Covid 19 coronavirus: Half of small business fear pressure of lockdown, MYOB survey

Small and medium-sized businesses are concerned about the impact of a potential Covid-19 resurgence as its Delta variant cripples Australia. New research from small business accounting firm MYOB revealed nearly half of SMEs would feel extreme pressure even with just two weeks of alert level 3 or 4 lockdown. Sixty

Covid 19 coronavirus: Freeze on quarantine-free travel from South Australia to start tonight

Quarantine-free travel from South Australia to New Zealand will be paused from midnight. However, Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins said people currently in the state who ordinarily live in New Zealand will be able to return on “managed return” flights starting with the next available flight, and are encouraged to

‘Predatory’ Test and Trace worker ‘told student she’s pretty’ in creepy messages

An NHS Test and Trace call handler has been slammed as “predatory” after he allegedly abused his position to send creepy messages to a female student. He legitimately rang the Oxford undergraduate to see if she was in self-isolation after her return from Italy, the student claims. But just one

Covid 19 coronavirus: NSW considers letting Delta circulate in Sydney community

The New South Wales Government is considering whether it has to abandon its “zero Covid” goal and accept that the Delta strain will circulate in the community. The Sydney Morning Herald reports today that senior ministers have acknowledged the state has reached a “fork in the road”. “What has become

Covid-19 deaths reach 4 million as vaccine disparity exposes the poor

LONDON (BLOOMBERG) – The global death toll from Covid-19 has reached four million, as a growing disparity in vaccine access leaves poorer nations exposed to outbreaks of more infectious strains. Even as rapid vaccine roll-outs allow life to start to return to normal in countries such as Britain and the United

China claims Covid started in America in a bid to shift the blame from Wuhan

China has claimed that Covid originated in America in a bid to shift the blame from Wuhan. Beijing's communist newspaper suggested the US was "politicising the origin-tracing research" and putting scientists at the centre of a "political storm". "Prominent US and Australian scientists focused on the COVID-19 origins tracing are

Covid 19 coronavirus: Catherine Beard: Exports hammered by border decisions

OPINION: NZ’s export sector is getting hammered because of decisions about vaccinations and MIQ places. Some exporters have done remarkably well through the Covid pandemic so far, but strains and cracks are starting to appear in a sector that the economy needs to be performing at its best. Government ministers

Covid 19 coronavirus: Sydney lockdown extension possible as outbreak grows

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has dropped a major hint Sydney’s lockdown could continue into next week. Sydney recorded 35 new cases on Monday — an equal daily high for the state’s coronavirus update — and 18 new cases overnight. The lockdown impacting Greater Sydney is due to end at 11.59pm

NSW Covid-19 outbreak: Coronavirus alert for Virgin Australia flight due to multiple transmissions

NSW Health officials have reissued an alert for a Gold Coast to Sydney flight because multiple Covid-19 infections have been recorded among passengers. On Sunday, NSW Health released an updated Covid-19 exposure sites list that included the previously announced June 26 VA24 Virgin Australia flight because of “multiple Covid-19 transmissions”.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Officials try to track 14,000 people to bill them for MIQ fees

By Katie Todd, RNZ Officials are trying to track down more than 14,000 people who have automatically had free stays in managed isolation and quarantine. Cabinet documents show the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has struggled to get enough information and contact details to bill one in four returnees,