Woolworths suspends orders from South Australia meatworks allowed to operate with Covid-infected staff

Abattoir had exemption from state government but supermarket giant halted orders for product after discussion with ACTU Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Download the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefing Woolworths has suspended supplies from a South Australia meatworks that was given state government approval to operate whileContinue reading “Woolworths suspends orders from South Australia meatworks allowed to operate with Covid-infected staff”

Rapid antigen tests: Australian consumers miss out as government and big business snap up supplies

Pharmacy Guild says huge orders diverting supplies away from consumers as Greg Hunt labels claim federal government is requisitioning tests ‘a plain lie’ Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Download the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefing The shortage of rapid antigen tests for consumers is being exacerbated byContinue reading “Rapid antigen tests: Australian consumers miss out as government and big business snap up supplies”

‘Squandered any gains we made’: Australian clinics overwhelmed by rising Covid cases

Hit by staff shortages and tens of thousands of new cases daily, GPs remain under-resourced despite ‘enormous pressure’ Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates A general practitioner in Victoria responsible for triaging Covid-positive patients and referring them to appropriate health servicesContinue reading “‘Squandered any gains we made’: Australian clinics overwhelmed by rising Covid cases”

‘Extreme stress’: Australian businesses risk going under due to impact of Omicron

Industry bodies say they face a ‘triple blow’ of staff shortages, a supply chain crunch resulting in higher costs and a sharp drop in consumer activity Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Some small businesses could be wiped out without immediateContinue reading “‘Extreme stress’: Australian businesses risk going under due to impact of Omicron”

Mortgage values fall from nutty 2020 high but new homebuyers still taking a hit | Greg Jericho

Surge in mortgages during pandemic suggests house prices will continue to grow for first half of 2022 – at least Imagine in November 2019 you looked into a crystal ball and foresaw a global pandemic about which we would still be grappling two years later. Would have you then thought it would be a goodContinue reading “Mortgage values fall from nutty 2020 high but new homebuyers still taking a hit | Greg Jericho”

Caring for Covid face masks: bag it between wears and bin it when you’re done

Face masks are now a fact of life. But even disposable masks require a few simple care steps to stay effective Every time I leave the house, the refrain – phone, wallet, keys, mask – rattles around my brain while I search my bag for the essentials. Evidence that, despite how strange it felt toContinue reading “Caring for Covid face masks: bag it between wears and bin it when you’re done”

‘Magikkun’: the Korean buzzword that explains why dating apps are restricting pictures with masks

Daters in Korea are growing so tired of profile pictures, where half a face is hidden, they have coined a term for it – ‘mask fraud’ Name: Magikkun. Age: New for the pandemic. Continue reading… from Coronavirus | The Guardian via COVID-19 Alerts

Winter Olympics tickets will not be sold as China seeks to contain Covid

Tickets will instead by distributed to chosen groups amid first reported locally transmitted cases of Omicron Tickets to the Beijing Winter Olympics will not be sold to the general public, but distributed to “targeted” groups, organisers have announced, in China’s latest attempt to control the spread of the highly-infectious Omicron Covid variant. Beijing reported itsContinue reading “Winter Olympics tickets will not be sold as China seeks to contain Covid”

China warns west against rapid interest rate rise

Xi Jinping says major economies need to be wary of ‘negative spillovers’ hitting global recovery China has warned the US and Europe against a rapid rise in interest rates that would “slam on the brakes” of the global recovery from the pandemic. Central banks should maintain the monetary stimulus or risk “serious economic consequences” fromContinue reading “China warns west against rapid interest rate rise”

Irish foreign minister orders inquiry into champagne party during lockdown

Photo shows department officials drinking Moët & Chandon in June 2020 while strict rules were in force Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Irish foreign minister, Simon Coveney, has ordered an inquiry into a champagne celebration involving officials in his department at the height of the first Covid lockdown. A photoContinue reading “Irish foreign minister orders inquiry into champagne party during lockdown”

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