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In the hotel quarantine, Victoria reported one new locally acquired case of Covid-19 and two others, taking the daily total to three.

This is the product of 37,509 experiments in total.

A very decent accomplishment. Victoria, well done.

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There have been 3 cases reported to the Department in the last 24 hours. 1 locally acquired and 2 in hotel quarantine, inclusive. 37,509 test results have been obtained. Thanks —#EveryTestHelps. Thanks.

Later: #COVID19VicData pic.

5 Jan, 2021

After a reported hit-and-run in the NSW city of Wellington yesterday, two children were killed and a mother and two other children are in hospital.

At around 4.30pm yesterday, the party was struck by a car on Warne Street in Wellington, 355km northwest of Sydney.

They killed two boys, aged six and seven.

A 34-year-old woman was airlifted to Westmead Hospital and is in critical condition, a 10-year-old boy was airlifted to Westmead Children’s Hospital for major leg injury surgery, and a nine-year-old boy with minor injuries was taken to Orange Base Hospital.

Natalie Antaw, NSW Police Deputy Chief, told ABC that it is suspected that the woman and kids were on their way home from the nearby swimming pool.

She was saying:

For the whole world, these are terrible circumstances and our thoughts are entirely with the family and friends of the little ones involved and the rest of the Wellington community as well.

Antaw said it was a “appalling” tragedy:

For anyone to witness, let alone the nightmare for the families involved, it’s a terrible thing. This is one of those positions where you often wish your arms were a little longer so that all your workers could wrap them around.

When the police arrived, the driver was not at the scene. Four hours after the crash, police arrested a 25-year-old man after a short foot chase.

I am sure you don’t need me to advise you to wear a mask, with this grim reminder of how bad things can get.

But: Put on a mask.

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Face masks are mandatory on public transport in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong.fines will apply.

5th January, 2021

In the past week, one in 50 individuals in England had Covid-19.

That number in London is one in thirty.

One. One.

In. In. Thirty.

That’s absolutely terrifying.

Neil Stone
A staggering 1 in 30 people in London currently have Covid.

Proponents of the Great Barrington Declaration, “natural herd immunity,” must be thrilled. The fact that hospitals are falling over probably doesn’t bother them.

5th January, 2021

Some 60,916 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK yesterday, the highest increase in a single day since the pandemic began.

To put that in perspective, there have only been 28,519 cases in Australia since the pandemic began.

According to the federal health department, there are currently 284 active Covid 19 cases in Australia – including those in hotel quarantine.

More on those numbers in England here:

NSW will report “one or two” new cases linked to the Berala cluster today, Acting Premier John Barilaro said.

One of them is the 18-year-old who traveled to western NSW and was mentioned at yesterday’s press conference.

Speaking to Channel Nine this morning, Barilaro said:

Overnight I can confirm that there are one or two again associated with this particular Berala outbreak, but again the numbers look okay, contact tracing is ongoing.

9News Sydney
#BREAKING: The Acting Premier of New South Wales has confirmed that the Berala cluster in Western Syndey has grown again overnight. #9News

January 5, 2021

Now for the closure of the NSW-Wales border. Federal MP Darren Chester, whose Gippsland constituency borders NSW – and we should remember from the bushfires how many border crossings there are between Gippsland and the far south coast of NSW – says the border should not have been closed.

He told Radio National:

We can’t close the border every time there are a few cases in


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