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New South Wales has 28 straight days with no new local cases
The Australian state of New South Wales had no new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 for the 28th straight day.
Two cases have been reported in hotel quarantine, with 4,302 tests carried out until 8 p.m.
NSW’s health department says this is the first time since the pandemic started last year that NSW has passed 28 days with no locally acquired cases.
Health workers conduct coronavirus tests at a Covid-19 facility on Bondi Beach in Sydney, NSW. Photo: Joel Carrett / AAP
Updated at 7:09 p.m. EST
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If you’re wondering how Victorian MPs will manage the Bundestag with the lockdown, worry no more – most arrived at the ACT prior to the lockdown on the advice of the NCO so they can attend the upcoming session.
Those who have chosen to stay at home can attend via virtual meetings from their offices.
Updated at 7:05 p.m. EST
6:39 p.m. EAST
Just some more information on the two cases in Victoria today: ABC’s Raf Epstein says they are linked to a private function in Coburg where most of the others tested negative.
We expect a press conference soon. I’m just checking the timing.
These two new cases come from the function in Sydney Rd, Coburg.
Most of these private functions have tested negative https://t.co/MpW788dbCT
February 13, 2021
6:34 p.m. EAST
Boris Johnson urges the G7 leader to unite to defeat the “common enemy” Covid
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will urge world leaders to work together to defeat the “common enemy” of coronavirus when it hosts its first meeting of the UK Presidency of the G7, AP reports.
Johnson will call for an end to “nationalist and divisive politics” that tarnished the initial response to the pandemic when he chaired the virtual gathering on Friday.
According to Downing Street, the introduction of vaccines provides a new opportunity to demonstrate the value of international collaboration, Johnson said.
The online meeting – ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall in June – marks the US president Joe BidenThe first major multilateral engagement since joining the White House last month.
There is reported relief among those involved in the G7 at the prospect of dealing with a president who has pledged to maintaining international order after the tumultuous years Donald Trump.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, Johnson said, “The solutions to the challenges we face – from the colossal mission to get vaccines into every single country, to the fight to reverse the damage done to our ecosystems and make it sustainable Achieving recovery from coronavirus – lying in the talks we have with our friends and partners around the world.
“Quantum leaps in science have given us the vaccines we need to finally end this pandemic,” he said. “It is now the responsibility of the world’s governments to work together to get the most out of these vaccines.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits a PPE production facility on February 13th. Photo: Reuters
Updated at 6:56 p.m. EST
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Queensland has not reported any cases of Covid-19.
Sunday February 14 – Coronavirus Cases in Queensland:
• • 0 new cases
• • 7 active cases
• • A total of 1,320 cases
• • 1,855,311 tests performed
Unfortunately, six Queenslanders have died with COVID-19. 1,301 patients have recovered. # Covid19 pic.twitter.com/sERtC7xV4W
February 13, 2021
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It will be a few more weeks before Australians will be vaccinated against Covid-19 and the Minister of Health Greg Hunt has announced that the government will develop communications to ensure that everyone in Australia can get the vaccine, reports AAP.
Hunt said it was important that communications around the vaccination program also target culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse communities.
“The government recognizes that people from multicultural communities make up a significant portion of the health, elderly, childcare and disability workforce and will be among the first in Australia to receive vaccinations,” Hunt said in a statement Sunday.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and Federal Health Secretary Greg Hunt (left) on a visit to CSL in Melbourne on Friday, where the AstraZeneca vaccine is made. Photo: Luis Ascui / AAP
Updated at 6:13 p.m. EST
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Australia’s shadow federal treasurer, Jim Chalmersis concerned that Australia is slacking off on its immunization program, which it believes is creating uncertainty in communities and the wider economy, reports AAP.
He said around 90 countries had their vaccination programs underway.
“After the Prime Minister said we were at the top of the queue, 160 million people around the world were vaccinated while no Australians were vaccinated,” Chalmers told Sky News on Sunday.
The Australian rollout is not due to begin until later this month.
A nurse is preparing a Covid vaccine in Los Angeles on Saturday. Photo: Ringo Chiu / Zuma Wire / Rex / Shutterstock
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Good morning and welcome to the Guardian’s global coronavirus live blog.
I am Josh TaylorWe are reporting to you from Melbourne, where we are on the second day of a five-day lockdown after the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport quarantine hotel broke out.
From Sunday morning There are now 16 cases linked to the Melbourne outbreakTwo new cases were reported today, one more in hotel quarantine.
Here’s the latest from the rest of the world at a glance:
- United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is “optimistic” that he will be able to announce the easing of restrictions if he draws up his “roadmap” from the lockdown plan England on February 22nd.
- Australia’s Victoria The state is preparing to rethink its hotel quarantine program as the state begins its second day of a five-day breaker lockdown in response to the outbreak of the contagious British variant at a quarantine hotel at Melbourne Airport and two new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 and one in hotel quarantine was reported.
- Iran The president warns of a “fourth wave” as cases increase in certain areas.
- Talk about United Kingdom The reopening of pubs in April is “premature” and pub bosses need to realize that there is a risk that they will “go back to first place,” an expert said.
- Admission of the coronavirus vaccine to nursing home staff in the United Kingdom remains “way too low,” said the government’s vice chairman of the government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), who said only 66% of nursing home workers accepted the sting’s offer.
- A strain of coronavirus found on one polishing The mink farm can be transferred directly from animals to humans and vice versa, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture announced on Saturday.
- Venezuela received the first 100,000 cans from Of Russia Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine on Saturday.
- Lebanon It received its first coronavirus vaccines on Saturday, the day before a vaccination campaign started.
- Infections in Germany nationwide, as the country reported 8,354 new infections on Saturday, around 2,100 fewer than a week earlier.
- South Africa will reopen 20 of its land borders to allow normal travel after restrictions were put in place last month to combat rising Covid-19 infections, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.
- China refused to share data on early Covid cases to investigate the causes of the pandemic, said a member of the team led by the World Health Organization.
If you want to learn more about these developments, you can find the previous blog here.
Let’s get into that.
Updated at 6:36 p.m. EST
Victoria Adds New Covid Exposure Points; Greek tennis player tests positive hours after leaving Melbourne
Four new Covid exposure sites were added overnight in Victoria:
- Elite swimming, Pascoe ValeMonday, February 8th, 5pm – 6pm
- Woolworths Broadmeadows Central, Broadweadows, Tuesday, February 9, 12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses, Broadweadows, Tuesday, February 9, 12.30pm – 12.45pm
- Oak Park Sports and Water Center, Pascoe ValeWednesday, February 10, 4 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.
The Australian Minister of Health, Greg Hunt, has reportedly rejected proposals from the Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrewsthat hotel quarantine numbers should possibly be reduced to those only for compassionate reasons, stating that at the end of the five-day lockdown, Victoria should return to their pre-outbreak numbers.
It comes as a Greek tennis player Mikhail Pervolarakis tested positive for Covid-19 after leaving Melbourne after the Australian Open. He flew to South Africa on a 24-hour flight, where he is now isolated and asymptomatic.
The Greek tennis player Michail Pervolarakis believes he was infected with Covid on his return trip from Australia. Photo: Jay Town / EPA
Number 463 on the ATP rankings made it clear that he tested negative before leaving Melbourne and believes he was infected on his flight or during his layover in Doha.
Pervolarakis announces that he tested positive for Covid-19 when he arrived in South Africa from Australia. Pic.twitter.com/ze7pvRV5P4
February 13, 2021
Updated at 6:01 p.m. EST