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Flights suspended: How Australia will aid India’s critical shortage of medical supplies

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As Coronavirus case numbers continue to soar in India, other nations are lending support

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has today revealed an initial support package to help India, as it struggles with a critical shortage of medical supplies.

Australia will send 500 ventilators, 1 million surgical masks, 500,000 P2 and N95 masks, 1 million surgical masks, 100,000 goggles, 100,000 pairs of gloves and 20,000 face shields.

DFAT will manage the movement of the items

The crisis has also resulted in Australia suspending all flights to and from India until the 15th of may, following emergency talks today.

Australian prime minister scott morrison announces inital support package while the UK, Germany and US have already pledged medial aid.

“I stress this is an initial package, there’ll be more to follow,” 

Mr Morrison said.

Shocking scenes of overflowing hospitals and bodies being burnt in makeshift crematoriums paint a grim picture of the Covid crisis gripping India.

People bury the bodies of victims who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a graveyard in New Delhi, India, April 16, 2021. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

In a single day the number of new infections climbed above 350 thousand, a new record.

India has more than 17.3 million infections overall and almost 200 thousand deaths.

The country has now ordered its armed forces to help tackle the soaring infection numbers

the Chief of Defence Staff says oxygen will be sent to hospitals from armed forces reserves and retired medical military personnel would join COVID health facilities.

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Should a non-strike rule apply to UK emergency staff?

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Thousands of UK emergency workers are preparing to walk off the job, just days before Christmas

Thousands of UK Ambulance workers are preparing to go on strike, just days before Christmas, on December 21.

All over a pay dispute, 25,000 emergency staff are expected to walk off the job.

Hospital bosses are warning the strikes will put lives at risk and make wait times significantly longer.

“Our priority is to ensure emergency services continue to operate for those who need it.

People should continue to use NHS 111 online for urgent healthcare advice and call 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.”

STEVE BARCLAY, Health Secretary
FILE PHOTO: Downing Street Chief of Staff Steve Barclay arrives at 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain May 25, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville

UK PM Rishi Sunak was pressed about the potentially fatal outcome, but Downing Street says it’s important not to ‘speculate.’

“Our focus now is on mitigating any potential detrimental impact these strikes could have.”

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Speaking on behalf of the workers, the health Union says the Government needs to start “genuine conversations about pay.”

“The Government will only have itself to blame if there are strikes in the NHS before Christmas.
“Ambulance staff don’t want to inconvenience anyone but ministers are refusing to do the one thing that could prevent disruption — start genuine talks about pay.”

Sara Gorton, head of health at Unison
UNISON’s Sara Gorton. Unison Centre, London, UK.

“Patients’ lives are already at risk but this government is sitting on the sidelines.
“Fail to act now to avert these strikes and the blame will rest firmly at the Government’s door.”

SHAron graham, Unite general secretary

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Bella Hadid named Model of the Year 2022

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At The Fashion Awards 2022, American Bella Hadid has been crowned Model of the Year

At The Fashion Awards 2022, American Bella Hadid has been crowned Model of the Year.

In London, the 26-year-old was named winner of the prestigious award.

A title that runs in the family, with her sister Gigi claiming the win in 2016.

Unable to attend in person, Hadid sent a pre-recorded video message, with a special thanks to her refugee father and immigrant mother.

“Being the daughter of a refugee father from Palestine, and an immigrant mother from Holland, there’s a sort of work ethic that runs in our blood…

It’s not to be the best. It’s not to be better than others. It’s just to be able to succeed because our ancestors have never had an opportunity like this in their lifetime. This is for the Palestinian children. This is for the Dutch children. This is for any child, immigrant or refugee.”

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BALANCE OF POWER: Georgia Senate Runoff

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The Senate is currently split 50-50, with Democrats controlling the chamber due to Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote

It is decision day in Georgia where for the second time in a month, voters are heading back to the polls to select who they want to represent them in the divided U.S. Senate.

Voters in the Peach State are choosing between Republican challenger Herschel Walker and incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.

This race in particular will have broad implications for the rest of the country—as this matchup will determine whether Democrats increase their power in the Senate or if Republicans can hang on to their 50 seats.

On Tuesday—the final day of the election—both candidates made their final pitches.

In summing up the fight, Walker said, “A vote for my opponent is a vote for Joe Biden and a vote for Chuck Schumer and he’s showing you that. A vote for me is a vote for Georgia values.”

Meanwhile, Warnock expressed confidence but warned supports against being complacent.

“I worry that we will see this massive early voter turnout, and some will decide, ‘we don’t need your voice’ and we do. There is still a path for Herschel Walker to win this race,” Warnock said.

Election officials are expecting record turnout with more than one-million votes already cast in early voting. Polls will close this evening a 7pm and official results are expected late Tuesday evening.

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