Australia Covid live update: Qld reports three cases; NSW health workers exposed at two Sydney hospitals; Vic mask mandate returns




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Queensland extends mandatory mask rule for another week

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Queensland reports three new locally acquired cases

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81% of New Zealanders intend to get a Covid-19 vaccination, compared to 73% of Australians

The percentage of New Zealanders intending to get vaccinated for Covid-19 has risen to 81% – the highest level yet, according to new research. Data shows people’s willingness to get a vaccine has been rising steadily, up from 77% in April and 69% in March.

Vaccine-willingness in New Zealand appears to be slightly behind the UK (91%) but ahead of the US (around 70%), according to YouGov. Recent research from Australia had the country sitting at 73%.

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Twitter suspended 1,469 accounts for posting misleading Covid-19 information: report

Twitter’s latest transparency report reveals in 2020 the company challenged 11.7m accounts posting misleading Covid-19 information, suspended 1,496 accounts, and removed over 43,010 pieces of content worldwide.

The company handed over user information to governments 30% of the time requested in the last six months of 2020, or 4,367 times. India accounted for 25% of these requests, followed by the US at 22%.

There were 38,524 legal demands to remove content associated with 131,933 accounts. Twitter complied with these requests 29% of the time.

The accounts of 199 verified journalists and news outlets received 361 legal demands in the last six months of 2020, with the majority coming from Japan, India, Russia, Turkey and South Korea.

In Australia, governments made information requests to Twitter 24 times in the six-month period, and removal requests twice. Australia accounts for less than 1% of global information requests.





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