Wednesday, October 20, 2021


Vaccines prevent severe Covid, even from Delta, study shows

Vaccination shows a high level of efficacy against for the Delta variant, with 84% protection for people 75 and older and 92% for people 50-75.

NZ reports drop in local Covid-19 cases in Auckland

A total of 35 new cases were reported, down from 60 on Sunday, taking the total cases in the current outbreak to 1,622.

Australia reports easing in new Covid-19 infections as vaccinations rise

A total of 1,420 new locally acquired cases were reported in Victoria, most of them in state capital Melbourne, down from a record 1,763 on Tuesday.

Sydney set to unveil freedom roadmap as more Covid-19 curbs eased

Australia is in the grip of a third wave of infections, fuelled by the highly infectious Delta variant, which has forced lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne, its largest cities, and the capital Canberra.

South Korean health workers drop strike plans after agreement

The Korean Health and Medical Worker's Union had argued that its workers are often working double or triple shifts and need better pay and working hours.

Melbourne drops Covid-zero plans, shifts focus to rapid vaccinations

Australia is trying to get a handle on the third wave of infections that has locked down more than half of its 25 million population.

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