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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. Luke Henriques-Gomes is listening into the Robodebt class action judgement and will be bringing us all the updates.
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. Also, the news is just in, Victoria’s Covid-19 press conference will be at 11.40 am AEST.
Queensland has opened a temporary vaccine hub to meet increased demand for the jab in the Sunshine Coast. The Victorian Council of Social Services has called for the federal government’s emergency Covid-19 payment to be extended, as restrictions still in place in Victoria mean many are still unable to return to work.
Chief executive Emma King said:
The federal government’s temporary emergency payment only covered the second week of lockdown in Melbourne. It has now been withdrawn, because lockdown has technically been lifted.
King said the strict eligibility requirements for the payment — which excluded anyone who received any other Commonwealth support payments, even as low as $48 per week — meant money did not reach many who needed it.
She said:
Woohoo! All three states on high alert for Covid-19 have recorded no cases overnight.
Here are the NSW numbers to complete the trilogy:
That’s about all from Queensland today.
In short, there was some good news:
No new cases.
A new pop up Pfizer vaccination hub for people aged 16-49 and groups 1A and 1B.
And a stern warning:
Five people who recently travelled to Victoria have already been fined for entering Queensland illegally.
Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young says the infected Victorian couple likely have the Kappa variant of Covid-19, rather than the more infectious Delta strain which is also circulating in Victoria.
Young said she is increasingly confident that the state can manage the situation on the Sunshine Coast.
Those in regional Victoria are now allowed to travel into Queensland, confirms the health minister.
D’Ath:D’Ath:
Queensland health minister Yvette D’Ath is giving a Covid-19 update now. D’Ath said they would review easing border restriction on the city of Melbourne next week.
A netball centre in Traralgon is flooded after Victoria’s storms. The deputy police commissioner says police have so far found five people from Victoria who have illegally entered Queensland.
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. Martin says:
Here is the Queensland government’s new video pitch. Queensland’s deputy police commissioner, Peter Martin, says police have not yet interviewed the Victorian couple in relation to possible criminal charges.
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. Queensland’s chief health officer, Dr Jeannette Young, says all close contacts of the infected Victorian couple have so far tested negative to Covid-19.
“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. She said 417 people in the Sunshine Coast came forward to get tested on Thursday.
“The next 24 to 48 hours - we’ll be monitoring that very closely.” 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.
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.
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.
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:
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%.
Dr Philip Clare of the University of Sydney said:
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.
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.
As we reported this morning, Bishop approached the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, for a meeting with Treasury before she signed the lobbyist register.
Husic said: