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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 update live: 1,259 cases, 12 deaths as NSW hits first dose vaccination milestone; western Sydney curfew lifted; 423 cases, two deaths in Victoria
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The NSW premier is now fielding a lot of questions about the legality of telling businesses they are not allowed to accept unvaccinated patrons.
Berejiklian didn’t directly answer questions on if the government sort legal advice on the roadmap before publishing.
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Now you might remember that the federal treasuer, Josh Frydenberg, said it would be up to businesses to decide if they let unvaccinated patrons into their premises.
Well, it looks like in NSW, at least at the 70% vaccination level, this will not be the case.
NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has hinted that communities with low vaccination rates, like Byron Bay, may not be given freedoms at the same time at the rest of the state if case numbers are high.
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Here are the full details of those 12 Covid-19 related deaths in NSW from the health department release.
I have to say, it was extremely heart-wrenching having scroll down, as the list no longer all fits in the email previous page at once. I hope everyone in Sydney is doing as OK as they can be today.
Berejiklian says the lifting of curfews in the 12 LGAs is a “token of appreciation” for high vaccination turnout in the communities, but says it’s too risky to ease restrictions further.
Chant confirmed NSW is seeing “some stabilisation in the local government areas of concern” but urged people to keep pushing vaccination levels up.
Chant says an infectious person spent time in the regional communities of Wagga Wagga, Young and Mudgee, raising concerns of additional spread in those communities.
Here are the hospitalisation details.
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NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant is giving the details of the 12 deaths of Covid-19 positive people in the last reporting period.
This is the most deadly day so far in the Delta outbreak.
Two people have also died from Covid-19 related illness in Victoria.
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Berejiklian has announced that given the state has still reached an 80% single-dose vaccination rate, the curfew on the 12 LGAs of concern will lift tonight.
NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian is speaking now. She has confirmed the state has recorded local Covid-19 cases.
Sadly 12 people infected with Covid-19 have also died.
OK, apologies for the wrong list before, here is the correct list of the new federal Greens portfolios.
We are just standing by now for the NSW press conference where premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to speak.We are just standing by now for the NSW press conference where premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to speak.
That will start any minute.That will start any minute.
An important correction to that Victorian Liberals press release.An important correction to that Victorian Liberals press release.
They are only calling for the curfew to end immediately, not the whole lockdown.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.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.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.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.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: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.
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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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
Currently, 57.12% of over 16-year-old Queenslanders have had one vaccine dose and 38.78% are fully vaccinated.