US reports 290,000 cases and 3,676 deaths in 24 hours as Australia changes rules for releasing people from hotel quarantine

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Most of you reading this would have been in a Covid-19 enforced lockdown at some point in the past year. But did you have to wear a mask while driving alone in your own car?

That’s the advice in Brisbane, Australia, which just started a snap three-day lockdown. This was sent earlier today by the state’s health minister:

If anyone in the Greater Brisbane area is leaving their home they must wear a mask throughout the entire period they are out until they get home.

This includes while driving.

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Speaking of Covid-19 vaccination programs, this is interesting: Indonesia is reportedly planning to start vaccinations in the contested province of West Papua next week:

Indonesia plans first #COVID19 vaccinations in #WestPapua next week | via @tabloidjubi #coronavirus #PNG #Pacific

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