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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 149 COVID-19 cases as three Sydney schools close - The Sydney Morning Herald

Victoria recorded 149 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and 24 deaths overnight. Premier Daniel Andrews said the average time it takes to receive COVID-19 test results in Victoria was now less than a day.

Six new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in New South Wales, one of them a trainee bus driver. Hundreds of people in quarantine have been moved out of the Travelodge Hotel in Sydney after the facility was deemed not up to standard. Click here to read the full SMH live news feed. 

Local men tackling the health challenge - South West Voice

Milad Kado is a medical science student studying at Western Sydney University who has lived in Australia for six years. His dream of becoming a doctor had been disrupted by war in his home country of Iraq.

His family received support from Settlement Services International and he joined the Intensive English Centre at Miller Technology High School to learn English. He is now pursuing his dream through study at university. 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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