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Australia to halve arrivals from overseas, offers COVID-19 exit roadmap

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  • Australia reduced overseas arrivals to cut 3,000 a week
  • NSW reports 31 new cases, largest daily increase for 2021
  • Brisbane Lockdown extended by one more day extended

SYDNEY, July 2 (Reuters) – Australia will cut overseas arrivals in half as its coronavirus hotel quarantine system creaks under pressure from highly transmissible Delta variant outbreaks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday.

The new travel restrictions come as Australia battles Delta variant outbreaks in three state capitals at the same time, meaning nearly half of all Australians are strictly required to stay at home right now. The most recent outbreaks have been attributed to hotel quarantine leaks.

Australia closed its international borders largely to non-citizens early last year. Permanent residents and returning Australian travelers, other than those departing New Zealand, must be quarantined in hotels for two weeks at their own expense.

Morrison said Australia will now only accept around 3,000 overseas travelers a week. The cap lowering will be completed by July 14, he said, although some states may move earlier.

Following a meeting of the country’s national cabinet, Morrison also said a four-phase plan had been agreed to reopen Australia after the lockdowns triggered by the recent outbreaks. He said this would be based on reaching vaccination levels aimed at suppressing COVID-19 to a stage where it would be treated like other infectious diseases like the flu.

“Our attitude to dealing with COVID-19 must change as soon as you switch from pre-vaccination to post-vaccination. That’s the deal for Australians, ”Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

The four-step approach could give fully vaccinated people more freedom, including a shorter quarantine period after arriving from abroad.

The capital of New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s largest city and home to a fifth of the country’s 25 million residents, has been halfway through a two-week lockdown to contain the Delta variant.

On Friday, it warned residents to prepare for spikes in COVID-19 infections over the next few days as it reported the largest daily increase in locally acquired cases so far this year.

NSW reported 31 local cases on Friday, the largest daily increase in cases to date during the last outbreak and for 2021. Total infections have grown to more than 200 since the first case was discovered more than two weeks ago.

“We assume that there could be an increase in the numbers in the next few days, then hopefully early next week we should see how the effects of the lockdown really change and make a positive impact,” NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian told Reporters.

Queensland officials said lockdown rules in parts of Queensland will be relaxed starting Friday, although they were extended for another day in the state capital Brisbane and a neighboring region after three new cases were reported.

The lockdown in Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, will also be lifted on Friday. Restrictions in Perth will be reviewed later in the day.

Bans, quick contact tracing and strict social distancing rules have helped Australia suppress previous outbreaks, but the fast-moving Delta tribe has alerted authorities amid a sluggish nationwide vaccination campaign.

The introduction, marked by confusion and frustration due to frequent changes in medical recommendations for the AstraZeneca vaccine (AZN.L), has become a focal point in relations between the federal government and leaders. Continue reading

Reporting from Renju Jose; Edited by Kenneth Maxwell

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US has enough COVID-19 vaccines for boosters, kids’ shots

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Thanks to the robust supply in the US, President Joe Biden was able to promise an additional 500 million Covid-19 vaccinations from Pfizer this week to share with the world, doubling the United States’s global contribution. Relief groups and health organizations have urged the United States and other countries to improve access to vaccines in countries where even the most vulnerable have not had a chance.

One of the challenges that countries face is not to order too many cans and to leave them unused. Several states with low vaccination rates, including Idaho and Kansas, have reported throwing away thousands of expired doses or having difficulty using vaccines that are about to expire this fall.

While most vaccines can be left unopened on the shelf for months, the clock starts ticking as soon as a vial is opened. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, vaccines can only be used for six to 12 hours, depending on the manufacturer.

Moderna vaccines are available in 11 to 15 dose vials. Pfizer vials contain up to six doses and Johnson & Johnson vials contain five doses.

“We will see more cans that go unused over time,” said Wisconsin Health Secretary Karen Timberlake. “They come in multidose files. They don’t come in nice, neat individual portion packs. “

State health officials said they tried to request only what health care providers and pharmacies expect from federal supplies. Those numbers have declined since vaccines became generally available in the spring.

But US officials – hoping some of the unvaccinated people will change their minds – are trying to keep enough vaccines on hand for all Americans to get.

This balancing act is difficult and can cause dismay around the world as the US is sitting on unused vaccines while many countries in places like Africa cannot get enough vaccines.

“Someone who sits in a country with few resources to access vaccines and sees people in the US go to a pharmacy and get that vaccine and decide against it, it is bound to cause grief,” said Jen Kates, senior vice president and Director of Global Health and HIV Policy for the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Dr. Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, which represents health officials in all 50 US states, the District of Columbia and the US territories, said officials expect the available doses of COVID-19 vaccines and manufacturers’ ability to supply more will meet demand across the country.

“I think states have tried to plan as if everyone were being offered a refresher,” he said, suggesting that they were over-prepared for closer recommendations from the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

California, for example, estimated earlier this month that it would need to deliver an additional 63 million doses by the end of 2022 – if initial vaccinations were approved for children under the age of 12 and boosters were open to everyone.

U.S. health officials late Thursday advocated booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine for all Americans aged 65 and over – along with tens of millions of younger people at higher risk from the coronavirus because of health conditions or work.

California has the lowest transmission rate of any state with nearly 40 million residents, and nearly 70% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated. This means that almost 12 million people are not or not fully vaccinated.

Dr. California Health Secretary Mark Ghaly said the state will rely largely on pharmacies and family doctors to provide refresher courses to seniors, while some large counties and health groups will use mass vaccination sites.

In Pennsylvania, more than 67% of residents over 18 are fully vaccinated. Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said health officials now have “two missions”: continuing to convince people to get vaccinated and serving those who want a booster or initial vaccination.

“Pennsylvania is being prepared,” said Beam. “And we will have the right levels of vaccines and vaccinees to meet that demand.”

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0 deaths, 282 new cases of COVID-19 in ND, active cases statewide are 3,448

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The North Dakota Department of Health on Sunday morning confirmed 282 new cases of COVID-19 in the state during testing on Jan.

The number of currently active COVID-19 cases in the state is 3,448 as of September 25, 242 fewer than on September 24.

The last time active positives were this high was December 10, 2020 when 3,896 active cases were reported.

Active positive results peaked on November 13, 2020 at 10,409. By July 5, they dropped to 120, but have risen steadily since then.

Of the 282 new positive results on September 25th:

  • 58 were in Burleigh County
  • 46 were in Cass County
  • 29 were in Stark County
  • 24 were in Ward County
  • 20 were in Morton County
  • 19 were in Williams County
  • 12 were in McKenzie County

No deaths were reported on September 25. The North Dakota Department of Health says it is no longer providing public information on COVID-19 deaths by gender, age and location.

So far, a total of 1,604 people have died as a result of COVID-19 in North Dakota.

According to official death records, 1,312 of these are directly attributable to COVID-19. In another 277 deaths, COVID-19 is not the leading cause of death. A total of 15 death registers are pending.

Recoveries and active cases

The health department reports that 124,420 people of the 129,472 positive cases are considered recovered, an increase of 567 people from September 24th.

The number of people reported recovering from COVID-19 on September 25 (567) is higher than the number of new COVID-19 cases reported that day (282).

Hospital stays

130 people are currently hospitalized on September 25 due to COVID-19, 10 more than on September 24. A total of 5,134 people have been hospitalized since records of the pandemic began in March 2020.

Breakthrough infections and hospitalizations

As of September 25, the total number of North Dakotans fully vaccinated was 336,166. A total of 544 people who were fully vaccinated tested positive for COVID-19.

A total of 16 people who were fully vaccinated and tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized.

More information about this data can be found directly on the NDDoH website by clicking here.

Reinfections

As of September 25, there have been 500 reinfections with COVID-19 since June 27, 2021. The NDDoH does not report whether these people who received reinfection were vaccinated.

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COVID-19 cases have been reported in all 53 North Dakota counties since the persecution began.

Those aged 20 to 29 have the most positive cases among those tested so far.

According to the data, 65 percent of all North Dakotans have been tested for COVID-19.

The results listed today cover all tests performed the day before.

You can read more about the daily statistics and other information and resources related to COVID-19 on the North Dakota Department of Health website here.

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