Australia live news updates: federal government to respond to Djokovic court filings; Omicron increases pressure on health systems

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Victoria records 44,155 caller Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths

NSW records 30,062 caller Covid-19 cases, 16 deaths

This fig is conscionable cases confirmed by PCR tests, not Rapid Antigen Tests alone.

There are present 1,927 radical successful infirmary with the virus, 151 of whom are successful the ICU.

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NSW COVID-19 update – Sunday 9 January 2022

In the 24-hour reporting play to 8pm past night:

- 95.1% of radical aged 16+ person had 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
- 93.7% of radical aged 16+ person had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine

January 8, 2022

Updated astatine 10.06pm GMT

Good morning! It’s Justine Landis-Hanley here, backmost connected the blog for 2022. Let’s dive consecutive in.

Novak Djokovic’s visa cancellation conflict continues. The tennis prima is detained successful an migration edifice successful Melbourne portion helium waits to entreaty his visa cancellation astatine a high-stakes national circuit tribunal proceeding connected Monday.

In a tribunal submission, Djokovic’s lawyers claimed that helium had been advised by location affairs his question declaration met the requirements for “quarantine-free arrival”. They claimed that Tennis Australia granted him a aesculapian exemption to play astatine the Australian Open contempt not being vaccinated against Covid-19, connected the grounds that helium tested affirmative for the microorganism successful mid-December.

The national authorities is expected to record its effect to Djokovic’s submission today.

But the tennis prima is present facing caller disapproval aft pictures connected societal media showed helium appeared astatine nationalist events aft his affirmative Covid test.

Meanwhile, Pparts of Queensland’s south-east are experiencing large flooding pursuing dense rain. A 14-year-old miss is missing adjacent Gympie and a 22-year-old Sunshine Coast antheral was recovered dormant yesterday.

Covid-19 cases are besides continuing to emergence crossed the country.

NSW recorded 45,098 cases yesterday from PCR tests, acknowledging that the existent fig was apt overmuch larger. Victoria reported 51,356 cases, which included results from accelerated antigen tests logged online implicit the past six days.

Queensland reported 11,174 cases and announced the suspension of non-urgent elective country for 8 weeks.