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Top stories of 2021: Part two


Paul Hayes


21/12/2021 1:42:19 PM

A combination of freedoms, lockdowns, surging cases, mask rules, a complicated vaccine rollout, and more has made it an eventful year for GPs.

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COVID-19 unsurprisingly dominated the general practice news cycle in 2021.

COVID-19 continued to dominate the news cycle across Australian general practice over the past 12 months, even as the global pandemic raged well into its second year.
 
As the year draws to a close, newsGP counts down the 10 most-read stories for 2021.
 
Today it’s seven through five.
 
7
Face masks: What GPs and patients need to know
(Published 29 May 2021)
Record case numbers in NSW, lockdown extension in Victoria, dozens of cases in the ACT, snap lockdown in the NT: Australia tightens restrictions as much of the country sits on a COVID knife edge.
 
6
Flu-zero: More than a year since Australia’s last flu death
(Published 16 August)
The absence of influenza in the community has been described as ‘amazing’, but it is also making planning for next year difficult.
 
5
Two more deaths linked to AstraZeneca vaccine
(Published 22 July)
There have now been six Australian deaths related to the AstraZeneca vaccine, out of more than 6.1 million administered doses.
 
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