But that wasn’t to be.
Visits to the nursing home had been limited since March 2020 due to the pandemic lockdowns – and Carolyn Cox and her sister, Michelle Moulos, were determined to fulfill their father’s dying wish.
Jack Moulos with his wife and daughters. Source: Delivered † Caroline Cox
His health deteriorated rapidly and when the call came in at 6:30 am, Michelle Moulos began the four-hour journey to be with him.
“I also knew that if I had been there in time I would not have been able to touch him. I would be in full PPE and it would have been strange anyway [to say goodbye in this way]†
“I think [right] now people are a bit slack about basic protections like social distancing and wearing masks. Those things are not difficult to do. And if the killing occurs, I think it’s really worth it.”
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In the first 21 months of the pandemic, there were 2,006 cumulative deaths in Australia by the end of 2021.
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“In terms of the world, we [Australia] lags behind – in terms of booster doses [third and fourth jab]† Most of us have had two doses – but that was almost six months ago, so it’s [the protection] is wearing out.”
The fourth dose coverage among Australians aged 16 is about 12 percent – or 2,389,473 people. The majority of that group is 65 years and older (2,105,705).
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The DPD ends on Wednesday, but is expected to return in the future. “While it will replace the paper incoming passenger card over time, much more work is needed to make it user-friendly,” Ms O’Neil said Sunday.
That number for New Zealand is 31.00, for Canada it is 109.82, for the UK it is 266.76 and for the US it is 308.93.
A chart ranking countries by COVID-19 death rates per capita places Australia in the bottom quarter of the table. Credit: John Hopkins University
Epidemiologist Catherine Bennett of Deakin University said Australia is rising globally in the daily death rate, but lower in the per capita ranking.
“Now we are in this pattern where we will continue to see deaths. While we will have high infection rates, especially in winter, we will have death rates that are higher than in other parts of the world.”
“So if a third of our population were to go out in the next few weeks and get their booster dose, that would make a difference and help us get through the rest of the winter safer.”
“There is a possibility that multiple infections give you a greater chance of those consequences in the longer term. So we have to take this virus seriously, this reminds us.”
“There is no advice for health ministers to introduce or reintroduce new mask mandates,” he told reporters on Sunday.
He urged the six million Australians who have yet to receive their third shot to remedy that.
In the past 24 hours, 30,355 COVID-19 infections were recorded – bringing the cumulative number of cases recorded in Australia during the pandemic to more than 8 million (8,225,124).