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Good morning all. 1. NSW recorded 98 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. (You’ll note the TikTok guy got it wrong.) Twenty of those were infectious in the community. A fifth death was recorded. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was “not willing to give an end date” to the Greater Sydney […]
Good morning everyone. Hope you had restful weekends. 1. NSW recorded 105 new local cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said 27 of those new cases were infectious in the community. “That is the number that worries us the most,” Berejiklian said. “As we have explained previously, we won’t […]
Good morning, folks. 1. Victoria recorded 11 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. There’s discussion in the media about a possible snap lockdown, with Monash University Associate Professor James Trauer saying a snap lockdown “seems likely” on Sunrise this morning. The state’s COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar said health authorities will […]
Sydney’s COVID-19 lockdown is set to be extended for at least another two weeks. The lockdown is now officially set to end on July 30, but it is possible it will be extended further. NSW recorded 97 local cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Visit Business Insider Australia’s homepage for more […]
Good morning all. 1. Support is coming for business and workers in New South Wales, courtesy of the state and federal government. Workers across the state who have lost hours due to the Greater Sydney lockdown will be eligible for up to $600 a week, while shuttered businesses will be […]
G’day folks. 1. Yesterday’s COVID-19 numbers in NSW were as poor as expected. The state counted 112 new cases of coronavirus in the community, and Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was “almost impossible” the lockdown would end this week as planned, saying the government can’t commit to an end date […]
Good morning folks. Welcome to Monday. Or is it Thursday? Hard to tell from here in Sydney. 1. The COVID-19 situation in Sydney is not particularly great. The state reported 77 local cases yesterday. Fifty-two people in NSW are in hospital with coronavirus and more than 10 of those are […]
Hello all. Hope you’re well, and for the Sydneysiders I hope you’re surviving lockdown. 1. As predicted, the lockdown restrictions impacting Greater Sydney have been extended for another week. Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday announced stay-at-home orders and business closures, which were slated to expire this Friday, will instead last […]
Good morning everyone. 1. The Sydney lockdown is to be extended for another week. The stay-at-home orders have been extended until July 16, which is next Friday. Despite some reporting yesterday that the government wanted kids to return to school after the holidays, that won’t be the case. NSW recorded […]
Hello everybody, and welcome to Tuesday. 1. Okay, I’m going to stop saying in this newsletter whether I think the Sydney COVID-19 numbers ‘look better’ because I’ll just keep embarrassing myself. 35 new coronavirus cases were reported yesterday, in a spike. Gladys Berejiklian said it was too early to say […]
Good morning everyone. 1. The COVID numbers in NSW looked a little better yesterday. The state recorded 16 new locally acquired cases in Sunday’s announcement, 14 of which are linked to other cases. Meanwhile, the government is reportedly finalising a plan to have kids back at school next week under […]
Good morning all. 1. The vaccine situation continues to look worse for wear, to put it lightly. “A complete stuff up at all levels,” might also cover it. Following Scott Morrison’s announcement on Tuesday night that under-40s can access the AstraZeneca shot if they consult with their GP, the Commonwealth’s […]
Good morning. 1. Big corporates including banks, large mining companies and others will be asked to vaccinate their staff later in the year, as the rollout finally picks up pace. Australia currently lags behind other developed countries in vaccination, and state leaders including Gladys Berejiklian and Daniel Andrews say supplies […]
Hello all. As always, a few COVID-19 updates for you this fine morning. 1. The AstraZeneca shot is now available for all adults, Scott Morrison announced after a meeting of National Cabinet yesterday. A new indemnity scheme will allow GPs to recommend and administer the shot to anyone, opening the […]
Good morning to you all from the Sydney lockdown zone. 1. Sydney residents have been warned that the current coronavirus outbreak will get worse before it gets better. The city entered a two-week lockdown as of yesterday. “Given how contagious this strain of the virus is, we do anticipate that […]
Good morning all. 1. New restrictions now apply in Greater Sydney and several other nearby metropolitan areas of New South Wales. They include a 5 person limit on visitors to homes, and compulsory masks in all non-residential indoor settings. “We don’t take these steps lightly and we never want to […]
New restrictions for Greater Sydney will apply from 4pm on Wednesday. It includes a 5 person limit on visitors to homes, and compulsory masks in all non-residential indoor settings. “We don’t take these steps lightly and we never want to impose restrictions unless we absolutely have to,” NSW Premier Gladys […]
Good morning, team. I trust you’re all well. 1. Face masks will be required in all indoor public areas across Greater Sydney for another week, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced yesterday. The restrictions, which were set to end at midnight tonight, were extended in response to the city’s Bondi cluster growing […]
Good morning all. 1. There were two new local cases of COVID-19 in NSW yesterday. We’re awaiting the numbers from today, but more exposure sites were added periodically throughout yesterday. You can see them in the thread below. ⚠️ PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT – NEW VENUES ⚠️ pic.twitter.com/hlMMNqD9Yv — NSW Health […]
Good morning all. 1. NSW has introduced a number of new COVID-19 restrictions in response to the latest eastern suburbs outbreak, which grew to nine as of yesterday. Masks will be mandatory on public transport, taxis and ride-share services in a number of metropolitan areas in the state, and are […]
Good morning and happy Friday to you all. 1. Australia has lifted the recommended age group for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to 60 and over. It was 50 and over previously. Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Thursday Pfizer was now the preferred vaccine for under-60s. “Are we on track to […]
Good morning team. 1. COVID! COVID has returned! OK, no need to panic. But NSW recorded two local COVID-19 cases yesterday, the first in 40 days. “NSW Health has been notified that a household contact of a locally acquired case reported earlier this evening has also tested positive, and further […]
Good morning, all. 1. We have more details on what the Australia-UK free trade deal includes. The working holiday visa age limit will be increased from 30 to 35 for both countries, and up to 99% of Australian goods entering the UK duty free. Australian farmers will not gain unfettered […]
Good morning, all. Hope you had wonderful long weekends. 1. It looks like we have an Australia-UK free trade agreement, per the Sydney Morning Herald. It’s the first big trade deal struck by the UK since Brexit. The in-principle agreement is expected to include a visa rethink which will make […]
Good morning. 1. It’s a doughnut day. Victoria recorded no new cases of COVID-19, right as the state leaves its fourth lockdown. Some fairly tough restrictions still apply, of course – including a 25-kilometre travel bubble around the home. Reported yesterday: 0 new local cases and 1 new case acquired […]
Good morning all. 1. There were four new cases of COVID-19 reported in Victoria overnight. The health department said that all the cases are from the same household and “investigations into acquisition source are underway”. Reported yesterday: 4 new local cases and no new cases acquired overseas. – 20,784 vaccine […]
Good morning all. 1. Melbourne’s lockdown is set to end on Thursday, but some restrictions are still expected. The SMH and the Age report that Melburnians will be restricted to travelling no more than 25 kilometres from their homes. Masks will likely still be required indoors, density caps will apply […]
Good morning all. 1. There were two new cases of COVID-9 in Victoria overnight. An improvement over the previous day’s figures! Both cases are linked to the current outbreak. 21,192 vaccine doses were administered and 22,814 test results were received. Reported yesterday: 2 new local cases and 1 new case […]
Good morning, all. 1. There were 11 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Victoria overnight. There are now 94 active cases across the state. A key train line to and from Melbourne’s north, the Upfield line, was also added to the long list of Victorian exposure sites overnight. Reported yesterday: […]
Gethin Fisher started The Quiet Community after losing his job during the pandemic. Its flagship product is the Q Pod, which serves as a working space, a relaxation zone, and a guided, sensory meditation experience in one. Fisher is currently crowdfunding to build more Q Pods, which he intends to […]
Good morning, team. Welcome to Friday, the best day of all. 1. Two cases of COVID-19 previously linked to Melbourne’s outbreak have been reclassified as false positives, the Department of Health has said. They were cases which had been offered as examples of transmission caused by “fleeting contact” between strangers. […]
Hello and good morning to you all. 1. Victoria’s COVID-19 lockdown will continue for at least another week, Acting Premier James Merlino announced Wednesday. Stay-at-home measures and business closures are continuing in the Greater Melbourne area, while restrictions will be amended across regional Victoria. The State Government also announced a […]
Good morning all. 1. The word in the media today is that Victoria’s lockdown is likely to be extended. The Age reports that senior government ministers met last night to discuss maintaining the stay-at-home order, citing the fact that one in 10 positive cases have caught the virus from a […]
Top of the morning to you all. 1. Former Attorney-General Christian Porter has discontinued his defamation claim against the ABC. In a statement on Monday, the ABC said Mr Porter “has decided to discontinue his defamation action against the ABC and [journalist] Louise Milligan” over an online story published on […]
Good morning all. 1. The Victorian health department’s list of exposure sites has swelled to more than 270 locations. Aged care facility Arcare Maidstone was added and is now in lockdown. Five new local cases were reported this morning, with 16,752 vaccine doses administered and 43,874 test results received. Reported […]
Good morning. 1. Labor leader Anthony Albanese gave the Opposition’s Budget reply last night. In it, he promised a $10 billion fund to cut housing costs for workers and incentives to hire apprentices in fields like renewable energy. “You deserve a government worthy of your efforts,” Albanese said, saying the […]
Good morning. 1. Moderna has announced it has signed a deal with the federal government to provide 25 million doses of its mRNA-based vaccine. “We appreciate the partnership and support from the government of Australia with this first supply agreement for doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and our variant […]
Qantas has adjusted its timeline for restarting international flights from October to late December. The news comes after the Federal Budget predicted borders will reopen in mid-2022. “We will keep reviewing these plans as we move towards December and circumstances evolve,” Qantas said. Visit Business Insider Australia’s homepage for more […]
Good morning all. 1. Well, there we go. The Federal Budget was handed down last night, and it was packed to the brim with surprises. Not really, because virtually everything had been briefed to the media in chunks prior to the big announcement. Here’s everything you need to know about […]
The Federal Budget confirms Australia’s borders won’t be opening until mid-2022, reaffirming comments made by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Monday. Australia’s international borders have effectively been closed since March 2020. There are currently more than 34,000 Australians currently situated overseas who wish to return home, and the government has announced […]
Howdy all. It’s Budget day, that most wonderful day of the year. 1. And you know what that means: there are more Budget drops. The Nine papers have a decent summary together on what we know is going to be in it. It’ll include such spending as $1.7 billion to […]
Good morning all. 1. Australia will open its borders next year in an effort to bring back migrants, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. “The borders will reopen when it’s safe to do so, and when they do, net overseas migration will increase, including skilled workers,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said. “And […]
Morning all, and TGIF. 1. New COVID-19 restrictions in Sydney went into effect at 5pm last night. No more than 20 people are allowed to gather in a household and masks will be compulsory for the next three days in all indoor venues. The measures will apply to the Greater […]
Hello all. Is it Thursday already? Time flies when we’re all having fun. 1. NSW is bracing for more possible COVID-19 cases after a man tested positive after visiting a number of venues in Sydney’s east and north. Fragments of the virus have been detected in an inner west sewerage […]
Good morning all. 1. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept the official cash rate on hold at 0.10% at its May meeting. While the central bank is now forecasting a stronger recovery and full employment to be achieved in just two years, it isn’t expected to touch interest rates […]
Good morning. 1. Set your watches, team – the backpedaling on the India travel ban penalties has begun. Following strident criticism from across the political spectrum, Scott Morrison has said that the risk of fines and jail time for those who manage to get back to Australia from India during […]
Good morning and happy Monday. 1. The conversation over the weekend was dominated by Australia’s punitive India travel ban, which includes criminal sanctions for Australian citizens trying to travel home from the pandemic-ravaged country. Refusing entry from citizens is obviously a nuclear option. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg described the move as […]
Good morning all, and TGIF. 1. A new University of Queensland facility could develop mRNA vaccines “within months”, potentially bolstering Australia’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. mRNA technology is the basis of the highly successful Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which has been rolled out worldwide. Researchers hope the facility, instituted with […]
Good morning! 1. It sounds like we’re not getting an austerity budget in May. The SMH reports that Josh Frydenberg’s first post-pandemic budget will “deliberately run the economy as fast as possible” in an attempt to get unemployment under 5%. The government reportedly believes unemployment needs to get to about […]
Good morning folks. 1. Scott Morrison announced yesterday that flights between India and Australia will be paused until May 15 in response to the increasing threat of the country’s deadly second wave. India recorded almost 350,000 new infections in 24 hours on Monday. The Federal Government had previously said on […]
Good morning! 1. The three-day lockdown of Perth and the neighbouring Peel region ended as planned overnight. The state counted no new community cases of COVID-19, WA Premier Mark McGowan announced yesterday. But new interim restrictions will carry on for four days, over fears of unchecked COVID-19 cases in the […]
Good morning, folks. Hope you had good weekends. 1. Welcome to another stoush on quarantine. Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan said he was “getting to the end of my tether” over the federal government not helping states with quarantine arrangements. “This is why my request to the Commonwealth government to […]
Happy Friday, team. 1. Australia’s vaccine rollout has again been tweaked. Now, over 50s won’t be able to get the Pfizer shot until the end of the year. They’ll be given AstraZeneca instead, with Pfizer going first to younger critical workers and the remaining vulnerable aged care residents. 2. Also […]
A new survey from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that most Australians who withdrew super early spent the money on mortgages, rent, bills and debt. The government says that the program was an “overwhelming success” at helping Australians deal with financial hardship through the pandemic. Regardless, the early access […]
Good morning! 1. The Morrison government will spend almost $570 million in an effort to collaborate with other nations to commercialise low emissions tech It’s part of a broader pitch that technology will get Australia and the world over the line on climate change rather than taxing industry. Tonight he […]
Good morning all. 1. Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of all charges relating to the death of George Floyd. Chauvin was filmed last year kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes before he died. Specifically, Chauvin was found guilty of two counts of murder and […]
Happy Tuesday! 1. Australians over the age of 50 will have access to the coronavirus vaccine after National Cabinet agreed to bring forward the next stage of the country’s COVID-19 roll out. “National Cabinet agreed in-principle to a series of changes to the Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy that will be […]
Good morning all. 1. People aged over 50 could be vaccinated sooner and more mass vaccination sites opened to speed up the vaccine program, under a new reset of Australia’s rollout. This possible recalibration will be discussed by the prime minister and state leaders today. “I know some states are […]
Hello all, and TGIF. 1. Overseas travel is “back on the agenda” for Australians. That’s the headline in the Nine papers, but the story is, ah, a little more complicated. Scott Morrison is canvassing options for allowing Australians to travel overseas for funerals or business, before moving towards mass travel. […]
Morning all. 1. The federal government is looking to states and territories to set up mass vaccination centres as part of a (once again) revamped vaccine rollout plan. Scott Morrison conceded on Wednesday that the vaccine rollout had experienced difficulties – possibly an understatement – and said he still had […]
Hello all. 1. Federal and state leaders will hold an emergency meeting next Monday in an effort to fix the failures in the vaccine rollout, media reports this morning. “This is a complex task and there are problems with the program that we need to solve to ensure more Australians […]
Good morning all. 1. Australia will not buy the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the Nine papers report today. We won’t be adding the single-shot vaccine to our arsenal because it is “too similar to the AstraZeneca drug”, apparently. “The Janssen vaccine is an adenovirus vaccine, the same type of […]
Good morning all. Hope you had restful weekends. 1. Scott Morrison has abandoned vaccine targets, and has admitted that not all Australians will get their first shot by the end of the year. “While we would like to see these doses completed before the end of the year, it is […]