COVID sticking around in NSW
Local COVID cases in NSW jumped by 38 yesterday – the largest daily increase the state has recorded in 14 months. In response to concerns about the spread of the virus in Sydney’s southwest, police have stepped up their enforcement of lockdown restrictions. PM Scott Morrison yesterday urged people to comply with the stay-at-home orders following reports of breaches. “You just can’t go from one house to the next. Birthday parties, family gatherings, these sorts of things are just not OK,” he said. The Feds are sending 300,000 extra vaccine doses to NSW and will also ease the rules to help more people whose jobs have been affected by the lockdown get access to disaster payments. It comes as reports in The Australian this morning say Oz has secured a deal to triple its access to Pfizer vaccines (paywall) to one million doses a week. Looking further afield, global COVID deaths hit a grim milestone of 4 million yesterday. And, the Tokyo Olympics will be held without spectators after Japan declared a state of emergency to combat the virus.
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