Australia news live updates: Novak Djokovic to be detained amid legal battle; Covid case numbers expected to surge

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Good morning, and welcome to your weekend. On the news front, it’s sure to be a relaxing ride. There’s not much going on, is there?

Oh, wait.

Late yesterday we heard tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa was cancelled – again.

After a week of tortuous twists and turns, the immigration minister, Alex Hawke, cancelled it “on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so”.

The world’s No 1 player is expected to be interviewed by immigration officials in Melbourne at 8am. He is then expected to be returned to immigration detention.

A hearing on the matter is listed in the federal court at 10.15am. A final result is expected on Sunday afternoon.

The Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic, has accused the Australian government of “harassing” and “maltreating” Djokovic. Djokovic’s former coach and mentor, Niki Pilic, described the situation as “shameful” and said Djokovic was being treated like a “criminal.”

In the meantime, here’s Paul Karp’s take.

We’ll bring you the latest Covid figures, even if the case numbers have somewhat lost their connection to reality, and we’re keeping an eye on shortages of ... frankly, everything, including common sense on some fronts.

And as always, I’ll try to find some nuggets of joy (or weirdness) to sprinkle through the news.