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.
Here is the Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young:
Coffs Harbour will be included in the border bubble with Queensland, despite fears about Covid-19 exposure in the regional community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.