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As of June 2021 more than 2.33 billion COVID vaccine doses have been administered world-wide.  Because so many people have been vaccinated, there is more safety data available than with any other vaccines. The COVID vaccine has proven to have an incredible safety record.

Side effects have occurred in very rare cases,  and these have to be weighed against the known high risks from contracting COVID.

(Paul Goepfert, MD, Director of the Alabama Vaccine Research Center, University of Alabama)

Australia COVID-19 update 2 September 2021.

Australia wide — 1,479 new locally acquired cases, 3 new OS acquired cases, 7 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 1,288 new from 127,428 tests, all locally acquired, 7 deaths.
• Over 21,366 active cases, 957 in hospital, 160 in ICU, 64 ventilated.
• Deaths: Man in 50s at Royal North Shore Hospital, woman in 70s at Campbelltown Hospital, man in 70s at Liverpool Hospital (infection source), woman in 80s Liverpool Hospital, 2 men in 80s at St George and Campbelltown Hospitals and man in 80s at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital (infection source).
• Number of people admitted to hospital with COVID has jumped 42% in one week and 1400 healthcare workers now in isolation. 83% of healthcare workers are now fully vaccinated.
• There have been 23,586 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 107 deaths.
• NSW no longer reporting daily linked cases or number infectious in the community.
• New cases by Local Health Districts are 445 Western Sydney, 387 SW Sydney, 149 Sydney, 101 SE Sydney, 82 Nepean Blue Mountains, 31 Northern Sydney, 23 Western NSW, 22 Illawarra Shoalhaven, 7 Central Coast, 5 Far West NSW, 4 Hunter New England, 11 in correctional centres, 21 cases yet to be assigned an LHD. In Western NSW: 18 Dubbo, 4 Orange and 1 in Brewarrina.
• Concerns about wastewater detections in Bega, Cooma and Bomaderry.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 176 from 48,372 tests, all locally acquired.
• 1,029 active cases, 37 in hospital, 21 in ICU, 14 ventilated.
• Of the 176 locally acquired cases, 83 have been linked to known cases and outbreaks, 93 "mystery cases" still under investigation with around 100 cases infectious in the community.
• 61 of those cases are in the western metro Melbourne areas. 67 are in northern metro Melbourne areas. 22 in eastern/southern metro Melbourne. 13 cases are in Shepparton. One is in Greater Geelong and the 'precise' location of three remain under investigation.
• Three quarters of the active cases are aged under 40 years.
• The Victorian government has conceded its outbreak of the Delta variant is highly unlikely to be beaten back to zero, meaning its long lockdown is set to stretch well into spring.
• Concerns about wastewater detections in more than 20 Melbourne suburbs over recent days.
• Victoria reduces wait time between AstraZeneca vaccines to six weeks.
List of exposure sites.

ACT
• 12 new from 2,500 tests, all locally acquired.
• 258 active cases, 13 in hospital, 4 in ICU, 2 ventilated including a man in his 20s.
• 6 household contacts linked to another known case, with 6 still under investigation.
• At least 8 of the new cases were in infectious while in the community.
List of exposure sites.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 4 new from 6,272 tests, 2 interstate truck drivers, 2 OS travellers quarantined in medi-hotels.
• 5 active cases, 1 in hospital.
List of exposure sites.

QUEENSLAND
• 2 new from 10,433 tests, 1 locally-based interstate truck driver, 1 returned OS traveller in hotel quarantine.
• 19 active cases, 14 in hospital, 0 in ICU.
• A Gold Coast truck driver who had travelled from Sydney and is currently back in NSW has tested positive in Pimpama on the Gold Coast. He was potentially infectious in the Gold Coast area for 5 days from August 28 to September 1. Contact tracing underway.
• The Australian International Islamic College in Carrara on the Gold Coast has been closed after children boasted about travelling to and from Melbourne, returning undetected via an inland route. The family of five involved is refusing to be tested and not cooperating with authorities. They have been placed into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days.
• Gold Coast residents urged to be vigilant, check exposure sites list regularly, immediately isolate/get tested if symptoms occur.
List of exposure sites.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 4,366 tests.
• 13 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from 1,723 tests.
• 3 active cases, 0 in hospital.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from 1,015 tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

AUSTRALIA
• More than half of Australia's population is now living in states that don't expect to return to being coronavirus-free before vaccination levels dramatically improve, if at all.
• AMA Vice-President Dr Chris Moy says the health system will be over run if the country opens borders with less than 80 per cent vaccination rates.
• Australia's Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly says, "We need to start to learn to live with this virus".

NEW ZEALAND
• 53 new from 17,683 tests, 49 locally acquired, 4 OS travellers in managed isolation.
• 725 active cases, 42 in hospital, 6 in ICU, 3 ventilated.
• The new 49 local cases were all in Auckland with 7 infectious while in the community.
List of exposure sites. Now over 235.

Very sad news Suze.

Australia COVID-19 update 3 September 2021.

Australia wide — 1,657 new locally acquired cases, 4 new OS acquired cases, 13 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 1,432 new from 154,654 tests, 1,431 locally acquired, 1 OS traveller in hotel quarantine, 12 deaths.
• Over 22,798 active cases, 979 in hospital, 160 in ICU, 63 ventilated.
• These are the highest daily infection figures ever recorded by an Australian jurisdiction in a day.
• Deaths: Woman in 30s at home in SW Sydney, woman in 60s at Liverpool hospital, man and women in 70s at St George and Westmead Hospitals (infection source), 2 women in 70s at Liverpool Hospital, 3 men in 70s — Concord, Hornsby and St George Hospitals, woman in 80s at Westmead Hospital, man in 80s at Liverpool Hospital and a man in his 90s at Hawkesbury Living Aged Care Facility.
• There have been 25,002 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 119 deaths.
• New cases by Local Health Districts are 508 SW Sydney, 424 Western Sydney, 152 Sydney, 102 SE Sydney, 95 Nepean Blue Mountains, 53 Western NSW, 32 Northern Sydney, 13 Illawarra Shoalhaven, 13 in correctional settings, 11 Hunter New England, 8 Central Coast, 7 Far West NSW, 1 Southern NSW, 12 yet to be assigned an LHD.
• Near-record COVID numbers in western NSW today as virus spreads. Cases detected in Dubbo, the epicentre of the Australia's biggest regional outbreak, reached 53 yesterday, more than double the previous day's figures.
• Concerns about wastewater detections in Jindabyne, Cooma, Bega, Bombaderry, Wauchope and Blayney.
• Premier Berejiklian: The next fortnight is going to be our worst.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 209 from 48,572 tests, 208 locally acquired, 1 returned OS traveller in hotel quarantine, 1 death.
• 1,180 active cases, 61 in hospital, 20 in ICU, 13 ventilated.
• A man aged in his 60s from Altona North has died.
• Of the 208 locally acquired cases, 96 have been linked to known cases and outbreaks with 112 "mystery cases" still under investigation.
• The health department has not provided information about the number of new cases who were in isolation for their infectious period
• From today, the number of communities in the Victoria/NSW border bubble will be reduced, and there will be fewer permitted reasons to cross the border.
List of exposure sites.

ACT
• 18 new from 2,774 tests, all locally acquired.
• 255 active cases, 10 in hospital, 3 in ICU, 1 ventilated.
• Of the new cases, 15 were in infectious while in the community, with only three in quarantine for their entire infectious period.
List of exposure sites.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 2 new from 6,676 tests, both OS travellers quarantined in medi-hotels.
• 3 active cases, 1 in hospital.
• New exposure sites named in Tailem Bend, Pinnaroo and Wingfield connected with fifth truck driver.
List of exposure sites.

QUEENSLAND
• 0 new from 16,613 tests.
• 18 active cases, 15 in hospital, 0 in ICU.
• Members of a Gold Coast family under investigation after driving back from Melbourne have all tested negative for COVID-19 after initially refusing to be tested. Police are investigating how the family got through a remote border checkpoint.
• Queensland Police will make vaccinations mandatory for police officers and staff to protect employees, their families and the community. 
List of exposure sites.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 3,653 tests.
• 10 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from 1,671 tests.
• 3 active cases, 0 in hospital.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from 1,316 tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.
• Vaccinations to be made mandatory for Tasmanian healthcare workers.

NEW ZEALAND
• 32 new from 12,796 tests, 28 locally acquired, 4 OS travellers in managed isolation.
• 755 active cases, 43 in hospital, 9 in ICU, 3 ventilated.
• New local cases were 27 in Auckland and 1 in Wellington.
• A second person has flown to Wellington from Auckland without an exemption this week, in breach of level 4 restrictions. Police confirm a person flew from Auckland to Wellington on Wednesday, following two other travellers on Monday (one to Dunedin and another to the capital). It is understood the traveller was a resident student from the University of Wellington.
List of exposure sites.

VACCINES
• The deaths of a 59-year-old Queensland woman and a 54-year-old man from NSW last week have been linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine by the TGA. Nine deaths have been linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine in Australia, with around 9.6 million AstraZeneca doses administered. By comparison, there have been 1,025 deaths from the virus. 
• The federal government ramps up pleas for "stubborn" over 60s to get the AstraZeneca vaccine, sending out letters to half a million unvaccinated 60 to 69-year-olds, mainly in NSW, Queensland and Victoria urging them to book in for a shot.
• AMA vice-president Chris Moy has issued a stark warning as infections and deaths rise in Australia: if you're over 60 and are hoping to get the Pfizer jab, you could die waiting.
• Australia has secured another 4 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in a deal with the UK.

Australia COVID-19 update 4 September 2021.

Australia wide — 1,756 new locally acquired cases, 4 new OS acquired cases, 4 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 1,534 new from 131,174 tests, 1,533 locally acquired, 1 OS traveller in hotel quarantine, 4 deaths.
• Over 24,000 active cases, 1,041 in hospital, 173 in ICU (137 unvaccinated), 62 ventilated.
• Deaths: A man in his 50s died at Westmead Hospital, a man in 60s died at his Western Sydney home, a man in his 70s died at Liverpool Hospital and a woman in her 80s died at Fairfield Hospital. None were vaccinated.
• There have been 26,517 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 123 deaths.
• New cases by Local Health Districts are 512 Western Sydney, 494 SW Sydney, 150 Sydney, 122 SE Sydney, 90 Nepean Blue Mountains, 38 Western NSW, 36 Northern Sydney, 17 Illawarra Shoalhaven, 15 Central Coast, 15 Hunter New England, 13 in correctional settings, 9 Far West NSW, 22 yet to be assigned an LHD. 
• Concerns about wastewater detections in Tamworth, Glen Innes, Port Stephens, Cooma and Kempsey.
• NSW has broken its own COVID records for a second consecutive day.
• In the tiny town of Wilcannia, which has a high Indigenous population, 9 new infections yesterday brought the total number of cases to 97 — that means roughly 13% of people in the town have the virus. There were 38 new infections in the Western NSW LHD, including 22 in Dubbo and nine in Bourke.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 190 new from 49,548 tests, all locally acquired.
• 1,301 active cases, 76 in hospital, 23 in ICU, 14 ventilated. None in hospital fully vaccinated.
• Of the 190 new local cases, 103 are linked to known cases and outbreaks, while 15 are being investigated, 103 were in isolation for their entire infectious period.
• New cases breakdown includes 96 in the northern suburbs (54 in Hume which has become the biggest LGA cluster and 18 in Moreland), 55 in the western suburbs (including 17 in Wyndham), 14 in the south-east suburbs, 11 in the inner south, 6 in the City of Melbourne, 3 in the eastern suburbs, 1 on the Mornington Peninsula, 4 in Shepparton and 25 cases have now been identified as part of the Acquire call centre outbreak.
• CHO Brett Sutton says improper mask use may be contributing to airborne transmission "'A mask on a chin does bugger all".
List of exposure sites.

ACT
• 32 new from 2,632 tests, all locally acquired.
• 239 active cases, 10 in hospital, 2 in ICU, 1 ventilated.
• Of the new cases, 24 are linked to current exposure sites or identified close contacts, 5 are still under investigation. 19 new cases were in infectious in the community, with only 8 in quarantine for their entire infectious period. The Chief Minister has warned that the high number of people infectious in the community is of concern.
• 32 new cases is a record for the ACT. 
• Canberra has listed 25 new exposure sites overnight.
List of exposure sites.

QUEENSLAND
• 2 new from 9,996 tests, 1 locally acquired, 1 OS traveller in hotel quarantine.
• 18 active cases, 15 in hospital, 0 in ICU.
• The new local case is a four-year-old girl (close contact of a positive Logan truck driver) who attended the Boulevard Early Learning Centre in Logan, south of Brisbane, on Tuesday and Wednesday. The early learning centre is used as after-school care for Windaroo State School. The centre and Windaroo State School are now closed. Children, staff and visitors to both have to immediately come forward for testing, then quarantine at home for 14 days, even if they get a negative result. More than 1,000 Queensland families in home quarantine as a result.
• A lockdown may be considered if further community cases emerge. CHO Dr Jeanette Young very concerned about the risk of the Beenleigh Marketplace, where the Logan driver was on Monday morning. 
List of exposure sites.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 2 new from 5,527 tests, both OS travellers quarantined in medi-hotels, and both under age 10.
• 5 active cases, 1 in hospital.
List of exposure sites.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from N/A tests.
• 9 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from 1,570 tests.
• 3 active cases, 0 in hospital.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from N/A tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NEW ZEALAND
• 22 new from 11,037 tests, 20 locally acquired, 2 OS travellers in managed isolation, 1 death.
• 751 active cases, 43 in hospital, 7 in ICU, 3 ventilated.
• A woman in her 90s with a number of underlying health conditions died last night in Auckland's North Shore Hospital.
• All new local cases were in Auckland bringing the total outbreak to 782, including 17 in Wellington. 70% were in isolation for their whole infectious period with 30% infectious in the community.
List of exposure sites.

AUSTRALIA VACCINES
• The TGA has announced it has provisionally approved the use of Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine for people aged 12 years and older. This reduces the age cap from a previous 18 years, set early last month.

 

Moderna vaccine approved for children 12 years and older, in line with Pfizer vaccine (msn.com)

 

Moderna vaccine approved for children 12 years and older, in line with Pfizer vaccineby political reporter Tom Lowrey  23 hrs ago    Family fears missing autistic 3yo boy has been abductedSydney The Moderna vaccine is due to arrive in Australia later this month.vax blitz for police, frontliners© Getty The Moderna vaccine is due to arrive in Australia later this month.

 

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by Australian health authorities for children as young as 12.

The vaccine was already approved for adults 18 and over, and the Therapeutic Goods Administration has now extended that approval down to teenagers.

It brings the vaccine into line with the extremely similar Pfizer vaccine. Both are based on MRNA technology.

The two vaccines are the only vaccines available to children, with the AstraZeneca vaccine only available to adults over 18.

While both are approved for children aged 12 and over, there is no vaccine for children under 12, and no country in the world has made COVID-19 vaccines broadly available for that age group.

The Moderna vaccine is due to arrive in Australia later this month.

It will likely be made available primarily in pharmacies, and will only be made available to people under the age of 60.

While the TGA has approved the vaccine for those 12 and over, vaccine expert advisory body ATAGI will also provide its advice on Moderna's use.

All children from 12 to 15 years of age can book a Pfizer appointment from September 13, and those in a priority group can book now.

 

This means less likely availibility for the elderly

Australia COVID-19 update 5 September 2021.

Australia wide — 1,684 new locally acquired cases, 1 historical, 3 new OS acquired cases, 3 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 1,487 new from 115,495 tests, 1,485 locally acquired, 2 OS travellers in hotel quarantine, 3 deaths.
• Over 25,450 active cases, 1,030 in hospital, 175 in ICU (including 3 children), 72 ventilated.
• Deaths: A woman in her 50s died at Blacktown Hospital (one jab, no underlying health conditions), a man and woman in their 70s died at Liverpool Hospital and Campbelltown Hospital (both were unvaccinated with significant underlying health conditions).
• There have been 27,984 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 126 deaths.
• New cases by Local Health Districts are 518 SW Sydney, 479 Western Sydney, 174 Sydney, 116 SE Sydney, 80 Nepean Blue Mountains, 32 Western NSW, 31 Northern Sydney, 12 Hunter New England, 11 Illawarra Shoalhaven, 7 Central Coast, 6 in correctional settings, 4 Far West NSW, 15 cases yet to be assigned an LHD.
• Concerns about wastewater detections in Byron Bay overnight and recently at Tamworth, Glen Innes, Cooma and West Kempsey.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 183 new from 48,487 tests, all locally acquired.
• 1,417 active cases, 76 in hospital, 23 in ICU, 14 ventilated.
• Of the new cases, 103 are linked to current outbreaks but 87 were listed as mystery cases.
• New cases breakdown includes: 94 in Melbourne's northern suburbs (53 in Hume, 17 in Moreland), 50 in the western suburbs (including 21 in Wyndham), 50 new cases in the western suburbs, including 21 in Wyndham, 11 cases in the south-east (including 4 Casey, 3 Kingston), 9 inner city Melbourne, 2 eastern suburbs, 2 inner south, 6 in Shepparton, 1 in Wodonga, 8 under investigation.
List of exposure sites.

ACT
• 15 new from 2,508 tests, all locally acquired.
• Over 250 active cases, 9 in hospital, 1 in ICU, 1 ventilated.
• Of the new cases, 13 are linked known cases or outbreaks, 2 under investigation.
• 6 were in quarantine for their entire infectious period, 7 for part of their infectious period, 2 under investigation.
List of exposure sites.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 2 new from 6,149 tests, 1 historical, 1 OS traveller quarantined in a medi-hotel.
• 6 active cases, 1 in hospital.
• SA Premier says the state has so far "dodged a bullet" and that no positive cases have been detected among more than 500 people now in quarantine because of five infected truck drivers.
List of exposure sites.

QUEENSLAND
• 1 new from 8,330 tests, locally acquired.
• 16 active cases, 14 in hospital, 0 in ICU.
• The new local case is the mother of the child reported yesterday and has been in isolation for her entire infectious period. Both cases are related to the Logan truck driver case.
• Another truck driver tested positive in NSW after being infectious in Archerfield, Queensland for two days on 2 September and 3 September before returning home.
• A lockdown may be considered if further community cases emerge.
• Failure of people to use the QLD CheckIn app is hampering contact tracers. CCTV shows at least 8 people didn’t check-in at the Stylish Nails salon in the Beenleigh Marketplace while it was being attended by the positive Logan truck driver.
List of exposure sites.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from N/A tests.
• 7 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from N/A tests.
• 3 active cases, 0 in hospital.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from N/A tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NEW ZEALAND
• 24 new from 9,238 tests, 20 locally acquired, 4 OS travellers in managed isolation.
• 743 active cases, 38 in hospital, 6 in ICU, 4 ventilated.
• All new local cases were in Auckland, only 6 were infectious in the community, total outbreak number now 801.
List of exposure sites.

WORLD
• The US now has more than four times as many cases of COVID and twice as many in hospital as this time last year with deaths up 80% amid the current Delta surge, despite 62% of population having one vaccine shot.

   

Australia COVID-19 update 6 September 2021.

Australia wide — 1,538 new locally acquired cases, 9 new OS acquired cases, 5 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 1,282 new from 136,455 tests, 1,281 locally acquired, 1 OS traveller in hotel quarantine, 5 deaths.
• Over 25,570 active cases, 1,071 in hospital, 177 in ICU, 67 ventilated.
• Deaths: A woman in her 50s died at Westmead Hospital, a Southern Highlands man in his 60s died at home, 2 women in their 80s died at Ryde and Westmead Hospitals and 1 man in his 90s died at St George Hospital after contracting the virus at a Bexley Aged Care Facility. 
• There have been 29,253 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 131 deaths.
• New cases by Local Health Districts are 483 SW Sydney, 348 Western Sydney, 137 Sydney, 118 SE Sydney, 67 Nepean Blue Mountains, 44 Western NSW (Dubbo 35, 6 in Burke 6, 2 in Orange 2, Narromine 1), 22 Northern Sydney, 21 Illawarra Shoalhaven, 8 Central Coast, 7 in correctional settings, 7 Far West NSW, 5 Hunter New England, 5 Southern NSW, 9 yet to be assigned an LHD.
• More than one in 10 people with the virus in NSW now require hospitalisation
• Later today, an Aboriginal woman in her 70s, from Enngonia north of Bourke, died at Dubbo Base Hospital.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 246 new from 42,258 tests, all locally acquired.
• 1,619 active cases,  in hospital,  in ICU, 14 ventilated.
• Of the 246 new local cases, 121 linked to known cases and outbreaks, leaving 125 mystery cases.
• New cases breakdown includes: 129 in Melbourne's northern suburbs, 71 in western suburbs, 21 in south east, 9 in inner city and inner south, 8 cases in eastern suburbs, 2 Mornington Peninsula, 4 in Shepparton and 1 in Geelong.
• The state has stopped providing detail on how many people were in the community while infectious as contact tracers deal with hundreds of new cases.
List of exposure sites.

ACT
• 11 new from 2,613 tests, all locally acquired.
• 222 active cases, 11 in hospital (7 unvaccinated), 1 in ICU, 1 ventilated.
• Of the new cases, 9 are linked to known cases or outbreaks with 2 under investigation.
• 3 were in quarantine for their entire infectious period and 7 for part of their infectious period.
• Time between AstraZeneca vaccine jabs shortened to 4-8 weeks after the first dose in the ACT.
List of exposure sites.

QUEENSLAND
• 5 new from 9,648 tests, all OS travellers in hotel quarantine.
• 20 active cases, 19 in hospital, 0 in ICU.
• Premier urging more to get vaccinated, currently 53% have had their first dose and 34.1% are fully vaccinated.
List of exposure sites.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 1 new from 3,853 tests, an OS traveller quarantined in a medi-hotel.
• 7 active cases, 1 in hospital.
List of exposure sites.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 1 new from 10,742 tests (over 72 hours), a returned OS traveller in hotel quarantine.
• 6 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 1 new from 2,089 tests, a returned OS traveller from Indonesia at the Howard Springs facility.
• 4 active cases, 0 in hospital.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from 2,781 tests (over 72 hours).
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NEW ZEALAND
• 23 new from 4,750 tests, 20 locally acquired, 3 OS travellers in managed isolation.
• 729 active cases, 40 in hospital, 6 in ICU, 4 ventilated.
• All new local cases were in Auckland, 5 were infectious in the community.
• Deputy PM Grant Robertson says the instance of a patient in a surgical ward at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland who tested positive is "clearly disturbing". The person who shared a room with three others in the hospital's Edmund Hillary block was admitted at 7am on Sunday displaying COVID symptoms. He tested positive for the coronavirus later that day.
• Restrictions to be eased to Level 2 outside Auckland from midnight tomorrow. Mandatory mask use in most public venues and patron limits at restaurants, bars and clubs will remain.
List of exposure sites.

WORLD
• Israel is planning to administer a fourth COVID vaccine jab which could be adjusted to fight new variants as country battles wave of infections despite its hugely successful vaccine roll-out. Authorities say people should expect to receive a new vaccination against the virus more frequently - 'every five to six months'. While Israel is seeing record case numbers in its fourth wave, the jabs are still protecting against severe illness with deaths running at about half of the level of its second wave.

Australia COVID-19 update 7 September 2021.

Australia wide — 1,485 new locally acquired cases, 8 new OS acquired cases, 8 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 1,222 new from 100,745 tests, 1,220 locally acquired, 2 OS travellers in hotel quarantine, 8 deaths.
• Over 25,570 active cases, 1151 in hospital, 192 in ICU, 75 ventilated.
• There have been 30,456 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 139 deaths.
• Deaths: A man in his 50s at Nepean Hospital, Nepean Blue Mountains man in 60s at home, an indigenous woman in 70s at Dubbo Hospital, woman in 70s at Nepean Hospital, man in 70s at Liverpool Hospital, man in 80s at Westmead Hospital, 2 men in 90s at St George Hospital and Campbelltown Hospital. 
• New cases by Local Health Districts are 422 Western Sydney, 392 SW Sydney, 128 Sydney, 89 SE Sydney, 74 Nepean Blue Mountains, 27 Western NSW, 22 Central Coast, 20 Northern Sydney, 14 Illawarra Shoalhaven, 7 Hunter New England, 7 in correctional settings, 4 Far West NSW, 2 Southern NSW, 12 yet to be assigned an LHD. 
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 246 new from 43,858 tests, all locally acquired.
• 1,786 active cases, 110 in hospital (none fully vaccinated), 30 in ICU, 14 ventilated.
• Of the 246 local cases, 90 are linked to known cases and outbreaks with 156 under investigation.
• New cases breakdown includes: 97 in Hume where 48.2% of people have had their first dose of vaccine; 31 in Moreland with 54.7% first dosed; 23 cases in Whittlesea with 49.8% first dosed; 17 cases in Wyndham at 58.5%; 15 in Hobson's Bay at 61.4%, 13 in Darebin at 54%; 11 in Brimbank at 51.5%; 7 in Melton at 53.7%.
List of exposure sites.

ACT
• 19 new from 2,688 tests, all locally acquired.
• 230 active cases, 8 in hospital, 1 in ICU, 1 ventilated.
• Of the new cases, 13 are linked to known cases or outbreaks with 6 under investigation.
• 13 were in quarantine for their entire infectious period and 6 for part of their infectious period.
List of exposure sites.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 6 new (historical) from 4,867 tests, all OS travellers quarantined in medi-hotels.
• 6 active cases, 1 in hospital.
• A sixth truck driver who travelled through SA has tested positive for coronavirus.
List of exposure sites.

QUEENSLAND
• 0 new from 12,649 tests.
• 18 active cases, 14 in hospital, 0 in ICU.
List of exposure sites.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 4,657 tests.
• 4 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from 1,522 tests.
• 4 active cases, 0 in hospital.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from 763 tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NEW ZEALAND
• 21 new from 7,255 tests, all locally acquired.
• 720 active cases, 39 in hospital, 6 in ICU, 4 ventilated.
• All new local cases were in Auckland, 4 were infectious in the community.
List of exposure sites.

Australia COVID-19 update 8 September 2021.

Australia wide — 1721 new locally acquired cases, 1 new OS acquired case, 9 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 1,480 new from 130,341 tests, all locally acquired, 9 deaths.
• Over 27,000 active cases, 1,136 in hospital, 194 in ICU, 78 ventilated.
• There have been 31,914 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 148 deaths.
• Deaths: A man in his 20s at Nepean Hospital, man in 40s at Liverpool Hospital, Dubbo man in 60s at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, a woman in 60s at Nepean Hospital, 2 men in 70s at St Vincent’s Hospital and Liverpool Hospital, 2 men in 80s at Prince of Wales Hospital and Westmead Hospital, man in 90s at St George Hospital (infected at St George Aged Care Facility in Bexley).
• New cases by Local Health Districts are 467 SW Sydney, 424 Western Sydney, 233 Sydney, 119 SE Sydney, 60 Nepean Blue Mountains, 38 Northern Sydney, 34 Illawarra Shoalhaven, 27 Western NSW, 20 in correctional settings, 15 Central Coast, 11 Hunter New England, 7 Far West NSW (all in Wilcannia), 25 yet to be assigned to an LHD.
• Residents in Glebe, Waterloo, Redfern, and Marrickville urged to come forward for testing and vaccinations due to the high number of cases being detected there.
• Concerns about wastewater detections at Bonny Hills in the Port Macquarie-Hastings area.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 221 new from 42,429 tests, all locally acquired.
• 1,920 active cases, 87 in hospital, 33 in ICU, 14 ventilated.
• 86% of the active cases are aged under 50.
• Of the 221 local cases, 98 have so far been linked to known cases and outbreaks.
• An estimated 100 Jewish worshippers illegally gathered at a Melbourne synagogue have been issued with $5452 fines after attending an all-day Jewish New Year celebration and then becoming involved in heated altercations and scuffles with police.
• One Melbourne family have reportedly breached Victoria’s strict lockdown regulations repeatedly since contracting the virus last week. Police have warned the family they would be fined $10,000 each and taken into hotel quarantine should they breach home quarantine again.
• Victoria's regional lockdown will lift from Friday morning, except for Greater Shepparton.
List of exposure sites.

ACT
• 20 new from 3,487 tests, all locally acquired.
• 231 active cases, 10 in hospital, 2 in ICU, 1 ventilated.
• Of the new cases, 9 are linked to known cases or outbreaks with 11 under investigation.
• 7 were in quarantine for their entire infectious period and 7 for part of their infectious period with 6 still under investigation.
• A record 4,737 vaccinations were administered yesterday.
List of exposure sites.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 1 new from 7,146 tests, a child quarantined in a medi-hotel.
• 6 active cases, 1 in hospital.
• The new case is not active but has been included because it has not been counted overseas.
• Six people, including a couple from Kangaroo Island and another pair who crossed fields to enter from Victoria, have been arrested and charged after separate breaches of SA's border restrictions.
List of exposure sites.

QUEENSLAND
• 0 new from 13,036 tests.
• 17 active cases, 13 in hospital, 0 in ICU.
• A new record for vaccinations yesterday with 23,012 doses administered.
• Soldiers returning from Afghanistan expected to enter Gold Coast quarantine 'bubble' within days.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from 1,411 tests.
• 2 active cases, 0 in hospital.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 5,266 tests.
• 1 active case, 0 in hospital.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from 1,014 tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NEW ZEALAND
• 16 new from 13,230 tests, 15 locally acquired, 1 OS traveller in managed isolation.
• 658 active cases, 37 in hospital, 6 in ICU, 4 ventilated.
• All new local cases were in Auckland, 5 were infectious in the community.
List of exposure sites.

AUSTRALIA VACCINES
Australian government communications with Pfizer reveal the Health Minister's office didn't meet with the company until weeks after other countries had started signing deals, despite Pfizer's requests.
"I am requesting this meeting occur at the earliest opportunity," a Pfizer executive told the Health Department in a June 30 email in 2020, obtained by Labor under Freedom of Information laws. "We have the potential to supply millions of vaccine doses by the end of 2020," the company wrote. Full story.
One in five hairdressers refuse to get vaccinated and another 16% say they’re still unsure whether they will get the jab. A new report by the Australian Hairdressers Council surveyed hairdressers, salon operators and owners from across Australia, the bulk of which were based in NSW.

Australia COVID-19 update 9 September 2021.

Australia wide — 1743 new locally acquired cases, 6 new OS acquired cases, 5 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 1,407 new from 156,481 tests, 1405 locally acquired, 2 OS travellers in hotel quarantine, 5 deaths.
• Over 28,250 active cases, 1,175 in hospital, 202 in ICU, 80 ventilated.
• There have been 33,296 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 153 deaths.
• Deaths: A woman in her 40s died at Liverpool Hospital, 2 women in their 70s died at Ryde Hospital and Concord Repatriation Hospital, 2 men in their 80s died at Nepean and Westmead Hospitals.
• New cases by Local Health Districts are 450 SW Sydney, 394 Western Sydney, 211 Sydney, 118 SE Sydney, 74 Nepean Blue Mountains, 34 Northern Sydney, 24 Western NSW, 22 Central Coast, 23 Illawarra Shoalhaven, 12 Hunter New England, 4 Far West NSW, 3 Southern NSW, 9 in correctional settings, 27 yet to be assigned an LHD.
• Concerns about wastewater detections in Tamworth, Lightning Ridge, Glen Innes and Culburra Beach and Moruya in southern NSW.
• First Nations fears grow in Western NSW with one family reporting 40 members infected.
• Premier unveiled the NSW recovery roadmap. Most freedoms will be granted only to the fully vaccinated and will trigger the Monday after NSW reaches its 70% double dose target. The first stage will see homes reopen for up to five visitors at a time and outdoor gatherings of up to 20 people. Retail stores, gyms, nail salons, hairdressers and hospitality venues will reopen at reduced capacities with the return of the one person per 4 square-metre rule. Full details.
• Despite the go ahead, The Australian reports chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant and NSW Health officials advised against opening up at 70% double dose. According to the report, health officials eventually agreed to the target but had advised to reopen the economy when vaccination levels were closer to 85% double dose.
• Parts of regional NSW currently deemed low risk and which have seen zero COVID cases for at least 14 days will emerge from lockdown at 12:01am Saturday 11 September.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 325 new from 54,242 tests, 324 locally acquired, 1 OS traveller in hotel quarantine.
• 2,166 active cases, 111 in hospital, 32 in ICU, 14 ventilated.
• Of today's 324 new cases 107 linked to existing outbreaks and cases, with 217 under investigation.
• New cases include 195 in Melbourne's Northern suburbs, 102 in Western suburbs, 5 Eastern suburbs, 20 in SE suburbs and 2 in regional Victoria (Shepparton and Mitchell Shire).
• Victoria's COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar says the spread of the virus in households is one of the major driver’s of the state’s outbreak and a third of current exposure sites are at supermarkets urging people to maintain good habits whilst out shopping for food.
• Doctors call for more Pfizer doses to be urgently allocated in Melbourne's north.
• Regional lockdown lifted except for Greater Shepparton.
List of exposure sites.

ACT
• 13 new from 3,432 tests, all locally acquired.
• 227 active cases, 9 in hospital, 2 in ICU, 0 ventilated.
• Of the new cases, 13 are linked to known cases or outbreaks with 2 under investigation.
• 5 were in quarantine for their entire infectious period and 8 for part of their infectious period with 2 still under investigation.
• Canberra's lockdown is set to go until September 17, but the high number of cases infectious in the community may mean the lockdown could be extended.
List of exposure sites.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 2 new from 5,537 tests, both returned OS travellers quarantined in medi-hotels.
• 8 active cases, 1 in hospital.
List of exposure sites.

QUEENSLAND
• 1 new from 13,560 tests, locally acquired.
• 21 active cases, 19 in hospital, 0 in ICU.
• The new local case was detected in home quarantine, a 10-year-old boy, the brother of a 4-year-old who had the virus in Beenleigh who are close contacts of the Logan truck driver who contracted the virus in NSW and tested positive last week. Authorities have "no concerns" about wider transmission.
List of exposure sites.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 1 new from 4,322 tests, a returned OS traveller in hotel quarantine.
• 2 active cases, 0 in hospital.
• Parents of Perth soccer player Danny Hodgson secure flights from UK to WA to be at his bedside. Danny is fighting for his life in a Perth hospital, after he was allegedly attacked by a 15-year-old boy.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from N/A tests.
• 2 active cases, 0 in hospital.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from 1,394 tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NEW ZEALAND
• 18 new from 17,684 tests, 13 locally acquired, 5 OS travellers in managed isolation (3 historical).
• 625 active cases,  in hospital, 5 in ICU, 4 ventilated.
• All new local cases were in Auckland, 9 in isolation with 6 infectious in the community.
List of exposure sites.

WORLD
Latest Delta outbreak threatens Singapore’s "living with Covid-19" plan. The number of infections in Singapore has doubled in the past week putting a lid on any further restriction easing, with authorities warning they may need to reimpose measures if the virus can’t be contained.
John Hopkins snapshot ... sadly the US remains at the top spot for deaths.

VACCINES
• New research from the Doherty Institute shows that you are 86% less likely to be hospitalised by COVID-19 after having your second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The study also found those who had received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine were 92% less likely to die as a result of the virus.

• Queensland authorities issued a COVID public health alert on Thursday evening involving another interstate truck driver who was infectious in Brisbane on Sunday and Monday, before returning to NSW.

 

RnR, you realise this covid thing is forever, how long do you plan on doing this have you appointed a successsor?

 

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Australia COVID-19 update 10 September 2021.

Australia wide — 1901 new locally acquired cases, 1 new OS acquired case, 10 deaths.

NEW SOUTH WALES
• 1,542 new from 133,226 tests, all locally acquired, 9 deaths.
• Over 28,250 active cases, 1,156 in hospital, 207 in ICU, 89 ventilated.
• There have been 34,804 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021 and 162 deaths.
• Deaths: A man in his 30s died at Nepean Hospital, woman in her 40s at Liverpool Hospital, man in 50s at Liverpool Hospital, woman in 50s at Gosford Hospital, 2 men in 60s (one at home, one at Royal North Shore Hospital), 2 men in 70s (one at home, one at Prince of Wales Hospital), woman in 80s at Ryde Hospital.
• New cases by Local Health Districts are 506 SW Sydney, 402 Western Sydney, 199 Sydney, 134 SE Sydney, 88 Nepean Blue Mountains, 38 Illawarra Shoalhaven, 30 Northern Sydney, 28 Western NSW, 26 Central Coast, 13 Hunter New England, 5 Far West NSW, 3 Southern NSW, 49 in correctional settings, 21 yet to be assigned an LHD.
• Patient load has doubled for paramedics in just two weeks with a total of 5,900 COVID or suspect COVID patients transported by NSW Ambulance.
• Towns south of Queensland border to leave lockdown despite recent sewage detections.
List of exposure sites.

VICTORIA
• 334 new from 42,998 tests, all locally acquired, 1 death.
• 2,426 active cases (85% under 50), 127 in hospital (90% unvaccinated), 33 in ICU, 21 ventilated.
• Of the 334 local cases, 149 linked to known cases and outbreaks, with 185 under investigation.
• New cases include 190 in northern suburbs (including Craigieburn and Roxburgh Park), 109 in western suburbs (including Truganina and Altona North), 16 cases SE suburbs (including Noble Park and Frankston), 9 in eastern suburbs plus 4 in regional LGAs.
• Authorities remain concerned that they are still finding cases where entire households are positive when the first person has come forward to be tested, and others where adjoining household families are all positive at the same time. 
• More than 100 V-Line rail staff in isolation after a train driver who worked at Southern Cross Station and visited Traralgon station tested positive. Train line disruptions could last several weeks.
• Regional lockdown lifted except for Greater Shepparton which still has more than 70 active cases.
List of exposure sites.

ACT
• 24 new from 2,263 tests, all locally acquired.
• 238 active cases, 15 in hospital, 2 in ICU, 1 ventilated.
• Of the new cases, 18 are linked to known cases or outbreaks with 6 under investigation.
List of exposure sites.

QUEENSLAND
• 2 new from 11,940 tests, 1 locally acquired, 1 OS mariner.
• 21 active cases, 19 in hospital, 0 in ICU.
• The new locally acquired case is a 13 year old girl in Sunnybank. St Thomas More College in Sunnybank has been closed and all students and families put into 14-days of mandatory home quarantine as a matter of precaution. Investigations still underway.
• Restrictions easing for NSW border communities from 1.00am Monday.
• New exposure sites listed in Queensland including a BP service station in Archerfield, and Westfield Garden City Town Square after a truck driver tested positive when returning to NSW.
List of exposure sites.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 5,021 tests.
• 7 active cases, 1 in hospital.
List of exposure sites.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
• 0 new from 2,491 tests.
• 2 active cases, 0 in hospital.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
• 0 new from 1,797 tests.
• 2 active cases, 0 in hospital.

TASMANIA
• 0 new from 824 tests.
• 0 active cases, 0 in hospital.

COVID BREACHES
• Sydney tree loppers arrested for door-knocking in the Hunter region a second time, just one week since they were fined a total of $33,000. Four men were issued with court attendance notices for failing to comply with directions and providing false information to Service NSW.

NEW ZEALAND
• 17 new from 14,181 tests, 11 locally acquired, 6 OS travellers in managed isolation.
• 617 active cases, 27 in hospital, 4 in ICU, 4 ventilated.
• All new local cases were in Auckland, 10 in isolation with 1 infectious in the community.
List of exposure sites.

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