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Tuesday, October 20,  2020

Global Covid-19 cases passed the 40 million mark today, CNBC reports, citing Johns Hopkins University data, as daily new cases in the U.S. have surged to levels not seen since the summer months, according to NPR. While testing times have improved since the spring, NPR says wait times are still far too long to effectively control the spread of the disease in the U.S. 

In Europe, Wales announced a new 16-day lockdown period, The Financial Times reports, Italy and Belgium re-introduced new restrictions on social gatherings, according to Sky News, while Poland said it would open a new field hospital and enlist the help of its army to conduct drive-through testing centers, says Reuters.


Peter Shergold's refugee role takes him back to beginnings - The Canberra Times

He's best known in Canberra as a long-serving public service chief. But many years before Peter Shergold became secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in the Howard era, he worked with refugees and migrants as an academic.

More than 30 years after that experience led him into the federal bureaucracy - to establish the Office of Multicultural Affairs - Professor Shergold's latest role carries an echo of his earlier career. This month he joined the board of Australia for UNHCR, the charity that raises funds for the United Nations Refugee Agency. Click here to read the full article. 

 SSI in the News 

Governments must improve COVID-19 communications to CALD communities

Federation has joined with several community groups appealing for governments to effectively report COVID-19 directives to people with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. "Information is not reaching into many CALD communities in a way that actively engages the communities and individuals to enable them to fully understand what is required of them now and into the coming weeks of the COVID-19 response nationally," letters sent to federal, state and territory health ministers state.


Refugee doctor keen, but unable, to join coronavirus fight

Posted April 03, 2020 10:15:57 Tamer Antakly's medical specialty is the lungs - an organ among the most vulnerable to coronavirus. With more than three decades of experience, he's humble when he notes he could be "useful" in Australian hospitals battling a deadly pandemic. But he can't work in them.


How Coronavirus Is Creating Unique Challenges For Australia's Migrant Communities

For Australia's migrant communities and its international students, language barriers, the disruption of family structures and exclusion from economic aid are intensifying the already harsh challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. In Sydney, restaurant owner Vatsal Harshadkumar Shah saw that international students were struggling financially and weren't getting economic support from the government, so he responded by starting a free meal service.


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