Covid-19 public inquiry opens amid anger from bereaved over testimony

Chair Lady Hallett tells families upset their evidence will not be heard directly that they will be ‘at the heart’ of hearing The bereaved will be “at the heart” of the Covid-19 public inquiry, its chair, Lady Hallett, has pledged at the first public hearing in the investigation into the UK’s handling of the pandemic,Continue reading “Covid-19 public inquiry opens amid anger from bereaved over testimony”

Victoria closes $580m Covid quarantine facility that housed 2,168 guests

North Melbourne facility was built and paid for by commonwealth after Covid leaked out of hotel quarantine program Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast Victoria’s purpose-built Mickleham quarantine facility will close next week, having cost more than $500m to build and housed 2,168 guests. The facility, in Melbourne’s outerContinue reading “Victoria closes $580m Covid quarantine facility that housed 2,168 guests”

Covid has left a third of young people feeling life is out of control – study

Researchers also found more than 60% of 16-25-year-olds are scared about their generation’s future ‘We gave up so much’: how Covid changed young people’s lives More than a third of young people feel their life is spiralling out of control, according to findings released to the Guardian ahead of a nationwide campaign that highlights Covid’sContinue reading “Covid has left a third of young people feeling life is out of control – study”

‘We gave up so much’: how Covid changed young people’s lives

Young people across the UK reflect on how the pandemic affected them – and continues to shape their futures Covid has left a third of young people feeling life is out of control – study In the next phase of the Guardian’s Covid Generation series, young people across the UK reflect on how the CovidContinue reading “‘We gave up so much’: how Covid changed young people’s lives”

Latest Covid surge a ‘heavy straw on camel’s back’ for every hospital in UK

Health leaders urge vaccination and return to mask-wearing as hospitalisations rise by 37 per cent in a week Every hospital in the UK is under significant pressure and a new Covid surge is “a very heavy straw on the camel’s back”, health leaders have warned. At least eight hospitals declared a critical incident, cancelled operationsContinue reading “Latest Covid surge a ‘heavy straw on camel’s back’ for every hospital in UK”

‘It’s just not worth it’: why employers still can’t get staff back to the office

Employees have grown to love the flexibility of remote working, and firms keen to keep their staff can do little about it, surveys find ‘You haven’t been in the office this week. Why?” The worker in question hadn’t expected such an email from his boss. Based in Asia but working for a large US mediaContinue reading “‘It’s just not worth it’: why employers still can’t get staff back to the office”

Ending mandatory isolation does not mean Covid is over. But we need to move beyond short-term fixes | Catherine Bennett

The virus is here to stay and we have to find sustainable ways of managing it for the long haul Changes in Covid-19 policy settings always invoke mixed reactions, and the national cabinet decision to stop isolation requirements for most people is one of the more substantial announcements since the opening of international borders, andContinue reading “Ending mandatory isolation does not mean Covid is over. But we need to move beyond short-term fixes | Catherine Bennett”

Australia to end mandatory Covid isolation period and disaster payments for workers

Workers in health, disability and aged care settings will be exempt when both measures are scrapped on 14 October, Anthony Albanese announced Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast The mandatory Covid isolation requirement will be scrapped following the latest meeting of national cabinet, with exemptions for those working inContinue reading “Australia to end mandatory Covid isolation period and disaster payments for workers”

Australia news live: Dan Tehan says anti-corruption body will be a ‘knackery’; national cabinet to review Covid isolation

Shadow minister for immigration and citizenship makes comment on social media, linking to newspaper column that compared proposed Nacc to Salem witch trials. Follow the day’s news live Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast ‘Action will be taken’: Husic on Antarctic sexual harassment allegations Ed Husic, the minister forContinue reading “Australia news live: Dan Tehan says anti-corruption body will be a ‘knackery’; national cabinet to review Covid isolation”

NHS 111 failures led to early Covid deaths, investigation finds

Inquiry says phone service misjudged levels of illness and failed to advise some to seek urgent help Multiple failures by the NHS 111 telephone advice service early in the pandemic left Covid patients struggling to get care and led directly to some people dying, an investigation has found. The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) lookedContinue reading “NHS 111 failures led to early Covid deaths, investigation finds”

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