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Australia Covid updates live: NSW due to hit single dose target, uncertainty over international flights Australia Covid updates live: NSW due to hit single dose target; Singapore Airlines cancelling dozens of international flights
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Wednesday: NSW is on track to hit its 80% single dose vaccinations today, while Victoria is heading towards 70% by the end of the week Follow today’s news
Singapore Airlines spokesman Karl Schubert is outlining the challenges of working with Australia’s strict international arrival caps. A 60-year-old worker has died and another has been seriously injured after a coalmine shaft collapsed in central Queensland, reports Marty Silk from AAP.
He was asked how many passengers on average were allowed per flight. The man and another man were trapped when a section of wall and ceiling the shaft they were working in collapsed at the Gregory Crinum coalmine, north of Emerald, about 11pm on Tuesday.
Okay, we are getting a bit more information on Singapore airlines cancelling dozens of flights into Australia through to the end of the year. The 60-year-old suffered critical injuries with police confirming he died at the scene.
Company representative, Karl Schubert, tells ABC radio that despite the Australian government promising to open up international travel soon, there still isn’t enough “clarity” and the returned traveller caps are still too restrictive. A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson said the other man had initially been “encapsulated” with leg and pelvic injuries.
He was eventually was then freed before being airlifted to Rockhampton hospital in a serious condition.
A third person suffered a “medical event” and was taken to Emerald hospital for treatment.
The Gregory Crinum coalmine is operated by Sojitz Blue, the Australian subsidiary of Japan’s Sojitz Corporation.
The Queensland mines inspectorate is investigating the accident with resources minister Scott Stewart expected to make a statement to parliament later on Wednesday.
Lifting lockdown restrictions in two stages in New South Wales could overwhelm intensive care units for up to five weeks over the Christmas period, according to modelling from a new expert advisory group.
Easing restrictions when 70% of NSW adults are fully vaccinated and further relaxing rules at 80% would lead to a “worst-case scenario”, suggests OzSage, a newly formed advisory group of experts in epidemiology, health and economics.
The modelling also suggests that waiting for an 80% vaccination rate – estimated to occur in November – to ease any restrictions would result in greater infections, deaths and peak daily ICU beds needed than if restrictions were eased at 70%. It predicts 689 deaths in NSW by 1 February if restrictions are eased at 70%, compared with 1,004 deaths at 80%.
The finding is at odds with separate modelling from researchers at three universities, which last month suggested that reopening at an 80% vaccination rate for adults would result in 4,000 fewer deaths across Australia than reopening at 70%.
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Karl Schubert is asked what it would take for some of those Singapore Airlines flights to come back online before December:
Singapore Airlines spokesperson Karl Schubert is outlining the challenges of working with Australia’s strict international arrival caps.
He is asked how many passengers on average are allowed on each flight:
OK, we are getting a bit more information on Singapore airlines cancelling dozens of flights into Australia through to the end of the year.
Company representative Karl Schubert tells ABC radio that despite the Australian government promising to open up international travel soon, there still isn’t enough “clarity” and the returned traveller caps are still too restrictive:
South Australia is expanding its home quarantine trial to include returning overseas travellers for the first time.South Australia is expanding its home quarantine trial to include returning overseas travellers for the first time.
The first round will involve 90 ADF personnel returning from “low-risk countries”.The first round will involve 90 ADF personnel returning from “low-risk countries”.
Foreign airlines won’t be able to ramp up operations to meet the mass reopening of international travel into Sydney when 80% vaccination is reached because they will need several months to recall laid-off staff and retrieve planes that have been parked in deserts.Foreign airlines won’t be able to ramp up operations to meet the mass reopening of international travel into Sydney when 80% vaccination is reached because they will need several months to recall laid-off staff and retrieve planes that have been parked in deserts.
Barry Abrams, the executive director of the Board of Airline Representatives of Australia, told Guardian Australia that airlines continued to be left in the dark about what the new rules and passenger limits would be, leaving them stuck “in a holding pattern”, unable to commence planning for resuming routes.Barry Abrams, the executive director of the Board of Airline Representatives of Australia, told Guardian Australia that airlines continued to be left in the dark about what the new rules and passenger limits would be, leaving them stuck “in a holding pattern”, unable to commence planning for resuming routes.
Passenger allowances are a key factor for airlines in determining the financial viability of their routes, and Abrams warned that carriers that had not flown to the country in more than a year had not yet begun allocating aircraft or staff to Australian routes, nor had they begun renegotiating contracts with ground handling crews and local supply businesses.Passenger allowances are a key factor for airlines in determining the financial viability of their routes, and Abrams warned that carriers that had not flown to the country in more than a year had not yet begun allocating aircraft or staff to Australian routes, nor had they begun renegotiating contracts with ground handling crews and local supply businesses.
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Good morning everyone, it’s hump day so go make yourself a double shot long black and settle in, because we have a big morning of news ahead of us.Good morning everyone, it’s hump day so go make yourself a double shot long black and settle in, because we have a big morning of news ahead of us.
It’s Matilda Boseley here, and let’s jump right in.It’s Matilda Boseley here, and let’s jump right in.
NSW and Victoria are both on the edge of hitting vaccination milestones. (Not the all-important double dose vaccine targets, but the less significant, but still exciting, single-dose goals.)NSW and Victoria are both on the edge of hitting vaccination milestones. (Not the all-important double dose vaccine targets, but the less significant, but still exciting, single-dose goals.)
Four out of five NSW residents aged over 16 are likely to have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of the day – which for the non-mathematically minded means 80%.Four out of five NSW residents aged over 16 are likely to have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of the day – which for the non-mathematically minded means 80%.
This is important because it all but guarantees NSW will meet the reopening target of 80% double-dose coverage in the coming months.This is important because it all but guarantees NSW will meet the reopening target of 80% double-dose coverage in the coming months.
Some 79.5% of the over-16 population in NSW had come forward to get at least one jab by Tuesday, and 47.5% were fully vaccinated.Some 79.5% of the over-16 population in NSW had come forward to get at least one jab by Tuesday, and 47.5% were fully vaccinated.
Melburnians are also on the edge of a (slight) increase in freedoms with Victoria expected to hit its 70% single-dose vaccination target on Friday.Melburnians are also on the edge of a (slight) increase in freedoms with Victoria expected to hit its 70% single-dose vaccination target on Friday.
When this occurs they will get an extra hour of outdoor activity and the 5km travel radius will be expanded to 10km. Look it isn’t much, but I’ll take what I can get.When this occurs they will get an extra hour of outdoor activity and the 5km travel radius will be expanded to 10km. Look it isn’t much, but I’ll take what I can get.
In other news, Singapore Airlines seem to have cancelled dozens of flights in recent days, potentially trapping thousands of Australians overseas. We don’t have that many details get but someone from the airline is expected to speak to the media soon and I’ll bring you all the updates when I can.In other news, Singapore Airlines seem to have cancelled dozens of flights in recent days, potentially trapping thousands of Australians overseas. We don’t have that many details get but someone from the airline is expected to speak to the media soon and I’ll bring you all the updates when I can.
With that, why don’t we jump into the day?With that, why don’t we jump into the day?