Jacinda Ardern will announce the start date of the Trans-Tasman bubble, which would allow travel between the two countries without quarantine. Follow the latest news and updates live
Mon 5 Apr 2021 22.43 BST
First published on Monday, April 5, 2021, 10:23 p.m. CET
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted his support for Liberal Senator Jim Molan, who announced yesterday that he would be saying goodbye after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
Jen and I wish you & , Your family, all the best for your treatment. & recovery, Jim. We have been working together for over a decade. & You have always put your service above everything else. You are an amazing person. We will all be here to aid you in this upcoming battle. https://t.co/rWvJDYBf3V
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Australia risks never achieving herd immunity to Covid-19 unless it steps up its strategy for dealing with vaccine reluctant populations, a former health ministry chief and epidemiologist have warned.
While health officials Still convinced of the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine, they told Guardian Australia that they are concerned that recent reports of blood clotting will not reduce the vaccine’s hesitation rate.
Health officials confirmed it on Monday What is « likely » is that blood clots developed last week by a 44-year-old Victorian man have been linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine See « up to two cases of recipients » with the disease per million recipients.
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Yes, the restrictions in Byron Bay and the surrounding northern NSW areas were officially lifted after four days of no community broadcasts.
Approximately 200,000 local residents were ordered to wear masks in most indoor public areas and limit house gatherings to no more than 30 last Wednesday after a man in Byron Bay contracted Covid-19, after sitting on the table next to an infected woman who had traveled down from Queensland.
A large number of people turned out to be tested in the area, and that high number, combined with no other cases detected, allowed NSW Health to lift the restrictions from midnight last night.
These efforts have given us the confidence to lift the restrictions, but we are still in an elevated risk phase and urge the community to do so for the next week to stay vigilant.
However, the department made it clear that close contacts from coronavirus cases must be self-isolating for 14 days after the exposure date and must be retested at the end of this period.
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Hope you all go to work or school today rested with bellies full of hot rolls.
This time around, there is actually some good news to start the day with as it is quite likely that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will announce a launch date for the trans-Tasmanian travel bubble that is finally paving the way for international tourism with Australia paving would be even better, that could start next week.
Now this free itinerary has been in the works for around 300 years (so 11 months), and while Australia lifted quarantine requirements for incoming kiwis last October, it meant so a scattering of small and large outbreaks across Australia New Zealand was always reluctant to return the favor.
But now the von Ardern cabinet will meet to sign a trans-Tasman plan before 4 p.m. (2 p.m. for Melbourne and Sydney).
Mutual quarantine exemptions could not only turn the gears of the commercial one off Tourism is turning back on (a huge source of income for New Zealand), but it would also vacate roughly half of all jobs in their hotel quarantine program, allowing more kiwis around the world to return home. In fact, families separated by the Tasman Sea were among the loudest voices calling for normal travel to resume.
But it looks like all travel bubble plans will depend on New Zealand in the event of one Outbreak may temporarily close the borders.
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