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Covid tests being flown interstate for diagnosis as Sydney is swamped by surge in numbers
Tens of thousands of Covid nasal test swabs are being put on planes and flown from hotspots in New South Wales to be processed in Brisbane and other cities, with labs in Sydney still "drowning" from record testing turnouts that have led to result wait times of up to 10 days.
NSW Covid update: Sydney to open walk-in AstraZeneca clinics as weeks of strict lockdown loom
New South Wales will set up walk-in clinics for AstraZeneca vaccine shots in south-west and western Sydney, particularly for essential workers, as the premier Gladys Berejiklian foreshadowed the strict lockdown would continue but with some possible changes.
Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony: toil and mourning bloom into sparkling extravaganza
ather than turning its face away from the struggles of the past year to put on an all-smiling, all-dancing show, Tokyo's delayed opening ceremony led with the theme of loss and mourning in a meditative three-hour production like no other.
Australia's most populous state declares 'national emergency' over Covid outbreak
Australia's most populous state has declared a "national emergency" as it struggles to contain a record-breaking surge of the Delta variant of Covid-19 amid a lockdown affecting half the country.
Over 40 Progressive Orgs Unite to Pressure Congress to Pass Pro-Union PRO Act
Union membership has been declining for nearly six decades as conservatives and corporate bosses have chipped away at workers' rights to collectively bargain.
The Bowery Mission Retiree Biking Across America
Talk about a road trip.
Recent Bowery Mission retiree Chuck Monts is putting the pedal to the pavement, having last month embarked on a 3,000 mile bike ride dubbed "Bike for the Mission."
Limited number of critical workers to be allowed to avoid self-isolation
Workers from 16 key services including health, transport and energy will not have to isolate after being pinged by the NHS Covid app, as it was revealed that more than 600,000 people in England and Wales were sent self-isolation alerts last week.
31 Toronto neighbourhoods mark zero COVID-19 cases, including hard-hit Thorncliffe Park | CBC News
Thorncliffe Park, one of the neighbourhoods hardest hit by COVID-19 in Toronto, has not detected a single case in the last three weeks.
London on the verge of 10m Covid vaccines but young people remain reluctant
The Mayor said the vaccine roll-out meant the sharp increase in the number of cases in the capital was not leading to a similar increase in hospitalisations and deaths.
Fully vaccinated tourists will soon be able to visit Canada again | CBC News
The federal government announced today it plans to let fully vaccinated tourists visit Canada again soon.
Ottawa now says that - starting Aug. 9 at 12:01 a.m. ET.