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Covid supply chain supermarket shortages: Bay of Plenty shoppers feeling the pinch

Chair Anna Rawlings reveals the findings and recommendations from the Commerce Commission’s market study into supermarkets. Video / Commerce Commission Grocery shortages at supermarkets have forced a family to travel 30 minutes to another town to get a baby formula for their 7-month-old daughter. Other shoppers in the Bay of Plenty are forking out more … Read more

‘A war for the life of our child’: health crisis spills out of Ukraine conflict

Over 1.7 million have fled Ukraine since Russian invasion WHO warns of Ukraine’s health emergency crossing borders Children with cancer among patients needing urgent care WARSAW/LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) – Katya was on the way to hospital for an urgent operation for her 17-year-old daughter Alinka, who has bone cancer, when Russia invaded Ukraine. Their … Read more

Low investment, high inequity in local public health

Lucia Starbuck: What’s your biggest takeaway from the omicron surge and other surges? And how are you using what you’ve learned? Kevin Dick: The omicron surge really was much different than the other surges that we had seen because we’d never seen anything move so quickly, as far as the explosive growth in cases, and … Read more

COVID-19 close contact rules for WA schools updated as parents and carers avoid quarantine

New rules have been introduced for close contacts linked to COVID-19 cases in West Australian schools. Key points: Parents with a child who is a close contact do not need to quarantine The Chief Health Officer says the rules will minimise the impact on families Families are being urged to take extra precautions and monitor … Read more

Families forced to split as Hong Kong COVID cases spiral and rules tighten

SYDNEY/HONG KONG, March 4 (Reuters) – While Hong Kong clings to its “zero-COVID” policy, frustrations in the city are boiling over, workplace morale is being hit hard and families are splitting as a growing number of people, especially expatriates, abandon the global financial hub. Hong Kong saw a net outflow of more than 71,000 people … Read more

Social Determinants of Health and COVID-19 Mortality

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected racial and ethnic minorities. While this unfortunately aligns with health inequities that have historically plagued these populations, one study sought to understand how structural factors are correlated with COVID-19 mortality across racial and ethnic groups. The investigators wrote, “Evidence shows that social determinants of health (SDOH), the structural conditions … Read more

WA’s travel rules ease from today, so what’s changing and will my G2G application be approved?

After months of waiting, WA’s border restrictions have finally eased, although a full reopening is still on hold indefinitely. Premier Mark McGowan has said these adjustments balance safety and compassion and will help delay widespread community transmission of Omicron in WA until more people have had their booster. While thousands are expected to flock to … Read more

Canadians embrace travel again as COVID-19 border measures ease – National

Lisa Zeltzer watched COVID-19 case numbers rise through the winter and worried the March trip she’d booked to New York City — a vacation her theater-loving son has been waiting to take for two years — would be cancelled. As the Omicron wave began subsiding last month, and as the federal government loosened border measures … Read more

Travel: Industry demands end to COVID-19 border testing

Medical professionals and industry groups are calling on Ottawa to end all COVID-19 border testing requirements as the travel sector struggles to recover two years into the pandemic. Rule changes, including removal of the requirement that fully vaccinated Canadian travellers take a pre-departure COVID-19 molecular test, took effect Monday. Rapid antigen tests administered by a … Read more

Coronavirus: Canadian embraces travel as restrictions relax

Lisa Zeltzer watched COVID-19 case numbers rise through the winter and worried the March trip she’d booked to New York City — a vacation her theater-loving son has been waiting to take for two years — would be cancelled. As the Omicron wave began subsiding last month, and as the federal government loosened border measures … Read more