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Australia Covid updates live: Victoria records 423 cases, two deaths; NSW due to hit single dose target; Singapore Airlines cancelling dozens of flights Australia Covid updates live: Victoria records 423 cases, two deaths; NSW due to hit single dose target; Singapore Airlines cancelling dozens of flights
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We are just standing by now for the NSW press conference where premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to speak.
That will start any minute.
An important correction to that Victorian Liberals press release.
They are only calling for the curfew to end immediately, not the whole lockdown.
Thoughts and prayers for the media manager who will no doubt be having a really bad day from here.
Oh gosh, the Victorian opposition is out and about again today, headed by their new (old) leader Matthew Guy.
Premier Daniel Andrews has promised to release the state’s roadmap to freedom on Sunday, but the Liberal side says this isn’t soon enough.
They say lockdown must end immediately, VCE students should return to the classroom asap and small outdoor family gatherings should be allowed.
Here is the full press release:
There have been some mixed reactions to the news that Pfizer doses in Queensland will now be open to over 60’s.
A reminder that if there is something you reckon I’ve missed or think should be in the blog but isn’t, shoot me a message on Twitter @MatildaBoseley or email me at matilda.boseley@theguardian.com.A reminder that if there is something you reckon I’ve missed or think should be in the blog but isn’t, shoot me a message on Twitter @MatildaBoseley or email me at matilda.boseley@theguardian.com.
Major developed countries including the US, Japan, Britain and the European Union cut greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation faster than Australia over the past decade, a new report states.Major developed countries including the US, Japan, Britain and the European Union cut greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation faster than Australia over the past decade, a new report states.
The analysis, in a national energy audit produced by the Australia Institute, is a further challenge to the Morrison government’s claims that the country is doing more to combat the climate crisis than other nations.The analysis, in a national energy audit produced by the Australia Institute, is a further challenge to the Morrison government’s claims that the country is doing more to combat the climate crisis than other nations.
Comparing energy combustion emissions between 2011 and 2019, it found that Australia had not managed to achieve the same reductions in electricity emissions as other comparable economies despite solar and wind providing an increasing share of power.Comparing energy combustion emissions between 2011 and 2019, it found that Australia had not managed to achieve the same reductions in electricity emissions as other comparable economies despite solar and wind providing an increasing share of power.
Emissions from other forms of fossil fuel combustion – including for transport and major industrial activity – grew significantly in Australia and the US over that time period but fell in Japan, the UK and EU.Emissions from other forms of fossil fuel combustion – including for transport and major industrial activity – grew significantly in Australia and the US over that time period but fell in Japan, the UK and EU.
You can read the full report below:You can read the full report below:
No confirmed time yet for the Victorian press conference, but why do I get the feeling it will be close to 11am?No confirmed time yet for the Victorian press conference, but why do I get the feeling it will be close to 11am?
So the big question with NSW now is “will the hospital system cope” as the state continues to records more than 1,000 cases a day.So the big question with NSW now is “will the hospital system cope” as the state continues to records more than 1,000 cases a day.
The president of the Australian medical association, Omar Khorshid is chatting with ABC now, trying to answer that question.The president of the Australian medical association, Omar Khorshid is chatting with ABC now, trying to answer that question.
The number of babies born in New South Wales hospitals has reached the highest level since the state began keeping records a decade ago, despite expert predictions the Covid pandemic was unlikely to spark a baby boom.The number of babies born in New South Wales hospitals has reached the highest level since the state began keeping records a decade ago, despite expert predictions the Covid pandemic was unlikely to spark a baby boom.
The latest report from the state’s Bureau of Health Information, released on Wednesday, reveals that 19,113 babies were born in public hospitals across NSW in the April to June quarter of 2021.The latest report from the state’s Bureau of Health Information, released on Wednesday, reveals that 19,113 babies were born in public hospitals across NSW in the April to June quarter of 2021.
That was a 9% year-on-year increase and the highest quarterly figure since the bureau began recording the data in 2010. The health department said it marked the continuance of a “significant upswing” in births during the pandemic compared to the declining birth rate over the past decade.That was a 9% year-on-year increase and the highest quarterly figure since the bureau began recording the data in 2010. The health department said it marked the continuance of a “significant upswing” in births during the pandemic compared to the declining birth rate over the past decade.
Experts have argued a Covid baby boom is unlikely in Australia but those on the maternity frontline told Guardian Australia in June that hospitals were under strain because of a spike in births.Experts have argued a Covid baby boom is unlikely in Australia but those on the maternity frontline told Guardian Australia in June that hospitals were under strain because of a spike in births.
You can read the full report below:You can read the full report below:
Here is that full video announcement from the Queensland premier, on over 60’s being eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.Here is that full video announcement from the Queensland premier, on over 60’s being eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.
Speaking of Queensland politics, the Greens intend to introduce a bill today to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14.Speaking of Queensland politics, the Greens intend to introduce a bill today to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14.
The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has announced that, due to an increase of supply, from this weekend over 60s in Queensland will now have the option to access the Pfizer vaccine, rather than just AstraZeneca.The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has announced that, due to an increase of supply, from this weekend over 60s in Queensland will now have the option to access the Pfizer vaccine, rather than just AstraZeneca.
This comes as the state ramps up for a “super weekend” of vaccinations.This comes as the state ramps up for a “super weekend” of vaccinations.
Currently, 57.12% of over 16-year-old Queenslanders have had one vaccine dose and 38.78% are fully vaccinated.Currently, 57.12% of over 16-year-old Queenslanders have had one vaccine dose and 38.78% are fully vaccinated.
Queensland has had a doughnut day, with no local Covid-19 cases recorded overnight.
This again supports the chief health officers declaration yesterday that the Sunnybank outbreak had been successfully contained.
And here is what those Victorian numbers look like on the big graph.
Many thanks to Josh Nicholas for this!
Looks like we will be hearing from the NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian at the Covid-19 press conference today.
I’m not sure if that suggests good news or bad news. Only time will tell.
The Victorian ombudsman is today launching an investigation into Covid-19 related state travel exemptions, specifically looking into who has or hasn’t been allowed to enter Victoria either as visitors or residents returning home.
Ombudsman Deborah Glass said in her statement this morning that complaints about the system were continuing, “raising potentially systemic issues about departmental decision-making”.
Glass will present the results of her investigation to the state parliament at the end of the year.
Victoria has recorded another 423 new local Covid-19 cases overnight. Only 149 of these are currently linked.
Sadly two people infected with Covid-19 have also died.
Hmmmmm it’s 8.56am and no Victorian Covid-19 numbers yet. Not happy Jan.
Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg says businesses should be free to deny entry to people based on vaccination status.
He spoke with Nine Network a short time ago:
Australia’s agricultural sector can reach net zero emissions by 2040, achieving emissions reductions of 40% by 2030 and 60% by 2035 by scaling up existing Morrison government programs, according to new work from Ernst & Young.
The core of the abatement strategy modelled for the group Farmers for Climate Action involves reducing methane, electrifying transport, overhauling some land use, including more reforestation of marginal farmland, and improving land management through practices like increasing carbon sequestered in cropland.
The Ernst & Young analysis also includes a case study of the electorate of Maranoa now held by the federal agriculture minister and Queensland National, David Littleproud. It notes climate-related risks are likely to affect the main industry sectors in Maranoa which include agriculture, mining, electricity, gas and water, and construction.
You can read the full report by Katharine Murphy and Sarah Martin below:
Marshall has been asked about SA’s approach to borders compared to the hardline approach from WA premier Mark McGowan.