Coronavirus Australia Live News: as touch tracer scrambles to contain NSW outbreaks, Victoria reports three new covid cases


Warnings were given for a variety of Sydney sites, including Woolworths in the city’s southwest and RSL in southern Sydney, as well as Melbourne’s Springvale Shopping Centre. Follow the most recent updates

And a different one from Victoria:

Checked on Sunday – wait at St Vincent’s for less than two hours; good staff and disappointing results in less than 20 hours the next morning.

Nice work by DHHs on behalf of all of us.

People should consider drive-through options, such as standing in line at a hospital or a nearby clinic.

Another article, this time from NSW, on waiting times for tests.

I just heard from a reader who says the NSW Health Department lost two individuals who were at BWS Berala to the first Covid 19 test swabs.

On Saturday at 8 am, friends of mine who are at BSW Berala were checked and have yet to obtain a response from that exam. They’ve followed the outcome.

It was discovered yesterday that both her husband and the test were lost.

A separate swab was taken yesterday and a negative result from the second swab was obtained this morning. Where the first test went, no one knows.

Ex-tropical Cyclone Imogen is moving through northern Queensland and is forecast to bring up to 300 mm of flash flooding and precipitation.

Meteorology Bureau, Queensland
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SEVERE TO HEAVY RAIN’s Severe Weather Alert across northeast Queensland, most likely this morning between Tully and Townsville, through to Ayr and Babinda later today.

DAMAGING TO Damaging WINDS is likely between Ingham & Ayr with storms.

Present warnings

Jan 4, 2021

AAP’s more:

The Meteorology Bureau announced that at 4 a.m., Imogen was 60 kilometers east-northeast of Georgetown. AEST and is expected to slowly shift east-southeast.

A trough spreads eastward through the northern Tropical Coast and Tablelands south of Innisfail and is expected to shift southward steadily.

In the morning, widespread heavy rain could impact areas between Tully and Townsville before spreading later on Tuesday to around Ayr.

Multiple flood warnings, including Townsville, Ingham, Cardwell, Ayr, Giru, Atherton, Ravenshoe, Greenvale and Charters Towers, are in effect across the city.

Shortly before 11 p.m., Tropical Cyclone Imogen crossed the coast north of Karumba. Sunday before weakening steadily on Monday to a tropical depression.

There were approximately 1,400 homes without electricity, but no reports of injuries were confirmed, Police Chief Katarina Carroll said.

In Normanton, the system dumped 262 mm of rain, 186 mm of which dropped by 3 a.m. in six hours. Monday, said the Bureau of Meteorology’s Pieter Claassen.

Thank you for continuing to share your experiences with the testing clinics and the wait times for testing.

I have just heard from someone who is still waiting for the test results on Saturday. They were tested at the drive-through clinic in Frankston and were told the wait time would be five days.

DHHS said yesterday:

Our pathology teams process more than three times the normal volume of tests and provide 86 percent of results within 24 hours and 99.9 percent receive results within 48 hours.

You can share your experience by emailing [email protected]

Scott Morrison has stated that Australia is not accelerating its vaccine approval or introduction because it is not in a “catastrophic” situation like the UK or Israel.

Speaking on 2GB Radio, Morrison accused Anthony Albanese of having a “pretty uninformed view” of vaccines:

Once you get the tick-off from the Therapeutic Goods Administration, you have to test – after that – the batches of vaccines that are distributed around the country. You can’t just guess … [there’s] more testing after the TGA approval.

Pfizer’s vaccine has to be transported at -70 degrees, so there are logistical and distribution issues. There is a lot of work being done.

Australians want the vaccine to be safe and available on time.

Australian MPs who support Julian Assange have welcomed the court’s decision and called for the WikiLeaks founder to be allowed to return to Australia.

Andrew Wilkie and George Christensen, co-chairs of the parliamentary group Bring Julian Assange Home, have released a joint statement saying the decision not to extradite him to the U.S. to face charges of espionage and hacking is


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