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Hundreds of thousands locked down in China during biggest outbreak in months

The CDC warned Americans this week that vaccinated people with the delta variant carry as much virus in the nose and throat as unvaccinated people. The health agency changed its guidelines on Tuesday to recommend that vaccinated Americans return to wearing face masks in areas of the country where transmission …

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‘Lot of rhetoric’: WHO expects China to co-operate with second inquiry into virus origins

London: The World Health Organisation says it expects Beijing to co-operate with its future investigations into the origins of COVID-19 despite China blasting any further probes as unnecessary. The WHO originally all but ruled out the possibility that the virus could have leaked from a lab, possibly the Wuhan Institute …

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Businesses to take unused AstraZeneca doses to boost rollout

General Frewen said he was working with businesses to accelerate the rollout as an important part of the vaccination program. “We’ve already started in-reach programs to vaccinate key distribution centre workers for the retailers and will shortly be looking at a similar program to help vaccinate construction workers,” he said. …

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Getting rail passengers Ubers more effective than commuter car parks: expert

But many were pledged to inner urban areas with little available land and around already congested areas, such as four stations in the inner Melbourne electorate of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Dr Taylor said it would be better to make stations within easy walking or riding distance, or offer frequent or …

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How Albanese plans to make his run for the big league

A poll this week by Utting Research showed that 57 per cent of respondents are dissatisfied with Morrison’s handling of the quarantine system and 62 per cent with his handling of the vaccine rollout, even though state governments share responsibility for both. Five state and territory elections have been held …

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A $30b bank buyback bonanza in store for investors

He estimates that by September 30, ANZ will have $4.5 billion in excess capital, CBA $12 billion, NAB $5 billion and Westpac $8 billion. This doesn’t include ANZ and NAB’s latest buybacks. Indeed, Le Mesurier believes the amount could be closer to $40 billion over the next two years on …

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‘Suicide drone’ used to attack ship tied to Israeli billionaire, killing crew members

Zodiac Maritime described the Mercer Street’s owners as Japanese, without naming them. Shipping authority Lloyd’s List identified the vessel’s ultimate owner as Taihei Kaiun Co, which belongs to the Tokyo-based Nippon Yusen Group. Late on Friday, Zodiac Maritime said the tanker was sailing under the control of her crew “to …

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Australia needs to learn to live with COVID-19

NSW is paying the price for waiting too long Until Gladys Berejiklian stops playing one upmanship, NSW will suffer. Her comment that its restrictions are the strictest Australian has seen is silly. She was slow to lock down and enforce masks as mandatory, and so hell bent on not acknowledging …

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Afghan voices heard for first time in Roberts-Smith case

No one knew how these men would cope with the alien experience of talking to a western courtroom via videolink from a small legal office half a world away in Kabul. To compound the challenge, the best-qualified Pashto interpreter the legal teams could track down was in Ottawa, Canada. This …

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This lockdown, women are once again doing more of the housework, home schooling

“Internationally, surveys show that mothers disproportionately sacrificed paid work to accommodate the rise in unpaid work,” the report said. Associate Professor Matthew Beck and his team from Sydney University’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies have surveyed more than 950 people nationally during the pandemic. The survey also included 640 …

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