An Aussie comedian who “sneaks into Daniel Andrews’ press conferences” has delivered again, bringing a lighter side to coverage of the pandemic in Victoria.
Comedian Ash Williams made a name for himself with his unique brand of humour on July 24 when he published a video claiming he “snuck into the Daniel Andrews press conference to ask him the tough questions”.
His latest video features a cleverly-edited skit where he grills the Premier on the type of food they sell at Red Rooster and asks personal questions of the CHO about his “zoom date”.
The videos are helping Victorian through what they hope will be the last few weeks of strict stage four restrictions.
Daily new cases in the state dropped below 100 for the first time in months on Saturday when 94 cases and 18 deaths were recorded, while NSW recorded 14 new cases.
Eight of the new cases are linked to the Sydney CBD cluster, bringing the total number of cases in that outbreak to 23. Of the new cases, two are household contacts of previously reported cases, three attended the City Tattersalls Club, and three were close contacts of people linked to this cluster.
This is how today’s news unfolded.
Aussie comedian Ash Williams has made a name for himself during the pandemic, bringing the lighter side to coverage of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ daily press conferences.
The video, uploaded to Twitter this afternoon, speaks for itself. Enjoy.
A popular gym in Sydney which is already linked to six confirmed cases of the coronavirus is being investigated for additional cases.
NSW Health has extended its public health warning for the City Tattersalls Club on Pitt street in the CBD.
“These cases attended the centre during the past few days, while unknowingly infectious and after being exposed to infections in the gym,” a NSW Health department statement read.
Members who attended the gym on the following dates have been urged to get tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate for 14 days.
- Wednesday 19 August between 8am – 2pm
- Friday 21 August between 8am – 2pm, including: Aqua Aerobics from 10am-10.45am, Stretch Class from 11am – 11.50am and Pump Class from 12.15pm – 1pm
- Sunday 23 August between 8am – 2pm
- Monday 24 August between 8am – 2pm
- Tuesday 25 August between 8am – 2pm
The Andrews government has had a breakthrough on being able to extend Victoria’s state of emergency beyond September 14.
The Age reports the Andrews government has struck a deal with state MPs to extend for another 12 months its power to declare states of emergency, which it has been using every four weeks throughout the pandemic.
The newspaper reports a deal has been hammered out with crossbench MPs in the upper house, giving the government a one-off extension which will last six months.
Australia’s chief nursing and midwifery officer Alison McMillan has spoken this afternoon, revealing there has been more than six million COVID-19 tests carried out in the country.
She urged people not to wait to get tested.
“We are seeing some signs where people are waiting a few days before they get tested. Please don’t do that,” she said.
“We need to remain vigilant and do the right thing.”
The number of coronavirus cases at the Frankston Hospital in Victoria have increased to 68 – an rise of 10 from earlier this week.
Three wards at the hospital will stop taking patients after 618 workers were forced into isolation because of the cluster.
Meanwhile, Peninsula Healthcare worker has made shocking allegations to the Frankston Standard Leader, saying she was still told to work after coming into close contact with a colleague who had tested positive for the virus.
Peninsula Health did not answer Leader’s questions in response to allegations from the healthcare worker.
No news is good news in this pandemic but it’s still with noting what’s what.
There have been no new cases in the ACT today, after 711 tests were conducted. It is their 50th-straight day with no new cases. Go ACT!
There have also been no new cases in WA and South Australia.
There are nine active COVID-19 cases in the state – six Western Australians and three from interstate.
There is one active case in South Australia.
New Zealand has recorded 13 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.
Six of the cases are in Counties Manukau, two in Auckland and three in Waitematā.
The remaining two cases were in managed isolation and quarantine.
Ten are clearly epidemiologically linked to the Auckland cluster, the Ministry of Health said in a statement today.
It means there are now 133 cases linked to the Auckland cluster and 18 to the Mt Roskill “mini-cluster”.
New Zealand’s previous biggest cluster, a Bluff wedding, stood at 98.
Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles took a swipe at Scott Morrison on Saturday, after questions about the tragic death of an unborn baby.
A northern NSW woman lost one of her unborn twins this week after waiting 16 hours for a flight to Sydney for treatment rather than going to the Mater Hospital in Brisbane.
Mr Morrison on Friday demanded an explanation from Queensland as to how the “terribly distressing” incident could happen.
But Mr Miles told him to stick to his own responsibilities.
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A Perth pub has been forced to shut down after a man breached quarantine and attended a karaoke night.
Hotel Northbridge was forced into lockdown just after 9pm last night.
A 53-year-old man will be summonsed for fail to comply with a direction after he allegedly attended a backpackers venue and the pub.
Witnesses said he was arrested inside the pub.
It will be alleged the man was returning to WA after visiting family in Queensland.
He arrived in Perth last night, without having applied to re-enter the state.
On arrival, police said he complained of non-COVID-related symptoms.
He was permitted entry to the state and was issued a hospital direction and taken by ambulance.
After receiving treatment at a medical facility, he was instructed to wait for transport to hotel quarantine.
Police were advised that the man left prior to the transport arriving.
A short time later, he was found by police at the hotel after checking into a nearby backpackers.
Health advice in relation to the circumstances of the traveller is that there is a very low risk of any COVID exposure but has been tested for the virus as a precautionary measure.
Police spoke with hotel management who elected to close the hotel and undertake cleaning.
The man has now been directed to hotel quarantine.
A nurse at an inner-Sydney correctional centre has tested positive for coronavirus and is now in isolation.
Corrective Services NSW said in a statement that the healthcare worker was at the Surry Hills Cell Complex on Tuesday but worse a mask for the whole shift and complied with infection control measurements.
“Fourteen inmates have been placed into isolation as a precaution and will be assessed and cleared by NSW Health,” the spokesperson said.
“Fresh custodies will be diverted to other correctional centres while the complex is deep cleaned.”