles Delta outbreak

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Police officers patrol the quiet city centre during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, August 18, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott COVID-19 lockdown of Sydney extended by one month Curfew imposed on 2 mln Sydney residents Victoria state warns it is “on the......

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