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Covid 19 coronavirus: Helen Clark co-authored report – ‘Preventable disaster’, world response dogged by failures, delays

A high-powered global panel convened by former prime minister Helen Clark has found failures at every step of the world’s pandemic preparedness and response. It’s now set out a range of fixes to stop the next disaster, including beefing up the World Health Organisation (WHO), raising billions for new funding and forming a global council. […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Virus concerns see New Zealand Olympic doctors pull out of Tokyo games

A handful of health specialists selected to provide care to New Zealand athletes at this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo pulled out of the team because of concerns around Covid-19. Chairman of Sports Medicine New Zealand Stephen Kara said, while the organisation had not been involved, he was personally aware of two or three doctors […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Misinformation on vaccines dropped in letterboxes

By Katie Doyle of RNZ A group who previously advertised in a conspiracy ridden Covid-19 magazine is back again, this time organising a massive leaflet drop. Up to two million flyers containing allegations about the vaccine, from the group Voices For Freedom, have been turning up in letterboxes throughout the country. Despite a clear “no […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Customs worker fuming after losing her job over vaccine policy

By Harry Lock for RNZ A Customs worker, fired for refusing the Covid-19 vaccine, is railing against the decision, saying her job never required regular testing or even protective clothing. A new Health Order, in place since last week, made it mandatory for all border workers to have had at least their first Covid-19 vaccine. […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: India’s human crisis spirals with record new cases

India’s coronavirus cases climbed again today, prompting the army to open up its hospitals in a desperate bid to control a massive humanitarian crisis created by an acute shortage of beds, medicines and oxygen. With 386,452 new cases, India now has reported more than 18.7 million since the pandemic began, second only to the United […]

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India’s COVID crisis: The government ordered some posts to be removed from social media – what did they say?

The Indian government is fighting a battle in two fronts. While authorities desperately seek to contain the situation in overwhelmed hospitals, the government is coming under attack on social media over how it is handling the crisis. Over the weekend, President Narendra Modi’s government asked Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to take down the posts, many […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: ‘This is a catastrophe’: In India, illness is everywhere

Crematories are so full of bodies, it’s as if a war just happened. Fires burn around the clock. Many places are holding mass cremations, dozens at a time, and at night, in certain areas of New Delhi, the sky glows. Sickness and death are everywhere. Dozens of houses in my neighbourhood have sick people. One […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Why India’s Covid crisis poses a threat to the whole world

Despite India’s insistence, just weeks ago, that it was “in the endgame” of its battle against Covid-19, experts have warned for months that the nation of 1.4 billion people was a growing threat to the global fight against the virus. And now those fears have been realised – with a “tsunami” of coronavirus cases, escalating […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Australia bans flights to and from India until May 15

Flights to and from India into Australia have been suspended until May 15 amid increasing concerns over the nation’s escalating Covid-19 situation. “We recognise that this has been a very significant outbreak in India,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters after a national security committee meeting this afternoon. “Today we agreed, in addition to […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Boris Johnson denies saying he’d rather have ‘bodies pile high’ than lockdown

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday denied a press report which quoted him as allegedly saying he would rather see “bodies pile high in their thousands” than impose a third national lockdown on the country. The Daily Mail claimed that Johnson made the comment in the fall of 2020, when his government imposed a […]