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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 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
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FYI the VIC and SA press conferences are about to start. Vibe.
Berejiklian: NSW press conference.
Reporters are asking at what point Berejiklian might consider reviewing the target of zero cases infectious in the community before lifting lockdown. NSW health minister Brad Hazzard said his state government has discussed rolling out its own ad campaign to encourage residents to get vaccinated, but acknowledged they would be advertising vaccines not available for everyone.
Berejiklian: Hazzard said this was ultimately a dilemma facing the federal government, and called for a campaign that also targeted younger people.
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. He said almost 60% of Delta infections were in people aged under 35, adding:
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. The NSW Covid update has now ended.
This is feeling eerily similar to press conferences in Melbourne as their second wave was climbing before stage four restrictions were put in place. SA chief health officer Nicola Spurrier says the winery super spreading event was not a single group but spread across multiple tables:
Berejiklian has been asked what more can be done in terms of restrictions: Victoria’s Covid-19 commander Jeroen Weimar says the case linked to the Prahran market exposure is particularly interesting.
Just on that aged care case I mentioned earlier. The person sat on the same side of AAMI Park as a positive case but well outside the area originally designated as tier one.
McAnulty: They got tested under the tier two definition and were negative. But after the definition of the venue was upgraded to tier one, they tested again and were positive. As previously mentioned, they were only in the community for one day, but visited the Prahran market.
Here are the hospitalisation numbers for today. Weimar says that after reviewing CCTV footage from AAMI Park it appears clear the person contracted the case while attempting to enter the ground.
McAnulty: SA premier Steven Marshall says it’s too early to say if the lockdown will be extended or not:
NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty: SA press conference:
Here are those numbers in graph form, courtesy of Nick Evershed. Reporter:
Only 37 cases in NSW were in isolation for their entire infectious period. SA premier Steven Marshall:
Berejiklian often announces the rosier figure when it comes to community exposure. In Australia, support is available at Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14, and at MensLine on 1300 789 978
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 percentage of people in isolation in Victoria while infectious has gone from 6% three days ago to 73% yesterday and 92% today.
That’s 70 in total and 17 still under investigation. Foley confirms that a large number of people who are in isolation as a result of attending sporting events at the MCG and AAMI Park will have their day-13 tests in coming days, in preparation for ending their isolation.
NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty is breaking down today’s numbers. Acting chief health officer Ben Cowie is outlining a little more detail about the case who stopped at the petrol station. He said the person was so cautious that they even disinfected their credit card before it was handed to staff.
Berejiklian: For my own sanity please enjoy this fun terrible graphic design post from Annastacia Palaszczuk with a record four different fonts.
Berejiklian: Reminds me of simpler times, thanks blog-reader Sam for tagging me.
OK, the Victorian press conference is set for 11.30am today. Three pressers at once again. Buckle in. Now back to presser-gedon.
Berejiklian: NSW health minister Brad Hazzard has labelled the disproportionate uptake of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines in Sydney “a shocker”.
Hazard said that at the vaccination hub at Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday, 9,000 Pfizer vaccines and just 50 AstraZeneca vaccines were administered.
Hazard said:
Some great news coming out of Melbourne.
Victorian health minister Martin Foley is up to speak in Melbourne about “the Sydney incursion of Covid-19”. He is joined by Covid-19 commander Jeroen Weimar and acting chief health officer Ben Cowie.
Foley says that of the two cases in the 26 reported today that were not in isolation for the entirety of their infectious period, one was in the community for a day and visited the Prahran market. The other only visited a single site - a petrol station in regional Victoria on their way travelling back to Melbourne to isolate.
Foley said:
NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has shed some light on what the first loosening of Covid restrictions for Sydney might look like from 31 July.
They are unlikely to be significant changes.
Moving out of a form of lockdown appears unlikely. Berejiklian said “the last thing we want is to be in a stage where we keep going in and out of harsh lockdown”.
She said “low-risk” settings – things that can occur outdoors, with little to no human contact – would likely be the first to have restrictions loosened.
She said restrictions for “high-risk” settings, which include human interactions specifically of people from different areas of Sydney coming together, would not be relaxed anytime soon.