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.”
Police in Victoria have vowed to take on ‘covidiot’ protesters who continue to defy public health orders for the strangest of reasons.
It comes as officers in Melbourne’s south prepare to respond to another anti-lockdown rally in Dandenong this afternoon after daily demonstrations for the past week.
Authorities are fed up and it seems the time for polite pleas to do the right thing is over.
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius didn’t mince his words yesterday when he slammed anti-lockdown protesters.
“They’re taking every opportunity to leverage the current situation to serve their ridiculous notions about so-called sovereign citizens, about constitutional issues and about how 5G is going to kill your grandkids,” he said.
“I mean It’s just crazy, it’s bats**t crazy nonsense.”
Now, a protest has been planned for the CBD next Saturday with a number of people indicating they’ll attend.
“This activity has the potential to send us backwards,” he said.
“Why on earth would we be wanting to see an activity, a protest undertaken which would exacerbate this risk. Particularly in a point in time, where in the past couple of weeks, we have been able to turn this around.
“Participating in this protest also carries with it a serious risk at the very hard work of the vast majority of Victorians who have been complying, will be undone by a small and selfish minority of foolish people who would wilfully further expose us to the deadly virus.
“It would not only be ironic but also a tragedy if those who are advocating for a premature end to stage four restrictions by their selfish conduct risk the further spread of the virus.
“Now is not the time to protest.”
Meanwhile, Greater Dandenong Mayor Jim Memeti called for “calm” and “compliance” in his community.
There have been small but vocal rallies daily, with attendees clashing with police on a number of occasions.
“I understand that people may be acting out of a sense of frustration with the current lockdown, but I urge them all to exercise, if they must, in complete compliance with the current restrictions in place,” Cr Memeti told The Leader newspaper
“We must all accept that we are in this together and that we will only maintain the positive improvements that have been achieved by Victorians, if we all adhere to the restrictions.
“Council is working with local police and community leaders to encourage those involved with these protests to reconsider their actions and work towards a more positive outcome.”
Queensland has recorded four new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, which are all related to the outbreak at a correctional training centre.
There are 24 active cases in the state.
It was also announced that new restrictions on gatherings will be extended to the Darling Downs region.
Daniel Andrews has reassured fatigued Victorians that he’s working on a pathway out of the state’s tough restrictions.
Victoria’s daily coronavirus cases number has dropped below 100, with 94 new infections recorded on Saturday alongside 18 deaths.
The last time the state recorded fewer than 100 cases was 55 days ago on July 5.
“Every day these numbers are falling, is a good day,” Mr Andrews said.
“Every day we see the strategy working is a good day.”
But the good news has been overshadowed by a sombre milestone, with Victoria’s fatality toll now passing 500.
The Premier said authorities continue to devise a strategy out of Melbourne’s stage four lockdown and the rest of the state’s stage three restrictions.
“What we hope we will be able to do is outline a plan that is not just for the short term but is a plan that gives people as much certainty as possible,” he said.
“We will give people the clearest sense of how these restrictions will be eased, what that COVID normal looks like and how things will run right the way through until vaccine comes.”
Mr Andrews has been reluctant to say when that roadmap out of lockdown will be revealed.
“We just need a bit more time to be able to be confident that we are, in fact, defeating this and that we can open up, gradually, steadily, safely.”
But he continues to indicate that details will be shared soon.
“I wish I could make all those announcement today but it would not be responsible. It would not be accurate, frankly, for me to pretend it is here quite yet.”
Mr Andrews pointed out that even when lockdown is over, there will still be new cases of coronavirus.
“There will be outbreaks. That is part of the COVID normal.
“Hopefully they are low numbers and hopefully we, it really staying the course now, can defeat this to such an extent that those numbers are very, very low and can be dealt with on their merits as individual cases and outbreaks rather than having to go to whole of summer, whole of state, whole of city rule.”
The reality is the “ultimate fix” to the coronavirus crisis is a vaccine.
But no one can predict when it will be ready given it has to be “proven, manufactured and administered”.
Until then, Mr Andrews was blunt in setting expectations that when the plan is enacted, things won’t totally return to normal.
Victorians will have to live with COVID-19 in a way that’s safe and reduced the chances of further outbreaks.
Daniel Andrews has echoed the words of Queensland’s top health experts in discussing the long-term health impacts of coronavirus.
The Victorian Premier said that COVID-19 is something that “affects us all” and not just those who become gravely ill or die.
“This is not something anyone wants to get,” Mr Andrews said.
“It presents in some… indeed I think the research is starting to point to the fact that it presents in many as more like a chronic condition than a cold that you just get over.
“Whether it be fatigue and other lasting symptoms, this is not something anyone wants to get.”
Victorians hoping that the end of current restrictions in a few weeks will mark a return to normal life are going to be disappointed.
Daniel Andrews was asked repeatedly at this daily briefing about the roadmap out of lockdown.
The Premier repeated that when he can, he will detail the plan for the weeks and months ahead.
But he had a clear warning.
“I don’t want to be in any way negative about this but I think most Victorians know and understand while they would like to flick a switch on the 14 September and simply go back to absolute normal, that is not going to be possible,” Mr Andrews said.
“We are going to have to ease back into that COVID normal and indeed find that COVID normal, and have it be sustainable.”
That will involve a series of settings that will be locked in and lived with for “a lengthy period of time”.
“That is what we want to get to, not the restrictions on and off in two, three, four week cycles until we get a vaccine, which could be deep into 2021 before we got that.”
It’s a spectacular day in Melbourne today and Daniel Andrews is worried about people being tempted to venture out and ignore lockdown restrictions.
The Premier urged people to stay the course and help avoid an uptick in coronavirus cases.
“Today is a beautiful sunny day and I just say to people, we want to get to the other side of this and allow people to enjoy all the things that Melbourne and Victoria is famous for,” Mr Andrews said.
“No-one today, please, please, don’t be doing anything today that would undermine this strategy.
“Please don’t do anything, don’t make any choices that would contribute to the spread of this virus.”
The number of new daily cases of COVID-19 dipped below 100 today and it’s a sign that “we are so close to driving this down”, he said.
“There will be a plan, it will be detailed, it will be based on science and data and evidence in the very best of medical advice.
“The frustrating thing I know, I understand,(is that) everyone would like that plan today, yesterday even.
“But that plan won’t mean much if it is put out now, when we still have so many days to go, so many tests to be done, so much work to be done, in order to have the clearest picture and the maximum confidence that whatever opening up and the program of opening up will not see us simply plunge into a third wave.”
Daniel Andrews was just asked about chief health officer Dr Brett Sutton’s revelation on Twitter last night that discussions are underway about single household bubbles.
Essentially, many people in lockdown in Melbourne who live on their own have been asking for a way to have a visitor to help with loneliness.
“I know there has been a lot of feedback from people who live on their own, people without others in their household who are doing it tough, we will have more to say about that at the appropriate time,” the Premier said.
“This is particularly challenging for those who live on their own, and we want to try and support them and indeed every Victorian, with a clear, dedicated, logical but also meaningful plan for opening up.
“But it is just a little too early for us to be able to settle on that but as these days pass and we see hopefully through a lot of hard work even lower numbers, that will give us the certainty to be able to map out what the weeks and months ahead look like.”