The Daily Populous

Monday December 27th, 2021 day edition

image for COVID-19: Hundreds in Australia mistakenly told coronavirus test result was negative when they were positive

A major laboratory in Australia incorrectly told 400 people their coronavirus test result was negative on Christmas Day, when they had actually tested positive for the virus.

The results were corrected the next morning, which the lab put down to human error.

Image: The affected lab runs a drive through centre near Bondi Beach, Sydney.

It comes as coronavirus cases reach record levels in Australia.

New South Wales health minister Brad Hazzard indicated that Omicron is widespread and that avoiding infection would be difficult.

"We would expect that pretty well everybody in New South Wales at some point will get Omicron," he said.

Much fewer people have received a booster dose, but Australia is now cutting the length of time between getting a second jab and a booster. »

Sarah Weddington, attorney who won Roe v Wade abortion case, dies aged 76

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Sarah Weddington, an attorney who argued and won the Roe v Wade supreme court case which established the right to abortion in the US, has died aged 76.

Sarah Weddington poses with a signed copy of the Roe v Wade decision in front of the US supreme court in 2005.

Represented by Weddington and Coffee, Norma McCorvey became the plaintiff known as “Jane Roe” in Roe v Wade. »

Harris says Americans under the pressures of student loan debt 'are literally making decisions about whether they can have a family, whether they can buy a home'

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The Biden administration in December announced student loan payments would be halted until May 1.

Harris said that Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona was "working on what we can do and must do frankly to relieve the pressures of student loan debt.".

During his 2020 campaign for president, Biden pledged to forgive "a minimum" of $10,000 of student loan debt per person. »

UN 'horrified' by reports of massacre of civilians in Myanmar

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A UN official said Sunday he was "horrified" by credible reports that at least 35 civilians were killed and their bodies burned in Myanmar, and demanded the government launch an investigation.

"I condemn this grievous incident and all attacks against civilians throughout the country," United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Martin Griffiths said in a statement.

Save the Children said later Saturday that two of its Myanmar staff had been "caught up" in the incident and were missing. »

Crisis response teams achieve 70% reduction in people taken into custody under Mental Health Act

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The program pairs a police officer with a mental health worker to answer 911 calls involving people in mental health crises.

In the eight years since the program launched in Hamilton, there has been a marked reduction in taking people in mental health crisis into custody.

The goal of crisis response teams is to ensure that people with mental health challenges get the help they need more quickly. »