Coronavirus live: struggle to quash Sydney cluster with six new cases; Brazil’s fifth day of more than 1,000 deaths

Posted by on January 16, 2021 8:35 pm
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1.35am GMT

Greg Hunt, the Australian health minister, is nudging state governments to ease internal border restrictions as he declared the removal of the last Covid-19 hotspot in Australia.

Hunt told reporters in Melbourne on Sunday the federal government’s priority remained on helping Australians stranded overseas to return home, but also “ensuring that Australians who are within our own borders are able to reunite with their families as soon as possible”.

1.19am GMT

Indonesian authorities began the biggest ever vaccination drive in Jakarta on Thursday, aiming to reach 7.9 million people – more than 75% of the population. The first stage aims to vaccinate 60,000 of the city’s 131,000 health workers and a small number of public officials.

Indonesia has procured or ordered a number of different vaccines, including China’s CoronaVac, becoming the first country outside of China to approve it for general use. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has also issued a fatwa that declares the Chinese vaccine as halal and acceptable for Muslims to use, the Jakarta Post reported.

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