Thursday, May 26, 2022

Coronavirus Pandemic

NSW scraps forced isolation for COVID close contacts

Close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case will no longer be required to isolate under a change to the rules announced by NSW Health today.

“Segregation approach”: Davies calls for end to vaccine mandates

Mulgoa Liberal MP Tanya Davies has attended and spoken at an anti-vax rally in Sydney today as she leads calls for her government's vaccine mandate policy to be dumped.

RAT testing for school students to be wound back

Twice-weekly Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) for students will come to an end at the conclusion of this week.

QR codes axed, mask restrictions to ease

A host of COVID-19 restrictions will be eased tomorrow and next week, the Premier has confirmed.

Masks, QR codes likely to be dumped at end of the month

Masks will no longer be required in indoor settings from February 28 while density limits will be removed and QR check-ins dumped, the Weekender understands.

Go low, go slow: how to rapid antigen test your kid for COVID as...

Many parents across Australia will be COVID testing their kids at home using rapid antigen tests (RATs), as school returns across many states next week.

Luddenham Show organisers cancel this year’s event due to COVID uncertainty

The Luddenham Show has been cancelled for a second straight year due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Hidden COVID crisis: The major issue confronting people with disability

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the state, the lack of Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) available for disability support workers could have a life-threatening impact on people with disabilities.

Travel industry on its knees: Workers rally outside MP’s office

Local travel business owners and workers are calling on the State and Federal governments for more industry support as the sector still suffers from the fallout of COVID-19.

State Government extends COVID restrictions until February 28

Masks indoors and density limits in hospitality settings will remain in place for another month, the State Government has confirmed.

Panthers extends ban on unvaccinated members, visitors

Panthers Leagues Club will extend a requirement for all visitors to be double vaccinated against COVID-19 until February 28.

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.