NSW Well being has upgraded its Covid-19 threat score to “amber”, which means masks should be worn in all hospital areas and customer numbers monitored to guard workers and sufferers.
From the assertion:
NSW Well being deputy secretary Deb Willcox mentioned the necessities in all public hospitals and well being services are on account of growing Covid case numbers in the neighborhood.
Implementing these adjustments now implies that our workers and the neighborhood can stay up for the festive season with larger confidence.
Household and family members can nonetheless spend time with sufferers. Nonetheless, we do ask individuals to please restrict the variety of guests coming to see sufferers at anybody time.
Guests in addition to workers will now additionally have to put on a masks in all areas of a hospital or well being service, not simply within the affected person areas, as was beforehand the requirement.
There have been 22,672 individuals throughout NSW identified with Covid within the week ending 12 November, a rise of almost 52.8% on the earlier week.
A big consider upgrading alert ranges was the variety of well being workers unable to work on account of optimistic Covid standing, and/or whereas awaiting a destructive check outcome.
As of 16 November, there have been 1,089 well being care staff in isolation, up from 645 the earlier week.
This is a crucial indicator for our well being system that we have to discover the appropriate stability with easy measures that may assist us keep away from extra important adjustments.
I additionally wish to acknowledge the NSW Well being workers who proceed make the perfect choices for our sufferers and neighborhood every day as we proceed to navigate Covid.
Persons are reminded that for those who check optimistic or have any chilly or flu signs, please keep residence. In case you do have to depart your home, put on a masks and keep away from going to any high-risk settings, together with hospitals and aged and incapacity care services.
Leaders assembly now on North Korea’s newest provocation
Good afternoon from Bangkok. World leaders decamped from the G20 in Bali yesterday and a quantity have converged on Bangkok for the Apec summit.
Anthony Albanese is about to enter a gathering with the vice chairman of the USA, Kamala Harris on the sidelines of the summit. This assembly is multilateral – Harris and Albanese might be joined by the Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida, New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern and the prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.
Officers say the group will focus on the DPRK’s lengthy vary missile launch on Friday. In keeping with Japanese officers, a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile that landed in Japan’s unique financial zone on Friday had the potential vary to strike the US mainland.
Winding again Covid check websites leaving Australia susceptible, consultants say
When Kelly* tried to get a PCR check in Melbourne on Friday, she drove round for hours together with her two sick toddlers to no avail.
The few walk-in clinics Kelly drove previous have been “packed to the gills”, whereas all 4Cyte pathology clinics have been shut.
I drove round with two very sick children and myself with a fever, making an attempt to get examined, and simply drove round half of Melbourne looking for a testing web site. I’m undecided how we’re presupposed to take private accountability for residing with Covid after I can’t even get a check. One drive by way of I glided by, the nurse mentioned ‘we’re so packed, we’ve been utterly inundated’.
Well being consultants have warned the winding again of testing websites locations Australia in a susceptible place amid new Covid outbreaks.
Prof Raina MacIntyre, UNSW professor of worldwide biosecurity, wrote in her e-book Darkish Winter that hospitalisation information could be the one measure of whether or not the epidemic was “rising or falling” with poor case surveillance.
On 16 November, 4Cyte pathology shut its Covid PCR exams at drive-in places all through Victoria on account of “adjustments in authorities insurance policies”. The impartial pathology supplier nonetheless operates in Queensland and New South Wales. Of 169 Covid testing centres listed on the Victorian authorities’s web site, 77 have been listed as closed on Friday.
A spokesperson for the Division of Well being mentioned 52 of Victoria’s 177 testing websites have been state-run. They mentioned the testing web page was “at present being up to date” to mirror adjustments in working hours and places of personal testing websites. Fast antigen exams are listed because the “most well-liked means” of testing within the state.
In Queensland, state-run Covid exams have been wound again totally instead of fast antigen exams. A spokesperson for Queensland Well being mentioned testing clinics have been profitable “previous to the widespread availability of RATs”.
Albanese denies rift with Macron over Aukus subs
Anthony Albanese has shrugged off a contemporary declaration from the French president that the Aukus submarine deal dangers a nuclear confrontation with China, whereas confirming Australia won’t assist Taiwan’s entry right into a key regional commerce pact.
Chatting with reporters in Bangkok forward of his Apec program on Friday, Albanese mentioned Emmanuel Macron was “entitled to place ahead the views he does in a really forthright means” and that there was no rift between him and the French president.
Macron had earlier instructed journalists that Australia persisting with Aukus risked “nuclear confrontation” and that the previous prime minister Scott Morrison had additionally made himself “utterly dependent by deciding to equip themselves with a submarine fleet that the Australians are incapable of manufacturing and sustaining in-house”.
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Tony Abbott says Putin the ‘actual responsible particular person’ over MH17 assault
Former prime minister Tony Abbott has responded to a Dutch courtroom discovering three males responsible of the homicide of 298 individuals onboard flight MH17, which was downed by a surface-to-air missile launched from separatist-held Ukraine in 2014, insisting Russian chief Vladimir Putin is the “actual responsible particular person”.
Abbott, chatting with ABC Information 24, spoke of the Russian chief he threatened to “shirtfront” in 2014:
In the long run, there have been people who have been liable for directing this specific Russian missile battery, however the true responsible particular person right here is the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, as a result of it was he who authorised the primary invasion of Ukraine again in 2014, it was he who authorised the presence of this Russian missile battery that introduced down MH17.
These 38 Australians have been actually victims of Putin’s conflict of extermination towards Ukraine and the most effective factor we are able to do in the long run to safe justice for the households of the useless is to maintain serving to Ukraine to win this conflict, as a result of it’s solely when Russia realises the basic folly of what it’s doing right here that there’s any likelihood of getting individuals handed over for the justice they deserve.
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Lady jailed for killing abusive husband is eligible for parole
A lady has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for killing her husband after years of violent abuse, however might be instantly eligible for parole.
Jean Louise Herholdt confronted Queensland’s supreme courtroom on Friday for sentencing over the manslaughter of Sean Murray, 35.
The 30-year-old had pleaded responsible to the cost this week, admitting to stabbing Murray as soon as within the again at their Murrumba Downs property, north of Brisbane, on 27 August 2020 after he had crushed her.
NSW SES warns rivers may rise additional amid forecast rains
The State Emergency Service in New South Wales is continuous to help flood-hit communities within the state’s central west, with the Lachlan River anticipated to stay above main flood degree this weekend.
In a media launch on Friday afternoon, the SES warned communities downstream from Forbes – comparable to Condobolin and Euabalong – of the potential for additional river rises on Monday, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting showers, remoted extreme thunderstorms and a windy cool change in coming days.
A flood watch has been issued and consists of the Belubula River at Canowindra, the SES mentioned.
Sean Kearns, SES NSW assistant commissioner, mentioned that regardless of predictions rainfall this weekend could be much less extreme than final weekend, “storms are unpredictable of their timing and placement”.
Given the saturated catchments, intense rain might rapidly inundate areas and trigger flash flooding. neighborhood members and companies have to plan for what they may do and the place they may go if they’re requested to evacuate or in the event that they develop into remoted when roads shut.
Folks ought to put together their properties, by securing outside furnishings and trampolines, trim branches and guarantee your roof is in good situation.
The SES warned extended flooding is more likely to proceed for the rest of the yr.
Please test Reside Site visitors and your native council web site earlier than heading out on the roads.
Within the 24 hours to 3pm, the SES carried out six flood rescues and obtained 249 requests for help. There are at present 109 warnings in place throughout NSW, together with 23 at emergency degree, 69 at watch and act and 17 at recommendation degree.
NSW and Victoria Covid circumstances double in fortnight as fourth wave surges
Covid circumstances are persevering with to surge, doubling in New South Wales and Victoria in only a fortnight.
Hospitalisations and deaths have additionally risen sharply, prompting NSW well being authorities to mandate a restricted return to mask-wearing to curb the rise in circumstances.
NSW Well being up to date its Covid threat score to amber on Friday, requiring masks in all areas of public hospitals and well being services together with restricted customer numbers.
I’m going at hand the weblog over to Elias Visontay for the rest of the afternoon.
In contrast to Twitter, which seems like it’s headed in the direction of the iceberg, the Guardian weblog will go on.
Parliament resumes on Monday and I’ll take you thru the ultimate sitting weeks. Till then, handle you.
The Victorian Liberal social gathering has accused the state’s electoral fee of interfering in subsequent weekend’s election.
In a press release on Friday afternoon, state director Sam McQuestin mentioned he had instructed the social gathering’s legal professionals to write down to the Victorian electoral commissioner (VEC) outlining the social gathering’s considerations concerning “public feedback” concerning the investigation right into a proposed donations scandal involving opposition chief Matthew Man and his former chief of workers. Man has denied any wrongdoing.
The social gathering’s legal professionals have ordered the VEC to not produce any additional public commentary on the matter.
The assertion learn:
It’s the social gathering’s view that these actions represent a severe, deliberate and unprecedented interference within the Victorian state election.
I’m deeply involved that by way of its actions the VEC has compromised its personal independence and broken public belief within the electoral course of.
On Thursday the Victorian Electoral Fee introduced it had referred the donations matter to the state’s anti-corruption watchdog and mentioned it had not obtained “full cooperation” from these linked to the investigation.
In August the Age revealed that Man’s former chief of workers, Mitch Catlin, proposed to ask a Liberal social gathering donor to make greater than $100,000 in funds to his enterprise. The investigation revealed that the proposed contract had additionally been despatched to Man final yr.
When the prime minister is a DJ, it turns into legislation that the caucus has to have a good time Australian Music T-Shirt day.
The lawyer common is carrying a shirt representing somebody very near his coronary heart – George Dreyfus is his father, and an Australian composer.
Anthony Albanese and his crew are making good use of what may be the final day of Twitter:
A survivor of alleged clergy abuse has gained the appropriate to enchantment to the excessive courtroom over a call to throw out her courtroom case as a result of an alleged paedophile priest had died.
The excessive courtroom on Friday agreed to listen to an enchantment from a girl, identified solely as GLJ, who alleges she was abused when she was 14 by Lismore priest Father Clarence Anderson.
Anderson died earlier than she lodged civil motion and the NSW courtroom of enchantment dominated that his dying rendered the Catholic church unable to correctly defend the declare or obtain a good trial.
The choice has had widespread ramifications for different circumstances of clergy abuse the place the priest or church member has died.
The Guardian revealed this week that the ruling had, based on 5 separate legislation corporations, emboldened the church to take an aggressive method to different circumstances the place paedophile clergy have died, utilizing it to strain different survivors into accepting low-ball and “paltry” sums of compensation, or face having their case thrown out.
The prolonged delays in such circumstances – the kid abuse royal fee mentioned it took greater than 22 years on common for survivors to return ahead – means it’s common for clergy to have died by the point a declare is introduced.
Ken Cush & Associates, who represented GLJ, took the case to the excessive courtroom on Friday, looking for particular go away to enchantment.
They mentioned it was potential for the church to obtain a good trial, regardless of Anderson’s dying, and requested the courtroom to think about whether or not his unavailability was “enough to warrant a everlasting keep”.
They have been profitable in acquiring go away and the enchantment might be heard at a later date.