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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: NSW records 124 new cases as Qld closes border to entire state; 26 cases in Victoria and two in SA
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AHHH Okay, 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.
According to the Queensland premier, Australia’s oldest man, 111-year-old Dexter Kruger, has died.
She sent her condolences to his family.
Another quick update from Canberra, and this time a bit of a case number flex from the chief minister.
Quick update from Canberra.
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Just a little summary.
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Weimar adds that the AAMI Park case also visited a coffee shop. There were 900 people who checked in to the market at the same time as the positive case.
On the Ms Frankies (“very good restaurant, from all accounts,” Weimar says) cluster, which is now out to 13 cases, the primary case was particularly infectious and also sparked cases at AAMI Park and Trinity Grammar “through no fault of his own”.
Weimar says the Ms Frankies cases remind him of the Black Rock outbreak from earlier this year.
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SA chief health officer Nicola Spurrier says only 50% and 37% of people at the Greek restaurant and the winery respectively have so far been tested. Both of these locations are considered super-spreading events. Because of this, all close contacts will now be moved to hotel quarantine.
Vibe.Vibe.
NSW press conference. NSW press conference:
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. NSW health minister Brad Hazzard says his state government has discussed rolling out its own ad campaign to encourage residents to get vaccinated, but acknowledges they would be advertising vaccines not available for everyone.
Hazzard said this was ultimately a dilemma facing the federal government, and called for a campaign that also targeted younger people. Hazzard says this is ultimately a dilemma facing the federal government, and calls for a campaign that also targets younger people.
He said almost 60% of Delta infections were in people aged under 35, adding: He says almost 60% of Delta infections are in people aged under 35, adding:
The NSW Covid update has now ended.The NSW Covid update has now ended.
SA chief health officer Nicola Spurrier says the winery super spreading event was not a single group but spread across multiple tables:
Victoria’s Covid-19 commander Jeroen Weimar says the case linked to the Prahran market exposure is particularly interesting.
The person sat on the same side of AAMI Park as a positive case but well outside the area originally designated as tier one.
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.
Weimar says that after reviewing CCTV footage from AAMI Park it appears clear the person contracted the case while attempting to enter the ground.
SA premier Steven Marshall says it’s too early to say if the lockdown will be extended or not:
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The percentage of people in isolation in Victoria while infectious has gone from 6% three days ago to 73% yesterday and 92% today.
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.
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.
For my own sanity please enjoy this fun terrible graphic design post from Annastacia Palaszczuk with a record four different fonts.
Reminds me of simpler times, thanks blog-reader Sam for tagging me.
Now back to presser-gedon.
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.
Foley:
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.