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Australia coronavirus live news: Victoria records no new Covid cases as Melbourne lockdown ends Australia coronavirus live news: Victoria records no new Covid cases as Melbourne lockdown ends
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Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young says all close contacts of the infected Victorian couple have so far tested negative to Covid-19.
Victorians are in the naughty corner today in Queensland, with health minister Yvette D’Ath laying down the hard word on people crossing the border without an exemption.
Queensland has opened a temporary vaccine hub to meet increased demand for the jab in the Sunshine Coast.
D’Ath:
Queensland health minister Yvette D’Ath is giving a Covid-19 update now.
A netball centre in Traralgon is flooded after Victoria’s storms.
There is plenty of Queensland Olympics news today, as the International Olympic Committee said they would take the state’s bid to a vote in Tokyo next month.
Here is the Queensland government’s new video pitch.
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says there have been no cases of community transmission so far, and that’s very encouraging. But she’s also warned Queensland is not yet out of the woods after a Melbourne couple infected with coronavirus travelled to the state.
“Thankfully today zero new cases. We would have expected to see a couple of community cases from that couple if it was going to be in the community,” she told reporters on Friday.
“The next 24 to 48 hours - we’ll be monitoring that very closely.”
Police are investigating the couple’s decision to leave Melbourne during a lockdown and drive through NSW to Queensland.
Victorian authorities have revealed the couple left their home state on 1 June, when greater Melbourne was in a snap lockdown.
They were relocating permanently to Queensland so the husband could take up a new job.
Acting Victorian premier James Merlino has said the couple did not breach any state restrictions by leaving, and moving interstate was allowed during lockdowns.
But Queensland’s chief health officer Jeannette Young has said the couple didn’t apply for a travel exemption to enter Queensland and it was up to police to investigate whether they came through under any other process.
Vaccinations are going full steam ahead at some Adelaide hubs.Vaccinations are going full steam ahead at some Adelaide hubs.
Young Australians reported a significant increase in anxiety and depression symptoms during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report.Young Australians reported a significant increase in anxiety and depression symptoms during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report.
Of 1,927 young people, who were on average 22 years old when they were surveyed, half rated their mental health as having worsened.Of 1,927 young people, who were on average 22 years old when they were surveyed, half rated their mental health as having worsened.
Despite increases in generalised anxiety and depression, the study, led by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, found no increase in young people seeking out support for their mental health from health professionals.Despite increases in generalised anxiety and depression, the study, led by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, found no increase in young people seeking out support for their mental health from health professionals.
Emily Upton, a UNSW researcher and clinical psychologist, said in a statement:Emily Upton, a UNSW researcher and clinical psychologist, said in a statement:
A separate study based on the same survey data found a decrease in alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm among young people during the pandemic.A separate study based on the same survey data found a decrease in alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm among young people during the pandemic.
Compared to February 2020, alcohol consumption among young people during Covid restrictions between May and June last year dropped by 17%.Compared to February 2020, alcohol consumption among young people during Covid restrictions between May and June last year dropped by 17%.
Dr Philip Clare of the University of Sydney said:Dr Philip Clare of the University of Sydney said:
OK, it looks like we will be hearing from Queensland officials at 10.30am (AEST).OK, it looks like we will be hearing from Queensland officials at 10.30am (AEST).
But the good news is, we already know there had been no community spread overnight.But the good news is, we already know there had been no community spread overnight.
Flood warnings remain at “moderate” for large areas of eastern regional Victoria.Flood warnings remain at “moderate” for large areas of eastern regional Victoria.
Labor’s industry spokesman, Ed Husic, has responded to the attorney general’s department saying it has asked former foreign minister Julie Bishop to clarify her role at Greensill Capital, the collapsed finance group.Labor’s industry spokesman, Ed Husic, has responded to the attorney general’s department saying it has asked former foreign minister Julie Bishop to clarify her role at Greensill Capital, the collapsed finance group.
As we reported this morning, Bishop approached the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, for a meeting with Treasury before she signed the lobbyist register.As we reported this morning, Bishop approached the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, for a meeting with Treasury before she signed the lobbyist register.
Husic said:Husic said:
NSW has become the first state in Australia to automatically ban anyone convicted of serious animal abuse from ever owning or working with animals again, AAP’s Tiffanie Turnbull reports.
A government bill introducing tougher penalties for animal cruelty and bestiality passed the state parliament on Thursday night, after two years of advocacy by Animal Justice party MP Emma Hurst.
A psychologist and survivor of domestic violence, Hurst says human and animal abuse often go hand in hand. The new penalties are a significant step towards addressing both crimes, she said in a statement.
She cites one case where a Sydney man was jailed for serious animal cruelty after he stabbed a dog with a pitchfork six times, then hung it to a tree and left it to die over many hours.
A petting zoo operator, that man was not banned from working with animals again, she says.
The new NSW legislation is unique in that the ban is for a lifetime and is automatically imposed upon conviction.
Hurst is now urging other states to follow suit.
It should be easier for Australians to get their smartphones, tablets and other devices repaired or replaced, the Productivity Commission has found.
The commission reviewed the so-called right to repair in Australia and received more than 300 submissions and comments. Many consumers complained that companies were making it harder and more expensive to get devices fixed by anyone other than the manufacturer.
The most common issues with phones, for example, are smashed screens or the need to replace the battery, but increasingly companies like Apple and Samsung are making it harder for consumers to repair it themselves, or get it repaired by anyone but Apple or Samsung.
You can read the full report below:
Good news from Queensland.
The sunshine state has recorded no cases of Covid-19 overnight, local or otherwise!
This comes after two unknowingly infected Victorians entered Queensland while their home state was in lockdown and subsequently tested positive on the Sunshine Coast.
The Victorian Royal Commission into Crown will be extended by two and a half months due to the “seriousness of evidence produced through hearings and submissions to date”, the inquiry says.
Commissioner Ray Finkelstein was due to report by 1 August, but this has now been pushed back to 15 October. His budget has also been pumped up from $10 million to $19.75 million.
Victoria’s acting premier James Merlino said:
The minister for consumer affairs, gaming and liquor regulation, Melissa Horne, said the evidence heard at the commission so far was “significant”.
Ooh, would you look at that, the Queensland press conference should be at around 10am (AEST). So in about 40 minutes.
In terms of today’s press conferences, there are two big ones we are waiting for. Victoria, where we will hear all about lockdown ending and maybe a little about what comes next, and Queensland, where we will learn if there has been any more community spread of Covid-19 on the Sunshine Coast.
No confirmed times on either of these yet, but I will keep you posted.
Amnesty International has collected new evidence of human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region, which it says has become a “dystopian hellscape” for hundreds of thousands of Muslims subjected to mass internment and torture.
The human rights organisation has collected more than 50 new accounts from Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities who claim to have been subjected to mass internment and torture in police stations and camps in the region.
Testimonies from former detainees included in a new report launched on Thursday allege the use of “tiger chairs” – steel chairs with leg irons and handcuffs that restrain the body in painful positions – on detainees during police interrogations.
You can read the full report below:
Star swimmer Maddie Groves has pulled out of the Australian Olympic swimming trials just days before the event begins in Adelaide, saying her last-minute withdrawal should be a lesson to “all misogynistic perverts in sport”.
Groves, who won two silver medals at the Rio Games five years ago, was aiming to reach her second Olympics at the national trials, which start this weekend and run for six days. But the 26-year-old butterfly specialist, also a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, announced her decision not to compete in a social media post on Wednesday night.
In a separate message posted on Thursday “for emphasis” and to “make them pervs quake in fear from the number of people supporting a statement that threatens their existence”, she made allegations about her treatment by an unnamed individual involved in the sport.
Groves wrote:
You can read the full report below:
There is a bit of confusion on the airport front when it comes to travel from Victoria to NSW.