Australia news live update: deadliest day of pandemic as nation records 74 Covid deaths; Victoria declares ‘code brown’ for hospitals amid staff shortages

The real challenge of the impact of staff who have to furlough, staff who are in isolation … it’s averaging around 5,000 healthcare workers every single day alongside the surge in hospitalisation as a result of the Omicron variant wave … We may well be at the peak or reaching the peak, that impact will … Read more

Australia news live update: ‘significant decrease’ in NSW Covid cases predicted for coming month; rapid test price gouging referred to police

Here’s a summary of all the Covid numbers from the day so far: Victoria reported 22,429 new Covid cases and six deathsRoughly half the positive cases were reported from PCR test results, and half from rapid antigen tests. There are 1,229 people being treated in hospital with Covid in Victoria, including 129 in intensive care. … 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

Novak Djokovic appeals in court against cancellation of Australian visa – live updates

We are now going through the transcript of the interview between Djokovic and Border Force officers. The visa was cancelled at 7.29am, and Djokovic was informed at 7.42am. He had been asking for until 8.30am to respond to the cancellation notice, and needed to speak to people. The government made the decision on the basis … Read more

Covid live: UK government plans for ‘one in four’ teachers to be off; record 26,458 cases in Philippines

Video of an NHS doctor challenging the UK health secretary over vaccine mandates for healthcare workers has gone viral on social media. The scene, which was caught by Sky News cameras, was first broadcast on Friday after Javid visited Kings College Hospital in south London. While on a walkabout in the hospital, Javid had asked … Read more

Australia live news update: NSW bans singing and dancing in venues and suspends elective surgery; Coalition defends Djokovic visa decision

Some more details from that Victorian press conference first: The Victorian government says it hasn’t seen correspondence between the federal government and Tennis Australia that stipulated Novak Djokovic would not be allowed to enter the country if he did not meet Atagi criteria. Since the tennis star landed in Australia on Wednesday night the federal … Read more

Australia live news update: Novak Djokovic visa cancelled after airport drama; calls for more free Covid rapid tests

I have no idea what’s going on, they’re holding my son captive for five hours. This is not a fight for the libertarian world, this is not just a fight for Novak, but a fight for the whole world! If they don’t let him go in half an hour, we will gather on the street, … Read more

UK Covid live: Johnson announces daily priority testing for 100,000 key workers; 218,724 daily cases reported

Anyone who thinks our battle with Covid is over is, I’m afraid, profoundly wrong. This is a moment for the utmost caution … We can keep our schools and our businesses open, and we can find a way to live with this virus. But the weeks ahead are going to be challenging, both here in … 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: more than 32,000 new Covid cases recorded nationwide; NSW hospitalisations pass 1,000

5.26am GMT 05:26 There may be few or no official restrictions, but word is it feels very much like a “soft lockdown” in Sydney today. james hennessy (@jrhennessy) Currently I Am Legending a frosty schooner in a totally deserted beer garden pic.twitter.com/D8f6uRpB2t January 2, 2022 5.01am GMT 05:01 Residents in Melbourne’s outer south-east are being … Read more