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Australia news live update: new Covid rules in NSW as medical chief says ‘missing link’ in cases still unknown

Mask-wearing mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, as health authorities brace for more coronavirus cases due to the level of activity of a man in his 50s while infectious. Follow latest updatesFull report: authorities search for ‘missing link’ between traveller from US and positive Sydney manSydney restrictions: new rules for Mother’s Day weekend explainedSydney Covid hotspots: list of coronavirus exposure sites Sydney Roosters caught up in Covid scare 5.24am BS...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, India, US, Australia news, United States, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Labor party, Liberal party, South Australia


Australia news live update: Covid restrictions for greater Sydney as medical chief says ‘missing link’ in NSW cases still unknown

Mask wearing mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, as health authorities brace for more cases due to the level of activity of a man in his 50s while infectious. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid case: man tests positive in SydneyNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional case locationsSydney Roosters caught up in Covid-19 scare as NRL players sent for testingTweaked Moderna vaccine ‘neutralises Covid variants in trials’NDIS on track to be more expensive than Medicare, Lin...
Tags: Health, Australia, US, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Labor party, Liberal party, South Australia, South Australian politics, Assisted dying


‘Rejected and betrayed’: Australians stranded in India speak of heartbreak

More than 9,000 Australians remain trapped in India by the Coalition’s Covid travel ban. Many travelled before the crisis to visit sick and dying relatives, and say they are angry at their treatment. Here are six of their storiesThe backlash has been fierce in the days since the Australian government moved to make it a criminal offence for its citizens to return from Covid-ravaged India.Members of the Morrison government have denounced their own policy, while medical experts and international hu...
Tags: Health, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, United Nations, Morrison, Australian foreign policy, Coronavirus, COVID


Australia news live: NSW contact tracers scramble to contain spread following local Covid case in Sydney’s east

Health authorities are expecting more cases due to the level of activity of the man while potentially infectious. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid case: man tests positive in SydneyNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional case locationsTweaked Moderna vaccine ‘neutralises Covid variants in trials’ 11.16pm BST The Queensland police service blocked academic research seeking to scrutinise its response to domestic violence cases and the attitudes of officers – sending rejection letters that denied ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, United States, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, World Health Organization, New South Wales politics, Labor party, Liberal party, South Australia, South Australian politics


‘Costs are going up’: Linda Reynolds warns of hard discussions on NDIS funding

Exclusive: Morrison government’s new minister in charge of disability scheme says it’s on track to be ‘more expensive than Medicare’Linda Reynolds has signalled the Morrison government will top up funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Tuesday’s budget but she warns there are “hard discussions” ahead regarding the sustainability of the current funding model.In Reynolds’ first significant interview in the portfolio she gained following the Brittany Higgins furore, the minister in...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Welfare, Morrison, Reynolds, National disability insurance scheme, NDIS, Linda Reynolds, Brittany Higgins, Australian budget 2021, Medicare'Linda Reynolds


Coronavirus Australia live update: NSW records new local Covid case in Sydney; Australian cricketers to leave India

Man in his 50s tests positive for Covid in NSW; Cricket Australia to fly players to Sri Lanka or the Maldives to await lifting of India travel ban. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid case: man tests positive in SydneyNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional case locationsCovid check-ins fall 25% in NSW as Sydney records mystery caseUN raises concerns over Australia’s India travel ban 8.27am BST Just a bit more on the NSW Labor cyberattack.A spokesperson for the party said:This is a matter of seri...
Tags: Health, Business, Labor, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Maldives, Sri Lanka


Coronavirus Australia live update: NSW records new local Covid case in Sydney; India travel ban challenged in federal court

Man in his 50s tests positive for Covid in NSW; hearing to take place in federal court to challenge India travel ban. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional Covid case locationsFull report: Coalition to hold talks with Indian-Australian community leaders as anger mounts over travel banGPs grapple with AstraZeneca shortfalls as pleas for more doses are rejectedAlmost two-thirds of Australians think Covid vaccine rollout is not going well, survey suggests 6.29am BST Earli...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Greg Hunt, Australian economy, Anthony Albanese


Australia news live: NSW records new local Covid case in Sydney’s east; PM says India ban is lowering quarantine cases

Man in his 50s tests positive for Covid in NSW; PM says case numbers in the Howard Springs quarantine facility are falling. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional Covid case locationsFull report: Coalition to hold talks with Indian-Australian community leaders as anger mounts over travel banGPs grapple with AstraZeneca shortfalls as pleas for more doses are rejectedAlmost two-thirds of Australians think Covid vaccine rollout is not going well, survey suggests 5.29am BST ...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, India, US, America, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Australian economy


Australia news live: new local Covid case in Sydney’s east; PM says India ban is lowering quarantine cases

Man in his 50s tests positive for Covid in NSW; PM says case numbers in the Howard Springs quarantine facility are falling. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional Covid case locationsFull report: Coalition to hold talks with Indian-Australian community leaders as anger mounts over travel banGPs grapple with AstraZeneca shortfalls as pleas for more doses are rejectedAlmost two-thirds of Australians think Covid vaccine rollout is not going well, survey suggests 4.27am BST ...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Australian economy, Anthony Albanese


Australia news live: Biloela family may be released on Christmas Island; minister to hold talks with Indian-Australian community leaders

Home affairs minister flags possible reprieve for Tamil family held in detention; Coalition under increasing pressure to lift the ban blocking 9,000 Australians in India from returning home. Follow latest updatesFull report: Coalition to hold talks with Indian-Australian community leaders as anger mounts over travel banGPs grapple with AstraZeneca shortfalls as pleas for more doses are rejectedAlmost two-thirds of Australians think Covid vaccine rollout is not going well, survey suggests 1.28am...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Astrazeneca, Myanmar, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Australian economy, Anthony Albanese, Morrison


Australia news live: minister to hold urgent roundtable with Indian-Australian community leaders

Coalition under increasing pressure to lift the ban blocking 9,000 Australians, including 650 who are considered vulnerable, from returning home. Follow latest updatesFull report: Coalition to hold talks with Indian-Australian community leaders as anger mounts over travel banGPs grapple with vaccine shortfalls as pleas for more AstraZeneca doses are rejectedAlmost two-thirds of Australians think Covid vaccine rollout is not going well, survey suggests 11.22pm BST Sorry to dive straight into ...
Tags: Health, Business, Abc, Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Australian economy, Anthony Albanese, Biloela, Karen Andrews, Coronavirus, Karen Andrew


Australia news live: crossbench MPs call on PM to undo India travel ban; RBA keeps interest rates at record low

Scott Morrison all but rules out lifting the ban early as cricketer Michael Slater adds to voices condemning the decision. Follow live 8.12am BST Scott Morrison claims it is “highly unlikely” that anyone will be jailed for returning to Australia from India under the country’s harsh biosecurity laws, as he resists calls from the peak medical association for the penalties to be dropped.Facing a backlash from within Coalition ranks and mounting community anger over the government’s decision to ...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, RBA, Michael Slater, Mostafa, Coronavirus, COVID, Elias Visontay


Australia’s India travel ban: does the health justification stack up and is the move legal?

The extreme use of a power most people didn’t know existed has generated a storm of criticism. We look at how it came about – and what happens nextAustralians could die from Covid under India travel banAt the weekend, the federal health minister, Greg Hunt, announced the government would bar people – including citizens and permanent residents – from coming to Australia from India.The decision prompted a storm of criticism, including from the Australian Human Rights Commission, as Australians cam...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Greg Hunt, Australian Human Rights Commission, Coronavirus, COVID


Australia news live: Greg Hunt has ‘absolute belief’ that banning returns from India is legal

Health minister joins Scott Morrison in defending ban; over-50s eligible for Covid vaccine. Follow latest updatesAustralia’s medical chief Paul Kelly says he gave no health advice to jail India arrivalsWA premier says Perth lockdown remains ‘a prospect’ after Covid casesA third of Australians believe Coalition must do more to help 36,000 citizens stranded overseasAustralia’s vaccine rollout: what you should know about the changes 6.19am BST At the Australia Post inquiry, Tony Nutt, an Austra...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Senate, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, Perth, Peter Dutton, Western Australia


Australia news live: ban on citizens returning from India could lead to deaths, chief medical officer warns

Scott Morrison has defended criminalising people who return from India; over-50s eligible for Covid vaccine. Follow latest updatesAustralia’s medical chief Paul Kelly says he gave no health advice to jail India arrivalsWA premier says Perth lockdown remains ‘a prospect’ after Covid casesA third of Australians believe Coalition must do more to help 36,000 citizens stranded overseasAustralia’s vaccine rollout: what you should know about the changes 5.22am BST Greg Hunt has sought to reassure A...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, Perth, Peter Dutton, Western Australia, Australian economy


Australia news live: ban on citizens returning from India could lead to deaths, chief medical officer warned

Scott Morrison has defended criminalising people who return from India; over-50s eligible for Covid vaccine. Follow latest updatesAustralia’s medical chief Paul Kelly says he gave no health advice to jail India arrivalsWA premier says Perth lockdown remains ‘a prospect’ after Covid casesA third of Australians believe Coalition must do more to help 36,000 citizens stranded overseasAustralia’s vaccine rollout: what you should know about the changes 4.14am BST The National Covid-19 Commission A...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, Perth, Peter Dutton, Western Australia, Australian economy


Australia news live: Scott Morrison defends criminalising people who return from India; over-50s eligible for Covid vaccine

WA considers longer-term mask measures as contact tracers work through the movements of three men who tested positive for coronavirus in Perth on Saturday. Follow latest updates• WA premier says Perth lockdown remains ‘a prospect’ after Covid cases• A third of Australians believe Coalition must do more to help 36,000 citizens stranded overseas • Australia’s vaccine rollout: what you should know about the changes 2.24am BST Gosh, this press conference is confusing, but the crux of it is that ...
Tags: Health, Business, Cook, Indonesia, Australia, India, US, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Perth, Peter Dutton


Australia news live: medical chief did not advise jail time for India arrivals; over-50s eligible for AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

WA considers longer-term mask measures as contact tracers work through the movements of three men who tested positive for coronavirus in Perth on Saturday. Follow latest updates• WA premier says Perth lockdown remains ‘a prospect’ after Covid cases• A third of Australians believe Coalition must do more to help 36,000 citizens stranded overseas • Australia’s vaccine rollout: what you should know about the changes 1.20am BST Scott Morrison’s message seems to be ‘yeah I said we CAN throw people...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, China, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Perth, Peter Dutton, Western Australia


Australia news live: over-50s eligible for AstraZeneca Covid vaccine; medical chief did not advise jail time for India arrivals

WA considers longer-term mask measures as contact tracers work through the movements of three men who tested positive for coronavirus in Perth on Saturday. Follow latest updates• WA premier says Perth lockdown remains ‘a prospect’ after Covid cases• A third of Australians believe Coalition must do more to help 36,000 citizens stranded overseas • Australia’s vaccine rollout: what you should know about the changes 12.20am BST New Zealand has apologised for using Twitter to source oxygen tanks ...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New Zealand, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Perth, Peter Dutton, New Delhi


Australia news live: over 50s now eligible for AstraZeneca vaccine; WA considers longer-term mask measures

Contact tracers continue to work through the movements of three men who tested positive for Covid in Perth on Saturday. Follow latest updates• WA premier says Perth lockdown remains ‘a prospect’ after Covid cases• A third of Australians believe Coalition must do more to help 36,000 citizens stranded overseas • Australia’s vaccine rollout: what you should know about the changes 11.14pm BST Just one-third of surveyed Australians believe the Morrison government needs to do more to help citizens...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Brisbane, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Perth, Western Australia, Australian economy, Morrison


Marise Payne denies racism motivated ban on Australian citizens returning from Covid-ravaged India

Foreign affairs minister says ‘temporary pause’ is to alleviate the ‘significant burden’ returning travellers were placing on health systemsForeign affairs minister Marise Payne has defended the government’s decision to ban Australian citizens returning home from India, saying the move was “not in any way” motivated by racism.On Saturday the government announced it will introduce penalties including fines and jail time for anyone who tries to return home from India, with treasurer Josh Frydenber...
Tags: Travel, Health, India, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Josh Frydenberg, Marise Payne, Coronavirus, COVID


Covid crisis: Australians trying to return home from India face up to $66,000 fine or five years’ jail

Federal health minister Greg Hunt says ‘the government does not make these decisions lightly’The Morrison government will introduce penalties including fines and jail time for anyone who tries to return home from India.The move comes after two Australian cricketers who had been in India returned home on Thursday after transiting through Qatar, despite the government earlier in the week banning all direct flights from Covid-ravaged India. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, India, Qatar, Coalition, Australian politics, Greg Hunt, Morrison, Coronavirus, COVID


Australian government may make it a crime for citizens to return from Covid-ravaged countries

The Coalition is considering using the Biosecurity Act to make it illegal for Australians to come home if they have recently been in a high-risk countryThe Morrison government is exploring the extraordinary option of making it a criminal offence for Australians to return home from Covid hotspots overseas.The moves comes after two Australian cricketers who had been in India returned home on Thursday after transiting through Qatar, despite the government earlier in the week banning all direct flig...
Tags: Health, India, Qatar, Coalition, Australian politics, Morrison, Coronavirus, COVID


Australia news live: TGA says ‘no likely’ link betweens deaths and vaccine; Melbourne announces new Covid quarantine facility

Victoria says 500-bed $15m facility to be built in Mickleham; Australia’s medicine regulator says the deaths of two men in NSW not linked to coronavirus jab. Follow the day’s news liveComparing US and UK Covid case numbers suggests Australia’s India flight ban based on ‘fear factor’Budget to focus on jobs and economic recovery, Josh Frydenberg says 9.23am BST Thanks for reading. The main news on 29 April, 2021: 9.01am BST And here is a full story about the pre-budget speech given earlier...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, India, US, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Bushfires, Australian economy, Tasmanian Politics


Australia news live: Melbourne announces new Covid quarantine facility; Frydenberg talks up budget plans

Victoria says 500-bed $15m facility to be built in Mickleham; Australia’s medicine regulator expected to determine whether death of two men in NSW linked to coronavirus jab. Follow the day’s news live Second unconfirmed blood clot death reported in NSW Comparing US and UK Covid case numbers suggests Australia’s India flight ban based on ‘fear factor’Budget to focus on jobs and economic recovery, Josh Frydenberg says 1.30am BST And yes that was merely the calm before the storm. Frydenberg:Nev...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, India, US, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Bushfires, Australian economy, Tasmanian Politics


Australia news live: two men reported to have died of blood clots after receiving Covid vaccine

Australia’s medicine regulator expected to investigate to determine whether death of 55-year-old and another in his 70s linked to jab. Follow the day’s news live • Comparing US and UK Covid case numbers suggests Australia’s India flight ban based on ‘fear factor’• Budget to focus on jobs and economic recovery, Josh Frydenberg says 12.28am BST Okay Victoria, what’s going on this morning. Why are there easels set up ahead of the big presser? Are they going to paint a treasure map leading to th...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, India, US, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Bushfires, Australian economy, Tasmanian Politics, Josh Frydenberg


Australia news live: NSW man, 55, reported to have died of blood clots after receiving AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

Australia’s medicine regulator expected to investigate to determine whether death linked to jab. Follow the day’s news live • Comparing US and UK Covid case numbers suggests Australia’s India flight ban based on ‘fear factor’ • Budget to focus on jobs and economic recovery, Josh Frydenberg says 11.28pm BST ABC is reporting that a second man had died as a result of blood clots shortly after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine. This man was reportedly in his 70’s and passed away in Sydney. I must str...
Tags: Health, UK, Abc, Australia, India, US, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Bushfires, Australian economy


Australia news live: Morrison says NT military buildup ‘designed to pursue peace’; ACT reports Covid case in returned diplomat

Facebook bans second Craig Kelly page; NSW to open Homebush Covid vaccine hub on 10 May; China’s foreign ministry says Australia is ‘sick’. Follow latest updates‘I don’t stop crying’: families of Australians caught in India Covid surge plead for repatriationWhy Australia is under pressure to upgrade advice on Covid’s aerosol transmissionWestern Australian Covid hotspotsFollow our global coronavirus live blog 8.21am BST The ABC is reporting that the Andrews government will build a specialised...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Abc, Australia, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Australian military, Indigenous Australians, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party, Tasmania, Greg Hunt


Australia news live: Morrison says NT military buildup ‘designed to pursue peace’; Facebook bans second Craig Kelly page

NSW to open Homebush Covid vaccine hub on 10 May; China’s foreign ministry says Australia is ‘sick’; Porsche driver Richard Pusey sentenced to 10 months’ jail. Follow latest updates‘I don’t stop crying’: families of Australians caught in India Covid surge plead for repatriationWhy Australia is under pressure to upgrade advice on Covid’s aerosol transmissionWestern Australian Covid hotspotsFollow our global coronavirus live blog 6.18am BST Bereaved Aboriginal families have accused the prime m...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Australia, China, Australia news, Porsche, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Australian military, Astrazeneca, Indigenous Australians, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party, Tasmania


Australia news live: Facebook bans second Craig Kelly page; NSW to open Homebush Covid vaccine hub on 10 May

NSW says 6m people to receive Covid vaccine this year; China’s foreign ministry says Australia is ‘sick’; Porsche driver Richard Pusey sentenced to 10 months’ jail. Follow latest updates‘I don’t stop crying’: families of Australians caught in India Covid surge plead for repatriationWhy Australia is under pressure to upgrade advice on Covid’s aerosol transmissionWestern Australian Covid hotspotsFollow our global coronavirus live blog 5.17am BST Oh look, we have ticked over the two million peo...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Abc, Australia, China, Australia news, Porsche, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Australian military, Indigenous Australians, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party, Tasmania



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