Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is set to announce a roadmap out of lockdown on Sunday, outlining what the next few months will look like and when restrictions can ease.
Today’s case numbers and press conference times
These will be updated throughout the day.
NSW Case numbers: 1,127 (local); 2 deaths Press conference: 11:00am AEST Watch it here Vax stats: 78.8% first dose; 46.5% fully vaccinated
Victoria Case numbers: 445 (local); 2 deaths Press conference: 11:15am AEST Watch it here Vax stats: 66.82% first dose; 40.95% fully vaccinated
ACT Case numbers: 22 (local) Press conference: 11:45am AEST Watch it here Vax stats: 50% fully vaccinated
Queensland 1 (local); 1 (overseas) Press conference: 9:00am AEST Watch it here Vax stats: 56.68% first dose; 38.33% fully vaccinated
South Australia Case numbers: 0 Press conference: 9:30am CST Watch it here
Western Australia Case numbers: 0 Press conference: 10:30am WST Watch it here
New Zealand Case numbers: 15 (local); 2 (overseas)
Despite fresh funding support for struggling businesses on the southern Gold Coast, many people fear it might be too late for some traders.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Tuesday announced the state and federal governments had struck a deal for $54.55 million in support for businesses affected by COVID border closures.
Under the deal, current COVID-19 business support grants will be extended, while there’s a one-off $5,000 hardship scheme grant for employing businesses and $1,000 for sole traders.
According to Peter Scott, who runs Coolangatta men’s store Cooly For Men, the grants package may not be enough to ensure his business of 26 years survives.
He said the money was a “drop in the ocean” given he had to close the store for the past month because he lived over the border in NSW and could not come to work.
Confirmed COVID case in homeless crisis accommodation centre in Surry Hills
Wesley Mission says there’s been a confirmed COVID case at its homeless crisis accommodation centre in inner Sydney’s Surry Hills.
A man who stays at the facility tested positive for COVID earlier today.
Health authorities from St Vincent’s hospital are on site conducting tests of the other people who use the centre.
It houses around 40 people. Contact tracing is also underway.