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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 55 COVID-19 cases as state's contact tracing flagged for revamp - The Sydney Morning Herald

Victoria has recorded 55 new COVID-19 cases, indicating the state's daily figures are now firmly in the double digits after the Premier unveiled the road map to recovery. Sadly, eight more Victorians have died. The state's Health Department 'outbreak squad' will be scrutinised when the hotel quarantine inquiry resumes today. 

More than 100 staff from both Liverpool and Concord hospitals in Sydney are in isolation as a COVID-19 cluster grows. Infectious disease experts are investigating whether the virus could have been spread at the hospitals through contact with computer screens, pens or paper. Click here to read the full SMH live news feed. 

Shape of things to come - The Australian

There’s plenty of opportunity ahead regardless of immigration levels.

It is the question everyone in business and government is asking: how will the next five years unfold? Everything seems to be in a state of flux, including trade relationships and geopolitical alliances. But amid the chaos and the churn there are some things that can be said about the early 2020s. Click here to read the full article. 

Refugees given humanitarian visas left stranded after coronavirus pandemic shut Australian borders - ABC News

The Australian Government's COVID-19 travel restrictions prevent refugee and humanitarian visa holders from entering the country. According to the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), around 4,000 refugees with humanitarian visas to enter Australia are currently stranded overseas.

ABC News interviewed SSI general manager Yamamah Agha who said refugees stuck overseas were in extra need of resettlement at the moment.

With many parts of the world already grappling with humanitarian issues, Ms Agha said COVID-19 was making life for many refugees more difficult than ever.

"The pandemic does not discriminate and those people in need of resettlement, their needs are still there," she said. Click here to read the full ABC News article. 

Coronavirus LIVE: Victoria records 41 COVID-19 cases as state's road map out of stage four lockdown revealed - The Sydney Morning Herald

Melburnians will not be allowed to return to anything resembling normal life until late November at the earliest, with Premier Daniel Andrews outlining what he called a 'slow, steady and safe' guide out of strict stage four lockdown.

At least two Sydney schools are closed today after mystery coronavirus infections in a northern Sydney man and a western Sydney child were among the 10 new cases reported on Sunday. But NSW Health authorities are closing in on the source of the CBD cluster, which has grown to 64 cases. Click here to read the full SMH live news feed.

Coronavirus LIVE: Victoria records 81 new COVID-19 cases with 9 deaths overnight - The Sydney Morning Herald

Victoria has recorded 81 new coronavirus cases on Friday. The state's death toll increased by 59, including 50 aged care deaths which occurred in July and August, pushing the national toll to 737.

Attendees at a Sydney gym have been directed to self-isolate, as NSW recorded nine new community cases on Thursday. After aged care visits in the Sydney area were restricted, an announcement easing the rules before Father's Day is expected to be announced today. Click here to read the full SMH live news feed. 

Coronavirus: Australia enters recession, posts worst economic crash since 1930s - Global News

Australia fell into its deepest economic slump on record last quarter as coronavirus curbs paralysed business activity, while fresh outbreaks threaten to upend any immediate recovery, piling pressure on the government to keep fiscal taps open.

The country joins the United States, Japan, UK and Germany in technical recession, defined as two straight quarters of decline, in Australia’s first such downturn since 1991. Click here to read the full article. 

Coronavirus LIVE: Victoria records 113 COVID-19 cases as state's draft roadmap flags stage four lockdown extension - The Sydney Morning Herald

Victoria recorded 113 new cases on Thursday, and an additional 15 deaths. A draft blueprint has indicated Melbourne's stage four will be extended for a fortnight, although the state government says the leaked document is out of date. 

Health authorities in NSW say it is possible a lack of compliance with COVID-safe registration measures at a Sydney gym have complicated their efforts. The state recorded 17 new cases on Wednesday, including six more linked to a western Sydney high school. Click here to read the full 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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