Australia's New South Wales reports 1,431 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and the state Premier says expects next two weeks to be the worst for COVID infections
New Zealand reports 28 new COVID-19 cases much lower than Australia
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Australia's Victoria State Premier says it is too soon to open up from the COVID-19 lockdown and would need a low number of cases to ease restrictions, adds reopening plan to be announced tomorrow but it is not freedom day and will only be modest changes
Australia's capital of Canberra will extend lockdown through September 17th
The EU voted to approve fresh restrictions on US travellers coming into the bloc. US State Department raised the travel alert for Germany and Canada to level 3, while the US also issued COVID-19 "Do Not Travel" advisories for Switzerland and Estonia.
Biden said Chinese officials have worked to prevent investigators from assessing origin COVID-19 & PM New Zeeland Aukland will remain in Level 4 LockDown
August 30th, 2021 10:12am
US President Biden said Chinese officials have worked to prevent investigators from assessing origins of COVID-19 and that the US will work with partners to press China to share information. The US probe of COVID origins was reportedly inconclusive without help from China and found some evidence the origin could be from animals or a lab, while the intelligence community in US remained divided on the most likely origin.
US President Biden said they are considering starting booster shots earlier and he discussed a booster shot timeline with NIH's Fauci in which an additional shot after five months was reportedly being discussed, while the NIH launched a study of an extra COVID vaccine dose in people with autoimmune disease. However, the White House later stated that official guidance for a COVID booster shot remains eight months and that nothing has changed regarding the eight-month timeline.
New Zealand PM Arden confirmed that Auckland will remain on level 4 for another two weeks and all areas outside of Auckland will move to level 3 from a level 4 lockdown with the level 3 to be in effect for a week.