Sunday, January 23, 2022

Coronavirus Pandemic

Chief Health Officer: COVID spread is slowing

It appears the peak of the Omicron COVID-19 wave in New South Wales has passed, with Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant confirming that the spread is "slowing" in the community.

It’s time to change the COVID conversation

The COVID response in NSW has been confusing and confidence-shaking.

Brad blows up: Health Minister unhappy with “juvenile, moronic” behaviour

Health Minister Brad Hazzard has blasted those uploading fake COVID information to Service NSW, revealing he himself has been a victim of the "malicious" activity.

Relax, Australia does not have (and is not likely to have) a shortage of food

Australia does not have a food shortage. Supply has been disrupted in some locations due to staff absences caused by COVID, that’s all.

When a holiday is like joining survival of the fittest

Guest columnist Alan Mascarenhas reflects on his holiday to America - as Omicron sweeps the world and impacts travel.

Singing and dancing banned, elective surgery suspended as COVID wave continues

The NSW Government is re-introducing a raft of restrictions as it loses control of managing the Omicron wave of COVID-19.

Supermarket supply issues to last for some time, Woolworths warns

Supermarket giant Woolworths says it is "not clear" how long supply chain issues will last, urging customers to be patient as empty shelves and missing products become a daily occurrence.

“When it starts to decline, it will decline quickly”: NSW Health’s take on Omicron...

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has urged people to only get a PCR test if absolutely necessary as the state desperately tries to reduce long queues at testing sites.

Chaos as COVID testing clinics close, leaving thousands in limbo

The COVID-19 response in NSW is all but broken with testing sites closing and residents with serious symptoms unable to access a PCR test.

Restrictions return in NSW as hospitalisations, ICU admissions increase

NSW will re-introduce density limits and QR code check-ins in most settings in an effort to gain control of the COVID-19 outbreak sweeping the state.

Morrison: Masks in indoor spaces “highly recommended”

Mask wearing in indoor settings is "highly recommended' and critical to combat COVID-19, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared after a meeting of National Cabinet.

Is it time to give Dr Kerry Chant the keys again?

COVID cases are climbing, and there's a growing disconnect between NSW Health and the government.

Panthers to shut out unvaccinated patrons until January 31

Panthers Leagues Club will not open its doors to unvaccinated patrons from December 15.

Significant changes ahead for mask rules, QR check-ins

Masks at shopping centres will no longer be compulsory and QR check-ins will be removed for a host of low-risk venues from next month.

Penrith edges towards 95 per cent fully vaccinated

Penrith’s COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to impress, with the Local Government Area (LGA) now 93.1 per cent fully dosed.

Figures show vaccine was key defence during Delta outbreak

The evidence is in: Fully vaccinated people are less likely to become infected with COVID-19 and 16 times less likely to end up in Intensive Care (ICU) or die if they do contract the virus during a major outbreak.

No December 1 freedoms for unvaccinated; other rules eased from Monday

Unvaccinated people won't be granted their freedoms on December 1 after all, with major changes to the state's reopening roadmap confirmed.

Vaccination update: Penrith hits 90 per cent double dose

More than 90 per cent of eligible Penrith Local Government Area (LGA) residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Regional travel returns, but roadmap may be tweaked

Families and friends will be reunited as Aussies start arriving home in time for Christmas, with NSW reaching the November 1 roadmap milestone and restrictions further eased for the double-vaccinated.