Parents plead for answers after ‘beautiful’ Melbourne toddler Zayne Hassan-Cramer dies in hospital

Hanaa Hassan and Dwayne Cramer should have been celebrating their baby boy Zayne’s second birthday this week. Warning: This story contains details that some readers may find distressing. Instead, they stood at their son’s grave and sang happy birthday wiping away tears in the dark. Ms Hassan and Mr Cramer have visited Zayne’s grave every … Read more

Queensland’s COVID-19 mandate for masks on public transport to be scrapped

Queensland is ending the requirement for people to wear face masks while on public transport. Key points: The rule will be relaxed for staff and commuters from midnight The Health Minister asked the public to respect those who chose to continue wearing masks Masks will still be required in vulnerable settings, by close contacts and … Read more

Queensland in ‘new stage’ of COVID-19 pandemic, changes to vaccine mandate, reliance on health directives and reporting flagged

Queensland’s Health Minister says the state has reached “a new stage of the pandemic” and authorities will move to change its approach to managing COVID-19. Key points: Daily reporting of COVID statistics will be wound back from this weekend A blank COVID-19 vaccine mandate direction for private health care workers will be lifted The national … Read more

Queenslanders have been given new advice about mask-wearing. Here’s where the COVID rules stand

Queenslanders are no longer being asked to wear masks when indoors, as the third Omicron wave of COVID-19 continues to subside in the state. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement today — but said anyone considered vulnerable is still being told to wear a mask. Previously all Queenslanders were advised to wear masks in crowded … Read more

Queensland’s latest COVID wave has passed, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says

Queensland has passed the peak of the third COVID wave with it expected to end in the coming weeks, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says. Ms Palaszczuk made the announcement at the Ekka today with hospitalization numbers falling steadily since last month. “We actually peaked around July 25 … that’s excellent news,” she said. Chief Health Officer … Read more

Yeppoon dad Dan Rutledge in coma in Brisbane hospital after stroke following brain surgery

Choking back tears, Leisa Rutledge struggles as she details the past month with her husband Dan in intensive care in Brisbane. Key points: Yeppoon resident Dan Rutledge is in hospital 650km from home His wife Leisa and their three children are grappling with where to live The National Rural Health Alliance says some people cannot … Read more

Queensland records more than 18,000 COVID cases after administrative error

An administrative error has caused a massive spike in Queensland’s COVID case numbers, which include infections dating back to last month. The state recorded 18,678 new cases today, but Queensland Health said those include infections from as far back as June 10. That means the case numbers in recent weeks have been higher than those … Read more

Ontario hospital temporarily closes ICU due to staffing shortage – CBC News

Ontario hospital temporarily closes ICU due to staffing shortageCBC News ICU at Bowmanville Hospital temporarily closed as nurses union warns of long weekend staffing issuesCP24 Toronto’s Breaking News Ontario hospitals shutdown units, reduce beds for long weekend | CTV NewsCTV News Toronto ‘Significant staff shortage’ forces ICU closure at Bowmanville HospitalCBC.ca View full coverage on … Read more

South Australian government deals with private hospitals, freeing up public system for more COVID-19 cases

In a bid to help the state’s health system struggling with surging COVID-19 cases, the South Australian government says it has done a deal with private hospitals to secure the equivalent of an entire hospital’s worth of beds for public patients. Key points: The South Australian government has done a deal with private hospitals to … Read more

Queensland records one of its highest COVID death tolls in a single reporting period

Queensland has recorded one of its highest death tolls of the pandemic, with 27 COVID-related fatalities in the latest reporting period. Key points: About 50 per cent of COVID deaths are in aged care facilities The death toll in the reporting period can include deaths recorded outside of a single day The Acting CHO said … Read more