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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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Luke Henriques-Gomes is listening into the Robodebt class action judgement and will be bringing us all the updates. Sutton says yesterday’s four mystery cases appear to be connected to the Kappa variant outbreak, which is a big relief as the more infectious Delta strain has also been circulating.
The other loose end to tie up in Victoria is the two travellers who tested positive in Queensland.
Chief health officer Brett Sutton said there will still be more cases to come in Victoria.
Acting premier James Merlino came under fire at yesterday’s press conference for the continued pause on elective surgeries in Melbourne.
Now, following a day of zero local cases, he has some news on that front.
While that was happening the Victorian press conference has just begun. Let’s have a look!
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The episode of Four Corners that explores Scott Morrison’s relationship with a QAnon conspiracy theory subscriber will be airing next Monday.
Last week Nine reported the episode had been pulled after being “upwardly referred” to the broadcaster’s managing director, David Anderson, for review. Anderson said the episode was merely being delayed and worked on further.
Now, executive producer Sally Neighbour has tweeted out a preview of the episode, announcing it will air next Monday.
You can read more of our previous coverage on this story and the Four Corners episode here:
Our welfare and inequality reporter Luke Henriques-Gomes is listening in to the Robodebt class action judgement and will be bringing us all the updates.
Also, the news is just in, Victoria’s Covid-19 press conference will be at 11.40 am AEST.Also, the news is just in, Victoria’s Covid-19 press conference will be at 11.40 am AEST.
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.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: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.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.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:She said:
Woohoo! All three states on high alert for Covid-19 have recorded no cases overnight.Woohoo! All three states on high alert for Covid-19 have recorded no cases overnight.
Here are the NSW numbers to complete the trilogy:Here are the NSW numbers to complete the trilogy:
That’s about all from Queensland today.That’s about all from Queensland today.
In short, there was some good news:In short, there was some good news:
No new cases.No new cases.
A new pop up Pfizer vaccination hub for people aged 16-49 and groups 1A and 1B.A new pop up Pfizer vaccination hub for people aged 16-49 and groups 1A and 1B.
And a stern warning:And a stern warning:
Five people who recently travelled to Victoria have already been fined for entering Queensland illegally.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.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.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.Those in regional Victoria are now allowed to travel into Queensland, confirms the health minister.
D’Ath: But people in greater Melbourne who are not Queensland residents still need an exemption to travel, Yvette D’Ath says.
D’Ath said they would review easing border restriction on the city of Melbourne next week. D’Ath said authorities would review easing border restriction on the city of Melbourne next week.
The deputy police commissioner says police have so far found five people from Victoria who have illegally entered Queensland.The deputy police commissioner says police have so far found five people from Victoria who have illegally entered Queensland.
Martin says:Martin says:
Queensland’s deputy police commissioner, Peter Martin, says police have not yet interviewed the Victorian couple in relation to possible criminal charges.Queensland’s deputy police commissioner, Peter Martin, says police have not yet interviewed the Victorian couple in relation to possible criminal charges.
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.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.
She said 417 people in the Sunshine Coast came forward to get tested on Thursday.She said 417 people in the Sunshine Coast came forward to get tested on Thursday.
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.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.