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Coronavirus Australia live news: NSW issues hotel alert amid fears UK virus strain may have crossed border Coronavirus Australia live news: NSW issues hotel alert amid fears UK virus strain may have crossed border
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NSW Health is urging anyone who has been at Brisbane’s Hotel Grand Chancellor as a returned traveller or worker to immediately get tested and isolateNSW Health is urging anyone who has been at Brisbane’s Hotel Grand Chancellor as a returned traveller or worker to immediately get tested and isolate
The federal communications minister Paul Fletcher is speaking on Radio National now. He is chiefly being asked about the Liberal and National party’s reluctance to condemn MPs George Christensen and Paul Kelly for spreading misinformation on social media. This isn’t Australian news, but I think we can make an exception.
You can check out all the updates from the impeachment vote today on our US live blog.
Bing bing bing! It’s my favourite time of the morning! (No prizes for guessing what state I live in)
Victoria has recorded no locally acquired cases yesterday and no cases in hotel quarantine.
Triple doughnuts baby!
I mentioned before that Life Saving Victoria had taken to social media to talk about how heartbreaking yesterday was along the state’s beaches after three died and five were put in hospital in three separate incidents.
Here is one of those posts:
In possibly the worst news I have ever heard in my life a wild Australian sea lion has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, for the first time.
The discovery by Australian researchers has sparked concerns the disease, which was found in the mammal’s abdomen, could transfer to humans, the AAP reports.
University of Sydney researcher Rachel Gray said there was a risk of transmission.
In humans, tuberculosis typically affects the lungs.
The infected seal was a dead three-year-old male found on a beach at Kangaroo Island in South Australia in 2017.
Tuberculosis was discovered in its intestines during an autopsy.
The research was published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases.
The federal communications minister Paul Fletcher is speaking on Radio National now. He is chiefly being asked about the Liberal and National party’s reluctance to condemn MPs George Christensen and Craig Kelly for spreading misinformation on social media.
Kelly on Monday posted misleading statistics to his Facebook page, labelling mandatory mask-wearing laws “child abuse”.Kelly on Monday posted misleading statistics to his Facebook page, labelling mandatory mask-wearing laws “child abuse”.
The Australia Medical Association, former prime minister Malcolm Turnball and the federal opposition have all called on the LNP to censure Kelly.The Australia Medical Association, former prime minister Malcolm Turnball and the federal opposition have all called on the LNP to censure Kelly.
Unsurprisingly Fletcher isn’t too forthcoming with any condemnations:Unsurprisingly Fletcher isn’t too forthcoming with any condemnations:
Just a reminder that the “individual” he is talking about is an elected member of government and part of Fletcher’s own political party.Just a reminder that the “individual” he is talking about is an elected member of government and part of Fletcher’s own political party.
More from Berejiklian on this new UK strain of the coronavirus:More from Berejiklian on this new UK strain of the coronavirus:
The premier was asked if states should consider moving hotel quarantine to regional areas.The premier was asked if states should consider moving hotel quarantine to regional areas.
Oh, speaking of, the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian is speaking with ABC News Breakfast now the worrying Brisbane hotel. Oh, speaking of, the NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian is on ABC News Breakfast now addressing the worrying Brisbane hotel cluster.
She says the new Covid-19 variant is a real worry.She says the new Covid-19 variant is a real worry.
Good morning all, Matilda Boseley here ready to take you through all the important news this Thursday.Good morning all, Matilda Boseley here ready to take you through all the important news this Thursday.
If you see anything that you think belongs in the blog, make sure you send it through to me on Twitter @MatildaBoseley or by email on matilda.boseley@theguardian.com.If you see anything that you think belongs in the blog, make sure you send it through to me on Twitter @MatildaBoseley or by email on matilda.boseley@theguardian.com.
So, one of the big things to watch today is NSW issuing an alert for anyone who has been at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane, fearing a highly contagious strain of coronavirus may have spread across the border.So, one of the big things to watch today is NSW issuing an alert for anyone who has been at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane, fearing a highly contagious strain of coronavirus may have spread across the border.
The hotel, which has been used to quarantine returned travellers, is linked to six cases of the UK variant of Covid-19, with multiple guests and a staff member all contracting the disease on the same floor. Queensland Health has now shut the facility for deep cleaning and has moved all guests, restarting their two-week stay.The hotel, which has been used to quarantine returned travellers, is linked to six cases of the UK variant of Covid-19, with multiple guests and a staff member all contracting the disease on the same floor. Queensland Health has now shut the facility for deep cleaning and has moved all guests, restarting their two-week stay.
NSW Health on Wednesday urged anyone who had been at the hotel since December 30, as a returned traveller or worker, to immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.NSW Health on Wednesday urged anyone who had been at the hotel since December 30, as a returned traveller or worker, to immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
This strain is said to be up to 70 per cent more infectious than the “regular” coronavirus, although it doesn’t seem that the disease the virus causes is more virulent or deadly. But still, state leaders are terrified that if this variant seeds in the community, it could be exponentially harder to bring under control. This strain is said to be up to 70% more infectious than the “regular” coronavirus, although it doesn’t seem that the disease the virus causes is more virulent or deadly. But still, state leaders are terrified that if this variant seeds in the community, it could be exponentially harder to bring under control.
In other news:In other news:
Australia’s chief medical officer has rejected calls to pause the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine after some doctors are concerned about the vaccine’s efficacy rate, which ranges from 62 per cent to 90 per cent, depending on how doses are administered. But Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly is standing by plans to distribute AstraZeneca to most Australians. Australia’s chief medical officer has rejected calls to pause the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine after some doctors expressed concerns about the vaccine’s efficacy rate, which ranges from 62% to 90%, depending on how doses are administered. But the chief medical officer, Paul Kelly, is standing by plans to distribute AstraZeneca to most Australians.
Human Rights Watch’s annual report says Australia’s global reputation on human rights has been marred by the government’s failure to address longstanding abuses against First Nations people. The New York-based rights group also highlighted misuses of police powers during COVID-19 lockdowns and the continued mistreatment of asylum seekers. Human Rights Watch’s annual report says Australia’s global reputation on human rights has been marred by the government’s failure to address longstanding abuses against First Nations people. The New York-based rights group also highlighted misuses of police powers during Covid-19 lockdowns and the continued mistreatment of asylum seekers.
The first of 1200 international tennis players, support crew and officials are expected to arrive in Melbourne for the Australian Open, as health authorities issue a new alert for a COVID-hit Brisbane quarantine hotel. AAP is reporting a charter flight carrying athletes and staff is scheduled to land at Tullamarine early Thursday evening. The first of 1,200 international tennis players, support crew and officials are expected to arrive in Melbourne for the Australian Open, as health authorities issue a new alert for a Covid-hit Brisbane quarantine hotel. AAP is reporting a charter flight carrying athletes and staff is scheduled to land at Tullamarine early Thursday evening.
Three people drowned and five were hospitalised in three separate incidents along Victoria’s beaches yesterday. Life Saver’s victoria members have spoken on social media how “heartbreaking” the summer day had been. Three people drowned and five ended up in hospital in three separate incidents along Victoria’s beaches yesterday. Life Saving Victoria members have spoken on social media how “heartbreaking” the summer day had been.
Okay guys, let’s get started.Okay guys, let’s get started.