COVID-19 ‘weak positive’ result in SA traveller to NSW sends five close contacts into quarantine

SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier addresses the media.

SA Health is investigating a potential coronavirus case after a young man who recently travelled from South Australia to New South Wales returned a “very weakly positive” result.Key points:The man left South Australia for New South Wales on ThursdaySA Health was informed he had returned a “weak positive” resultFive people have been sent into quarantine as investigations … Read more

NSW records 1,022 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths as ‘friends bubble’ for under 18s announced

NSW records 1,022 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths as 'friends bubble' for under 18s announced

Play dates are back on in NSW with children under 18 allowed to form a “friends bubble” after the state recorded 1,022 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths.A snap seven-day lockdown has also been announced for the Tweed, Byron Bay and Kempsey local government areas (LGAs) beginning from 5:00pm this afternoon.The announcement comes after an … Read more

Queensland records zero local COVID-19 cases as authorities monitor response to northern NSW case

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at Logan COVID-19 vaccination centre

Queensland has recorded zero locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and one was detected in hotel quarantine.Key points:Authorities are monitoring the state’s border bubble with NSW after a positive case in the Byron Bay areaShe says she will wait to hear an update from NSW before making any changes to the border statusThe Premier described reports of Queensland … 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

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

NSW records 1,127 COVID-19 cases, two deaths

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NSW recorded 1,127 new locally acquired COVID-19 infections and two deaths in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.A man in his 50s from Western Sydney, who had no underlying health issues, died at Concord Hospital.A woman in her 80s from Western Sydney died at Ryde Hospital.The areas of concern remain in Western and south-western Sydney, in Auburn, Greenacre, Bankstown, … Read more

Cancellation of NSW government’s daily COVID-19 press conference labelled ‘insulting’

Cancellation of NSW government's daily COVID-19 press conference labelled 'insulting'

The Mayor of one of Sydney’s 12 hotspot LGAs has labelled a decision to cancel the daily COVID-19 press conference an “insult to the community” at a time when the state is in crisis. Key points:From Monday, the NSW Premier will no longer hold a daily COVID-19 press conferenceNSW Health will instead publish daily videos outlining the … Read more

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian cancels daily COVID press conference as state sets new infection record

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced the state’s daily 11:00am COVID-19 press conference will end from Monday, as the state recorded 1,542 new infections and nine deaths.The number of new cases is a new record for any Australian jurisdiction.Instead of the daily briefing, NSW Health will publish daily videos outlining the latest information.Ms Berejiklian said she … Read more

NSW Supreme Court hears mandatory COVID-19 vaccine challenges

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More than 50,000 people have watched a Sydney court’s live stream of cases challenging the legality of mandated COVID vaccinations for NSW workers. Key points:The NSW Supreme Court will hear four cases connected to the COVID-19 vaccine mandateOne case alleges Brad Hazzard breached the right to privacyMore than 50,000 people have viewed the court livestream on … Read more