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Australia Covid live update: NSW records 239 new cases as Queensland reports nine on first full day of lockdown Australia Covid live update: NSW records 239 new cases as Queensland reports nine on first full day of lockdown
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Guardian Australia’s Daniel Hurst asked what the role of those anti-viral drugs could be alongside the vaccine rollout and other measures.
Kidd said:
And on vaccinations - how many doses would have to be administered each week to reach the target of having 70% of Australians fully vaccinated by the end of the year?
Kidd said he’d let reporters do the maths, but said:
Kidd was asked if the Therapeutic Goods Administration was close to approving anti-viral pills which would be able to be used to treat Covid-19 at home.
He said to date the only approved anti-viral for Covid-19 was Remdesivir, which is an injection and only used in hospitals on people who are “seriously unwell”.
Kidd says that of the 2,700 locally-acquired cases of Covid-19 associated with the NSW outbreak and reported to the national notifiable disease surveillance system between 16 June and 28 July, “there have only been 15 people who were fully vaccinated who have become infected”.
That’s just 0.55% of all cases.
Kidd says:
Kidd said 4.5 million doses of Covid vaccines were administered in Australia in July, up from 3.4m in June and 2.1m in May.
Australia’s acting chief medical officer, Prof Michael Kidd, says all of the residents of a Summer Hill nursing home in Sydney who have tested positive to Covid-19 have been transferred to hospital.
As reported earlier, nine residents at the nursing home have been diagnosed with Covid-19. “Fortunately many have been vaccinated,” says Kidd.
Kidd is in Canberra and giving an update now on the national situation. Australia recorded 252 new locally-acquired cases overnight — 239 in NSW, nine in Queensland and four in Victoria.
In more depressing news, more than 80% of young turtles found off the coast of Queensland have ingested plastics.
From AAP:
Let’s go to Melbourne for a second, where Labor have announced their new candidate for the inner-city seat of Higgins, Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah.Let’s go to Melbourne for a second, where Labor have announced their new candidate for the inner-city seat of Higgins, Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah.
Ananda-Rajah is an infectious diseases doctor at Alfred Health, who has been branded an AstraZeneca critic after she described the vaccine on Q+A in February as a “population-level experiment” and cautioned young people seeking access to the vaccine. She has also written opinion pieces in favour of the vaccine and addressing issues of vaccine hesitancy.Ananda-Rajah is an infectious diseases doctor at Alfred Health, who has been branded an AstraZeneca critic after she described the vaccine on Q+A in February as a “population-level experiment” and cautioned young people seeking access to the vaccine. She has also written opinion pieces in favour of the vaccine and addressing issues of vaccine hesitancy.
On Friday she released a statement via twitter saying all her comments have been in line with the Australian health advice, and that people should follow the health advice and get vaccinated.On Friday she released a statement via twitter saying all her comments have been in line with the Australian health advice, and that people should follow the health advice and get vaccinated.
Deputy Labor leader Richard Marles used the press conference confirming her nomination — which was held at Prahran town hall, the site of a vaccine clinic, which feels a bit on the nose — to criticise the Morrison government’s handling of the vaccine rollout.Deputy Labor leader Richard Marles used the press conference confirming her nomination — which was held at Prahran town hall, the site of a vaccine clinic, which feels a bit on the nose — to criticise the Morrison government’s handling of the vaccine rollout.
He said:He said:
For her part, Ananda-Rajah said that in areas with high community transmission — like Greater Sydney — people should take the AstraZeneca vaccine.For her part, Ananda-Rajah said that in areas with high community transmission — like Greater Sydney — people should take the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Sky News Australia has been banned from uploading content to YouTube for seven days after violating its medical misinformation policies by posting numerous videos which denied the existence of Covid-19 or encouraged people to use hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin.Sky News Australia has been banned from uploading content to YouTube for seven days after violating its medical misinformation policies by posting numerous videos which denied the existence of Covid-19 or encouraged people to use hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin.
The ban was imposed by the digital giant on Thursday afternoon, the day after the Daily Telegraph ended Alan Jones’s regular column amid controversy about his Covid-19 commentary which included calling the New South Wales chief health officer Kerry Chant a village idiot on his Sky News program.The ban was imposed by the digital giant on Thursday afternoon, the day after the Daily Telegraph ended Alan Jones’s regular column amid controversy about his Covid-19 commentary which included calling the New South Wales chief health officer Kerry Chant a village idiot on his Sky News program.
YouTube has not disclosed which Sky News program the videos were from but said there were “numerous” offending videos which have now been removed.YouTube has not disclosed which Sky News program the videos were from but said there were “numerous” offending videos which have now been removed.
The Sky News Australia YouTube channel, which has 1.85m subscribers, has been issued a strike and is temporarily suspended from uploading new videos or livestreams for one week.The Sky News Australia YouTube channel, which has 1.85m subscribers, has been issued a strike and is temporarily suspended from uploading new videos or livestreams for one week.
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The NSW opposition leader, Chris Minns, told reporters in Sydney earlier that Labor will support “any measure the government needs to take” in order to meet the target of ending the Sydney lockdown on 28 August.The NSW opposition leader, Chris Minns, told reporters in Sydney earlier that Labor will support “any measure the government needs to take” in order to meet the target of ending the Sydney lockdown on 28 August.
Minns said:Minns said:
He also called on the NSW government to release the health advice.He also called on the NSW government to release the health advice.
It’s a very supportive, very conciliatory message — quite different to the course taken by the Liberal state opposition in Victoria.It’s a very supportive, very conciliatory message — quite different to the course taken by the Liberal state opposition in Victoria.
Guardian Australia’s data editor, Nick Evershed, has been crunching the numbers on the Sydney outbreak and says things are “well and truly worse than the first wave”.Guardian Australia’s data editor, Nick Evershed, has been crunching the numbers on the Sydney outbreak and says things are “well and truly worse than the first wave”.
And here’s a state by state comparison.And here’s a state by state comparison.
Firstly, NSW cases by isolation status.Firstly, NSW cases by isolation status.
And then Victoria by isolation status.And then Victoria by isolation status.
Revenue from speed cameras in regional NSW and Sydney’s western suburbs has jumped since the NSW government decided to remove warning signs from mobile speed cameras last year, figures from Revenue NSW show.Revenue from speed cameras in regional NSW and Sydney’s western suburbs has jumped since the NSW government decided to remove warning signs from mobile speed cameras last year, figures from Revenue NSW show.
More from AAP:More from AAP:
An important correction to an earlier post: this is Andrew Hoy’s eighth olympic games. He is has competed in more Olympic games than any other Australian athlete.An important correction to an earlier post: this is Andrew Hoy’s eighth olympic games. He is has competed in more Olympic games than any other Australian athlete.
Three members of Australia’s Bali Nine, who have served 16 years behind bars, should be forgiven and allowed to walk free one day, prison and justice ministry officials say.
The three, who are jailed in Bali, are serving life sentences for their role in an ill-fated heroin-smuggling plot and unless they can win a reprieve from Indonesia’s president, will never be freed.
As Indonesia’s 17 August Independence Day approaches, when remissions are traditionally announced, the trio’s jail governors and justice officials have sent glowing reports to Jakarta, recommending they be given a chance at life outside prison.
The final decision rests with president Joko Widodo, who, in 2015, ordered that 34-year-old Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, 31, be executed by firing squad.
Matthew James Norman, 34, and Si Yi Chen, 36, are held in Bali’s Kerobokan prison while Scott Rush, 35, is in the Bangli Narcotics jail in Bali’s north.
Read more:
NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and her mask: a photo essay.
Victoria has tweaked its vaccine rollout to ensure more people are able to get their first shot of the Pfizer vaccine.
From AAP:
The message is to go out and get vaccinated as soon as you are able to do so in Australia. But what do you do if you are talking to a friend or family member who is hesitant to get a vaccine. How can you reassure them?
We asked Guardian Readers how they have been speaking to their loved ones about vaccine hesitancy. The most common response was: you just need to show them the data, absent any spin. The science will sway them.
You can read all their responses here.
Western Australian health authorities are still monitoring nine active cases of Covid-19 on the cargo ship MV Darya Krishna, which docked in Fremantle this week.
Two are in hospital, including one in ICU; one is in hotel quarantine and six are still on board the vessel. There’s also another positive case on another ship, the MV BBC California, who is also isolating on board their ship.
WA authorities are also still monitoring a situation in which a Queensland man travelled to Perth from Brisbane via plane on 18 July without a permit. The man was turned around and flew back on 20 July and tested positive to Covid on 27 July.
In a statement, WA health said:
Just 867 people were tested for Covid in WA yesterday, and 6,301 people received a vaccine dose.
Let’s go back to Sydney now, to an incident that was referenced by deputy NSW police commissioner Mick Willing at this morning’s press conference.
Here are the details from AAP:
Time for another quick Olympics interlude.
While all that was happening, six-time Australian Olympian Andrew Hoy and his beautiful horse Vassily de Lassos have completed the cross country. Clear and incredibly fast – 7:35, 10 seconds inside the time and the fastest on course so far.
That puts Australia in the running for a team medal if they jump clear in showjumping.
Victoria’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton, says that only 10 of the 204 people who tested positive to Covid-19 in Victoria between 12 and 28 July were fully vaccinated, and a further 15 had received at least one dose.
It’s a small sample size not a full analysis, Sutton says, but it provides a moment in time snapshot “and does tell us something”.
To Victoria now, where the acting Covid-19 commander, Naomi Bromley, has been speaking.
Victoria recorded four locally-acquired cases yesterday. All of them are linked to known outbreaks and have been quarantining.
Two of the new cases are household contacts of patrons of Ms Frankies restaurant, one is a social contact of a case linked back to the Young and Jackson’s cluster, and one is a hosuehold contact of someone who attended the Wallabies game at AAMI park.
There are eight people in hospital in Victoria, including three in ICU and one on a ventilator.
Bromley says public health teams are still investigating the “upstream and downstream risks” associated with the case of the person who worked at Covid testing centre at Moonee Valley Racecourse, to determine where they may have acquired the virus. All of their contacts from potential acquisition sites have been tested, all negative to date.
For the outbreak as a whole, about 1,200 people were cleared as primary close contacts and left isolation yesterday, about 5,000 remain in isolation.
If Queensland’s 72-hour snap lockdown works to control the Delta outbreak there, just as the two-week lockdown in Victoria appears to have controlled the Delta outbreak in Melbourne, will Berejiklian concede that she should have called a lockdown earlier?
Berejiklian:
A reporter asks if Berejiklian underestimated the Delta variant.