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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Report: Latest figures reveal less than 8 per cent of citizens have had second dose — as it happened #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.02: Here are the key moments from Thursday:

  • NSW recorded 28 new COVID-19 cases, with 24 of those infections being locally acquired
  • Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner said confirmed cases broke the law by not following a stay-at-home order
  • Federal government minister Simon Birmingham accused Queensland Health officials of helping anti-vaxxers, by raising concerns about giving the AstraZeneca vaccines to younger Australians
  • Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT all recorded no new cases

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – The latest vaccine data from the federal government shows how many Australians in each aged group have had their first and second vaccine shot.

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That’s all for the blog today folks

We have been given our cue to close blog friends. 

Plenty of press conferences today as well as plenty of news.

Thank-you to everyone who joined us today.

Until next time blog friends, stay safe and be well.

NSW Health confirms positive case attended Homebush vaccination hub

Authorities with the Sydney Local Health District says the Vaccination Centre at Sydney Olympic Park has been cleaned after a person tested positive, a day after they were there. 

The person was at the centre between 3:30pm and 5:00pm on Wednesday, June 29.

He tested positive for COVID-19 the next day. 

The vaccination centre remains open and we encourage you to come forward for your vaccination appointment if you  are well,” a statement read.

“You must not attend if you have any symptoms, however mild.”

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull criticises vaccine rollout

That’s all for the NT presser

Gunner says he wants people to call the hotline and get a test tonight, to keep the NT on track to ease restrictions

Anyone at the new casual contact site is being urged to self-isolate, call the COVID hotline and receive a test at home. 

Gunner says infections person ‘broke the law’

The man was under a legal direction to stay-at-home while he waited to go to the National Resilience Centre, according to Mr Gunner. 

He said the case lied and the case was in the community briefly on Sunday. 

New exposure sites listed in Darwin

There is a new casual contact site.

Stuart Park corner store on Westralia Street between 12:18pm and 12:35pm on Sunday, June 27.

NSW Police Superintendent fined for not wearing face mask in fast food outlet

A NSW Police Superintendent has been fined for not wearing a mask inside a fast food outlet at Mount Colah in Sydney’s north.

Over the past 24 hours, 65 other people were issued with penalty infringement notices (PINs), including a hairdresser at Auburn shopping centre.

The 53-year-old police Superintendent was issued with a $200 fine for a possible breach of the public health order in relation to wearing a mask inside a retail business or premises, after being spoken to by police on Wednesday.

Watch the NT press conference here

NT press conference expected shortly

Just got word we are expecting Chief Minister Michael Gunner shortly.

Announcement on Perth and Peel region lockdown not expected until tomorrow

An announcement on whether the lockdown of Perth and the Peel region will continue beyond Friday is not expected until tomorrow.

There’s been record levels of COVID-19 testing and contact tracing in WA but the Premier Mark McGowan says the next 24 hours will be crucial to form a clear picture on whether it’s safe for the four-day lockdown to end as planned at 12:01am on Saturday.

“We just need to keep it up for a little more time,” Mr McGowan said.  

He said people are generally following the rules but he has condemned reports of tourists in the Kimberley ignoring bans on entering remote communities.

“Perth’s northern suburbs cluster remains at four cases,” he said. 

Reporting by James Carmody.

Indonesia to bring in emergency measures after ‘near vertical’ spike in COVID-19 cases

President Joko Widodo says that Indonesia will bring in emergency measures from July 3 until July 20.

There has been a near vertical climb in virus cases in the world’s fourth most populous nation in recent weeks, prompting health experts to warn that the outbreak could be as bad as India’s devastating second wave if tighter measures are not introduced.

The measures include tighter restrictions on movement and air travel, a ban on restaurant dining and closure of non-essential offices, according to a government document. They will be applied on the most populous island of Java and on the tourist island of Bali.

But public health experts have questioned whether they go far enough.

“The current proposals are ’emergency’ by name only, but they don’t respond to an emergency situation,” Dr Dicky Budiman, an epidemiologist at Griffith University in Queensland, said.

Reuters

Olympic swimmers test negative to COVID-19

The 20 Australian Olympic swimmers and coaches who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 in Townsville have tested negative.

Some of the swimmers had visited Magnetic Island on the weekend after it was visited by a woman who later tested positive for COVID-19.

The swimmers have since moved to Cairns and will be reunited with the rest of the Dolphins Squad later this month before flying to Tokyo.

Amnesty for QR code compliance for Victoria’s workplaces ends at midnight

Victoria may have no new coronavirus cases, but business have been warned they will be fined if they don’t have the Service Victoria QR code system in place.

An amnesty for QR code compliance for the state’s workplaces ends at midnight tonight.

It means Victorians are required to check in everywhere they go, including at work, and even if they are visiting a business for fewer than 15 minutes.

Businesses that don’t have the government’s QR code system installed will be hit with a $1,652 on-the-spot fine.

Authorities warn that “blatant or wilful non-compliance can result in further fines of $9,913 and up to $100,000 or prosecution in court”.

 As well as fines, a business may be issued with an improvement notice or a prohibition order until issues are fixed. 

More than 210,000 businesses, organisations and venues are already registered and this week, there have been an average of 4.6 million QR code check-ins by Victorians each day.

Victoria’s COVID-19 testing chief Jeroen Weimar says the end of the amnesty means there are no excuses for businesses.

“If there are organisations out there that haven’t got around to doing it yet, 210,000 people have, there are no excuses left, we just need you to get on board and to help all of us to stay safe.”

Questions from the audience

Hey Mick,
bit of a random question, but how do you guys end up doing the blog? Is it a job that you have to apply for? Seems pretty fun a but also stressful.

-lily

The blog became part of our working lives when COVID-19 started.

So far it has been part of my entire ABC life. 

But we do many other things.

Some bloggers may know of my love affair with Formula One, which I cover.

Do you actually see our messages?

-Hmmmm

Yep. Every single one. 

Hi Mick. My name is Talulah and I am 9 years old. How are you Mick? Where are you? Are you locked down?

-Talulah

Hello Talulah.

Welcome to the blog. 

Greater Brisbane is in lockdown, 

My house has never been so clean

Almost half of Victorian isolation wards failed to meet all ventilation guidelines, leaked report reveals

A leaked Victorian Government audit found that almost 50 per cent of hospital isolation rooms in the state failed to meet ventilation guidelines.

The audit of ventilation systems in Victorian hospitals, commissioned last year after the COVD-19 pandemic caused lockdowns in Victoria, was never released to the public, but it has now been seen by the ABC.

Professor Catherine Bennett, Chair of Epidemiology at Deakin University, said it was worrying to learn that half of the isolation rooms were not meeting ventilation standards for air change rates.

“This is about not just patient and worker safety, this is about controlling transmission across patients and beyond,” she told the ABC’s The World Today program.

“If we are now finding that 50 per cent of our hospitals are falling short, then that is a serious concern.”

Read more of this story by Sally Sara, here.

Tasmania records no new cases of COVID-19

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