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Mask wearing guidelines for Greater Sydney

Updated face mask advice for places of worship, weddings and funerals

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  Face masks are mandatory in certain premises in Greater Sydney, unless exempt. Children aged 12 and under, are exempt from wearing a mask, but are...

Australia’s vaccine rollout will now start next month. Here’s what we’ll need

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  Australia's COVID vaccine rollout will now begin in mid- to late February. Vaccination will commence with workers dealing with international arrivals or quarantine facilities,...

Are masks compulsory in NSW? Here’s what you need to know

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  With seven new local cases recorded in NSW as of 2 January, new restrictions have been announced by the NSW government. Residents of Greater Sydney...
A view of Sydney's north shore private hospital in ST Leonards, Covid cluster Dec 2020

Sydney’s latest COVID cluster

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  The city of Sydney reintroduced strict restrictions on Sunday as confirmed cases related to a newly-discovered coronavirus cluster has increased to 68. The state of...

Couple marries in PPE kits as bride tests Covid positive

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  What do you do if you test positive on your wedding day? You give the designer threads a miss and grab that PPE kit. That is...
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COVID-19: India’s tally now nears 9.4 million cases

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  With over 41,000 new coronavirus infections and nearly 500 deaths over the weekend, India's overall tally stands at 93, 92, 919 with a fatality...
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Oxford English Dictionary names ‘words of the year’ for 2020

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  Oxford English Dictionary (OED) announced for the first time that it has chosen not to name one single word of the year, but many...
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Expert says Oz should collect ethnic data during COVID tests

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  It is important to collect data about ethnic backgrounds of people who come forward for COVID tests because it is essential to planning, says...

Read this if you have an elderly parent living alone in India in COVID...

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  Sunipa Dasgupta, 80, lives alone in her flat in South Kolkata. Her daily routine used to include regular visits from a small team of...

Set ground rules and keep it intimate: 10 tips for hosting a COVID-safe wedding

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  Spring and summer in Australia and the gradual easing of restrictions means we can expect weddings, with more guests, back on the calendar. However, any...

Ideas for a COVID-safe Diwali celebration

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  It’s been an unexpected year of navigating through many firsts, and now, our first ‘virtual’ or COVID-safe Diwali has arrived. In a happy coincidence...
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How do we know statistics can be trusted? We talked to the humans behind...

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  In April, as the coronavirus pandemic was gathering force around the world, reporters asked Brendan Murphy, then Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, about international case...

Rockefeller pledges $5.5 million to COVID testing in India

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New York-based Rockefeller Foundation has announced two new grants totalling $5.5 million (approximately Rs 40.3 crore) to support the expansion of Covid-19 testing and...

14-yr-old scientist Anika Chebrolu wins $25K prize

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Indian-American teenager Anika Chebrolu has won a $25,000 prize for her work on a potential Covid-19 treatment. Along with the prize money, 14-year-old Anika has...

Will COVID lockdowns hurt your child’s social development? 3 different theories suggest they’ll probably...

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Social distancing during COVID-19 has seen a radical upheaval to the way we work and socialise. But what are the implications for young children? Many children have...

Millions of face masks are being thrown away during COVID-19. Here’s how to choose...

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Face masks are part of our daily lives during the pandemic. Many are made from plastics and designed to be used just once, which...

Indian-origin researchers use bovine adenovirus to develop Covid vax

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A team of Indian-origin researchers in the US is working to develop a unique Covid-19 vaccine that uses a bovine adenovirus that will protect...

COVID virus can survive on phone screens for 4 weeks: Study

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SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19 can remain infectious on surfaces for long periods of time as researchers at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research...

1 in 10 in the world may have had COVID: WHO

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In a special meeting, the leaders of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that one in 10 people around the world may have contracted...

Year 12 exams in the time of COVID: 5 ways to support your child...

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This article is authored by is Erin Mackenzie, a Lecturer in Education at Western Sydney University, Penny Van Bergen, an Associate Professor in Educational...

5 things the pandemic has revealed about the Australian psyche

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The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned some of the most dramatic changes to Australian life in recent memory. We’ve had to adapt to a vastly...

From adenoviruses to RNA: the pros and cons of different COVID vaccine technologies

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The World Health Organisation lists about 180 COVID-19 vaccines being developed around the world. Each vaccine aims to use a slightly different approach to prepare your immune...

Chinese whistleblower again claims coronavirus was made in lab

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Chinese whistleblower virologist Li-Meng Yan who was forced to flee the country after raising questions about the origin of the novel coronavirus has once...

India is now the 2nd worst-hit nation by Covid-19

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With a highest single-day spike of 90,802 cases, India's Covid-19 tally has surpassed Brazil to become the second worst-hit nation after the US. It...

Govt announces funding for Aussies stuck overseas

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The office of Senator Marise Payne, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, today announced that the Australian Government will provide additional support to the most...

SpiceOxy: SpiceJet launches ventilators

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Further diversifying its business interests, airline major SpiceJet on Monday launched 'SpiceOxy' -- compact, portable, non-invasive ventilation device, which is an effective solution for...

At 77K, India has the worst single-day COVID spike in the world

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India has witnessed the highest-ever single-day spike of 77,266 COVID-19 cases that has ever been recorded by any country. It pushed the national tally...

India is key for global access to a COVID-19 vaccine – here’s why

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The great COVID-19 vaccine race is on. Pharmaceutical companies around the world are going head to head, while governments scramble to get priority access to...

APAC firms changing marketing strategy due to pandemic

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With habits of consumers changing significantly due to Covid-19 disruptions, organisations in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region are transforming their long-term marketing strategy. According to...

How do I know if my mask actually works? What about the ‘candle test’?

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With mask-wearing in public compulsory in Victoria and recommended in New South Wales, many Australians are buying, wearing or making face masks for the...

Podcasts

Ep8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s life

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To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

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  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...

Ep 6: The Indian LGBTQ+ community in 2020

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  It’s been two years since the world’s largest democracy repealed the draconian Section 377 which used to allow discrimination against homosexual people. Only this...

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WATCH: Lilly Singh as Sima Taparia in “Indian Matchbreaking”

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  Whether we liked it or not, most of us gave into the Sima Taparia craze during lockdown. Within days, we'd all binged on Netflix's...
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From New Zealand to New Delhi: Meet YouTube’s Karl Rock

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  When Karl Rock picks up the phone (with a cheerful ‘Namaste!’ no less), his New Zealand accent is apparent. That is, until he bursts...
Buddhist Kung Fu nuns kicking hard at centuries-old taboos

India’s Buddhist Kung Fu nuns

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  They are the Buddhist Kung Fu nuns of Drukpa lineage, known globally for trekking across the Himalayas to pick up trash, paddling through mountain...