Australian Prime Minister’s Public Approval Rating in Pandemic Low
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s public approval rating reached its lowest level since the pandemic began amid growing frustration over lockdowns and a slow vaccination campaign, according to a poll released Monday.
A Newspoll for The Australian newspaper showed Morrison’s public support fell four points to 47%, the lowest level since he was criticized early last year for his government’s response to the devastating wildfires.
Reuters: Morrison’s Liberal-National Party coalition government also lags behind the Labor opposition on a preferred two-party basis, where votes for minority parties are distributed 47-53. If the poll results were repeated in an election, the Conservative government would lose office to the center-left Labor Party.
Morrison has been criticized for a slow launch of the vaccine that critics said had plunged much of the country into a cycle of intermittent lockdowns to quell outbreaks of the highly infectious Delta variant.
Approval of Morrison’s handling of the pandemic has nearly halved from a high of 85% in April last year, during the peak of the first wave of infections, to 48% in the latest survey.
Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s two largest cities, are under strict restrictions, while southeast Queensland, home to Brisbane’s third-largest city, came out of strict stay-at-home orders on Sunday.
Quick closures, strict border controls and rapid contact tracing have helped Australia keep its pandemic numbers relatively low, with just over 36,250 cases and 938 deaths.
Nightclubs to reopen in Scotland
Scotland’s nightclubs opened their doors when the clock ticked past midnight on Monday and the country’s Covid-19 Levels system was phased out.
Nightclubs were among the last places to reopen in Scotland, long after bars were allowed to welcome patrons.
After the initial confusion last week, the Scottish government clarified that it is not necessary to wear masks when dancing or drinking.
China’s Wuhan Completes Citywide Covid Testing on 11 Million Residents
Wuhan authorities said they had completed city-wide screening for Covid-19 of more than 11 million people on Sunday, after a resurgence of cases more than a year after the coronavirus first emerged there. , reports AFP.
The tests, which began on Tuesday, provide “basically complete coverage” of all city residents except children under the age of six and students on their summer vacation, Wuhan senior official Li Tao said in a press conference, depending on the state. run Xinhua.
By Saturday, the city had registered 37 locally transmitted cases and found 41 local asymptomatic carriers in the latest round of mass testing, Xinhua reported.
Sunday’s 125 new confirmed infections on the mainland included 94 locally transmitted cases, up from the previous day’s figure of 96, with 81 transmitted locally, while the rest were imported from abroad, the NHC said Monday.
City officials announced last week that seven locally transmitted infections had been found among migrant workers in Wuhan, snapping a yearlong streak with no domestic cases after it crushed an initial outbreak with an unprecedented lockdown in early 2020. .
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Wuhan authorities said they had completed city-wide Covid-19 testing of more than 11 million people on Sunday, amid a resurgence of cases more than a year after the coronavirus first emerged there. time.
Scotland’s nightclubs meanwhile opened their doors when the clock ticked past midnight on Monday and the country’s Covid-19 Levels system was removed.
In Glasgow, the dancers took to the stage of the Boteco Do Brasil club.
Here are the other key recent developments:
- The French health minister has asked volunteer doctors and nurses to travel to the overseas territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique. while a wave of Covid-19 infections overwhelms hospitals on the two Caribbean islands.
- The UK has recorded 27,429 new coronavirus cases and 39 more deaths in the last 24-hour period. bringing the total deaths to 130,321, government figures show.
- Seven more countries have joined the green list since Sunday – Y France has dropped from the “amber-plus” list, due to widespread changes in the United Kingdom traffic light system for traveling.
- Russia reported 22,866 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, including 2,761 in Moscow, bringing the national count to 6,447,750 since the pandemic began.
- The health of the Philippines The ministry recorded 9,671 new coronavirus cases and 287 additional deaths on Sunday, the largest one-day increase in the death toll in the country since April 9.
- Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo said the coronavirus outbreak had eased in many parts of the country. But it remains a concern in the economic capital of Lubumbashi, where not wearing a mask will now face up to seven days in jail.
- Iran reported record new infections and deaths across the country on Sunday , What deals with its most severe increase in coronavirus to date
- Vietnam’s health ministry reported 9,690 coronavirus infections on Sunday, a record daily increase.
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