NSW entering new wave of COVID-19 cases, expert says

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The recent rise in COVID-19 cases in NSW marks the beginning of a new wave, a leading epidemiologist says.Key points:The effective reproduction number is going up across NSWThe state could see a peak in cases in FebruaryOne expert says public health measures should be maintained despite the high rates of vaccinationsYesterday, there were 560 new locally … Read more

Australia live news updates: Omicron Covid cases climb; Victoria records 13 deaths and NSW three; Sydney pub and club at centre of scare | Australia news

7.20pm EST 19:20 Frydenberg is talking about government advice they’ve got on Omicron. “The medical advice is still coming in, in terms of the Omicron variant but we have heard from the medical professionals and the Chief medical officer that it looks encouraging and that some of the early signs are more positive than initially … Read more

Australia news live update: eight new Omicron infections in NSW as Covid cases rise; Qld and NT pass 80% vaccine milestone | Australia news

9.28pm EST 21:28 Gunner has also added that people arriving into the Northern Territory will need to get three tests to get into the territory. Travellers will need one test before arrival, and two after you arrive. Gunner explained the process for domestic arrivals, who will be able to enter the territory next week: They … Read more

NSW records eight new Omicron COVID-19 cases, bringing state total to 42

NSW records eight new Omicron COVID-19 cases, bringing state total to 42

Premier Dominic Perrottet has said an increasing number of cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in NSW would not impact the easing of restrictions next week.Key points:The state recorded 420 COVID-19 cases and one deathThere are currently 151 people n hospitalThe Premier said he was “very confident” about the virus situation in NSWThe total number of Omicron … Read more

NSW Omicron COVID-19 case numbers grow to seven, health authorities ‘concerned’ about flight transmission

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NSW’s seventh confirmed case of the Omicron COVID-19 strain arrived on a flight from Doha last week but had not spent time in southern Africa.Key points:NSW Health are concerned the person contracted the Omicron strain on the flightMantra Services Apartments in Chatswood has been identified as a possible exposure siteAustralia now has eight confirmed Omicron casesThe … Read more

Queensland COVID-19 border bubble with northern NSW being considered amid Byron Bay hostel lockdown, no new local cases recorded

Police officers perform checks as car crosses newly reopened Queensland-NSW border bubble

The Queensland government is considering a Gold Coast-Tweed border bubble when the state’s roads reopen to New South Wales next month, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says a COVID-19 scare in Byron Bay is a concern.Key points:Queensland authorities will examine the Byron COVID case “very carefully” before enacting a border bubblePremier said the case was a reminder people must get … Read more

The pandemic in 60 seconds: animated maps show how Covid-19 spread across NSW and Victoria | Health

The coronavirus pandemic in Australia has caused almost 2,000 deaths and resulted in close to 200,000 cases.In the worst-hit states of New South Wales and Victoria, high vaccination rates have now reduced the rate of hospital admissions.Here we have used an experimental mapping method to show how the outbreak spread across the two states from … Read more

NSW paramedic John Larter loses COVID vaccination exemption bid in Supreme Court

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A Supreme Court Justice has dismissed a bid by a regional New South Wales paramedic to be exempted from receiving COVID-19 vaccines.Key points:Supreme Court Justice Christine Adamson accepted the “thought processes” of Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant, who gave evidence during the caseJustice Adamson said it would be “of no comfort” for a patient under … Read more

Five reasons NSW Covid case numbers have stayed low since reopening | Health

When New South Wales exited lockdown in October, the premier, Dominic Perrottet, warned that with extra freedoms would likely come extra cases and hospitalisations. Modelling predicted up to 1,900 daily cases during the state’s first easing and a second, larger peak around Christmas. The Burnet Institute forecast hospitalisations would peak between 2,286 and 4,016 in … Read more

Australia news updates live: ACT Covid restrictions to ease Friday; masks to come off in Queensland this week; NSW students to sit HSC exams | Australia news

I have been working closely with colleagues in New South Wales, ACT and Victoria over the last few weeks to prepare for exactly the issues that have been faced and that is a rapidly moving space, in terms of how rapid antigen tests can be used in those circumstances, what is the minimum amount of … Read more

New data reveals how much protection COVID-19 jabs are giving people in NSW

New data reveals how much protection COVID-19 jabs are giving people in NSW

People in NSW who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 were 16 times more likely to die, or end up in intensive care during the state’s Delta outbreak, new government data has revealed.At the peak of the outbreak between August 25 and September 7, 49.5 per 100,000 fully vaccinated people were infected with with virus, compared … Read more

Australia news live update: Joyce slams former PMs’ criticisms of Morrison; Covid booster shots available from today; more freedoms for NSW | Australia news

Look, in politics … sometimes it’s not so much how you ride the horse, but how you get off it. Some people get off it with grace and walk to the rail and sit on the rail and people go up and talk to them, but some people just can’t help themselves and they keep … Read more

COVID live updates: Restrictions ease in NSW as residents in Katherine and Darwin await lockdown news

COVID live updates: Victoria and the ACT exercise new freedoms today as they continue to emerge from restrictions

Live updates8m ago8 minutes agoSun 7 Nov 2021 at 9:04pmBy Bridget JuddQueensland government ‘re-evaluating’ mask mandateAs Queensland edges closer to the 80 per cent single-dose COVID-19 vaccination milestone, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has flagged potential changes to the mask mandate.In August, former chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young warned Queenslanders that masks could be mandatory until Christmas, … Read more

Melbourne Cup to begin, NSW COVID cases grow, Victoria COVID cases grow, Australia vaccination rate nears 80 per cent, G20 summit ends, COP26 Glasgow summit to begin

Melbourne Cup to begin, NSW COVID cases grow, Victoria COVID cases grow, Australia vaccination rate nears 80 per cent, G20 summit ends, COP26 Glasgow summit to begin

Senior Victorian state government minister Martin Pakula has refuted reports the Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party was refusing to cooperate with an anti-corruption investigation.The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission today resumes its public hearings as part of an investigation into allegations of corrupt conduct involving Victorian public officers, including members of Parliament.The probe centres … Read more

COVID live updates: Fully vaccinated Canberrans can now travel throughout NSW and Victoria

COVID live updates: Fully vaccinated Canberrans can now travel throughout NSW and Victoria

Live updates7m ago7 minutes agoSun 31 Oct 2021 at 8:44pmBy Alexis MoranACT travel restrictions easeReporting by Harry Frost for ABC RadioFor the first time in months, Canberrans are able to travel outside the region’s border bubble without the need for an exemption or quarantine — throughout New South Wales including Sydney.Canberrans can also travel to Victoria … Read more

NSW COVID cases today drop to a low not seen since JULY as the state prepares to ease travel restrictions from Sydney

NSW COVID cases today drop to a low not seen since JULY as the state prepares to ease travel restrictions from Sydney

New South Wales has recorded another drop in new COVID-19 cases as the state prepares to open up travel between metropolitan Sydney and beyond.On Sunday, the Department of Health confirmed there had been 177 cases in the 24 hours until midnight.There was also one COVID-related death.The number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 in the state … Read more

NSW surpasses 500 COVID-19 deaths since start of Delta outbreak in June

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NSW has surpassed 500 deaths from the Delta outbreak which took hold in Sydney four months ago before spreading across most of the state.Key points:The latest NSW health data shows that only 10 per cent of people who died were fully vaccinatedThe age group with the highest deaths are those between 80 and 89The Premier says … Read more

NSW to spend $130 million on mental health as state records 301 cases of locally acquired COVID-19, 10 deaths

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The NSW government has pledged $130 million in support for mental health in the wake of the pandemic, as the state recorded 301 cases of locally acquired COVID-19.Another 10 people died in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday. The new cases were detected from 69,107 test results received yesterday.NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the announcement of funds for services, beds, … Read more

NSW COVID restrictions lifted, 5km bubble scrapped; pubs, clubs reopen

NSW COVID restrictions lifted, 5km bubble scrapped; pubs, clubs reopen

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said it’s been a long 100 days but the easing of restrictions is a major step forward to Sydney returning to pre-COVID conditions.“I just ask everybody to be patient, treat everyone with kindness and respect, you will have a lot of young people pulling beers, serving tables, there will be challenges … Read more

NSW Covid update: Perrottet flags reopening international borders ‘as quickly as possible’ | New South Wales

The New South Wales government has sent its strongest signal yet that it plans to resume international travel ahead of the date set by the commonwealth, with the state’s new deputy Liberal leader saying hotel quarantine was “fast becoming redundant”.Ahead of the state’s reopening on Monday after 106 days in lockdown, the NSW Liberals deputy … Read more

NSW records 477 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths

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NSW has recorded it lowest daily number of locally acquired COVID-19 cases in nearly two months.The state recorded 477 new COVID-19 infections and six death in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.It’s the lowest daily number of new COVID-19 cases since NSW recorded 452 on August 17.The state now has 90.1 per cent of people aged over … Read more

COVID live updates: End of stay-at-home restrictions in sight as NSW readies to open up

COVID live updates: End of stay-at-home restrictions in sight as NSW readies to open up

COVID vaccine letters target GPs, pharmacists demanding they ‘cease and desist’ or face ‘punishment’GPs and pharmacists say they are facing a rise in harassment from anti-vaxxers including fake legal letters threatening to strip them of their indemnity unless they stop administering COVID vaccines to the public.Alvin Wee runs a vaccination clinic on weekends at his … Read more

NSW warns businesses against letting in unvaccinated people as Victoria overhauls Covid contact tracing | Health

New South Wales businesses have been warned they will be fined if they provide services to unvaccinated people in the early reopening stages, while Victoria is overhauling contact tracing to keep up with growing case numbers.Victoria recorded 950 new cases of Covid on Wednesday, topping NSW for the second day, which reported 863 cases and … Read more

Outdoor pools in NSW to reopen for COVID-19 vaccinated and unvaccinated residents

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From tomorrow, outdoor pools are reopening across the state for vaccinated and unvaccinated residents, NSW Health has confirmed.The changes to the public health orders, which call for a COVID-19 safety plan to be in place, will also apply in areas with stay-at-home rules and in the 12 local government areas (LGAs) of concern.When their reopening … Read more

NSW announces 1,043 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths

NSW announces 1,043 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths

NSW recorded 1,043 new locally acquired COVID-19 infections in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.Eleven people died with COVID in the reporting period.Across NSW, 84.1 per cent of adults have now had a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 56.6 per cent have had both doses.A third of 12-15 year olds in the state have received … 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