Australia news LIVE: NSW COVID-19 cases continue to soar as harsher restrictions implemented for eight Sydney LGAsJuly 29, 2021
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Army to be on Sydney streets in days: Dutton
Defence Minister Peter Dutton says the Australian Defence Force will be hitting Sydney’s streets “as soon as possible” to help NSW Police enforce tightened lockdown orders.
“You’ll see some people today and over the next day or two we’ll stand up about 300 people,” he said on 2GB radio this morning.
Minister for Defence Peter Dutton. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen
“They’ll work alongside NSW police. It’s important to remember ADF personnel don’t have the powers of NSW police officers.”
Mr Dutton said the ADF support would free-up NSW Police to conduct more compliance activities.
“Obviously there’s an enforcement issue in NSW and they can really help multiply the force,” he said.
“If there’s a task being completed by three police officers, then as an example there’s the prospect of one police officer being joined by two soldiers and that allows the NSW police to cover much more territory and that helps to contain the virus.”
Police Commissioner Mick Fuller formally requested the back-up yesterday, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison offered Ms Berejiklian support earlier in the month.
From today, residents of eight local government areas across Sydney’s west and south-west will also face tighter rules on exercise, masks and shopping.
Army to enforce NSW’s stay-at-home orders as Delta spreads through children
Army troops will door-knock homes of people who have tested positive to COVID-19 and those deemed to be close contacts to ensure they are isolating in a crackdown on Sydney hotspots after NSW reached a record number of new infections.
The ADF has accepted NSW’s request for six weeks of assistance to ensure people are staying home and not mixing with extended families. Transmission between family members remains one of the main reasons the virus continues to spread, with almost 200 children aged nine or under testing positive in Sydney in the past two weeks.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state should prepare for an enhanced police presence.Credit:Janie Barrett
Along with the increase in positive cases in children, there has been a rise in the number of infections among unvaccinated people in their 20s, with cases in young people tripling in the past two weeks.
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Victoria’s mystery COVID case linked to current outbreaks as new case reported
Victorian health authorities say that a traffic controller who tested positive for COVID-19 after working at a testing clinic is linked to the state’s current outbreaks.
The Chief Health Officer’s update, issued last night, said genomic testing had verified the connection; however, authorities are still investigating how the man acquired the virus.
Residents at a Newport apartment complex, in Melbourne’s south-west, are being tested after a traffic controller visited their building during his infectious period.Credit:Chris Hopkins
The traffic controller is believed to have worked at the Moonee Valley Racecourse drive-through testing site for two days while he was infectious.
A new COVID case has also been identified in the Bass Coast Shire, east of Melbourne, the update said. That new case was in quarantine throughout their infectious period and will be reported in today’s official case numbers.
More on this story here.
Path out of lockdown will consider economic cost of lockdowns and vaccination rates
Australia’s path out of lockdowns will be decided by how many people are vaccinated but will also take into account the economic cost of restrictions that have already cost taxpayers and businesses billions of dollars.
Political leaders will be warned of the economic cost of sustained lockdowns in a Treasury analysis to balance new advice to national cabinet on the target vaccination rate required to open up.
Australia will need to vaccinate 80 per cent of the entire population to lift restrictions, a new report says.Credit:Dean Sewell
National cabinet will also discuss whether snap lockdowns on low coronavirus case numbers are the best way to handle Delta variant outbreaks, given their success in Victoria and South Australia.
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Today’s headlines at a glance
Good morning and thanks for joining our live coverage. It’s Friday, July 30. I’m Broede Carmody.
Here’s everything you need to know.
- Army troops will be sent into Sydney suburbs to enforce public health orders as NSW’s COVID-19 cases reach record daily levels. Yesterday, 239 coronavirus cases were recorded with at least 88 infectious in the community. Two more deaths were also recorded. NSW police have also been given new powers to shut down businesses not complying with lockdown rules and fines for not wearing masks are increasing from $200 to $500.
- Genomic testing has confirmed Victoria’s mystery COVID-19 case is linked to the state’s current outbreaks. However, it’s not yet known exactly how the man – a traffic controller – caught the virus. Meanwhile, a new coronavirus case has been identified in the Bass Coast Shire south-east of Melbourne. The new case will be included in today’s official numbers and, thankfully, was in isolation throughout their infectious period. In total, Victoria recorded seven cases of coronavirus yesterday.
- State and federal leaders are set to map Australia’s path out of lockdown at national cabinet today. Politicians will be provided with economic modelling that tracks the cost of sustained lockdowns and will thrash out a desired vaccination rate.
- And in sports news, NRL players have reportedly won back balcony privileges while quarantining in Brisbane after multiple breaches. Just last week Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young declared she was prepared to evict all non-Queensland NRL teams from the state if there was another violation of local health orders. Players were originally told not to go onto their balconies to prevent items from being passed from balcony to balcony, therefore reducing the risk of possible COVID-19 transmission.
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