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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.

New citizens 'love Australia' - Liverpool Champion

Australia has given Iraqi refugee Zaman Roomi a second chance.

"I am so happy, because I love this country and in my country we didn't have a chance to live," said Ms Roomi, who arrived with daughter Randa Saleem almost eight years ago after six months in a refugee camp in Jordan. Click here to read the full article. 

Locked out by COVID, refugees' lives on hold - Reuters

When Michelle Alfaro left her office at the United Nations in Geneva on March 13, her job finding homes for the world’s most vulnerable refugees was under control. 

Four days later, the new coronavirus had knocked it into chaos. Governments across the world announced border closures, lockdowns and flight cancellations. The United Nations was forced to suspend the programme. Click here to read the full article. 

Coronavirus LIVE: Victoria records just 70 cases; restrictions to be loosened on NSW-Victoria border

Victoria has recorded 70 new coronavirus cases and five deaths on Tuesday after recording 73 daily cases on Monday, its lowest total since July 3. Premier Daniel Andrews has announced he will reveal a roadmap out of the state's restrictions on Sunday and the state of emergency issue will be debated in Parliament today.

NSW has recorded 13 new coronavirus cases, including seven linked to the CBD cluster and three additional students at a western Sydney high school. The state government is resisting calls to make face masks compulsory on public transport, despite health alerts being issued for additional bus and train routes. Click here to read the full SMH live news feed. 

Foreign interference concerns in migrant communities - ABC News

The Acting Immigration Minister, Alan Tudge, has accused foreign governments of attempting to sow division and distrust in Australia. Mr Tudge told the National Press Club on Friday that some countries are trying to meddle with Australia's multicultural communities. Click here to tune into the ABC RN Drive broadcast. 

Coronavirus LIVE: Victorian cases in decline as COVID-19 health alerts issued for more inner-Sydney venues - The Sydney Morning Herald

Victoria recorded 114 new cases and 11 deaths on Sunday, after its daily case total dropped to double digits for the first time in weeks on Saturday. Three people were arrested at a Melbourne anti-lockdown protest on Sunday as the city enters its fifth week of stage four restrictions.

NSW recorded seven new cases on Sunday, as health alerts were issued for a number of suburban venues due to links with a growing CBD cluster. Evidence of transmission between two bus passengers will likely put pressure on the state's government to mandate face masks on public transport. Click here to read the full SMH live news feed. 

Australia announces changes to citizenship test and English language program for migrants - SBS Punjabi

Welcoming the changes to the English language program, Violet Roumeliotis, the CEO of Settlement Services International (SSI), a Sydney-based community organisation, that supports new migrants told SBS Punjabi the change in the policy will “further strengthen” Australia’s resolve and success in the settlement and integration of migrant communities.

"We welcome any move that will further enhance social cohesion for new migrants and lead to better settlement outcomes, especially during these unprecedented times,” said Ms Roumeliotis. Click here to read the full SBS 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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