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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.

Study reveals who has been most affected by COVID-19 - The Courier

New research shows young people, recent migrants and women are among those hardest hit financially by the coronavirus pandemic. Not-for-profit Good Shepherd commissioned the research that has tracked 6000 working Australians since April. Click here to read the full article. 

Coronavirus restrictions and economic fallout increase mental burden on Australia's migrant community - ABC News

On Sunday, the Victorian Government announced a $59.7 million funding boost for mental health services to address the "surge in demand".

Mental health counsellor Tigist Kebede welcomed the funding boost, but said some of the money should also be used for more culturally appropriate mental healthcare and more effort in engaging minority communities in conversations around mental health. Click here to read the full ABC News article. 

Research says diversity of migrant background is not a COVID-19 scapegoat - Retail Pharmacy

New research is debunking the theory that people from migrant backgrounds do not have adequate access to COVID-19 related information.

The Settlement Services International (SSI) research surveyed 810 people from different families living in areas that had been identified as COVID-19 hotspots showing participants took the pandemic very seriously – disproving much of the racist stereotyping seen in the media in recent months. Click here to read the full article. 

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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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