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16 new local COVID-19 cases in Queensland; Thousands of Qantas workers stood down; Four new local cases in Victoria; Sydney hospital workers forced to isolate

Canada has fined two travellers arriving in Toronto from the United States nearly US$20,000 ($27,150) each for non-compliance with entry requirements, according to the country's Public Health Agency.The travellers provided false information related to proof of vaccination and pre-departure tests and did not...

COVID vaccine from Pfizer allowed in at-risk children aged 12 to 15

More than 200,000 at-risk children as young as 12 will be eligible for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine from Monday, as the country's expert vaccine panel separately recommends a push to prioritise first doses of the jab.The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation on...

$6 billion COVID-19 vaccine payments plan proposed by Labor

The federal opposition has called for Australians to be given $300 vaccination payments in a bid to avoid lockdowns and boost struggling businesses.The $6 billion policy, announced by Labor leader Anthony Albanese on Monday night, would grant the payment to "every person who...

Thousands of families hit with childcare subsidy bills

Thousands of Australian families are being hit with bills from the Federal Government demanding they repay childcare subsidies – and their deadline is only weeks away.Centrelink has sent letters across the country detailing debts dating back to the 2017-2018 tax year.Many have been...

Barman missing for 20 years likely murdered after witnessing a killing

Ian Draper witnessed a murder and was likely killed as payback.Police say there is no other explanation for how the loved and law-abiding man from Minto, in south-west Sydney, disappeared 20 years ago.Today a $100,000 reward was increased to $1 million for any...

ANZ to close six more branches as cull continues

ANZ is closing six more branches across Australia, a decision which has drawn anger from a banking union.Since the beginning of last year, ANZ has closed 152 branches, according to the Finance Sector Union (FSU).FSU National Secretary Julia Angrisano said the timing of...

207 local COVID-19 cases in NSW; 13 new local COVID-19 cases in QLD, lockdown extended for 11 LGAs; ADF start lockdown patrols; Two new Victoria cases

The Australian Defence Force assisting with the COVID-19 outbreak across Sydney will have increased capabilities for the next six weeks.This will include assisting NSW Police to ensure there is maximum compliance, helping contact tracers, delivering care packages to people in isolation among other...

Latest COVID-19 case numbers as Australian Defence Force troops join police in compliance checks, Premier says vaccinations key to ending lockdowns

NSW has recorded 207 new cases of COVID-19, with at least 50 of those infectious in the community. There was another record day of testing yesterday, with 117,000 people coming forward. "It shows the community is responding to our calls to maintain the high rights...

ADF start lockdown patrols; South-East Queensland lockdown could be extended

Top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci has warned that more "pain and suffering" is on the horizon as COVID-19 cases climb again and officials plead with unvaccinated Americans to get their shots.Dr Fauci also said he doesn't foresee additional lockdowns in the...

New Zealand apologises for historic raids on Pacific people

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sits motionless as members of the Pacific Island community pull a large white mat over her head, completely covering her. Moments later they remove it and embrace her.It was part of an emotional ceremony at the Auckland...

New exposure sites released by NSW Health across Greater Sydney.

A restaurant, medical centre and supermarket have been added to a a long list of COVID-19 exposure sites as Sydney battles against the spread of the Delta variant.NSW Health issued an alert for venues of concern just before 5.30pm today, with a Japanese...

US woman urges people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 after double family tragedy

Payten McCall and her family were afraid to get vaccinated, but now she's urging people not to make that mistake after losing her oldest brother and her dad to COVID-19.Her dad, Mark McCall, 60, died early Friday morning in the COVID ward of...

Nine new local COVID-19 cases all Delta strain on first day of lockdown

Queensland has recorded nine new local cases of COVID-19 today, all connected to a rapidly spiralling outbreak linked to a Brisbane high school student."This is the most number of new community infections we've reported in Queensland in almost 12 months," Deputy Premier Steven...

Road toll SA police investigate fatal crash after rollover

South Australian police are investigating following a fatal rollover near Port Augusta.Emergency services were called to Shack Road, Commissariat Point, about 4.15pm yesterday after reports of a single vehicle rollover.Paramedics and police arrived to treat an injured 33-year-old local man, the only occupant...

NSW records 239 new locally-acquired cases overnight

NSW has recorded 239 new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 to equal Thursday's record-breaking figure as the highest yet seen since the start of the pandemic.Of the new cases, 115 are linked to a known case or cluster, 92 are household contacts and 23...

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