Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

Racist Pasifika comments are obnoxious

Monday, August 30th, 2021

In the wake of the latest Covid outbreak, racist comments directed at Pasifika have prompted health and church authorities to speak out. The current Delta variant outbreak has disproportionately affected the Samoan community, including people exposed at a major church assembly in Māngere in Auckland. “These people were involved in legal activity and were operating Read more

Cardinal offers way out of pandemic stress

Thursday, August 26th, 2021
Vatican News

A Vatican cardinal has some suggestions for people suffering from pandemic stress. Doing so could result in positive results, he explains. The cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who is the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples – offered his ideas last week. He had been asked what people who feel more anxious, Read more

Families may find this lockdown worse than first, says Child Poverty Action

Thursday, August 26th, 2021
The Spinoff

Families still struggling after previous lockdowns may find the current Level 4 lockdown worse than the first one. They need more government support, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). Vulnerable families stand to lose a lot during level 4 lockdowns. Their food budgets suddenly have to cater for lunches the Government’s school lunch programme usually Read more

Exercise and wear a mask urges Cardinal Dew

Thursday, August 26th, 2021
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New Zealand Cardinal, John Dew, is adding his support and encouraging people to wear a mask while outside exercising during the lockdown. “Recently, Pope Francis took part in an advertising campaign encouraging people to get vaccinated and called the gesture an ‘act of love’. Wearing a mask when leaving our homes to use an essential Read more

Homeless locked out, back on streets between lockdowns

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

There’s no provision for homeless people between lockdowns in Victoria. The government provides funds for emergency hotel accommodation during lockdowns – but once the crisis is over, the homeless are out on their own again. It’s back to the streets or unstable housing. Housing providers say the on-again, off-again provisions are frustrating. They can’t always Read more

Compulsory COVID sign in at Church events

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Churches are among the places new Covid sign-in regulations will apply to. The Government, Sunday, announced mandatory record-keeping is being introduced for busy places and events to ensure the Government can contact trace quickly. Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the new rules mean those responsible for businesses and events will need to ensure people Read more

America had a chance to crush COVID but blew it

Thursday, August 19th, 2021
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Washington: Just when you’re feeling proud of America, she finds a way to break your heart. At the end of June, it looked like the US was about to pass a remarkable milestone in its fight against the coronavirus. After plummeting for months, the seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases appeared poised to drop below Read more

How far should compulsory proof of vaccination go

Thursday, August 12th, 2021
medical passport

With greater numbers of people being vaccinated and countries looking to reopen borders safely, the introduction of some form of vaccine passport seems increasingly likely. For New Zealand, where the elimination strategy has been largely successful but which remains vulnerable to border breaches, proof of vaccination may well be a condition of entry. Health Minister Read more

Do not to buy fake COVID vaccination cards

Monday, August 9th, 2021

The Philippine government, the Police and a Manila diocese are warning people not to buy fake COVID vaccination cards so they can travel. The police say the country’s current lockdown has seen many people trying to head back to the provinces to avoid being “trapped” in Manila. The free-of-charge government-issued cards are restricted to those Read more