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Now, on to the news of today.
Residents in the northern beaches of Syndey have continued to celebrate after being freed from the worst of the strict Covid-19 restrictions imposed on the area since an outbreak began before Christmas. But the state’s chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant, says “these next 14 days is going to be pivotal” as the state still struggles to mop up the last of community transmission in the city.
NSW recorded three new coronavirus cases on Sunday, all close contacts that contact tracers missed who were active in the community while infectious.
A number of new venues, including the Costco in Casula and a shopping centre and Service NSW site in Bankstown, have been declared potential exposure sites.
The other big event we will be looking out for today is that all-important press conference from Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk as she updates the state on how Brisbane’s three-day lockdown has gone. Today is the third (and hopefully final) day of the lockdown, brought about by fears that the highly contagious UK strain of the coronavirus had entered the community in Brisbane. But with no additional cases of community transmission discovered so far residents are hopeful that normal life will be able to resume as early as this evening.
In other news:
- Australia’s acting prime minister has thrown his support behind Cricket Australia and the NSW police launching an investigation after India’s cricket team made official complaints of racism on Saturday and play was stopped for eight minutes on Sunday following claims of alleged abuse. This comes as India veteran Ravichandran Ashwin claims he has been the victim of abuse from Sydney crowds for almost a decade.
- Fire crews are on standby, command centres are ready to go and water-bombing aircraft have been prepared as South Australia heads into a day of high bushfire risk. Dangerous conditions have been declared in most districts for Monday, prompting total fire bans amid warnings the scrub is ready to burn.
- A man is set to face court in NSW after being charged with sending threatening emails to a Victorian MP. The 53-year-old was arrested at a Nimbin home in December as police investigated the emails, which were believed to have been sent from NSW, police said on Monday. Police found and seized a computer, tablet and mobile phone when they arrested the man.
- A woman and three children have died after a fire ripped through a home in Melbourne’s south-east overnight. A man believed to be related to the family was also injured in the fire and is in hospital. On Sunday Det Snr Sgt Neville Major said it would be up to 48 hours before police could speak to the man due to the extent of his injuries.
Source: The Guardian
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