An Australian government app update designed to verify the vaccination status of New South Wales residents is yet to be properly trialled, despite the state reopening to double-jabbed people on Monday.
Late last month, the NSW digital minister, Victor Dominello, confirmed a trial of an update to the Service NSW app, which people use to check into venues, that will also verify a person’s vaccination status.
Brazil has recorded 16,451 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours and 404 deaths from Covid-19, its health ministry said on Saturday.
Brazil on Friday became the second country in the world after the US to pass 600,000 Covid-19 deaths.
The official death toll has now risen to 600,829, with 21,567,181 cases registered since the pandemic began, Reuters reports.
There are signs, however, that infections in Brazil are finally ebbing, as the country ramps up vaccinations after a slow start. More than 70% of Brazilians have received a first dose, compared with 65% in the US.
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Ministers are being warned of a mounting workforce crisis in England’s hospitals as they struggle to recruit staff for tens of thousands of nursing vacancies, with one in five nursing posts on some wards now unfilled.
Hospital leaders say the nursing shortfall has been worsened by a collapse in the numbers of recruits from Europe, including Spain and Italy.
The most recent NHS figures reveal there are about 39,000 vacancies for registered nurses in England, with one in 10 nursing posts unfilled on acute wards in London and one in five nursing posts empty on mental health wards in the south-east.
The number of nurses from the European Economic Area joining the Nursing and Midwifery Council register has fallen more than 90%, from 9,389 in the year to 31 March 2016 to 810 in the year to 31 March 2021.
The US administered 401,819,240 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the country as of Saturday morning and distributed 487,277,035 doses, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
Those figures are up from the 400,669,422 vaccine doses the CDC said had been administered by Friday of 485,713,525 doses delivered.
The Atlanta-based agency said 216,889,814 people had received at least one dose of a vaccine, while 187,215,471 people were fully vaccinated as of 6am EDT on Saturday, Reuters reports.
The price of meat in Australia is set to continue to increase into the Christmas period, industry insiders have warned, as lingering effects from the drought and Covid closures stifle the industry.
The horticultural industry has also warned the price of some fruits will skyrocket because of labour shortages.
The skyrocketing meat prices coupled with pandemic-imposed restrictions on abattoirs and processing plants have some farmers warning there could be pain for consumers’ hip pockets over Christmas.
Local media has reported that about 10,000 people took to the streets of Rome to protest as some attempted to break past police in riot gear deployed to guard access to prime minister Mario Draghi’s office.
CGIL, which has accepted the green pass system for workers, condemned the attack on its offices, Reuters reports.
“The assault on CGIL’s national headquarters is an act of fascist thuggery, an attack on democracy and on the world of work,” its leader, Maurizio Landini, said in a statement.
“Noone should think that they can return our country to its fascist past.”
Under the pass system, any worker who fails to present a valid health certificate from 15 October will be suspended with no pay, but they cannot be sacked.