Truck driver who spent 48 hours in WA returns positive COVID-19 test but no lockdown planned

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A truck driver who spent 48 hours in WA has tested positive for COVID-19, the WA Health Minister has announced.Key points:The driver wore a face mask while out of the truckThe Health Minister described the risk as “low”No lockdown or restrictions will be imposed at this stageBut neither a lockdown nor any other restrictions are being … Read more

Victoria’s roadmap out of COVID lockdown released by Premier Daniel Andrews

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Melbourne will be in lockdown until late October and greater freedoms will be granted to fully vaccinated Victorians once 80 per cent of the eligible population has been double dosed, the state’s roadmap has revealed.Key points:Premier Daniel Andrews has warned there will be “very difficult days” ahead for the state’s health systemA 70 per cent … Read more

Victoria and NSW Covid lockdown protests: violent clashes as police arrest demonstrators | Victoria

Victoria police clashed with anti-lockdown protesters in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, as the Australian state recorded another 535 new coronavirus cases and one death.Around 1,000 protesters gathered in the north-eastern suburbs of Richmond and Hawthorne, forced to make a last-minute change of location after 2,000 police officers formed a “ring of steel” around the Melbourne … Read more

COVID live updates: NSW to trial shorter quarantine periods for fully vaccinated arrivals, Glen Innes and Hilltops into lockdown

COVID live updates: NSW to trial shorter quarantine periods for fully vaccinated arrivals, Glen Innes and Hilltops into lockdown

Tumut paramedic lodges Supreme Court challenge to COVID-19 vaccine mandate(ABC News)A Riverina paramedic’s legal challenge to the requirement for all NSW health workers to have a COVID vaccine may not be heard before the mandate is due to take effect.A state government health order requires healthcare workers, including paramedics, to have their first dose of the … Read more

Covid lockdown in Vietnam could keep coffee prices high through 2022

Covid lockdown in Vietnam could keep coffee prices high through 2022

Pots of coffee bean are seen at a coffee shop in Hanoi, Vietnam on August 15, 2012. Vietnam is one of the world’s top coffee producers and exporters.Hoang Dinh Nam | AFP | Getty ImagesVietnam’s Covid-19 lockdown has constrained the global supply of coffee — and coffee prices could remain “relatively high” through 2022, said … Read more

Covid-19: Aucklander who fled level 4 lockdown to Whakatāne may face prosecution

Covid-19: Aucklander who fled level 4 lockdown to Whakatāne may face prosecution

Christel Yardley/StuffThe person is understood to have visited a number of retail premises in Whakatāne.An Aucklander who fled the city’s level 4 lockdown to go to Whakatāne this week may face prosecution. Police have confirmed they located the Aucklander overnight on Monday and the person was taken into custody. Senior Sergeant Al Fenwick told the … Read more

ACT records 13 new cases of COVID-19, as territory braces for another month of lockdown

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The ACT has recorded 13 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as the territory endures what Chief Minister Andrew Barr says is one of the “toughest moments” in Canberra’s history.Key points:Eight of today’s new cases were infectious in the community The ACT will today mark 75 per cent of people over 12 years of age vaccinated with one doseHealth authorities … Read more

Live Breaking News: NSW, Victoria lockdown easing restrictions and rising Covid cases

Live Breaking News: NSW, Victoria lockdown easing restrictions and rising Covid cases

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a surprise eased restriction as a reward for NSW reaching a major vaccine milestone.Hello and welcome to Wednesday’s live Covid coverage.NSW hospitality leaders are calling on Premier Gladys Berejiklian to provide more guidance around the plan to reopen pubs and restaurants to vaccinated residents, with fears owners could be exposed … Read more

Canberra’s lockdown extended until October 15 as ACT records 22 new COVID-19 cases

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The ACT’s lockdown has been extended for another four weeks until October 15, Chief Minister Andrew Barr has confirmed. Key points:The ACT has recorded 22 new COVID-19 casesThere will be a phased return to face-to-face learning, beginning with year 12 students at the start of term 4 The ACT has been in lockdown since August 12 The extension of the lockdown … Read more

Australia’s Queensland state warns of possible COVID-19 lockdown

Australia's Queensland state warns of possible COVID-19 lockdown

A lone man sits at a deserted Federation Square on the first day of a lockdown, as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra SandersAustralia tops 2,000 cases for first timePolice fine former PM Abbott for not wearing maskCANBERRA, Sept … Read more