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Australia Covid live news update: NSW records 124 new cases as Qld closes border to entire state; 26 cases in Victoria and two in SA Australia Covid live news update: Morrison says sorry for slow vaccine rollout; NSW records 124 new cases and Victoria 26
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Morrison says about the two people in their 40s who died after suffering a rare blood clotting condition after taking their first dose of AstraZeneca:
Morrison has also said that from Monday pharmacies across the country can register to administer AstraZeneca vaccinations. The program is expected to start in August.
Morrison says Services Australia is processing more claims than it is receiving for Covid-19 financial relief (I’m not sure how this is possible but sure). It processed just under 70,000 yesterday.
Morrison says it is “deeply distressing” to see people who are unvaccinated dying from Covid-19 as a result of the greater Sydney outbreak.
He says some of those who died have been eligible for a vaccine for months.
The comments also touch on his view that the NSW government is “keeping the lid” on the outbreak but that it will be some time until it’s contained.
Morrison says that since he made comments on 28 June saying that people who were not yet eligible for the Pfizer vaccine could ask their GPs about AstraZenena, there have been 76,595 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine administered to people under the age of 40.
It was quick, but it was there. Morrison:
Morrison says the Covid-19 national security committee met again today. He is really happy with the record 184,000 vaccinations recorded yesterday.
Morrison says there’s estimates the Games will provide an $18b economic boost.
Morrison starts by championing the decision to award the 2032 Olympics to Brisbane.
He is providing an update on Covid-19.
The NSW parliament’s public accountability committee will restart its inquiry into Covid-19 outbreaks and the management of the state government, given the recent wave caused by the Delta variant.
It will be holding further hearings into the following issues, according to this statement from committee chair David Shoebridge:
The circumstances and the cause of the recent outbreak of Covid-19
How the quarantine and transport protocols in place prior to the recent outbreak were assessed and set
Lessons learnt from the transportation of Fed Ex workers
The steps that have now been taken to ensure that such an outbreak cannot happen again, including any changes to state and national health, quarantine or transport protocols since the outbreak
The nature and content of the health advice relating to the imposition of additional restrictions and lockdown, and the timing of such additional restrictions and lockdown
The future management of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The prime minister Scott Morrison is due to speak in Canberra.
Will bring you that when it happens (twas quite late yesterday).Will bring you that when it happens (twas quite late yesterday).
Mostly just sharing in the off chance that someone in the lands of Unincorporated Far West Walgett will contact me: Mostly just sharing in the off chance that someone in the lands of the Unincorporated Far West will contact me:
Dating apps will allow users to badge their profiles to indicate whether they’ve got a Covid-19 jab or not (but won’t independently verify if they actually have):Dating apps will allow users to badge their profiles to indicate whether they’ve got a Covid-19 jab or not (but won’t independently verify if they actually have):
Here are some interesting slabs from the just released TGA Covid-19 vaccine weekly safety report about the rare blood clotting condition thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS):Here are some interesting slabs from the just released TGA Covid-19 vaccine weekly safety report about the rare blood clotting condition thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS):
And also:And also:
Some more Atagi news, not that we’re wanting for it:Some more Atagi news, not that we’re wanting for it:
With that, I will be handing over the blog to the vivacious Nino Bucci – whose posts you would have been reading more of in the past hour anyway.With that, I will be handing over the blog to the vivacious Nino Bucci – whose posts you would have been reading more of in the past hour anyway.
I’ll be back later in the afternoon.I’ll be back later in the afternoon.
The Victorian Covid-19 update has ended.The Victorian Covid-19 update has ended.
Just before it did, the state’s acting chief health officer, Ben Cowie, was asked the perennial “press conference in lockdown” question: when will it end (the lockdown, not the presser)?Just before it did, the state’s acting chief health officer, Ben Cowie, was asked the perennial “press conference in lockdown” question: when will it end (the lockdown, not the presser)?
He basically deadbatted it, saying that chief health officer Brett Sutton would be back in the chair on Tuesday when a decision is made on whether to lift restrictions. It is encouraging there are no mystery cases and so few cases in the community while infectious, he said.He basically deadbatted it, saying that chief health officer Brett Sutton would be back in the chair on Tuesday when a decision is made on whether to lift restrictions. It is encouraging there are no mystery cases and so few cases in the community while infectious, he said.
But it was too difficult to say whether lockdown would lift if daily case numbers stayed in the 20s, even if the mystery case and infectious in the community case numbers stayed low.But it was too difficult to say whether lockdown would lift if daily case numbers stayed in the 20s, even if the mystery case and infectious in the community case numbers stayed low.
Victoria’s acting chief health officer Ben Cowie has had this to say about the deaths of two people in their 40s from the extremely rare blood clotting condition thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) after receiving the first dose of AstraZeneca:
Hi all, it is Naaman Zhou here.
Thanks to Matilda Boseley and our various correspondents for their incredible work on wrangling all those simultaneous pressers.
With that absolute marathon of a five press conference day, I shall leave you.
The effervescent Naaman Zhou is your news bestie for the rest of the day, and I shall see you all on Sunday.
Peace out!
The TGA has put out its weekly report.
In this, they have noted two people have died after receiving the first dose of the AZ vaccine:
This Tasmanian death was also just confirmed at the Tasmanian Covid-19 update.
Ahhh OK, the Tasmanian presser is also on. Let me grab you updates in one second.
VIC press conference:
Foley is asked about the Sydney removalists who sparked this outbreak when they worked unmasked at a Maribyrnong apartment complex. Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has previously said those who broke the rules would be made famous.
These removalists are not to be confused (as Foley did) with the other Sydney removalists who travelled around NSW (and whose mother died of Covid-19 earlier this week) after they were told they were positive.Foley:
Martin Foley is asked about prime minister Scott Morrison’s comments yesterday about his “constant appeal” for the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (Atagi) to change its advice relating to AstraZeneca.
Foley says:
Asked later to elaborate as to whether his point was that the federal government could ignore the Atagi advice if it didn’t like it, he says:
Foley later adds:
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There is some update on the South Australia singles/intimate partner bubbles, but I didn’t quite catch the details so I’ll have to double back on that for you.
Testing commander Jeroen Weimar has confirmed an aged care facility in Sale, a town in Victoria’s east, has gone into lockdown.
He says this is because of a close contact definition and is “precautionary” given the vulnerability of the setting.