Snap lockdown due to end soon

Australia's locked down Victoria state reports 2 new local COVID-19 cases

It comes as there's a possible ray of light this morning for locked-down Victorians - Premier Daniel Andrews says the state is well-placed for lockdown to lift as planned tomorrow.

Exposure sites linked to the Holiday Inn outbreak include the entirety of Melbourne Airport Terminal 4 between 4:45am and 2:00pm on Tuesday, when authorities estimate up to 5000 people passed through the terminal.

Australian Open director Craig Tiley gave assurances that the tournament would continue, with players deemed essential workers exempt from lockdown, competing in a "bubble form".

Spectators will still be allowed to attend matches on Friday, including Nick Kyrgios' showdown with World No.3 Dominic Thiem. "Those essential to the delivery of the event will be on site". "But they will not function as an entertainment event".

As a result, whilst the courts at Melbourne Park will be occupied, the stands will not.

Players, officials and support staff will be subject to the same stage four restrictions as the rest of the state.

"This is a high stakes game, when (there's) a virus that has caused devastation across the Northern Hemisphere and many, many other countries in the world and may soon be the predominant variant of concern globally, and we can not afford to be wrong here", Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told reporters. The person had been taken to hospital from quarantine for an unrelated condition and later tested positive.

"We feel at the moment that the risk is very low", Hunt told reporters.

"I understand that many people will be concerned and anxious, but I am confident that if we stick together, this short, sharp circuit breaker will be effective".

After Saturday’s ice, more winter storms line up for D.C. area
However, later tonight the temperature will drop below 32 degrees Farenheight, and there will be a threat of frozen precipitation. TUESDAY: Temperatures will remain below freezing on Tuesday so any ice that accumulates will still be causing problems.

The two cases, including a 3-year-old child, were the first two who were not household contacts of a cluster of infected workers at a quarantine hotel at Melbourne airport which had triggered the five-day lockdown, health authorities said.

Victoria recorded five new COVID-19 cases on Friday, all of which are connected to the Holiday Inn outbreak.

One of the five is believed to have had some contact with Camberwell Grammar School.

Meanwhile, a tennis player from Greece who participated in the ATP Cup in Australia in early February tested positive for COVID-19 while in South Africa.

People line up as they wait to be tested for COVID-19 at the Sunbury Respiratory Clinic in Melbourne.

"They've been doing this all year", Tiley told reporters at Melbourne Park.

"Rod Laver Arena will have incredible atmosphere, not that different to the atmosphere we've seen at all the Opens in the years past". Nonetheless, it is a blow to the tournament, which had been operating with a limit of 30,000 fans per day, organised around three zones to ensure that social distancing regulations were followed.

The problems at the Australian Open, the biggest worldwide sports event so far this year, underline the difficulties of holding the much more complex Tokyo Olympics, which are due to start in July after a year's delay.

Related News:



Most liked

New York Legislature should probe nursing home deaths, Cuomo cover-up
Andrew Cuomo spoke during his daily news conference amid the coronavirus outbreak on March 20, 2020 in New York City. The governor said that of 613 NY nursing homes, 365 received a person from a hospital.

NZ declared "red zone" as Auckland thrown into lockdown
The new community cases make just four in the last three months - with the lockdown the first in New Zealand in six months. Police officers are checking all vehicles arriving and leaving Auckland to ensure there is no non-essential travel.

Ontario reports 981 cases provincewide; 49 in Ottawa
Public Health Ontario has reported 945 new cases of COVID-19 today (Feb. 11), which is the lowest daily report since October 30. NRPH reports 21 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, as the active numbers of the infection continues to fall across Niagara.

Votes by Florida's Scott and Rubio help ensure Trump won't be convicted
Presidents Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1999 were acquitted and received unanimous support from their Democratic Party.

Republicans vote to convict Trump in impeachment trial
Seven Republicans joined Democrats in the Senate in voting to convict the former president. Lee said the former president called his phone by mistake, thinking he was calling Sen.

World Health Organization chief cautions against easing restrictions
Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government. China has long said the lab, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, never possessed the Covid-19 virus.

Magnitude Quake Off East Japan Coast, No Tsunami Alert
Aerial footage broadcast by NHK showed a hillside that collapsed onto a highway in Fukushima region, severing the road. Kato said that some trains in northeastern Japan had stopped running, and that other damage was still being checked.

Vermonters 70 and older can make vaccination appointments starting Tuesday
State health officials are still operating under its phased-eligibility protocols, now in its Phase 1A and Phase 1B Tier 1. Results from genomic sequencing samples taken from the four patients are expected next week, officials said.

Ways Trump's Lawyers Challenged His Impeachment Charge
Separately, van der Veen at one point complained that the impeachment trial was his "worst experience in Washington". Bernie Sanders after the Vermont lawmaker asked if he believed Trump lied about having won the 2020 USA election.

World Health Organization team probing COVID-19 visits Wuhan lab, meets 'Bat Woman'
Daszak said Chinese authorities had not refused any of the team's requests to visit facilities or meet with key figures. The virus that causes COVID-19 is suspected of originating in bats and its outbreak was first detected in Wuhan.

Backlash over Tokyo Olympic head's remarks on women goes viral: paper
There has been dismay in Japan that no one spoke up in the meeting on Wednesday to express outrage at Mori's comments. At a press conference on Thursday, he was asked on what basis he said women board members were too long-winded.

Yellen summons USA financial regulators to discuss market volatility
Yellen has requested an ethics waiver to hold the meeting, a Treasury spokeswoman said, confirming a Reuters report . The Treasury official said Yellen was looking for an update from the top US financial regulators.

Here are the Game Pass Titles to Expect in Early February
No matter what sort of games you're into, you're likely to find something to whet your appetite on Xbox Game Pass this month. The Game Pass has been a veritable money-mill for Microsoft , as Xbox has reported their insane new total subscriber count .

CD Projekt Warns Cyberpunk 2077 Mods Pose a Security Risk
In different information, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk lately tweeted about Cyberpunk 2077 and supported the sport. This comes just a week after the developers officially released modding support tools for Cyberpunk 2077 .

Mass Effect 1 DLC Cut Because of Corrupted Source Code (News )
Thankfully, it isn't the most vital piece of Mass Effect content and many fans will agree that it is not a game-breaking absence. When approaching the development of the Legendary Edition , Bioware reached out to Demiurge Studios to "try again".