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Australia news live: AMA demands Scott Morrison reverse India travel ban

Cricketer Michael Slater adds to voices condemning ban after chief medical officer Paul Kelly warns it could cause the deaths of Australians overseas. Follow live 3.31am BST With that, I shall pass the blog over to the amazing Mostafa Rachwani to take you through the rest of the day. 3.30am BST Here is the full exchange between Cameroonian woman Lillian and Scott Morrison. She is has begged the prime minister to provide support to her family in the African nation. "My people are being k...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Africa, Australia news, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Paul Kelly, Ama, Lillian, Michael Slater, Coronavirus, Mostafa Rachwani


Australia news live: Penny Wong says she understands why people think government’s India policy is racist

Cricketer Michael Slater adds to voices condemning ban after chief medical officer Paul Kelly warns it could cause the deaths of Australians overseas. Follow live 11.16pm BST Scott Morrison has been asked why Australia didn’t ban travellers from the US or UK despite similar rates of infection during their respective spikes, and if the characterisation of the Indian policy as “racist” is fair. Morrison’s tactic when asked this is to talk about China, which by the most generous of characterisa...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, China, India, US, Australia news, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Penny Wong, Paul Kelly, Morrison, Michael Slater, Coronavirus


Australia news live: Penny Wong says she understands why people think government’s India travel ban is racist

Cricketer Michael Slater adds to voices condemning ban after chief medical officer Paul Kelly warns it could cause the deaths of Australians overseas. Follow live 12.33am BST Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese is speaking now from MacKay in Queensland. 12.33am BST While we have a second why don’t we jump back to the prime minister’s comments this morning. Scott Morrison has told Seven’s Sunrise that the government will not jump to conclusions as the defence department reviews a Chinese’...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, Scott Morrison, Darwin, Anthony Albanese, Penny Wong, Paul Kelly, Mackay, Seven, Michael Slater, Coronavirus


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 live news: Brittany Higgins speaks after meeting with Scott Morrison

Former Liberal staffer says there is a ‘consensus’ that change is needed; Covid breach at Brisbane airport after traveller tests positive. Follow the latest updatesSome 16% of public servants have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, survey findsIndia wants access to cheap copies of Covid vaccines. So why is Australia holding out?Coronavirus WA: Perth Covid lockdown rules and Western Australia’s coronavirus restrictions explained 8.16am BST It’s not so much a war footing as a regu...
Tags: Health, Google, Business, Australia, Germany, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Brisbane, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Western Australia


Health officials beg for hotel quarantine to be upgraded but Paul Kelly insists it is fit for purpose

Experts call on federal advisory group to reflect importance of airborne spread, as WA asks commonwealth to repurpose immigration detention facilities and airbasesAustralia’s chief medical officer, Prof Paul Kelly, has said the country’s hotel quarantine system is fit for purpose and has been “very successful” – but he admits improvements could always be made.Kelly was questioned on Tuesday night by a parliamentary committee examining the federal government’s handling of Covid-19. He was quizzed...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, Victoria, Perth, Western Australia, Western Australian Politics, Paul Kelly, Kelly, WA, Perth Continue, Mark McGowan, Coronavirus


Australia news live: Covid experts consider EU regulator’s advice on AstraZeneca and blood clots

UK decision to offer under-30s an alternative to Oxford jab could knock confidence in Australia’s vaccine rollout. Follow updates live • Under-30s in the UK to be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca • Podcast: what do we know about blood clots and the AstraZeneca vaccine?• What do I need to know about the AstraZeneca vaccine? • Australian doctors urge government to give greater certainty on vaccines 11.21pm BST Australia’s chief medical officer Prof Paul Kelly says issues with the AstraZen...
Tags: Health, UK, Abc, Australia, Eu, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Oxford, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Liberal party, Greg Hunt


Australia's chief medical officer defends AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine amid efficacy concerns

Australia has secured 54m doses of the vaccine some experts say is inferior to Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine, which Australia has bought just 10m doses ofCovid hotspots Victoria; NSW hotspots; Queensland hotspotsNSW and Sydney trend map: where cases are rising or fallingFollow the Australia coronavirus live blogAustralia’s chief medical officer, Prof Paul Kelly, and infectious diseases experts have defended securing 54m doses of a Covid-19 vaccine made by Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Queensland, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Pfizer, Oxford University, Paul Kelly, Stephen Turner, Coronavirus, New Zealand Society for Immunology Prof


Australia coronavirus news live: masks mandatory on all flights; international arrival caps reduced in NSW, WA and Queensland

NSW records four new locally acquired cases as Daniel Andrews calls for daily testing of quarantine hotel workers. Follow all the latest news and updatesNSW hotspots; Victoria hotspots; Queensland hotspotsFollow the global coronavirus live blog 2.34am GMT Chief medical officer Paul Kelly is also clarifying that any Covid-19 vaccination will not be mandatory. Kelly and Morrison have both drawn comparisons with other vaccination programs, such as that for measles.In this case I think the word ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Queensland, New South Wales, Brisbane, Victoria, Daniel Andrews, Paul Kelly, Morrison, Kelly, Coronavirus


Australia coronavirus news live: Queensland on alert over UK variant Covid case; national cabinet to meet

Leaders to agree on new rules for aircrew and quarantine staff to ward off community transmission. Follow all the latest news and updatesNSW hotspots; Victoria hotspots; Queensland hotspotsCovid restrictions state by stateFollow the global coronavirus live blog 9.27pm GMT One of the benefits of Australia waiting to roll out the vaccine is that we can learn from countries like the US and UK, where millions of people have already been vaccinated. The US Centers for Disease Control and Preventi...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, US, Australia news, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Paul Kelly, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Radio National, TGA, Coronavirus


Australia coronavirus news live: Scott Morrison calls national cabinet meeting as threat of UK strain emerges

NSW reports four new cases as Victoria records one new mystery case in person who attended Boxing Day Test. Follow all the latest news and updates, liveNSW hotspots; Victoria hotspotsCovid restrictions state by stateFollow the global live blogThousands of Victorians set to isolate after case visited cricketAllowing fans at Sydney Test for mental health ‘laughable’Greg Hunt faces pressure to hit accelerator on vaccine rolloutAustralia says China should allow in WHO investigators ‘without delay’ ...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, China, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Western Australia, Paul Kelly


Scott Morrison says national cabinet endorses national vaccination policy – live news

PM and premiers meet as Covid-19 cases plummet; state of the climate report contains bleak weather warning; Australians brace for war crimes investigation. Follow all the latest news and updates, live 2.35am GMT But from everything Scott Morrison was saying, then doesn’t it follow that Australia won’t be accepting international students until there is a vaccine?Morrison:I don’t know if night follows day in that way. I mean, the key constraint at the moment, in people coming in, is the capac...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Pfizer, Scott Morrison, Western Australia, Paul Kelly, Coronavirus


Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria records 14 deaths and 372 new Covid cases as NSW awaits Ruby Princess report

Agriculture minister calls for federal approach to border rules; NSW on alert over community transmission. Follow the latest news and updatesFollow our global live blogAustralian stats interactive; Vic cases map; NSW cases map; NSW hotspots listState by state Covid restrictions; Melbourne stage 4 restrictions; Vic stage 3 rulesSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 12.33am BST I have just heard from a reader who told me her 70-year-old mum had her windscreen wipers vandalised bec...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Melbourne, South Australia, Daniel Andrews, Western Australia, Paul Kelly, NSW, Vic


National cabinet plans rapid-response units to curb Covid-19 outbreaks in Australian aged care facilities

As Victoria reported 911 infected healthcare workers, Scott Morrison said rest of the country needed to heed lessons already learnedCovid restrictions state by state; Melbourne stage 4 rules; Vic stage 3 rulesAustralia’s full Covid stats; Vic cases map; NSW cases map; NSW hotspots listFollow the latest coronavirus news on our live blogRapid response units aimed at preventing Covid-19 outbreaks in aged care could be rolled out across Australia as leaders plan ways to prevent a repeat of the heart...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Victoria, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Daniel Andrews, Paul Kelly, NSW, Vic, Aged Care, Coronavirus outbreak, Victoria Governments


Coronavirus Australia live news: Victoria records 300 new Covid-19 cases and six deaths as PM provides update on national cabinet meeting

Fears grow over pressure on Victoria’s aged care sector, while NSW records seven new cases and Queensland records two. Follow the latest news and updatesVictoria records 300 new coronavirus casesVictoria’s aged care system on verge of collapse amid Covid-19 surge, doctors warnFollow the global live blogAustralia’s about-face on masks: why our advice was late to the partySign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 3.24am BST Kelly said the states agreed to share that granular informati...
Tags: Health, Australia, World news, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Melbourne, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Paul Kelly, Kelly


Coronavirus Australia live update: outbreaks in Batemans Bay and Colac as Victoria hotel quarantine inquiry kicks – latest news

Investigation into how infection control breaches are believed to have led to a Covid-19 outbreak starts today. Follow all the latest news and updates, liveRegional outbreaks raise fearsFollow the global live blogWhat you need to know about Melbourne’s stage three lockdown rulesMelbourne map: where Covid-19 cases are rising or fallingSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 11.30pm BST The acting chief medical officer, Prof Paul Kelly, told Radio National that he is concerned about...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Melbourne, Paul Kelly, Radio National, Batemans Bay, Colac, Coronavirus outbreak, BST NSW Health


'A peek into the future': how worst-case scenario coronavirus modelling saved Australia from catastrophe

Although early Covid-19 modelling was inaccurate, experts say it did make us see what could happen if we did nothingWhen Covid-19 shifted from a disease in returned travellers to a virus that was spreading throughout the Australian community, dire predictions of deaths proliferated on social media and in the news.In March, the deputy chief medical officer, Prof Paul Kelly, said modelling revealed the federal government was preparing for 50,000 deaths in a best-case scenario and 150,000 deaths in...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Paul Kelly, Coronavirus outbreak, Raina MacIntyre, University of New South Wales 's Kirby Institute


'Wildly off-base': how did Australia get its coronavirus modelling so wrong?

Although early coronavirus modelling was inaccurate, experts say it did make us see what could happen if we did nothingWhen Covid-19 shifted from a disease in returned travellers to a virus that was spreading throughout the Australian community, dire predictions of deaths proliferated on social media and in the news.In March, the deputy chief medical officer, Prof Paul Kelly, said modelling revealed the federal government was preparing for 50,000 deaths in a best-case scenario and 150,000 deaths...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Paul Kelly, Coronavirus outbreak, Raina MacIntyre, University of New South Wales 's Kirby Institute


Take care with physical distancing on mother's day, deputy chief medical officer says

Paul Kelly warns people over 70 and with existing diseases are at high risk from coronavirus as pandemic restrictions easeSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsThe deputy chief medical officer, Paul Kelly, is warning people to take care if visiting mums on Mother’s Day, as frictions emerge over the lockdown in Victoria.In some states, authorities are allowing people to pay family visits on Sunday as coro...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, New South Wales, Victoria, Greg Hunt, Anthony Albanese, Paul Kelly, Tim Wilson, Kelly, Aged Care, Coronavirus outbreak


Australia coronavirus live: NSW government extends $5,000 fine to people who spit at 'all workers' – latest updates

Every worker is an essential worker, NSW health minister Brad Hazzard says, and spitting on them is ‘disgusting, dangerous behaviour’. Follow the latest news liveSign up to get coronavirus updates delivered to your email every weekday eveningDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsCoronavirus Australia maps and cases: live numbers and statistics 4.33am BST to 11 year old Gage, who dropped this in the letterbox of a friend in Melbourne. His respect for #Anz...
Tags: Health, Privacy, Australia, Singapore, Australia news, Surveillance, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Melbourne, Liberal party, South Australia, Australian education, Daniel Andrews


Coronavirus Australia live news: masks still not recommended for community in Australia as death toll rises to 30 – latest updates

Chief medical officer Paul Kelly says ‘using a mask incorrectly can actually make it more dangerous’. Follow all the latest news liveYour questions about Australia’s coronavirus lockdown rules answeredHave you encountered police enforcing social distancing laws?Sign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailCoronavirus Australia maps and cases: live numbers and statisticsSee all our coronavirus coverage 8.00am BST We’re going to wrap up the blog here for today. Here are the key mome...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Paul Kelly, NSW Police, Australian Capital Territory, Coronavirus outbreak



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