Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters, arrest nearly 270

Australia’s police arrested 235 people in Melbourne and 32 in Sydney on Saturday at unsanctioned anti-lockdown rallies and several police officers were injured in clashes with protesters. Victoria police said six officers required hospitalisation. Several officers were knocked to the ground and trampled, the police said and television footage showed. About 700 people managed toContinue reading “Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters, arrest nearly 270”

Ivermectin: Australian regulator bans drug as Covid treatment after sharp rise in prescriptions

Therapeutic Goods Administration concerned people taking controversial medication instead of seeking proper treatment or vaccine Australia’s drug regulator has banned medical practitioners from prescribing the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin for “off-label” uses, such as for treating Covid-19. The move comes after prescriptions for the drug increased between three and four times in Australia in recent months.Continue reading “Ivermectin: Australian regulator bans drug as Covid treatment after sharp rise in prescriptions”

Covid: Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters

Police in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney have clashed with thousands of people protesting against Covid lockdowns. In Melbourne, mounted officers used pepper spray when elements of a 4,000-strong rally broke through police lines. Police arrested 218 people, and at least seven officers were injured. In Sydney, where lockdown measures have been extendedContinue reading “Covid: Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters”

Australians may face longer lockdown after “reckless” mass protests

New South Wales reports 141 new local cases, 2 deaths Victoria on track to ease curbs Australia secures 85 mln Pfizer booster shots Australia’s New South Wales logged its second-highest daily increase of the year in locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Sunday amid fears of a wave of new infections after thousands of people joinedContinue reading “Australians may face longer lockdown after “reckless” mass protests”

Australia reports first 2021 local COVID-19 death, highest case number

Australia reported its first locally contracted COVID-19 death of the year on Sunday and a 2021 record 77 new cases of the virus in the state of New South Wales, which is battling an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant. State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the numbers in and around the country’s biggest cityContinue reading “Australia reports first 2021 local COVID-19 death, highest case number”

Australia to rescue thousands as Sydney faces worst floods in 60 years

Australia was set on Monday to evacuate thousands more people from suburbs in Sydney’s west, battered by the worst flooding in 60 years, with torrential rains expected to continue for another day or two. Reuters images showed submerged intersections, marooned livestock and cars up to their windshields in water, out of which poked the topsContinue reading “Australia to rescue thousands as Sydney faces worst floods in 60 years”

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