Just a reminder for those in Sydney following along with the blog this morning, a number of new exposure sites and venues of concern have been added in the last day, including a number from the southwest of the city.
If you want to check all of the details, have a look at the full list below.
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Want to learn more about the infamous “Delta variant” that everyone is talking about? Can I suggest this fantastic explainer from science reporter Donna Lu.
Several Sydney schools have been caught up in the latest outbreak involving the Delta variant, amid concerns about cases of school transmission of Covid-19.
Thousands of Sydney students have been asked to isolate during the school holidays, after several positive Covid cases at schools in South Coogee and Rose Bay.
Last month, the Delta variant was detected in a child in grade five in a North Melbourne school, which was possibly the result of child-to-child transmission.
The new variant seems to spread more rapidly than previous strains of Covid-19, but is it more transmissible in young people than adults?
You can read the full explainer below:
Facebook and the Aboriginal creative consultancy Creative x have teamed up to launch the “Connect to Country” campaign for this year’s NAIDOC Week, the annual celebration of the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This year’s NAIDOC theme is “heal country” calling for greater protections for land, water and Aboriginal sacred sites and cultural heritage, reports Andi Yu from AAP.
It ties in with the Connect to Country pitch to non-Indigenous Australians. A video posted this week on the campaign’s Facebook page asks “Where you from?”
Wherever you live right now, you’re on traditional country. And most don’t know how to spell it. Doesn’t feel right does it?…
We’re inviting you to rediscover all the places that you think you know and learn to see them with a brand, old perspective.
Australians are encouraged to learn how to acknowledge country and how to connect with their local community and language groups.
Acknowledging country is easy, you just have to hit the right beats,” says Gamilaroi woman and Nine Network presenter Brooke Boney for the campaign.
Acknowledge the traditional owners of the country you’re on, make sure you say the name right, pay respects to elders past and present. Those are the key bits and the rest is up to you.
Other tips include engaging with traditional owner events, following Indigenous organisations and supporting businesses.
Bidjigal man Brad Cooke, the co-founder of creative consultancy Campfire x, told AAP, Connect to Country was the beginning of a movement.
For a lot of non-Indigenous people who’ve never been around Aboriginal people or communities, sometimes there are little or no Indigenous friends on their Facebook page…
It’s showing them something that they would never see alternatively themselves.
There’s a genuine willingness for non-Indigenous Australians to want to engage with Indigenous peoples or communities, they just have a fear.
A fear that they’re not going to do it the right way. We’re looking to remove that fear.
Facebook’s location-specific technology will be used to target geographic areas with stories relating to the area’s local Indigenous community.
Hello and welcome to the weekend blog. Matilda Boseley here to take you through all of Sunday’s news.
First up, there is a pretty serious situation unfolding in the Sydney aged care system.
Three residents have tested positive to Covid-19 at a north-west Sydney aged care home after they were in close contact with two staff members who tested positive last week.
Two of the three residents who tested positive on Saturday night at the SummitCare facility in Baulkham Hills have been transferred to Westmead hospital as a precaution, a spokesperson said on Sunday morning. They are showing “no symptoms whatsoever”.
The third resident remains at the home at the request of their family.
SummitCare says 96% of residents at the home are vaccinated, and the facility is now in lockdown.
We are expecting an update later today after SummitCare speaks with the NSW health department, so I will bring that to you as soon as possible.
With that, why don’t we jump into the day?
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