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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.

Streamed music event the Freedom Sessions promotes multicultural musicians - ABC RN

Born in Beirut, pianist and composer Zela Margossian has emerged as one of Australia's top jazz performers in recent years, with her quintet travelling the world and earning an ARIA nomination along the way. Zela will be performing in SSI Arts & Culture's upcoming New Beginnings Freedom Sessions on Friday 4 September.

She was interviewed by ABC Radio National this morning, discussing her performance with SSI and how her music draws inspiration from a diverse range of sources, including Armenian folk music. Click here to tune into ABC RN and hear Zela's interview. 

Coronavirus LIVE: Victoria records 240 new COVID-19 cases as state's hotel quarantine inquiry resumes - The Sydney Morning Herald

Victoria has recorded 240 new coronavirus cases and 13 deaths on Thursday. The state recorded 216 new coronavirus cases yesterday, its lowest daily case number in recent weeks. The inquiry into hotel quarantine in the state resumes today, with nurses and returned travellers to give their accounts. Click here to read the full SMH 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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