Case number across the country reported on Tuesday Jan 11:
- New South Wales records 25,870 new cases and 11 deaths
- Victoria records 37,994 new cases and 13 deaths
- Queensland records 20,566 new cases and one death
- South Australia records 2,921 new cases and one death
- Tasmania records 1,379 new cases
- Northern Territory records 594 new cases
- Australian Capital Territory records 1,508 new cases
- Western Australia records one new case
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What made the headlines:
- ACTU calls for urgent meeting with PM over essential workers crisis
- Fresh fruit & vege back on shelves as ‘close contact’ rules change
- Health Services Union warns of 'unprecedented crisis' in aged care sector
- Emergency warning issued as bushfire rages in South-West WA
- A 14-year-old girl swept away in floodwaters north of Brisbane is still missing
- 'Significant pressure' on state and territory hospitals as Covid cases spike
- Scott Morrison speaks with Serbian counterpart after Djokovic controversy
- Ambulance Victoria issues second 'code red' in a week
- Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic claims he has Covid
- Queenslanders told to stop ‘pox parties’ aimed at spreading virus
- Meat in short supply & chicken out of stock on supermarket shelves and at KFC
- ABF investigate Novak Djokovic's documents after reports of falsified papers
- Victoria rolls-out primary school pop-up vaxx clinics
- Staff shortages & testing woes puts rural healthcare system under pressure
- Tourists on the Gold Coast warned over slack uptake of mask mandate
- Tropical cyclone Tiffany set to intensify as towns evacuate
- Parents concerned over vaccine shortages for eligible kids
- Virgin suspend 10 flight routes as Covid causes massive staff shortages
- Lead epidemiologist calls for RATs to be available in school settings
Meanwhile, Prime Minster Scott Morrison is set to meet with industry chiefs on Wednesday to discuss furloughed staffing amid escalating Covid cases.
“You have two choices here. You can push through, or you can lock down. We’re for pushing through,” Mr Morrison said on Monday.
But not everyone is content to simply 'push through'.
“We’re now in the third year of this pandemic and Scott Morrison still thinks that it isn’t a race,” opposition leader Anthony Albanese said.
“He still thinks that you can have a distinction between health outcomes and economic outcomes,"
“What we know is that if you don’t get the health outcomes right, the adverse impact on the economy will be stronger," he said.
“We’re seeing that with workers unable to attend work, with businesses which are closing, or which are temporarily unable to open in the hours in which they want.”
- Mr Albanese
More to come.
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