First Indigenous Australian fatality
An Aboriginal man in the New South Wales town of Dubbo has become the first Indigenous victim of Covid in Australia.
The man in his 50s had not been vaccinated and had underlying health conditions, health officials said.
However, the death will raise further alarms about the growing number of cases in the state’s Indigenous communities.
There are currently 561 active cases of Covid-19 in the western NSW health district, 65% of whom are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
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Schools across Europe must stay open and be made safer for staff and children, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef have demanded, as a new term gets under way with the highly transmissible Delta variant still dominant in the region.
“The pandemic has caused the most catastrophic disruption to education in history,” said Hans Kluge, the head of the WHO’s Europe region. “It is vital that classroom-based learning continues uninterrupted.”
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Auckland lockdown extended for two weeks
Auckland is facing two more weeks of lockdown after the government judged there was still too much Delta circulating in the community to ease the restrictions in place for 13 days already.
New Zealand reported 53 new cases in the community on Monday, bringing the total number in its outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant to 562.
Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister, said on Monday that regions outside of Auckland will downgrade to level 3 from Wednesday, except Northland, which will downgrade from Friday, pending negative results from some outstanding tests.
But Auckland would have to wait.
Ardern said: “As we saw from this outbreak, it only took a week for one case to spread across the city. And that’s why we’re working so hard to get this right.”
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Hello wherever you are in the world. This is our rolling coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
The key events in the past few hours are:
- Schools across Europe must stay open and be made safer for staff and children, the World Health Organization and Unicef have demanded, as a new term gets under way with the highly transmissible Delta variant still dominant in the region.
- Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, will stay in lockdown for another two weeks after another 53 cases were recorded on Monday. But one expert said the outbreak could be about to resch its peak.
- Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon is self-isolating after being identified as a close contact of someone who has Covid-19. She said she will be self-isolating pending a PCR test result.
- Hundreds of thousands of people in England have failed to come forward for their second Covid jab, official data shows. It comes as scientists warned that improving uptake among adults is more crucial than moving on to children’s vaccines or booster shots.
- New South Wales recorded its highest ever number of daily cases on Monday with 1,290 infections. A paramedic has pleaded with people to get vaccinated as the health system feels the strain.
- A recent recovery in global trade is beginning to wane, according to some early warning signs pointing to the negative effects of widespread Covid-19 outbreaks in the manufacturing centres of east Asia.
- Dozens of states in the US are reporting a big rise in Covid fatalities. Top Covid expert Anthony Fauci said as many as 100,000 new Covid-19 deaths by December was “predictable but preventable”.
- Schools in the Indonesia capital Jakarta have reopened after the governmewnt eased some Covid restrictions.