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Australia Covid live update: SA braces for more cases; Sydney outbreak moves west Australia Covid live update: SA braces for more cases; Sydney outbreak moves west
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Oooh, this will be fun. We will hear from the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in about 15 minutes, speaking to ABC News Breakfast from Tokyo. The anxious wait for the Victorian numbers has started every one.
As a Melburnian, I will be a nervous wreck until they come out.
Millar:
Palaszczuk:
Here is what the Queensland premier had to say about it this morning when asked by ABC News Breakfast host Lisa Millar:
Palaszczuk:
I’ve known John for years. So what’s happened now is that the Lord Mayor and the federal minister and I are expected to go. So I will leave that to John Coates and Thomas Bach. But let me make it clear - I am not going to offend anyone now that we’ve just been awarded the Games.
Millar:
Palaszczuk:
Hmmmm, this is interesting. So yesterday there was an awkward exchange between the Queensland premier and Australia Olympic Committee president John Coates when he publicly ordered Annastacia Palaszczuk to attend the Tokyo opening ceremony.
She has been asked about it on ABC just now but, before I get into that, here is the transcript. A warning, it’s a little tricky to know exactly what’s going on and, honestly, the video doesn’t help much either:
Coates:
*silence*
Palaszczuk:
Coates:
Honestly, seeing this I understand a bit better why Palaszczuk was saying it was imperative that she went to Japan to attend the Games. I wouldn’t want to cross Coates either.
Annastacia Palaszczuk:
Just so you know, Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is 10/10 pumped for Brisbane to host the Olympics in 2032.
Here she is reacting to the news on ABC News Breakfast:
Interestingly, it doesn’t look like the Prahran Market hasn’t been added to the official Victorian exposure site website yet.
The only exposure site listed for Prahran is the Goodlife Health Club Prahran on Chapel Street: anyone who visited it between 12.45pm and 2.25pm on Wednesday 15 July must isolate for 14 days.
A heads up to Melbourne blog readers, prahran market is now a tier one exposure site.
It looks as though a positive case visited the popular fresh food market in the city’s inner east on Saturday 17 July.
Here is what a spokesperson for the market just posted on Instagram:
Oooh, this will be fun. We will hear from Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in about 15 minutes, speaking to ABC News Breakfast from Tokyo.
SA premier Steven Marshall says there has been “no serious escalation” in the state’s Covid-19 situation overnight but he said there “are a couple of cases we will take a closer look at before any announcements”.SA premier Steven Marshall says there has been “no serious escalation” in the state’s Covid-19 situation overnight but he said there “are a couple of cases we will take a closer look at before any announcements”.
This is becoming a bit of a pattern in the last few days: a senior member of the federal government going to great lengths to avoid saying “sorry” for the Australian vaccine rollout.This is becoming a bit of a pattern in the last few days: a senior member of the federal government going to great lengths to avoid saying “sorry” for the Australian vaccine rollout.
This time it was ABC host Lisa Millar trying to pin down the treasurer Josh Frydenberg:This time it was ABC host Lisa Millar trying to pin down the treasurer Josh Frydenberg:
Millar:Millar:
Frydenberg:Frydenberg:
Millar:Millar:
Frydenberg:Frydenberg:
Millar:Millar:
Frydenberg:Frydenberg:
Commonwealth treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been asked on ABC News Breakfast how long Australia can go with more than half of its population in lockdown before the country may be plunged into a second recession:Commonwealth treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been asked on ABC News Breakfast how long Australia can go with more than half of its population in lockdown before the country may be plunged into a second recession:
And over to Kieran Pender for big sports news from last night:And over to Kieran Pender for big sports news from last night:
Here is personally my least favourite tweet in reaction to this announcement:Here is personally my least favourite tweet in reaction to this announcement:
After you recover from that, you can read the full report below:After you recover from that, you can read the full report below:
Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg has just told Sunrise that he expects Australia’s September quarter to be in the red, which is somewhat unsurprising given that more than half of the country’s population is in lockdown:Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg has just told Sunrise that he expects Australia’s September quarter to be in the red, which is somewhat unsurprising given that more than half of the country’s population is in lockdown:
According to the ABC, Victoria can expect a slightly higher number than yesterday’s 22 new local Covid-19 cases.According to the ABC, Victoria can expect a slightly higher number than yesterday’s 22 new local Covid-19 cases.
That number was already the highest the state had recorded in 10 months but there is hope that the majority of these new infections will be from close contacts who were already in isolation.That number was already the highest the state had recorded in 10 months but there is hope that the majority of these new infections will be from close contacts who were already in isolation.
Federal Labor frontbencher Kristina Keneally has raised the alarm that Scott Morrison will personally decide how to allocate $800m of manufacturing grants.Federal Labor frontbencher Kristina Keneally has raised the alarm that Scott Morrison will personally decide how to allocate $800m of manufacturing grants.
Labor’s government accountability spokesperson on Wednesday night warned that the Coalition’s modern manufacturing initiative would “bake-in” partisan spending and normalise recommendations that weren’t independent, as occurred in the sports rorts controversy.Labor’s government accountability spokesperson on Wednesday night warned that the Coalition’s modern manufacturing initiative would “bake-in” partisan spending and normalise recommendations that weren’t independent, as occurred in the sports rorts controversy.
Keneally used a speech to Deakin University’s accountability and rule of law workshop to renew Labor warnings that the latest budget contained 22 discretionary funds that allowed partisan spending.Keneally used a speech to Deakin University’s accountability and rule of law workshop to renew Labor warnings that the latest budget contained 22 discretionary funds that allowed partisan spending.
The speech follows weeks of controversy about the $660m commuter car park fund. The Australian National Audit Office found its 47 project sites were handpicked by the government on the advice of its MPs and candidates.The speech follows weeks of controversy about the $660m commuter car park fund. The Australian National Audit Office found its 47 project sites were handpicked by the government on the advice of its MPs and candidates.
You can read the full report below:You can read the full report below:
Hello everyone and welcome to Thursday.Hello everyone and welcome to Thursday.
It’s Matilda Boseley here. Why don’t we start today’s news coverage in South Australia, where a Covid-19 cluster of six grew to 12 yesterday afternoon.It’s Matilda Boseley here. Why don’t we start today’s news coverage in South Australia, where a Covid-19 cluster of six grew to 12 yesterday afternoon.
Five of the latest cases are linked to the Tenafeate Creek winery at Yattalunga, north of Adelaide, with the sixth, a child under five, linked to a Greek restaurant in the city, where a number of infected people dined at the weekend.Five of the latest cases are linked to the Tenafeate Creek winery at Yattalunga, north of Adelaide, with the sixth, a child under five, linked to a Greek restaurant in the city, where a number of infected people dined at the weekend.
After one of the cases – a man in his 40s – attended the winery, he went to a school campus in the town of Gawler on Monday, raising concerns for other staff and students.After one of the cases – a man in his 40s – attended the winery, he went to a school campus in the town of Gawler on Monday, raising concerns for other staff and students.
The state’s chief health officer, Nicola Spurrier, said both the winery and the restaurant were now considered super-spreader sites.The state’s chief health officer, Nicola Spurrier, said both the winery and the restaurant were now considered super-spreader sites.
In NSW health officials are worried that Sydney’s cluster is on the move again, leaking into vulnerable communities in the city’s west.In NSW health officials are worried that Sydney’s cluster is on the move again, leaking into vulnerable communities in the city’s west.
The lion’s share (50) of yesterday’s 110 cases still came from the south-west, but health authorities said they are particularly concerned about the 29 newly infected people in the western Sydney local health district.The lion’s share (50) of yesterday’s 110 cases still came from the south-west, but health authorities said they are particularly concerned about the 29 newly infected people in the western Sydney local health district.
NSW Health’s Jeremy McAnulty warned residents:NSW Health’s Jeremy McAnulty warned residents:
Oh, and also Brisbane won the 2032 Olympics or something, but we will get to that later. Let’s jump into the day!Oh, and also Brisbane won the 2032 Olympics or something, but we will get to that later. Let’s jump into the day!
If there is something you reckon I’ve missed or think should be in the blog but isn’t, shoot me a message on Twitter @MatildaBoseley.If there is something you reckon I’ve missed or think should be in the blog but isn’t, shoot me a message on Twitter @MatildaBoseley.