Restrictions ease in NSW regardless of rising instances
Unvaccinated individuals at the moment are free to buy and socialise in New South Wales and travellers arriving from southern African nations now not need to quarantine, AAP stories.
The NSW authorities is honouring its pledge to considerably ease Covid-19 restrictions regardless of a pointy rise in Covid case numbers amid super-spreading occasions in the festive season.
For the primary time in three months, the identical algorithm now applies to the vaccinated and the unvaccinated in NSW.
QR code check-ins shall be scaled again and masks are solely required solely in high-risk settings like public transport and planes.
There’s no cap on guests in houses, hospitality venues, or on numbers at outside public gatherings.
In the meantime, NSW Well being says fully-vaccinated arrivals from eight southern African nations of concern the place the Omicron variant emerged will now not need to enter 14 days of resort quarantine, bringing all worldwide arrivals underneath the identical necessities.
Chief well being officer Dr Kerry Chant stated all fully-vaccinated worldwide arrivals should self-isolate for 72-hours and have a adverse end result throughout the first 24 hours of arrival and keep away from high-risk settings for per week.
The lifting of restrictions – long-planned for December 15 – comes simply as case numbers spike to a two-month excessive.
Some 804 individuals examined constructive for Covid-19 in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday and an infection numbers have quadrupled in the previous two weeks.
They included 224 individuals in Newcastle, the place super-spreading occasions at a nightclub and a pub have been recognized.
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The massive query in the present day appears to be will each flight to Queensland constructive particular person on board result in all passengers quarantining for 2 weeks?
I ask this partially as a journalist and partially as an individual who has a vacation booked in for Noosa in January.
According to the Australian, the event Morrison attended on Friday was Kincoppal-Rose Bay’s faculty commencement gala on the Worldwide Conference Centre in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.
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Scott Morrison declared a Covid informal contact however doesn’t must isolate
The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has been examined for Covid-19 after being deemed an off-the-cuff contact, however is just not required to isolate.
It’s understood that the PM’s workplace sought recommendation from NSW previous to assembly the Korean president at Kirribilli Home on Tuesday night time.
Right here is the assertion from his spokesperson:
Final night time the Prime Minister was deemed an off-the-cuff contact by NSW Well being following attendance at an event final Friday night time.
For the reason that event, the Prime Minister has acquired two adverse PCR exams and as such NSW Well being and the Chief Medical Officer has suggested he isn’t required to isolate.
As per the NSW Well being pointers, the Prime Minister shall be examined once more on day 6.
The PM will nonetheless journey to Queensland in the present day after getting recommendation from Queensland Well being and the state’s chief medical officer who agreed that each one the conventional necessities have been met.
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On a lighter be aware, right here is Gutwein’s response when requested about Tasmania internet hosting its first ever Ashes check match in January (after WA did not open its borders in time).
I can’t get the smile off my face. Once we had been discussing this with Cricket Australia, I made the purpose that this wasn’t nearly cash, this was about making historical past.
And Tasmania has by no means had an Ashes check. I anticipate that Tasmanians will flip up in droves. I hope it’s a decider, if not, it makes no distinction. We nonetheless have gotten an Ashes check and I do know it’s one thing that each one Tasmanians are very happy with.
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Talking of Tasmania, the premier Peter Gutwein has instructed ABC News Breakfast that Covid-19 instances arriving in the state is inevitable because the borders open to all of Australia this morning.
Properly, I’m excited. It’s been practically two years that we’ve needed to have border controls in place.
I’ve been up-front with Tasmanians. At some stage, Covid will arrive right here. We’ve received our enterprise neighborhood nicely ready, our broader neighborhood nicely ready and our well being system is nicely ready.
We’re going into this barely in another way. We’ve largely been Covid free. We’ll be one of many few locations in the world who’re going into a reopening like this, with such a excessive fee of vaccination, and no Covid in our neighborhood at present. That may stand us in good stead.
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Potential Omicron superspreader event in Melbourne
The opposite breaking news this morning is 2 attainable Omicron superspreader occasions in the inside Melbourne suburbs of Fitzroy and Collingwood.
Based on Victorian well being authorities, an individual who later examined constructive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19 attended two venues on Friday, 10 December. (Final Friday).
Everybody who attended Sircuit Bar on Smith Avenue in Fitzroy between 9pm and midnight, and the Peel Resort on Peel Avenue in Collingwood between 11.30pm and 3am (Saturday), at the moment are thought-about shut contacts.
Well being authorities predict that 320 individuals had been on the Peel Resort and greater than 410 individuals had been at Sircuit. Those that are absolutely vaccinated should quarantine for seven days and people not absolutely vaccinated should isolate for 14 days.
I’ll deliver you updates on this all through the morning as nicely.
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Passengers on two Queensland flights to quarantine by way of Christmas
Good morning everybody – it’s solely ten days till Christmas and the news simply received’t cease!
It’s Matilda Boseley right here with you this morning and please know that I’m carrying a Father Christmas hat this morning, and shall be day-after-day until the twenty fifth.
Talking of Christmas, I’ve some dangerous Christmas news to start out the day. Two planeloads stuffed with passengers shall be forced into quarantine in Queensland for 14 days (together with Christmas). It comes after an unknowingly Covid-19 constructive particular person flew on a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane to Townsville on Monday. The opposite affected flight, additionally a Virgin Australia service, was to Brisbane from Newcastle, the place there was a latest superspreader event at a nightclub.
Queensland Well being confirmed the case in a tweet on Tuesday night time. All passengers on each of the flights had been designated as shut contacts, whereas those that had been in the elements of Brisbane airport across the time have been listed as informal contacts. I’ll deliver you extra updates on that all through the morning.
And additional south, Tasmania is throwing open its borders to all absolutely vaccinated travellers this morning, after closures spanning one of the best a part of two years.
Underneath the reopening plan, individuals coming from designated high-risk areas should return a adverse check in the 72 hours earlier than they arrive and current proof on the border.
The state authorities launched border reopening modelling just a few months in the past, which predicts 87 deaths in the six months from December and 50,000 instances. The well being division stated the system is ready though a number of unions have raised issues about workers ranges.
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