This is an interesting piece about people of colour moving to regional areas during the pandemic:
The Australian Open starts next month, and there’s already a fair bit of concern about how many players and officials travelling to Melbourne have tested positive to Covid-19. But Victorian opposition MP Tim Smith, attempting an overhead smash against the Andrews government, has only found the net. He called Stan Wawrinka, a much-loved player who posted a tweet about happily adhering to quarantine restrictions, a “flog”.
Here is our summary of the main Covid-19 news in Australia yesterday, if you’re catching up:
Good morning and welcome to the Australia liveblog on Monday 18 January. This is Nino Bucci with you for the next few hours.
The Australian government is looking into potentially adverse effects from the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine in Norway, while positive Covid-19 cases have sent preparations for the Australian Open into chaos.
Three Australian Open charter flights have now been sent into hard quarantine due to five positive coronavirus test results among passengers on board (and counting), with around 72 players now unable to train for 14 days. The restrictions have divided players. Those who arrived without any positive tests on their flights are allowed five hours of training and fitness each day. Some players say they were not aware that sharing a plane with an infected person would be classed as close contact. One player has been warned for breaching strict isolation rules by “opening his door” to talk to his friends. Still, the tournament is at this stage going ahead. Meanwhile, NSW recorded six new local Covid cases yesterday, including a healthcare worker at a Sydney hospital.
Australian authorities will examine reports of potentially adverse reactions to the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in Norway, but health minister Greg Hunt said yesterday it was not yet clear whether several reported deaths were related to old age rather than the jabs. He said there was no change to the government’s vaccine rollout plans and “safety is Australia’s number one priority”. Three in four Australians meanwhile agree that Scott Morrison should publicly rebuke Craig Kelly for spreading misinformation during the pandemic, according to new polling commissioned by the Australia Institute.
Meanwhile, in Victoria, the Age is reporting that police plan to drop most of the fines handed out for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions. It has previously been found that Sudanese and Aboriginal people were overrepresented in fines handed out during the first lockdown.