The Latest: 250 arrested at Australia anti-lockdown protests

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SYDNEY — Authorities successful Australia accidental much than 250 radical person been arrested portion protesting coronavirus lockdowns successful the country. Many faced fines for defying wellness orders.

The protests took spot Saturday successful respective cities nationwide, with the largest and astir convulsive protestation successful Melbourne. At slightest 7 constabulary officers were treated for injuries aft skirmishes broke retired astatine immoderate of the protests.

Sydney has been successful lockdown for 2 months, portion Melbourne and Australia’s capital, Canberra, went into lockdown earlier this month. Under the rules of the lockdown, radical are mostly confined to their homes and person limits placed connected their societal interactions.

Protestors accidental the lockdowns should end, but authorities accidental they are indispensable to suppress the dispersed of the microorganism and prevention lives.

Despite the restrictions, Sydney’s New South Wales authorities reported a grounds 825 caller regular assemblage infections connected Saturday. Several cities are battling outbreaks of the highly contagious delta variant.



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BERLIN— New COVID-19 infections successful Germany person reached their highest level successful astir 3 months amid a dependable emergence powered by the delta variant.

The nationalist illness power center, the Robert Koch Institute, said Saturday that 51.6 caller cases per 100,000 residents were reported implicit the past 7 days. It’s the archetypal clip since May 25 that the corruption complaint has been supra 50, but it has been expanding since hitting a debased of 4.9 successful aboriginal July.

The illness power halfway said that 8,092 caller cases were reported implicit the past 24 hours — up from 5,644 a week earlier. More cases are getting detected arsenic summertime vacations extremity and children instrumentality to schools successful immoderate parts of Germany.

German authorities person been trying to reinvigorate the country’s COVID-19 vaccination drive, which has slowed considerably. Official figures showed that 63.8% of Germany’s colonisation had received astatine slightest 1 vaccine dose arsenic of Thursday and 58.5% was afloat vaccinated.


HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnam’s authorities says it is sending troops to Ho Chi Minh City to assistance present nutrient and assistance to households arsenic it further tightens restrictions connected people’s movements amid a worsening surge of the coronavirus.

The service unit volition beryllium deployed to assistance with logistics arsenic the metropolis of 10 cardinal radical asks residents to “stay put” for 2 weeks starting from Monday, a study connected the authorities website said Friday.

The determination comes arsenic Vietnam, which weathered overmuch the pandemic with precise fewer cases, recorded much than 10,000 caller infections and 390 deaths connected Friday. Ho Chi Minh City accounted for 3,500 of those infections.

Ho Chi Minh City has had strict coronavirus measures successful spot since June, including banning gatherings of much than 2 radical successful nationalist and lone allowing radical to permission location for indispensable matters similar buying nutrient oregon going to enactment successful definite permitted businesses. Under the caller measures, radical successful precocious hazard areas cannot permission location astatine all.


HONOLULU — A infirmary serving a Honolulu suburb connected Friday has filled up arsenic the assemblage faces a surge of COVID-19 cases.

All 104 beds astatine The Queen’s Medical Center – West Oahu are full, said Jason Chang, the CEO of The Queen’s Health Systems.

The Ewa Beach infirmary has sent immoderate patients to its sibling installation successful downtown Honolulu. It’s besides asked unit from different parts of the Queen’s strategy to travel help.

The metropolis has acceptable up a triage structure extracurricular the infirmary that has 25 cots. The infirmary whitethorn besides adhd beds successful hallways and different makeshift areas but not each patients volition get rooms.

Chang said the infirmary had 63 patients successful its exigency country astatine 1 time, which is simply a situation fixed the infirmary lone has 24 ER beds. Twenty-six of those successful the ER were determination with imaginable COVID-19 infections.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A national squad of wellness attraction workers has been deployed to a coastal Alabama infirmary that is being ‘crushed’ with a surge of COVID-19 patients, the authorities wellness serviceman said Friday.

State Health Officer Scott Harris said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is sending a task unit team, that includes nurses, a doc and others, to assistance astatine South Baldwin Regional Medical Center successful Foley. Similar assistance had been sent to assistance successful Louisiana and Mississippi.

Coastal areas person been peculiarly hard deed by the caller COVID-19 surge, and the squad was sent to the country having the top need, authorities wellness officials said.

Alabama is seeing a surge successful COVID-19 cases that aesculapian officials accidental is being fueled by debased vaccination rates and the highly contagious delta variant.


MIAMI — Florida officials are threatening to withhold funds adjacent to the salaries of schoolhouse committee members if schoolhouse districts successful 2 counties don’t instantly bash distant with strict disguise mandates arsenic the authorities continues to conflict done precocious hospitalization rates.

School boards successful Broward and Alachua counties received a informing Friday from the State Board of Education giving them 48 hours to locomotion backmost their decisions to necessitate masks for each students, lone exempting those with a doctor’s note.

“We cannot person authorities officials prime and take what laws they privation to follow,” Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran said successful an emailed statement. “These are the archetypal consequences to their intentional refusal to travel authorities instrumentality and authorities regularisation to purposefully and willingly interruption the rights of parents.”

Corcoran said the 2 districts are violating the Parents’ Bill of Rights and a precocious July enforcement bid by Gov. Ron DeSantis that prompted rules limiting however acold districts tin spell with disguise requirements. DeSantis maintains masks tin beryllium detrimental for children’s development.

But committee members successful the 2 countries decided not to let parents to easy opt retired of the mandate arsenic surging cases fueled by the delta variant strained hospitals.


FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s run for COVID-19 vaccinations gained a caller dependable with a highly idiosyncratic testimonial — a one-time vaccine skeptic recounting his debilitating combat against the virus.

Ethan Koehler, 28, spoke successful stark presumption of his travel from downplaying the pandemic to being laid debased by excruciating pain, struggles to respire and past “relearning” to locomotion without losing his enactment arsenic the coronavirus ravaged his health.

“I was very, precise large connected anti-COVID, anti-vaccine,” Koehler said. “I made Facebook posts, nationalist posts, talked to people, made a large woody astir it. Made a constituent to not deterioration a mask. Made a constituent to accidental that COVID wasn’t important. And I americium eating crow connected it, due to the fact that I experienced it.”

Koehler’s video connection was shown astatine Beshear’s media briefing Thursday afternoon. After months of imploring Kentuckians to instrumentality COVID-19 shots, the politician has turned progressively to others to assistance marque the case.

Koehler’s ordeal highlighted different alarming inclination — increasing corruption rates among younger Kentuckians, who are little apt to beryllium vaccinated.


SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco has go the archetypal large metropolis successful the United States to necessitate impervious of afloat vaccination against the coronavirus for radical to dine wrong restaurants, enactment retired successful gyms oregon be indoor concerts.

Restaurants and bars posted signs and added other unit Friday to statesman verifying people’s impervious of vaccination earlier allowing them in.

The caller regularisation goes beyond New York City, which lone requires radical to beryllium astatine slightest partially inoculated for a assortment of indoor activities.

Local concern groups successful San Francisco person supported the caller vaccine mandate, saying it volition support their employees’ and customers’ wellness and support them from having to bounds capableness indoors.


RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina children present indispensable get support from a genitor earlier receiving the existent COVID-19 vaccine disposable to them nether authorities that Gov. Roy Cooper signed into instrumentality connected Friday.

The written consent request is contained successful a broader measurement that mostly expands the medications oregon immunizations, including vaccines, that pharmacists trained to present shots tin administer to consumers.

The measurement received adjacent unanimous enactment successful the state’s Republican-controlled legislature.

“This important authorities volition assistance our authorities administer COVID-19 vaccines much rapidly and efficiently,” Cooper, a Democrat, said successful a quality merchandise announcing the measure signing.

Permission from a genitor oregon guardian applies instantly to vaccines authorized by national regulators for exigency use. The coronavirus vaccine produced by Pfizer is the lone COVID-19 vaccine present disposable successful the U.S. for children 12 and older.

North Carolina has fixed minors the quality connected their ain to beryllium treated for definite wellness issues. That antecedently included obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine if they showed “the decisional capableness to bash so,” according to the authorities Department of Health and Human Services.


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is calling for schoolhouse districts to necessitate masks and says she is considering declaring an exigency arsenic hospitals strain to grip progressively young COVID-19 patients.

Kelly said that “we truly privation radical to recognize that this is nary fooling around.”

The latest wellness section information shows 154 coronavirus clusters successful schools, with a full of 1,889 cases.

Kelly noted that schools successful different states person unopen down wholly implicit outbreaks. She says that until a coronavirus vaccine is approved for children nether property 12, utilizing masks tin assistance curb the dispersed of infections.

The politician said much COVID-19 patients were admitted to Kansas hospitals Wednesday than immoderate different azygous time during the pandemic and ICUs are astatine 100% capableness astatine six of the state’s largest hospitals, with two-thirds of the beds going to COVID-19 patients.


BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is calling connected parents to instrumentality earnestly the coronavirus risks for children and to guarantee students deterioration look masks.

Schools that resumed classes this period already person reported much than 5,300 students and 750 employees who person tested affirmative for the virus. Those numbers are expected to turn larger.

Edwards has enacted a statewide disguise mandate that includes schools. That has prompted aggravated outcries from immoderate parents who reason they should determine whether to enactment a disguise connected their children.

The politician said Friday: “Transmission is precise high. Simply put, we cannot support our schools unfastened oregon our kids harmless contiguous without masks.”

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