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Coronavirus Australia live update: NSW and Victoria record no new Covid cases; Qld considers quarantine in mining camps Coronavirus Australia live update: NSW and Victoria record no new Covid cases; Qld considers quarantine in mining camps
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NSW issues alert for Brisbane’s Hotel Grand Chancellor amid fears UK virus strain may have crossed border. Follow all the updates, liveNSW issues alert for Brisbane’s Hotel Grand Chancellor amid fears UK virus strain may have crossed border. Follow all the updates, live
The ABC has reversed two editorial decisions about its reporting on the assault on the US Capitol and misinformation about Covid-19 spread by the MP Craig Kelly.
On Tuesday Mark Maley, the ABC’s manager of editorial policy, banned unattributed use of the word “insurrection” in news reporting to describe the 6 January attack.
But by Wednesday afternoon the ABC had reversed its position, with Maley issuing fresh guidance admitting there was “overwhelming prima facie evidence” that the Capitol attack, in which five people were killed, qualified as an insurrection.
In an email to news and current affairs staff sent on Tuesday morning, Maley said that “many US Democrats and a small number of Republicans are calling the events of 6 January an ‘insurrection’ and that is what is going to be alleged in the impeachment [of Trump]”.
You can read Ben Butler’s full story below:
The daily stats from ABC reporter Casey Briggs has come out on which posts from Australian politicians got the most traction on Facebook yesterday.
In a fairly predictable turn of events, controversial Liberal MP Craig Kelly has taken out the top spot.
We mentioned it a little while ago but here is a bit more info on what the Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has to say about those trying to get home from Sydney to Melbourne.
Some of you thought you may have seen the last of me today, but no, you aren’t that lucky. It’s me Matilda Boseley back in the seat now.
Thank you to Nino Bucci for holding the fort and doing it with style!
So just going back to the Daniel Andrews press conference for a second, and the main point of discussion today was this UK variant strain in Queensland.
Unfortunately, it looks like there will be Melburnians who after just getting out of quarantine and returning to their home states will have to be retested and possibly isolate.
A few more bits and pieces from that NSW press conference:A few more bits and pieces from that NSW press conference:
a positive result recorded at an Ulladulla sewerage treatment plant in recent days is now considered to be negative; A positive result recorded at an Ulladulla sewerage treatment plant in recent days is now considered to be negative.
restrictions in Illawarra/Wollongong are likely to continue, despite a string of days without cases; Restrictions in Illawarra/Wollongong are likely to continue, despite a string of days without cases.
Health minister Brad Hazzard said we had to get used to new variants popping up, as the UK variant becomes prevalent in hotel quarantine. NSW deputy chief health officer Dr Jeremy McAnulty said there had been 18 “variants of concern” detected since November; and Health minister Brad Hazzard said we had to get used to new variants popping up, as the UK variant becomes prevalent in hotel quarantine. NSW deputy chief health officer Dr Jeremy McAnulty said there had been 18 “variants of concern” detected since November.
Hazzard also said he was comfortable with current arrangements regarding working from home, which largely leaves the decision to workplaces Hazzard also said he was comfortable with current arrangements regarding working from home, which largely leaves the decision to workplaces.
NSW health minister Brad Hazzard has absolutely slammed people who are not wearing masks in the state, saying those who do not do so are “kidding themselves” and should have “the full weight of the law thrown at them”.NSW health minister Brad Hazzard has absolutely slammed people who are not wearing masks in the state, saying those who do not do so are “kidding themselves” and should have “the full weight of the law thrown at them”.
Here is what will change with masks in Victoria from midnight Sunday. They will only be mandatory in: airports/on flights, hospitals, on public transport or taxis/ride share vehicles, supermarkets and shopping centres.Here is what will change with masks in Victoria from midnight Sunday. They will only be mandatory in: airports/on flights, hospitals, on public transport or taxis/ride share vehicles, supermarkets and shopping centres.
NSW health minister Brad Hazzard is asked again whether a regional hotel quarantine model may work better because it requires staff to stay on site, reducing the possible leakage of the virus into the community. He used the question as an opportunity to again point out that NSW is doing the heavy lifting when it comes to international arrivals.NSW health minister Brad Hazzard is asked again whether a regional hotel quarantine model may work better because it requires staff to stay on site, reducing the possible leakage of the virus into the community. He used the question as an opportunity to again point out that NSW is doing the heavy lifting when it comes to international arrivals.
There are 18 people in Victoria who were in the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane and have been chased up, premier Andrews confirms.There are 18 people in Victoria who were in the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane and have been chased up, premier Andrews confirms.
Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has flagged that the government is working to reduce red zones to certain local government areas in Sydney, rather than the entire greater Sydney region. This would make travel between the places far easier. He said no announcement on this was likely today.Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has flagged that the government is working to reduce red zones to certain local government areas in Sydney, rather than the entire greater Sydney region. This would make travel between the places far easier. He said no announcement on this was likely today.
NSW health minister Brad Hazzard has ruled out any change to the hotel quarantine system in the state, after Queensland said they were considering relocating some quarantine facilities to regional areas.NSW health minister Brad Hazzard has ruled out any change to the hotel quarantine system in the state, after Queensland said they were considering relocating some quarantine facilities to regional areas.
He makes some very fair points, so I’ll include the bulk of them:He makes some very fair points, so I’ll include the bulk of them:
NSW has recorded no new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. The last time there were no locally acquired cases in NSW was the 24 hours to 8pm on 6 January.NSW has recorded no new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. The last time there were no locally acquired cases in NSW was the 24 hours to 8pm on 6 January.
Two cases were recorded in returned travellers, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,854.Two cases were recorded in returned travellers, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,854.
There were 20,437 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 20,664.There were 20,437 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 20,664.
A staged return to work in offices will start in Victoria next week, premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed in a press conference which is going on now (at the same time as a press conference in NSW). Mask restrictions will go back to what they were before the recent outbreak of cases in Victoria (shopping centres, public transport, but not all indoor settings).A staged return to work in offices will start in Victoria next week, premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed in a press conference which is going on now (at the same time as a press conference in NSW). Mask restrictions will go back to what they were before the recent outbreak of cases in Victoria (shopping centres, public transport, but not all indoor settings).
The first tennis players arriving in Melbourne for the Australian Open are set to land on a flight today. All had to return a negative Covid test before travelling to Australia, have to have daily tests while here, and can only train with one support person. Here’s some more of the restrictions that will apply during their time here:The first tennis players arriving in Melbourne for the Australian Open are set to land on a flight today. All had to return a negative Covid test before travelling to Australia, have to have daily tests while here, and can only train with one support person. Here’s some more of the restrictions that will apply during their time here:
Here’s a story on those people who had to move from the Hotel Grand Chancellor to other hotels and spend another fortnight in quarantine (potentially less, if Queensland Health find the source of infection).Here’s a story on those people who had to move from the Hotel Grand Chancellor to other hotels and spend another fortnight in quarantine (potentially less, if Queensland Health find the source of infection).