Australia PM Scott Morrison loses control of WeChat Chinese account as election looms – Times of India

Australia PM Scott Morrison loses control of WeChat Chinese account

SYDNEY: Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal Party lost access to his official WeChat social media account months ago, politicians said on Monday, issuing claims of censorship, while the still-active account being run by an unidentified controller now promotes Chinese life in Australia. Amid growing diplomatic tensions with China, Australia’s two major political parties have … Read more

omicron: Australia nears Omicron peak as daily infections hover around records – Times of India

omicron Australia nears Omicron peak as daily infections hover around

SYDNEY: Australia has likely neared the peak of its Omicron wave, authorities said on Saturday, but warned daily infections will linger near record levels for “the next few weeks” after more than 100,000 cases were reported for a fourth straight day. Having limited the spread of the coronavirus through tough restrictions earlier in the pandemic, … Read more

Some virus restrictions back in Australia as Omicron surges – Times of India

Some virus restrictions back in Australia as Omicron surges

SYDNEY: Australia’s most populous state reinstated some restrictions and suspended elective surgeries on Friday as Covid-19-19 cases surged to another new record. New South Wales reported 38,625 new cases, prompting Premier Dominic Perrottet to announce regulations banning dancing and singing in pubs and nightclubs, and delaying non-urgent surgeries until mid-February. Hospitalizations reached 1,738 in the … Read more

australia: Australia’s Covid-19 cases, hospitalisations hit new records – Times of India

australia Australias Covid 19 cases hospitalisations hit new records Times

SYDNEY: New virus cases in Australia surged to record levels on Tuesday, increasing the strain on hospitals and testing centres across the country. In New South Wales, Australia’s most-populous state, 23,131 new cases were reported, an increase on the record of 22,577 cases on New Year’s Day. There were 1,344 people in hospitals, up 140 … Read more

omicron: Australia relaxes testing rules amid Omicron surge – Times of India

omicron Australia relaxes testing rules amid Omicron surge Times

SYDNEY: Australia on Thursday narrowed its definition of close contacts of coronavirus cases and relaxed requirements for Covid-19 tests, as daily cases topped 20,000 for the first time in the pandemic, in a bid to relieve pressure on testing sites. Australia is grappling with the rapid spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant after most states … Read more

First funeral held after Australian bouncy castle tragedy – Times of India

First funeral held after Australian bouncy castle tragedy Times

SYDNEY: Mourners gathered in Australia Thursday to farewell a 12-year-old boy who died in a tragic bouncy castle accident, the first funeral held for the six children killed in the incident. Emotional attendees embraced before the service in the northern Tasmanian city of Devonport as grieving family and friends arrived. “Today will be one of … Read more

moderna: Moderna to produce millions of mRNA vaccines in Australia – Times of India

moderna Moderna to produce millions of mRNA vaccines in Australia

SYDNEY: US drugmaker Moderna Inc will produce millions of mRNA vaccines a year in Australia after agreeing to set up one of its largest manufacturing facilities outside the United States and Europe. The deal, a second such commitment in Asia Pacific by a western mRNA vaccine developer, underscores efforts by governments around the world to … Read more

Australia shortens wait time for Covid-19 booster doses as Omicron cases rise – Times of India

Australia shortens wait time for Covid 19 booster doses as Omicron

CANBERRA: Australia said on Sunday it will shorten the wait time for people to receive a Covid-19 booster following a rise in cases of the Omicron variant. Australia had previously said it would offer the booster to everyone over 18 who had had their second dose of the vaccine six months earlier. But with rising … Read more

australia: Australia approves Covid vaccine for children aged 5-11 – Times of India

australia Australia approves Covid vaccine for children aged 5 11

SYDNEY: Australia on Sunday cleared the first Covid-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11, with the next stage of its vaccine rollout expected to start in early 2022. Health Minister Greg Hunt said medical regulators had granted provisional approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be administered to younger children for the first time. It … Read more

omicron: Australia detects first Covid Omicron infections – Times of India

omicron Australia detects first Covid Omicron infections Times of

SYDNEY: Health officials in Australia said Sunday they had detected the Covid Omicron strain for the first time after testing two passengers from southern Africa who flew into Sydney. The eastern state of New South Wales’ health authority said it had conducted urgent genomic testing and confirmed the new strain was present in two passengers … Read more