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Australia Covid live update: Victoria records 26 new cases; SA braces for more infections; Sydney outbreak moves west Australia Covid live news: Qld closes border to all of NSW: Gladys Berejiklian to provide update; Victoria records 26 new cases
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Just a reminder I’m going to have to dip out of this Queensland press conference soon when NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian steps up to give us the state’s case numbers in a couple of minutes.
Queensland has also up mask requirements in large stadiums and have limited crowd capacity to 75% in the largest venues.
Young:
Young:
Here is the Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young:
Miles:
Coffs Harbour will be included in the border bubble with Queensland, despite fears about Covid-19 exposure in the regional community.
Miles:
OK, it isn’t all good news from this Queensland press conference.
Deputy premier Steven Miles says Queensland will now close the border to all of NSW from 1am Friday.
Miles:
Deputy premier Steven Miles is speaking now. He says there are no new cases of Covid-19 in the state overnight.
Hmmm, the Queensland premier says there is an “important update on Queensland’s COVID-19 restrictions” starting soon.
I’ll bring you all the updates here on the blog.
People experiencing homelessness and disadvantage will be able to get vaccinated against Covid-19 at pop-up clinics across Melbourne, reports Benita Kolovos from AAP.
Health minister Martin Foley on Thursday announced community health organisation CoHealth has begun mobile pop-up clinics in the city centre, Collingwood and Footscray.
Each vaccination team includes two community health nurses, a social worker and a worker who has experienced homelessness, and will have the capacity to immunise 40 people a day.
The mobile clinics will also visit homelessness services, drop-in centres, crisis accommodation facilities and rooming houses across the inner north, inner west and city in the coming weeks.
Foley:
Meanwhile, Pfizer eligibility has been expanded at the state-run vaccination centres.
All healthcare workers, hotel quarantine and international border workers and residential aged and disability care workers and residents are now eligible for Pfizer, regardless of their age.
Household contacts of hotel quarantine and border workers aged over 16 are also eligible.
More than 1.4 million doses of vaccine have been administered at state-run hubs to date, including more than 500,000 doses in the past month.
Hmmm ... no Queensland numbers so far this morning.Hmmm ... no Queensland numbers so far this morning.
The state’s leaders usually speak around 10am, although maybe the whole Olympics situation has them running a little behind this morning.The state’s leaders usually speak around 10am, although maybe the whole Olympics situation has them running a little behind this morning.
NSW update confirmed for 11am, by the way.NSW update confirmed for 11am, by the way.
Oooop!Oooop!
But to that new big exposure site in Melbourne.But to that new big exposure site in Melbourne.
Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates has insisted that Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk attend the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony, in an awkward exchange just hours after Queensland won the hosting rights for the 2032 Games.Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates has insisted that Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk attend the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony, in an awkward exchange just hours after Queensland won the hosting rights for the 2032 Games.
Palaszczuk had previously said she would not attend the ceremony, in the face of growing domestic concern about her international trip.Palaszczuk had previously said she would not attend the ceremony, in the face of growing domestic concern about her international trip.
But at a press conference on Wednesday night, Coates – also vice president of the International Olympic Committee – issued a stern rebuke with Palaszczuk, sitting next to him.But at a press conference on Wednesday night, Coates – also vice president of the International Olympic Committee – issued a stern rebuke with Palaszczuk, sitting next to him.
“You are going to the opening ceremony,” Coates said. “I am still the deputy chair of the candidature leadership group [for the 2032 bid]. So far as I understand, there will be an opening and a closing ceremony in 2032, and all of you have got to get along there and understand the tradition parts of that, what’s involved in an opening ceremony.“You are going to the opening ceremony,” Coates said. “I am still the deputy chair of the candidature leadership group [for the 2032 bid]. So far as I understand, there will be an opening and a closing ceremony in 2032, and all of you have got to get along there and understand the tradition parts of that, what’s involved in an opening ceremony.
“None of you are staying behind hiding in your rooms, alright?”“None of you are staying behind hiding in your rooms, alright?”
You can read the full report below:You can read the full report below:
SA premier Steven Marshall has come under fire since announcing a snap seven-day hard lockdown for the state for not ramping up testing capacity fast enough.SA premier Steven Marshall has come under fire since announcing a snap seven-day hard lockdown for the state for not ramping up testing capacity fast enough.
He promised things would smooth out in the next few days but it seems it’s still a rocky road this morning.He promised things would smooth out in the next few days but it seems it’s still a rocky road this morning.
Thanks for sending me these tweets, blog reader Liam!Thanks for sending me these tweets, blog reader Liam!
This isn’t Australian news but it’s still worth getting across the situation in Zhengzhou at the moment.This isn’t Australian news but it’s still worth getting across the situation in Zhengzhou at the moment.
At least 25 people have died so far in the floods.At least 25 people have died so far in the floods.
Nine news is reporting that NSW case numbers will be more than 120 today. This hasn’t been independently confirmed by us yet but Chris O’Keefe has been pretty reliable so far with numbers.
We will find out for sure in about 90 minutes.
Wow! That person in the middle there looks like a great boss! She gives off the vibe of someone who runs a brilliant Australian media organisation, but more than anything she seems like she would have great taste in picking someone to run a daily new live blog:
A private boys’ school in Perth that charges up to $27,000 a year in fees received more than $7m in jobkeeper subsidies in 2020 while declaring an operating surplus of more than $8m.
The Hale school in Perth counts cabinet minister Christian Porter and Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith as alumni.
According to the school’s annual report, it received $7.45m in jobkeeper payments last year. At the same time, the school declared an operating surplus in 2020 of $8.31m and also offered discounts to parents.
Jobkeeper subsidies were the second-largest source of income for the private school in 2020, contributing more than commonwealth funding, state funding and boarding fees.
You can read the full report below:
A nursing home in Sydney’s south is in lockdown after a nurse tested positive for Covid.
NSW Health says visitors and non-essential staff should not enter The Palms in Kirrawee, and affected staff – some of whom are not vaccinated – have been isolated and will be tested within the next 24 hours, according to AAP.
The home released a statement last night:
OK, let’s talk about the press conferences today.
So far it looks as though we are going to have NSW at 11am AEST and SA at 11.30am AEST. (This is 11am for those in SA.)
No word on the Victoria press conference time yet but, if they schedule it anywhere between 10.30am and 12pm, I will begin to scream and I may never stop.
Scott Morrison has hit the radio waves in Brisbane to say various formulations of “how good are the Olympics” but he’s also been asked about Atagi’s advice on AstraZeneca, and what Australians should do now that he is publicly barracking for the advice to change.
On 4BC Radio, Morrison said “no doubt” Australia would’ve been in a better position if the Atagi warning had not been applied to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Morrison said he respects Atagi, and the government has “acted consistently with their recommendations”, but, given the greater risk of Covid-19 now, he was querying how the Delta outbreaks would impact their advice.
Asked about Queensland’s chief health officer Jeannette Young and her warning against AstraZeneca, Morrison said:
Morrison said Atagi had made “some suggestions” (that Pfizer is preferred for those 59 and under) and that others should consider whether the benefits outweigh the costs. That is why the government had encouraged people to talk to their GP, and exercise “informed consent”, which means “we don’t mandate” people to take vaccines but “we don’t prevent you from taking them either”.
The PM revealed that 60,000 people under 40 had received the AstraZeneca vaccine since he encouraged them to talk to their GP in late June.
He then made a full-throated appeal to Queenslanders:
Yesterday Victorian chief health officer Prof Brett Sutton said people should draw confidence from the proportion of daily cases isolating for their entire infectious period rising from just 6% on Monday to 73% on Wednesday.
Well, I just did some quick maths and today that has risen to 92.3% of cases who were in isolation the whole time.
On the downside, this is the highest number of cases Victoria has seen since September, and the testing number is down by more than 10,000 from yesterday.
As expected, Victoria’s numbers are up slightly today, with 26 local cases overnight.
The good news is that 24 out of the 26 cases were in quarantine throughout their entire infectious period and all of the cases are linked to known outbreaks.