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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    The Swedes had the perfect solution during the first wave, give out morphine injections instead of oxygen to Covid patients.
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    International Arrival

    PCR tests are free for international arrivals. RAT tests on the other hand are only free to certain categories of people.
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    International Arrival

    I did a PCR test last week in Sydney and there was just one car ahead of me. So it's nothing like December/January.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    The NSW government was relying on it to defeat Delta, and it worked. Up until the point Omicron entered Australia, Delta was already on the way out in NSW.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    The fact that two doses are useless against Omicron transmission is well-established, you could even say that it is close to useless against hospitalisation too. However, while three doses do seem to wane after three months, they are still effective up to that point. You can view the latest data from the UK government on vaccine efficacy (pages 6-7, 10-11): https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1050721/Vaccine-surveillance-report-week-4.pdf
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    What if it's an Uber driver?
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    The earlier data was for health workers. This one is for >60s.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    News from Israel is that the fourth shot have shown zero benefits in terms of increase in antibodies and no effect on whether you'll catch Omicron or not (they were trailed in front-line health workers). In other words three would appear to be the maximum, for Pfizer and Moderna at least (these are the two that Israel used as a fourth shot).
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Well they painted themselves into a corner, didn't they?
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    A newborn baby had to be driven to the hospital because an ambulance couldn't be dispatched in time in Sydney: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/parents-called-000-for-unresponsive-newborn-the-answer-stunned-them-20220110-p59n8j.html
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    The answer can be found on the official website: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/deaths Deaths within 28 days of positive test Daily 77 Total 150,230 Deaths with COVID-19 on the death certificate Weekly 852 Total 173,509
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    The lockdowns/restrictions per se were unable to hold back Delta in NSW during June-August. They were progressively wound back starting from September, with the big reopening occurring in October. You are quite right that the last restrictions were only removed on 15 December in Sydney but by that stage the Omicron outbreak was already in full swing.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    The vaccines did stop the Delta wave. Delta was dying out when Omicron entered Australia on 23 Nov. The problem is that Omicron cannot be stopped by the existing vaccines.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    If it was as easy as catching Covid and be immune forever then then pandemic would have ended long ago. Just because you catch Omicron now it won't prevent you from catching it again six months later (or sooner if another variant comes around). Whether the hospitals will be overwhelmed with each wave is the big unknown. Right now it's not looking good.
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    600 visa

    Since the March 2020 closure of international borders, the 8503 condition has been routinely waived for those onshore (if you apply). Of course this may change in future but that appears to still be the current state.
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