New York and other north-eastern US states see a rapid fall in Covid cases

Despite decreasing positivity rates, hospitals continue to struggle amid a surging patient load and staff shortages New York City and some north-eastern US states appear to be seeing rapid decreases in their numbers of Covid-19 cases in recent days, raising the possibility that the Omicron wave has now already peaked in some parts of America.Continue reading “New York and other north-eastern US states see a rapid fall in Covid cases”

António Horta-Osório: banking’s go-to man felled by a breach of Covid rules

He had an impeccable reputation for rescuing struggling banks but a love of tennis was his undoing Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Credit Suisse needed someone to lead a clean-up job, and António Horta-Osório had impeccable credentials for struggling banks. During the financial crisis at Spanish bank Santander he had ledContinue reading “António Horta-Osório: banking’s go-to man felled by a breach of Covid rules”

Inmates sue jail over ivermectin treatment for Covid as ‘medical experimentation’

The lawsuit alleges that the jail physician told the four men that the prescribed drugs were ‘mere vitamins, antibiotics and/or steroids’ Four inmates at an Arkansas jail have filed a lawsuit against the facility and its doctor after they said they were unknowingly prescribed ivermectin to treat Covid-19 as a form of “medical experimentation” despiteContinue reading “Inmates sue jail over ivermectin treatment for Covid as ‘medical experimentation’”

School starts in two weeks – here’s what we know about Covid safety plans for Australian students

Will there be access to rapid tests? What isolation rules will apply for students and teachers? How will staff shortages be dealt with? We answer your key questions Follow our live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Term one is due to start in two weeksContinue reading “School starts in two weeks – here’s what we know about Covid safety plans for Australian students”

Melbourne coffee roaster panned for offering free rapid antigen tests to ‘VIP’ customers

St Ali apologised for ‘inappropriate’ offer of two RATs with orders of coffee and merchandise of $159.99 after online backlash Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Download the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefing Melbourne coffee roaster, St Ali, has been criticised online for offering two free rapid antigenContinue reading “Melbourne coffee roaster panned for offering free rapid antigen tests to ‘VIP’ customers”

NSW Covid-19 update: ‘prank’ rapid test results will result in a $5,000 fine, Hazzard says – video

NSW health minister Brad Hazzard says there have been a number of false rapid antigen test reports made, including someone claiming Hazzard himself was Covid-19 positive. He has slammed these pranks as irresponsible and illegal. ‘The police will come hunting and if you’re caught, you will [receive a] $5,000 fine. But worse still, when you’reContinue reading “NSW Covid-19 update: ‘prank’ rapid test results will result in a $5,000 fine, Hazzard says – video”

‘People are spooked’: Australia’s January consumer confidence sinks to three-decade low over Omicron

As Covid cases surge Australians are avoiding spending, despite 2021 ending on an economic high Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Australia’s consumer sentiment dived this month as worries about the explosion in Omicron Covid cases sent confidence to its lowestContinue reading “‘People are spooked’: Australia’s January consumer confidence sinks to three-decade low over Omicron”

Australia records highest daily Covid death toll since beginning of pandemic

Seventy-four deaths have been reported across the country, with 36 in NSW, 22 in Victoria and 16 in Queensland Follow our live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Australia has recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic so far, with 74 deaths across the country. NewContinue reading “Australia records highest daily Covid death toll since beginning of pandemic”

Hong Kong police arrest two Cathay flight attendants accused of Covid rule breach

Police allege staff at the beleaguered airline ‘conducted unnecessary activities’ during home isolation as China presses on with zero-Covid strategy Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Hong Kong police have arrested and charged two former Cathay Pacific flight attendants over allegations they broke the city’s coronavirus rules. The statement did not nameContinue reading “Hong Kong police arrest two Cathay flight attendants accused of Covid rule breach”

Victoria Covid-19 update: ‘code brown’ declared for hospitals amid staff shortages – video

Victoria has called a ‘code brown’ for all metro hospitals and six regional health hubs as the state’s hospital system is pushed to the limit by the Omicron outbreak. ‘We’ve been saying for some time that our hospital system is under extreme pressure and the risks we’re seeing now in hospitalisations are testament to that.Continue reading “Victoria Covid-19 update: ‘code brown’ declared for hospitals amid staff shortages – video”

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