What we learned today, Saturday 11 September
That’s where we will leave the blog for Saturday. We’ll be back again tomorrow with all the latest in Covid-19 news from Australia.
Here’s what made the news today:
With NSW reporting 1,599 cases and Victoria reporting 450 cases, Australia has recorded more than 2,000 new local cases for the first time during the pandemic. Case numbers NSW are set to peak next week.
There were five new cases in Queensland across two households. No lockdown has been announced but it has been flagged as a possibility if the situation gets worse in the next 48 hours.
One new case was recorded in South Australia in a mine worker from Sydney.
SA will make the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine available to all residents over 12 years of age from Monday, including over-60s.
The federal government has announced it will contribute $5m to researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne to find a new antibody treatment to fight the virus.
There were 303,552 vaccinations administered in Australia on Friday, taking the total doses to 22.4m. Some 66.9% of the population over 16 has had one dose, while 41.9% are fully vaccinated.
The former prime minister Tony Abbott was fined $500 for being spotted outdoors without a mask earlier in the week. Abbott has said he believes it is not in the Australian character to dob.
Here’s some more information on today’s cases in Victoria via the daily health department press release.
More than 65% of yesterday’s cases in Victoria are in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. There continues to be a steady growth in the number of cases in the northern suburbs.
There were 10 cases reported yesterday in regional Victoria. Four were in Greater Geelong, one in Cohuna, one in Daylesford, one in Healesville, one in Shepparton, one in Bacchus Marsh and one in Beveridge.
he Labor senator Kristina Keneally has responded to the earlier criticism about her intention to run in the western Sydney seat of Fowler at the next election, despite currently living over 40km away in the northern beaches, AAP reports.
Speaking outside the Vietnamese Community Cultural Centre in Bonnyrigg on Saturday, Keneally said she was disappointed in some reactions to her move:
This is a community I will live in, I will love and I will represent.
I know how to fight for communities like this.
It’s why I’ve gone into politics and that is why, come the next election, I want to go into the House of Representatives, as the voice of every family, every small business, every faith community in Fowler.