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Australia Covid live news: Qld closes border to all of NSW: Gladys Berejiklian to provide update; Victoria records 26 new cases Australia Covid live news update: NSW records 124 new cases as Qld closes border to entire state: 26 cases in Victoria
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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. FYI the VIC and SA press conferences are about to start.
Queensland has also up mask requirements in large stadiums and have limited crowd capacity to 75% in the largest venues. Berejiklian:
Young: Reporters are asking at what point Berejiklian might consider reviewing the target of zero cases infectious in the community before lifting lockdown.
Young: Berejiklian:
Here is the Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young: NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian says she will tell NSW residents what the plan is for the lockdown covering large areas of the state late next week.
Miles: Berejilkian has said again that the state isn’t quite seeing the effects of the harder lockdown just yet (brought in on Saturday), given the lag in the data caused by the days the virus remains dormant before someone tests positive.
Coffs Harbour will be included in the border bubble with Queensland, despite fears about Covid-19 exposure in the regional community. This is feeling eerily similar to press conferences in Melbourne as their second wave was climbing before stage four restrictions were put in place.
Miles: Berejiklian has been asked what more can be done in terms of restrictions:
OK, it isn’t all good news from this Queensland press conference. Just on that aged care case I mentioned earlier.
Deputy premier Steven Miles says Queensland will now close the border to all of NSW from 1am Friday. McAnulty:
Miles: Here are the hospitalisation numbers for today.
Deputy premier Steven Miles is speaking now. He says there are no new cases of Covid-19 in the state overnight. McAnulty:
Hmmm, the Queensland premier says there is an “important update on Queensland’s COVID-19 restrictions” starting soon. NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty:
I’ll bring you all the updates here on the blog. Here are those numbers in graph form, courtesy of Nick Evershed.
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. Only 37 cases in NSW were in isolation for their entire infectious period.
Health minister Martin Foley on Thursday announced community health organisation CoHealth has begun mobile pop-up clinics in the city centre, Collingwood and Footscray. Berejiklian often announces the rosier figure when it comes to community exposure.
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. Yes, there are 48 cases who were in the community for the whole infectious period, but there were also 22 in the community for part of it.
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. That’s 70 in total and 17 still under investigation.
Foley: NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty is breaking down today’s numbers.
Meanwhile, Pfizer eligibility has been expanded at the state-run vaccination centres. Berejiklian:
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. Berejiklian:
Household contacts of hotel quarantine and border workers aged over 16 are also eligible. OK, the Victorian press conference is set for 11.30am today. Three pressers at once again. Buckle in.
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. Berejiklian:
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.
NSW update confirmed for 11am, by the way.
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.
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.
“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?”
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.
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!
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.