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Coronavirus live updates: COVID-19 testing clinic in Ireland in busy parking lot, no social distancing - NEWS.com.au

“Sorry but what is this?” wrote Doug Leddin, alongside an image of the centre.

“A instant covid 19 centre? No social distancing measures, In a very busy public car park. With outdoor portaloo beside cars. Surely not the most hygienic/safest place for covid testing? Do they even have planning? Who is it? @HSELive @DonnellyStephen ? Odd.”

In a second tweet, he called on the CEO of the Health Service Executive, Paul Reid, to look into it.

“Seems extremely unusual and a very unsafe place to have people queue for potential covid positive results? I believe you know who is behind it,” Leddin wrote.

Other users commented that it “looks fairly mank” and “seems ludicrous”.

Meanwhile, nearly 200,000 more people are predicted to die of coronavirus in the United States by June, despite the rollout of vaccines expected to slow fatalities.

The virus death toll, which so far totals more than 455,000 American lives, is expected to reach 631,000 by mid-2021, according to a forecast from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).

But despite the prediction of hundreds of thousands more fatalities from COVID-19, the IHME says daily deaths from coronavirus have peaked and will now be on the decline thanks to the availability of vaccines.

Follow our coronavirus blog for live updates.

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Federal Minister for Government Services, Stuart Robert, is speaking at the moment, and has revealed all Australians (including visa holders) can access their vaccination certificate "right now".

People are able to access it via MyGov or Medicare Express Plus.

"We will use the Australian immunisation register that has been around for many, many, many years, that is robust, solid, millions of Australians have been using it and accessing it every year, and all Australians will be able to access it absolutely and utterly securely through the government platforms, and now that we've put digital identity into MyGov, there is even greater assurances for Australians to do that," Mr Roberts said.

Victoria's Department of Health have announced the return to work capacity (75 per cent) scheduled for tomorrow, February 8, has been put on pause for both public and private sectors.

The current cap of 50 per cent will remain in place "following increased exposure risk to community transmission of coronavirus".

Update: Following increased exposure risk to community transmission of coronavirus (#COVID19), the return to work capacity scheduled for Monday 8 Feb (up to 75%) has been paused for both public and private sectors. The current cap of 50% remains in place. #COVID19Vic pic.twitter.com/kMiaba5d9W

— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) February 6, 2021
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Up in the Sunshine State, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced zero local cases were recorded in Queensland in the last 24 hours.

One case was, however, reported in a returned overseas traveller in hotel quarantine.

Queensland currently has six active cases, and its total tally now stands at 1312.

Sunday 7 February – coronavirus cases in Queensland:

• 0 new locally acquired cases
• 1 overseas acquired case
• 6 active cases
• 1,312 total cases
• 1,808,282 tests conducted

Sadly, six Queenslanders with COVID-19 have died. 1,295 patients have recovered.#covid19 pic.twitter.com/2N2jsrTa6U

— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) February 6, 2021
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We'll hear from Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley in just under an hour, providing an update on his state's COVID-19 situation on the eve of the Australian Open.

Victoria reported another double-donut day today, with no cases in hotel quarantine or in the community in the last 24 hours.

We'll bring you all the details from that press conference here.

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine doesn't appear to offer protection against "mild and moderate disease" caused by the South African coronavirus strain, according to a study due to be published on Monday.

A Financial Times report on the research revealed in both the human trials and tests on the blood of those vaccinated, the jab showed "significantly reduced efficacy" against the variant.

RELATED: What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

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"A two-dose regimen of (the vaccine) did not show protection against mild-moderate COVID-19 due to (the South African variant)," the study said, adding that efficacy against severe COVID-19, hospitalisations and deaths was yet to be determined.

Head of South Africa's Network for Genomic Surveillance, Tulio de Oliveira, told the publication the findings were a "wake-up call to control the virus and increase the response to COVID-19 in the world".

The study enrolled 2000 individuals, with a median age of 31.

Digital "proof of vaccination" certificates will be stored and displayed on phone apps as part of the federal government's plans for the national coronavirus vaccine rollout.

The Express Plus Medicare app and MyGov accounts will both store digital proof-of-vaccination certificates, while those who require a hard copy will be able to access a printout from vaccine providers and Services Australia offices.

RELATED: What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

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Cabinet approval for the scheme is due in the next two weeks, The Sun-Herald and The Age reported today.

An update to the Medicare app will also be developed as part of the plan, which aims to make proof of vaccine quick and easy to access.

It is expected the certificates will also be developed as part of the plan, which aims to make proof of vaccine quick and easy to access.

– Kathryn Bermingham, NCA NewsWire

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Victoria has recorded another double-donut day – with no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, or any in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

The state currently has 21 active cases, with 14,862 test results received in the last 24 hours.

Yesterday there were 0 new cases reported. 14,862 test results were received – #EveryTestHelps. More info will be available later: https://t.co/lIUrl0ZEco#COVID19Vic #COVID19VicData #StayStafeStayOpen pic.twitter.com/DtSaa1TqkJ

— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) February 6, 2021
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An image of an "instant" COVID-19 testing clinic in Ireland has baffled social media users.

"Sorry but what is this?" wrote Doug Leddin, alongside an image of the centre.

"A instant covid 19 centre? No social distancing measures, In a very busy public car park. With outdoor portaloo beside cars. Surely not the most hygienic/safest place for covid testing? Do they even have planning? Who is it? @HSELive @DonnellyStephen ? Odd."

Sorry but what is this? A instant covid 19 centre? No social distancing measures, In a very busy public car park. With outdoor portaloo beside cars. Surely not the most hygienic/safest place for covid testing? Do they even have planning? Who is it? @HSELive @DonnellyStephen ? Odd pic.twitter.com/eYfU0VxU3M

— Doug Leddin 🇮🇪 (@dougleddin) February 6, 2021
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In a second tweet, he called on the CEO of the Health Service Executive, Paul Reid, to look into it.

"Seems extremely unusual and a very unsafe place to have people queue for potential covid positive results? I believe you know who is behind it," Leddin wrote.

Other users commented that it "looks fairly mank" and "seems ludicrous".

By AFP

China’s drug authorities have given “conditional” approval for a second Covid-19 vaccine, Sinovac’s CoronaVac jab, the pharmaceutical company said on Saturday.
The vaccine has already been rolled out to key groups at higher risk of exposure to coronavirus but Saturday’s approval allows for its use on the general public.
A conditional approval helps hustle emergency drugs to market in cases when clinical trials are yet to meet normal standards but indicate therapies will work.

The approval comes after multiple domestic and overseas trials of the vaccine in countries including Brazil and Turkey, although “efficacy and safety results need to be further confirmed”, Sinovac said in a statement.
Fellow Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm received a similar conditional green light in December to put its vaccine on the market.
Sinovac said trials in Brazil had shown around 50 per cent efficacy in preventing infection and 80 per cent efficacy in preventing cases requiring medical intervention.
“The results show that the vaccine has good safety and immunogenic effect on people of all age groups,” Sinovac said on Saturday.
Meanwhile Sinopharm said in December that its vaccine had a 79.34 per cent efficacy rate, lower than rival jabs developed in the West by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna – with 95 and 94 per cent rates respectively.

Nearly 200,000 more people are expected to die of coronavirus in the United States by June, despite the rollout of vaccines predicted to slow fatalities.
The virus death toll, which so far totals more than 455,000 American lives, is expected to reach 631,000 by mid-2021, according to a forecast from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
But despite the prediction of hundreds of thousands more fatalities from COVID-19, the IHME says daily deaths from coronavirus have peaked and will now be on the decline thanks to the availability of vaccines.
“The balance between new variant spread and associated increased transmission and the scale-up of vaccination in our most likely scenario suggests continued declines in daily deaths through to June 1,” the institute said, according to CNN.
“By June 1, 2021, we project that 123,600 lives will be saved by the projected vaccine rollout.”

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