Infectious diseases

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Looking for the peak: the cautious optimism over stalling UK Covid cases
Cases may level off soon, but bets are off until after half-term – and NHS faces winter crisis regardless

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

28, Oct, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Covid measures give us choice. They are not restrictions on British life
The government, ignoring the science, talks of freedom. But true liberty comes from cutting infections so people feel safe, says Sage member Stephen Reicher

Stephen Reicher

28, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Victoria Covid update: restrictions set to ease as state marks deadliest day of pandemic this year
State records 25 deaths in one day as it nears an 80% vaccination rate and prepares to lift restrictions from Friday night

Mostafa Rachwani

28, Oct, 2021 @3:15 AM

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South Australia’s ‘freedom day’ to bring tourists, loved ones and Covid cases
In Covid-free SA, opening the border means letting the pandemic spread in a ‘controlled entry’

Tory Shepherd

27, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Victorian government urged to drop deep clean mandates as businesses fork out thousands
Infectious disease experts suggest deep cleaning Covid-19 exposure sites didn’t ‘add much’ over and above regular cleaning

Caitlin Cassidy

27, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Australia did a good job in the face of Covid. Let’s apply that energy to other public health problems | Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz
As we celebrate the return of freedom thanks to our high vaccination rates, we must not ignore society’s other problems

Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz

27, Oct, 2021 @3:46 AM

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A catamaran and a plan: desperate to get home, New Zealanders set sail across the Tasman
With government-controlled quarantine spots in very short supply and long waiting lists for flights home, some stranded citizens are taking to the seas

Eva Corlett in Wellington

27, Oct, 2021 @2:43 AM

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FDA advisers recommend approval of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for kids aged 5-11
Nearly unanimous vote clears the way for possible approval for emergency use next month, making nearly 30m children eligible

Melody Schreiber

26, Oct, 2021 @9:15 PM

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Booster jabs are no panacea if we can’t access them | Letters
Letters: Readers express their frustrations at trying to book Covid vaccinations after the health secretary urged the public to come forward

Letters

26, Oct, 2021 @5:30 PM

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What price human life? Overworked NHS staff have to answer this every day | Rachel Clarke
Politicians turn a blind eye to the Covid-ravaged NHS, but as winter hits, we’re forced to ask how many deaths are acceptable, says palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke

Rachel Clarke

26, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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The psychology of masks: why have so many people stopped covering their faces?
In England, masks are expected and recommended in crowded and enclosed spaces – but not legally required. Many have abandoned them altogether. What would convince everyone to put them back on?

Emine Saner

26, Oct, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Mass burial to relieve overflowing Papua New Guinea morgue as Covid cases surge
Follows attacks on Covid nurses in the country where less than 1% of the population is fully vaccinated

Leanne Jorari in Port Moresby and agencies

26, Oct, 2021 @3:57 AM

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