Study shows more than 20,000 people reinfected with COVID within five months.
According to new data from NSW Health, more than 20,000 people in NSW who had COVID-19 in January have been reinfected.
NSW Health looked at data from 639,430 people infected with COVID for the first time in January when the Omicron wave took off.
The analysis was done by matching the name, and date of birth, of cases.
It showed that within five months, 20,460 people had been reinfected. Of course, that number is likely to be even greater than what has been noted by NSW Health, given some people may not have reported their contraction of COVID.
Australia’s three most populous states reported 98 COVID-19 deaths and more than 35,000 fresh infections on Thursday as the latest Omicron variant wave continues.
More than 5000 patients are in hospital with the virus, almost 2300 of them in NSW.
Almost half of adult Australians are now estimated to have contracted the virus since the pandemic began, according to the latest study by Sydney's Kirby Institute.
Their research shows 46.2 per cent of adults were estimated to have had the virus by early June, with more than a quarter of the population infected in the previous three-month period. The prevalence is almost triple that reported in its previous serosurvey – an analysis of blood antibody tests – which estimated that by late February about 17 per cent of the population had been infected.
Six Turpin kids file lawsuit against foster families.
This post includes descriptions of child sexual abuse that may be distressing to some readers.
When the 13 Turpin kids in America were rescued from their ‘House of Horrors’, many of the younger ones went into the foster care system.
Sadly it’s emerged that six of the children – who were all tortured and abused for years by their biological parents who are serving life sentences – allegedly endured a “second bout” of abuse.
An attorney for two of the six children has revealed that the kids' reports of sexual, physical and emotional abuse by their foster families were ignored by the foster care agency.
The children in the allegedly abusive foster homes have now been removed.
“It absolutely broke my heart for these kids that after feeling like they were saved, after finally feeling like someone was there for them, they were placed in another house of horrors,” their attorney Elan Zektser said. “In talking to my clients, they indicate the abuse that happened in this foster home was in some ways worse than the abuse they had endured their whole life.”
The kids on behalf of their attorneys have now launched lawsuits against the system, with both lawsuits requesting a jury trial.
For the full backstory, you can read this article: Four years ago, the Turpin children escaped their house of horrors. This is their life now.
If this brings up any issues for you, contact Bravehearts, an organisation dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse, on 1800 272 831.
Inside Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde’s secret ‘feud’.
Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes has today canceled his entire Wonder tour, which was set to take place across North America and Europe throughout 2022 and 2023, to focus on his wellbeing. Here’s why that is so important.
Plus, someone on Beyonce’s team is definitely getting fired today. Tomorrow is the release date for Renaissance, Beyonce’s first album in six years and the anticipation for this release has been at an all-time high. But the album’s roll-out has not gone to plan.
And the world is convinced that Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh are at each other’s throats and are currently locked in a brutal feud after working together on the movie Don’t Worry Darling. The allegations have to do with Harry Styles, an on-set altercation, and some questionable current social media posts, but there’s much more going on here than just two famous women who allegedly don’t get along.
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Govt to deliver "confronting" economic outlook, and all the news you need to know this morning.
It's Thursday July 28. Let's get you across the top news stories you need to know today.
1. Govt to deliver "confronting" news about economy after inflation reaches record high.
Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers will deliver a "confronting" economic statement to the nation, after it was confirmed Australia's inflation has surged to a new 21-year high.
Chalmers has stressed the hit to households and the economy again and again, labelling inflation, interest rates and government debt and the outlook for economic growth "confronting".
Today, in his first statement on the economic outlook to federal parliament, Chalmers will reveal the economic pain he has previously alluded to.
"The headwinds our economy is facing - higher inflation at the top of that list, along with slowing global growth - are now reflected in the revised economic outcomes and forecasts," he will say.
Treasurer Jim Chalmers @JEChalmers will deliver his first forecast on the state of the economy today as the cost of living continues to surge to its steepest rate in 20 years. pic.twitter.com/7gVgXoXpjX— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) July 27, 2022
The new figures show real GDP grew by three-and-three quarter per cent in 2021-22, instead of four-and-a-half per cent as estimated pre-election.
There has also been a sharp rise in annual inflation in the June quarter to 6.1 per cent - the highest rate in over two decades.
Australia is outperforming much of the world but inflation is making it hard for people to pay the bills, the treasurer will say.
"Our high inflation is primarily but not exclusively global... It will subside but not overnight."
Chalmers will tell parliament the new Labor government didn't make the mess but it will take responsibility for cleaning it up.
2. Only four of 17 Closing the Gap targets on track.
More than half the socio-economic targets outlined in the Closing the Gap agreement will fail to be met.
That's according to the Productivity Commission's annual data compilation report, which reveals only four of the 17 targets are on track. Although they stressed the data should be treated with caution, being the first set since the baseline year of 2021.
The commission says progress on healthy birth weight for babies, enrolment of children in pre-school and youth detention rates are on track. There's also been an improvement in sea country rights and interests, but not enough to be declared as on target.
The data shows the gap has worsened in other areas including children being developmentally ready once they reach school age, children in out-of-home care, adults in prison, and people who took their own life.
The minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney, said the results were "disappointing".
"It's incredibly disturbing to see that a number of Closing the Gap targets are not on track," she said. "There are some disappointing results in the latest figures – it's clear that more work needs to be done."
Australia still failing to hit more than two-thirds of Closing the Gap targets, new data shows https://t.co/Yidy8UJzHa— Guardian news (@guardiannews) July 27, 2022
However, Productivity Commission chair Michael Brennan urged those interpreting the data to be careful, and bear in mind it was early days under the agreement.
3. Backpacker's boyfriend charged with murder.
The boyfriend of German backpacker Simone Strobel will face a Sydney court charged with murder after being extradited from Western Australia.
Tobias Friedrich Moran, formerly known as Tobias Suckfuell, had been travelling around Australia with Strobel when her body was found near a Lismore caravan park in 2005.
The 25-year-old schoolteacher had been suffocated with a pillow or plastic bag.
Strobel's murder has remained unsolved despite the establishment of a strike force and the NSW government offering a $1 million reward in 2020.
On Tuesday, it emerged Moran had been arrested in connection with the case after a warrant was issued by NSW police.
The 42-year-old was flown to Sydney yesterday, having spent the night at Perth Watch House after a magistrate granted his extradition. He has since been charged with murder and do act with intent to pervert the course of justice, and refused bail to face Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court today.
4. Labor MP slams lapse of NT alcohol ban.
The decision to allow alcohol restrictions to lapse in some Northern Territory communities was comparable to withdrawing troops from Afghanistan without providing support to those left behind, a new Labor MP says.
Marion Scrymgour is the first Indigenous Australian to represent the electorate of Lingiari in the Northern Territory and is one of 11 First Nations members in the 47th parliament.
In her first speech to parliament, Scrymgour slammed the former government's decision to allow alcohol restriction measures in Indigenous communities to expire.
The curbs had applied in some communities for more than 14 years and pulling the pin on the protective regime was negligent, she told parliament.
"It is tantamount to causing injury by omission," Scrymgour said.
'The system is broken': Indigenous policy failures highlighted in powerful maiden speeches https://t.co/mKYmPaF6we— ABC News (@abcnews) July 27, 2022
While the new Labor government is not in a position to reinstate the now-expired laws, Scrymgour said she wants action to protect people in those communities
"Now that takeaway alcohol is getting let back into our towns we need to do more consultation about what happens next," she said. "Moving forward, targeted programs have to be part of the solution.
5. Neighbours ends after 37 years.
And in entertainment news, Australia's longest-running TV soap opera, Neighbours, will officially come to an end tonight.
Some of its biggest stars including Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan have returned to the fictional suburb of Erinsborough for the three-episode finale, airing back-to-back tonight.
"I'm absolutely thrilled that we're not a show limping to the end, we're going out on an enormous high," executive producer Jason Herbison told AAP.
The production team worked hard to ensure the finale has something for every generation of Ramsay Street fans, from 1985 onwards, Herbison said.
"I really hope people watch and take a minute to think about what Neighbours has meant to them, and when the curtain has come down, hold a piece of it in their hearts," he said.
The show announced its cancellation in March, after 37 years, following the loss of its main UK broadcast partner, Channel 5.
You can watch it from 7:30pm on Channel 10 and 10 Peach.
You're all up to speed. We'll be back to bring you more of the top news stories throughout the day.
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End of an era: The cultural impact of Neighbours.
After 37 years, nearly 9,000 episodes and the launching of countless Hollywood careers, Australian soap opera Neighbours is finally coming to an end.
The impact of the show extends well beyond our borders, having presented a version of Aussie life that was so appealing it even encouraged people to move here from overseas.
The Quicky speaks to one of the show's scriptwriters, and two of its most iconic actors to find out why this show has been such a long-running success, capturing the hearts and minds of people all over the world.
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