Brisbane, Australia — The spread of COVID-19 has extended the blockade of Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city, until Sunday.
Brisbane and several neighboring municipalities in Queensland were scheduled to end the three-day blockade on Tuesday. However, the Queensland Government announced an extension on Monday after the detection of 13 local infections of the highly contagious delta mutant in the last 24 hours.
The surrounding cities of Australia’s largest cities, Sydney and New South Wales, are in their sixth week of blockade. The Government of New South Wales reported 207 new nosocomial infections on Monday.
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Peter Dutton said he was quarantining at his home in Brisbane and would attend parliament in remote areas. He tested negative in a statement, but stated that he had to be quarantined because of a virus cluster in his son’s school.
Dutton was infected with the coronavirus during a trip to Washington, DC in March 2020. Since then he has been fully vaccinated.
Parliamentarians who attend Congress directly should face COVID-19 daily saliva tests, wear masks, and practice social distance.
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Wellington, New Zealand — The New Zealand Government plans to slightly relax the strict border controls of the coronavirus so that migrant workers from the Pacific can harvest crops and wine grapes.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that he plans to allow some workers in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu to enter the country without spending two weeks on regular quarantine.
Ardan said the details of the plan are still under consideration and it cannot be said yet how many workers are eligible.
She added that the number of such workers currently in New Zealand is about 3,000 less than the 10,000 normally required for harvesting.
There are currently no outbreaks in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, with a total of seven COVID-19 cases reported since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Phoenix — On Sunday, Arizona health officials reported more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day.
They say that since the pandemic began more than a year ago, 2,306 new cases and 5 additional deaths have pushed the state’s total to 929,541 and 18,251 known deaths.
Arizona reported 2,066 new cases and 22 deaths on Saturday, the highest total per day since early March. The numbers are increasing rapidly, with 1,759 and 15 cases reported on Thursday and 1,965 and 24 cases reported on Saturday. Public health officials in the state and other regions attribute the worsening spread to highly contagious delta mutations and low immunization rates.
Columbia, South Carolina — The University of South Carolina is requiring students to wear masks indoors this fall as the COVID-19 epidemic is accelerating throughout the state.
School officials said masks were needed again inside the campus building given the high coronavirus infection rate in Richland County.
This announcement follows the recently updated federal guidance to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status in areas where delta variants are rapidly becoming widespread.
In South Carolina, the immunization rate for young adults is the lowest across all age groups. However, South Carolina public universities cannot require students to be vaccinated after banning legislators from enrolling schools in vaccines.
Orlando, Florida — The day after recording the newest daily case since the pandemic began, Florida broke the previous record of current hospitalizations set more than a year ago on Sunday.
According to data reported to the US Department of Health and Human Services, 10,207 people were hospitalized in sunshine with confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Previous records were from July 23, 2020, more than half a year before vaccination became widespread. Since then, according to the Florida Hospital Association, there have been 10,170 hospitalizations in Florida.
Florida is currently the national leader in COVID-19 per capita hospitalization. Hospitals around the state have shown that patients are significantly aging, with reports that emergency room visitors must be placed in corridor beds.
Last week, Florida experienced an average of 1,525 adult hospitalizations per day and 35 pediatric hospitalizations per day. Both have the highest per capita rates in the country, according to Jason Salemi, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida.
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