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Scott Morrison says claims federal government requisitioning Covid rapid antigen tests ‘categorically untrue’; 60 coronavirus deaths recorded across four states; NSW hospitalisations have fallen; two oral treatments for Covid-19 given provisional approval by TGA; IVF treatments to resume in Victoria; national cabinet to meet. Follow all the day’s news

Scott Morrison will ask the states to allow children to drive forklifts at today’s national cabinet meeting as part of measures to ease the staff shortages crippling supply chains, Guardian Australia has learned.

As anyone who’s ever worked in a factory or warehouse knows, forklifts are a very dangerous piece of machinery – a person was killed in a forklift accident in Victoria on Tuesday.

There are changes that we need to make around the age of forklift drivers, to get quite specific.

Either medicine should be administered as soon as possible after diagnosis of Covid-19 and within 5 days of the start of symptoms.

Lagevrio is available as capsules, while Paxlovid comprise separate tablets of nirmatrelvir and ritonavir. In both cases, the medicines are taken twice a day for 5 days.

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Government paying eight times over market price for Murray-Darling water buyback, environment groups claim   40%

Federal water minister allocates $126m to Murrumbidgee Irrigation for works it says will save just 7.4 gigalitres of water

Environmental groups have accused the federal government of paying a record price to retrieve water for the environment by funding irrigators to make savings through efficiencies.

The water minister, Keith Pitt, has announced the government will allocate $126m to Murrumbidgee Irrigation for works that it says will save just 7.4 gigalitres of water, and return 6.3 gigalitres to the environment.

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A third of aged care homes yet to get booster as death toll mounts   -3%

The Federal Government insists the booster program is ahead of schedule. Others see shades of last year’s slow campaign to get first doses into aged care.

RPA department head lashes politically-driven management of crisis  

In an internal video to staff, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital executive clinical director Professor Paul Torzillo has called out the decisions being made by state and federal governments.

Biden to give away 400 million N95 masks starting next week   13%

It will be the largest distribution of free masks by the federal government to the public since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The post Biden to give away 400 million N95 masks starting next week appeared first on Boston.com.

Russia is looking for a pretext to invade Ukraine, Trudeau says  

As it debates whether to send weapons to Ukraine, the federal government is taking into account Russia's quest for "excuses" to invade, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today.

Federal government announces $35M in new funding for refugee settlement services   -8%

The federal government has announced $35 million in new money over the next three years to improve and expand immigration settlement services in small towns and rural communities.

With hospitals overwhelmed, can Canada overhaul health care for the long term?   -4%

Two former health ministers say that there is no single solution to building a more robust health-care system for the long haul, but it does include more investment from the federal government.

Airlines seek end to mandatory COVID-19 testing of vaccinated passengers on arrival  

Canada's largest airlines and its busiest airport asked the federal government Monday to drop its rule requiring vaccinated travellers to test on arrival for COVID-19.

Federal government now says all truckers crossing border must be fully vaccinated   -12%

All truck drivers crossing the border must be fully vaccinated as of Saturday, regardless of whether they are Canadian citizens or foreign nationals, the federal government said Thursday.

Feds send nurses to Nunavut after territory reports another COVID-19 death  

The federal government is providing Nunavut with three nurses and nine contact tracers to help handle the wave of COVID-19 that is spreading across the territory.

Ottawa must work with Indigenous communities to mitigate climate disasters, experts say   8%

First Nations and Indigenous communities in Canada need more support from the federal government to cope with future disasters related to climate change, according to a new report on Canada's disaster resilience.

Climate appropriation challenges  

With Congress having five weeks until cash runs out and the federal government faces a shutdown, the top appropriators on the Hill met Thursday to go over options for a new spending agreement.