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NSW set to ease coronavirus restrictions as Queensland prepares for border opening – live news


NSW expected to ease Covid restrictions, including the number allowed to visit a home; Queensland prepares for influx of visitors ahead of December 1 border reopening. Follow updates

8.52pm GMT

Hotel quarantine workers in Victoria will have their contacts and members of their house traced in advance, and some will be made to live in the hotel, when the state fully resumes its quarantine system that was the subject of a lengthy inquiry.

Announcing the tighter protocols, premier Daniel Andrews also said there will be “exclusive workforce” that will only work in the state’s hotel quarantine.

To give you a sense of what I can say today, we’ll have an exclusive workforce that will only work for us. They won’t have any second jobs.

We may well have groups, not necessarily every staff member, but some staff members who actually live in the hotel. A bit of a fly-in-fly-out arrangement. We’ll advance contact trace all of those people and know who they live with and what the people that they live with do for a living.

8.36pm GMT

Good morning, Elias Visontay here to take you through all the day’s news in Australia.

NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has admitted she had failed to self-isolate and voted in parliament while waiting for Covid test results. Berejiklian said she received a Covid test around 4pm last Tuesday and received the negative result, “just after six or thereabouts”.

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