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AUSTRALIA: ITV Reality Show’s Filming Crew Member Triggers Covid Lockdown

A filming crew member of ITV’s reality show – I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here! has triggered a lockdown in New South Wales North Coast Australia.

The 31-year-old make-up artist who has now been charged with multiple breaches of public health orders, allegedly visited a number of establishments in the state of New South Wales (NSW) without checking-in or using a QR code.

The woman, who has not been identified, flew to Ballina from Sydney on Saturday under an exemption, she was alleged to have visited a number of locations in the north of the state over the weekend.

The state government announced on Tuesday that the local government areas (LGAs) of Byron and Tweed would enter a snap seven-day lockdown after a woman tested positive for the virus.

The woman was an authorised worker but it is understood she did not follow stay-at-home orders while in the area.

ITV confirmed that the crew member who was “fully vaccinated and was wearing PPE has contracted the virus”. It added that all of her close contacts were now in isolation.

The production spokesperson said all close contacts of the crew member had been identified and were isolating while they awaited their test results. “We are working with NSW Health to ensure all necessary steps are taken in relation to contact tracing, testing and further communication to anyone that needs to isolate,” they said.

NSW Police said contact tracing was underway and authorities would investigate any alleged breaches of the Public Health Order.

The incident has led to residents criticizing the filming of shows in the area

UK: 353 Nigeria Trained Doctors Licenced By GMC To Join Health Service

Checks with the General Medical Council (GMC) – the public body that maintains the official register of medical practitioners in the UK reveals that no fewer than 353 Nigeria trained doctors between were licenced between June 10, 2021 and September 20, 2021.

The statistics also showed that between July 24, 2020 and September 21, 2021, about 862 Nigeria trained doctors were licensed in the UK despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overall, 8,737 doctors who obtained their degrees in Nigeria currently practise in the UK and it is believed that the number of Nigeria trained doctors migrating to Saudi Arabia might even be more than those moving to the UK.

The protracted strike by resident doctors in Nigeria over poor remuneration is said to have contributed to the mass exodus.