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Scott Morrison says Australia won’t go back into lockdowns on his watch

Scott Morrison says rising COVID-19 infection rates were inevitable and Australia's management of the pandemic has been one of the best in the world.

Kids’ mental health suffered from pandemic restrictions and lockdowns

Pandemic lockdowns and restrictions adversely affected children and young people, with a rise in self-harm cases admitted to hospitals. 

North Korea reports 21 deaths amid first Covid outbreak

North Korea has reported 21 new deaths and 174,440 more people with fever symptoms as the country scrambles to slow the spread of COVID-19 across its unvaccinated population.

Three new Omicron subvariants in Australia, ACT has 1080 new COVID cases

Three new Omicron subvariants have reached Australia and health authorities as the ACT recorded 1080 new cases and one death.

Beijing tightens COVID-19 restrictions despite low case numbers

Tighter coronavirus restrictions have come into force in Beijing as a five-day national holiday begins.

US Republican Senator Rand Paul pledges COVID origin probe

A prominent US senator has pledged a vigorous review into the origins of the coronavirus if republicans retake the Senate and he lands a committee chairmanship.

Inquiry finds Victoria lockdowns took mental health toll on nation

Victoria's COVID-19 lockdowns led to a spike in mental health service presentations not only locally but in other parts of Australia too.

North Korea confirms 1st COVID-19 outbreak

North Korea has confirmed its first COVID-19 outbreak, calling it the country's "biggest emergency incident", with leader Kim Jong-un ordering a lockdown.

Beijing bends to mass COVID-19 testing to avoid prolonged lockdown

Millions of Beijing residents have queued up for another round of COVID-19 tests as China's capital seeks to trace and isolate every infection to contain a small but stubborn outbreak - and avoid a Shanghai-style prolonged lockdown.

Western Australia scraps masks, proof of vaccine mandates

West Australians will no longer have to wear face masks or show proof of vaccination at most venues under new COVID-19 rules.

ACT ditches COVID close-contact isolation

The ACT has ditched its mandatory week-long isolation requirement for COVID-19 household contacts, joining most states in making the change.

Boosters not required for 12 to 15-year-olds

Australia's medical regulator has given approval for 12 to 15-year-olds to receive a COVID-19 booster.

Shanghai COVID cases keep rising despite harsh lockdown

Shanghai has reported nearly 25,000 locally transmitted COVID-19 infections in a day, as residents of China's most populous city voiced complaints over food and basic supplies and concern spread more cities may soon be in the same situation.

More COVID-related deaths in Australia residential aged care

There have been more COVID-19 deaths in residential aged care this year than the first two years of the pandemic combined.

Calls growing to ease COVID-19 isolation rules

Business groups are calling for the easing of the seven-day isolation requirement for household contacts of people with COVID-19.

Isolation for COVID-19 household contacts to end in NSW and Victoria

NSW and Victoria are poised to scrap the requirement for household contacts of people with COVID-19 to isolate.

Anthony Albanese to isolate after getting COVID-19

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has tested positive for COVID-19, and will be forced to isolate for a week during the election campaign.

Scott Morrison urges states to ease COVID isolation rules

Scott Morrison is encouraging state premiers to ease COVID-19 isolation rules despite an expected uptick in cases during winter.

New ABS data on COVID-19 deaths in Australia

More than 91 per cent of COVID-19 deaths recorded in Australia have occurred in people who had one or more other health issues, new data has revealed.

COVID-19 booster shot can cause irregular menstrual periods

An Israeli study has found 10 per cent of women are experiencing irregular periods after receiving a COVID-19 booster shot.

Biden weighs up US COVID restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing mounting pressure, US President Joe Biden is currently weighing up whether to ease COVID-19 restrictions.

Australia considers three-dose vaccine mandate on international travellers

Australia's Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews has not ruled out changing vaccine requirements to three jabs for international arrivals.

Sweden won’t back jabs for kids five to 11

Swedish health authorities say the benefits of coronavirus vaccines in children aged five to 11 do not outweigh the risks.

World-first COVID-19 human challenge trial

British researchers have deliberately 'challenged' healthy volunteers with COVID-19, to be able to test future vaccines and therapies.

Study shows lockdowns had little or no impact on COVID-19 deaths

Lockdowns in the U.S. and Europe had little or no impact in reducing deaths from COVID-19, according to a new analysis.

Dr Robert Malone labels Bill Gates a ‘monopolist’

Dr Robert Malone, a scientist who helped develop mRNA technology, recently spoke to The Daily Wire about Bill Gates and other topics.

Pfizer moves to intervene in high-profile case dealing with COVID-19 vaccine safety data

Pfizer has asked a federal court to let it intervene in a high-profile case that has seen U.S. drug regulators try to slow-walk disclosure of data on Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Norway scraps most COVID-19 lockdown measures

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere says Norway will scrap most of its remaining COVID-19 lockdown measures with immediate effect.

Denmark says COVID-19 not a ‘socially critical disease’, scraps restrictions

Denmark say they no longer consider the COVID-19 outbreak "a socially critical disease" as they scrap most restrictions.

NSW govt urged to dump ‘silly’ COVID bill

A NSW government plan to remove the presumption that COVID-positive workers in certain industries caught the virus at work will undermine workers, Labor says.

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