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Wednesday, September 23,  2020

Although 52,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the US on Monday, about 21,800 of those cases came from backlogged data, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. The BBC says that deaths from COVID-19 remain low in the UK, but it is feared that there will be a spike in deaths following a surge in cases and hospitalizations from the virus.

Time Magazine reports that the CDC posted and then promptly deleted critical information about how COVID-19 is spread, citing that a “draft” version of proposed changes was mistakenly published. In Europe, vaccine makers will be expected to compensate those who experience unexpected side-effects from a vaccine, says Reuters.

Coronavirus LIVE: Victoria records 35 COVID-19 cases as state's stage four restrictions eased - The Sydney Morning Herald

Victoria recorded 37 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and seven additional deaths, pushing the Australian death toll to 817. The 14-day daily case average is now 56.9 in Melbourne and the state's Chief Health Officer is confident it will drop to the threshold needed for the next stage of easing restrictions.

There were nine new cases in NSW on Sunday, as clusters linked to an eastern suburbs club and western Sydney school grow. Click here to read the full SMH live news feed. 

Coronavirus LIVE: Victoria records 51 new COVID-19 cases as Qld border debate continues - The Sydney Morning Herald

Victoria's numbers just dropped: 51 new cases in the last 24 hours, and seven lives lost. More detail, including a list of exposure sites, here.

In NSW, a COVID-19 cluster linked to Sydney's Concord and Liverpool hospitals, which has now ballooned to 12 cases after five more people connected to the outbreak were diagnosed with the virus. Click here to read the SMH live news feed.

Coronavirus LIVE: Victoria records 76 new COVID-19 cases - The Sydney Morning Herald

Victoria has recorded 76 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths, but modelling used by the state government to justify its strict lockdown regime is based on outdated contact tracing assumptions that do not take into account improvements in the state’s public health response.

NSW Health has issued alerts for a cafe, malls, gym and a golf club after they were visited by people infected with COVID-19, while 100 students from the Kincoppal-Rose Bay boarding school in eastern Sydney are self-isolating after one student tested positive. Click here to read the SMH live news feed. 

 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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