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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. Some more Atagi news, not that we’re wanting for it:
With that, I will be handing over the blog to the vivacious Nino Bucci – whose posts you would have been reading more of in the past hour anyway.
I’ll be back later in the afternoon.
The Victorian Covid-19 update has ended.
Just before it did, the state’s acting chief health officer, Ben Cowie, was asked the perennial “press conference in lockdown” question: when will it end (the lockdown, not the presser)?
He basically deadbatted it, saying that chief health officer Brett Sutton would be back in the chair on Tuesday when a decision is made on whether to lift restrictions. It is encouraging there are no mystery cases and so few cases in the community while infectious, he said.
But it was too difficult to say whether lockdown would lift if daily case numbers stayed in the 20s, even if the mystery case and infectious in the community case numbers stayed low.
Victoria’s acting chief health officer Ben Cowie has had this to say about the deaths of two people in their 40s from the extremely rare blood clotting condition thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) after receiving the first dose of AstraZeneca:
Hi all, it is Naaman Zhou here.
Thanks to Matilda Boseley and our various correspondents for their incredible work on wrangling all those simultaneous pressers.
With that absolute marathon of a five press conference day, I shall leave you.
The effervescent Naaman Zhou is your news bestie for the rest of the day, and I shall see you all on Sunday.
Peace out!
The TGA has put out its weekly report.
In this, they have noted two people have died after receiving the first dose of the AZ vaccine:
This Tasmanian death was also just confirmed at the Tasmanian Covid-19 update.
Ahhh OK, the Tasmanian presser is also on. Let me grab you updates in one second.
VIC press conference: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.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: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.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: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: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:Foley later adds:
VIC press conference -VIC press conference -
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.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.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.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.
NSW press conference:
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 says this is ultimately a dilemma facing the federal government, and calls for a campaign that also targets younger people.
He says almost 60% of Delta infections are in people aged under 35, adding:
The NSW Covid update has now ended.