Authorities have confirmed a fourth Coivd-19 infection has been identified in South Australia.
South Australians were hit with tough new coronavirus restrictions after three cases were discovered and the list of exposure sites in the state grew.
Reportedly the new case is a close contact of an 81-year-old man who tested positive after being taken to the Modbury Hospital in Adelaide. The other two cases are also close contacts.
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Last night we reported that a woman in her 50s from south-western Sydney died in her home after contracting Covid-19.
The death was announced on Monday afternoon after emergency services discovered her body earlier in the day when attending a home in Green Valley. Officers had responded to reports of a “concern for welfare”.
Sydney media reported the woman was the mother of two of a group of removalists who allegedly travelled to Molong in the state’s central west for work after one had initially tested positive to Covid. The men were escorted back to Sydney.
The exact circumstances surrounding the woman’s death remain unclear.
Good morning. Matilda Boseley here with you this morning, ready to take you through the day’s news.
First up, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian says Australia needs to rethink making Covid-19 vaccines available to children once there is enough supply.
In previous strands, we had not seen younger people get the virus in the way they are [now] or transfer the virus in the way they are.
That is why vaccination in relation to the Delta strain won’t necessarily just mean adults. It will also mean younger adolescents and younger children.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration has yet to approve any Covid-19 vaccine for use in people under the age of 16 in Australia but NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said it was encouraging to see other countries had already approved some jabs for school-aged students.
The ABC reports the Pfizer has already made an application to the TGA to have their vaccine considered for use in people aged 12-15.
NSW leaders made it clear they were not suggesting that high school aged students be prioritised for vaccination before the adult population, but instead school vaccinations be considered once Australia’s vaccine supplies issues ease.
Below the border, Victorians are waiting anxiously this morning, with the premier promising yesterday that he would announce the end day for the state’s snap lockdown at the next press conference.
The Victorian lockdown was slatted to end at midnight tonight, but this was pushed back after the state recorded multiple days with case numbers in the double digits.
Yesterday Daniel Andrews said health officials needed more time and more data to figure out exactly when the lockdown should continue until.
Look there is plenty to get through, so why don’t we jump into the day. If there is something you reckon I’ve missed or think should be in the blog but isn’t, shoot me a message on Twitter @MatildaBoseley.