Australia news live update: NSW records 92,264 Covid cases as rapid test backlog counted; 53 deaths reported nationwide; Qld scraps border rules

NSW records 92,264 Covid cases and 22 deaths with 2,383 in hospital; Victoria reports 37,169 cases and 25 deaths with 953 hospitalised; Novak Djokovic visa saga an ‘international embarrassment’ says Labor. Follow all the day’s news Covid patients occupy one in three ICU beds in NSW as nurse shortages soar ‘Code red’: Melbourne businesses say … Read more

Australia news live update: Djokovic releases statement; nation records 49 Covid deaths and 3,900 cases in hospital; $1,000 fines in NSW for not reporting positive RATs

Hobart grandmother Susan Neill-Fraser is appealing to Australia’s highest court for a second time in a bid to have her murder conviction overturned. The 67-year-old was sentenced to 23 years in jail for killing partner Bob Chappell aboard the couple’s yacht, the Four Winds, on Australia Day 2009. Her appeal before Tasmania’s court of criminal … Read more

Australia news live update: NSW records 11 Covid deaths and 2,186 in hospital; 13 deaths and 861 hospitalised in Victoria; Djokovic drama continues

Working people might be spending eight hours with someone who is Covid-positive and they are no longer considered a close contact … Those people who have worked next to someone for a really long time and aren’t included in that definition of “close contact” no longer get isolation payments. So if you run out of … Read more

Australia Covid news live update: millions more Australians eligible for boosters; Morrison warned about rapid test shortage months ago

9.45pm GMT 21:45 Brett Holmes is the General Secretary at NSW Nurses and Midwives Association. He is in The Sydney Morning Herald this morning talking about the situation in NSW hospitals. Here are a few lines from it: “Over the weekend, an ICU nurse at an outer-metropolitan hospital declared, “We are falling like flies.” In … Read more

Australia news live update: NSW Covid hospitalisations rise to 1,204; record high new cases in Victoria and Qld; states support free RATs, Foley says

NSW records 20,794 new Covid cases and Victoria 8,577, with seven deaths across both states; Queensland reports 4,249 cases, ACT 514 and Tasmania 466; Scott Morrison and Greg Hunt defend decision not to provide free rapid antigen tests; Martin Foley says states support free RATs; double-dose vaccination rate hits 91.5%. Follow all the day’s news … Read more

Australia Covid news live: Scott Morrison announces change to isolation time as nation records more than 32,000 cases

In NSW we are not seeing it going anywhere near the peak yet. So numbers will keep going up at an exponential rate unless something else happens. Modelling, as least for South Australia, has put the likely hospitalisation rate at 5%. Now, when you are starting to get 20,000 cases a day, that’s an awful … Read more

Australia news live update: national cabinet agrees on new definition of ‘close contact’ as more than 21,000 Covid cases recorded nationwide

In this morning’s meeting there is wide acceptance, in particular from the prime minister, that Western Australia is different. And we don’t have large numbers of cases. In fact, we have one case today. NSW had 11,000. So we are in a very, very different position to the other states. Which is why our testing, … Read more

Australia Covid news live update: Scott Morrison to speak ahead of national cabinet meeting; Qld records 1,539 cases, SA 1,471

12.47am GMT 00:47 We are expecting to hear from the prime minister at 12.30pm AEDT today. 12.42am GMT 00:42 Marshall has added that people should take seriously the calls to work from home, saying it was his “strong message from today.” He said the call would likely remain until the end of January. He also … Read more

Australia Covid news live update: airport chaos as Christmas flights cancelled; millions more eligible for booster shot with interval reduced to four months

With great respect, that is incorrect. What we have seen is that Atagi has already moved on the basis of international evidence from six months to five months and that has seen a rapid increase in the uptake of boosters and what they have done is again, continuously reviewed the international evidence … one of … Read more

Australia Covid news live: Perrottet reimposes mask mandate as NSW cases soar to 5,715, one death; Victoria reports 2,005 cases, 10 deaths

We’ll be moving from hospitality venues indoors to two square metres from December 27 to January 27. And also the indoor face mask requirement will also be in place until January 27 as well. That’s just to ensure, as we move through this period of time, we do have that support for our health officers … Read more