Covid update: NSW
Three new Covid-19 cases have been diagnosed overnight, NSW Health says.
It brings the total number of cases in the state to 3,112.
“Two of the new cases today are travellers in hotel quarantine,” NSW Heath said in a statement. “The third case is under investigation.
“There are currently 66 Covid-19 cases being treated by NSW Health, and none are in intensive care.
“In NSW, 2,724 people have recovered from Covid-19.”
Before today, the state had recorded two days with no new coronavirus cases.
Droves of women are reporting first-time family violence in Australian research showing Covid-19 lockdown has been a flashpoint for abuse, AAP reports.
The Monash University study released on Monday found an increase in the frequency and severity of violence against women in Victoria during coronavirus lockdowns.
Almost 170 Victorian practitioners who have spent the past two months supporting women experiencing violence, contributed.
First-time family violence reporting by women rose by 42%, the study found.
Fifty-nine per cent of respondents reported Covid-19 had increased the frequency of violence against women, while half reported the severity of abuse had increased amid virus lockdown measures.
Some perpetrators allegedly weaponised the virus, spreading rumours that women had Covid-19 so nobody would come near them to help.
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Covid-19 update: Victoria
Two new Covid-19 cases were reported overnight in Victoria, authorities say.
One of those cases was a resident aged care facility in Bright, in the state’s north east.
The 25 remaining residents are now in quarantine.
The two new infections takes the total number of cases to 1,687. There are currently 71 active infections, with seven people in hospital. Two of those people are in intensive care.
A statement from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services said 1,595 people had now recovered after testing positive to the coronavirus virus.
“Of yesterday’s cases, one was detected in returned travelers in hotel quarantine,” the department said.
Of the aged care resident who rested positive in Bright case, the department said: “The person is currently being isolated in hospital where they were transferred for an unrelated condition.
“About 25 remaining residents of Hawthorn Village in Bright have been placed in quarantine and contact tracing has begun.
“The families of residents have been advised of the situation.”
Dr Brett Sutton, Victoria’s chief health officer, said it was vital those who attended Melbourne’s Black Lives Matter protest and develop symptoms get tested
He said: “Our clear advice was not to attend last Saturday’s protest as thousands of people flooding the city in close contact was a risk.
“If you attended and go on to develop any symptoms, no matter how mild – it is critically important that you go and get tested.”
We are expecting a press conference from the education minister, Dan Tehan, at 11.30am.
Tehan is likely to announce changes to the system as the government’s temporary free childcare system comes to an end. It was announced at the height of the pandemic.
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Aboriginal woman in hospital after prison incident: report
There are reports an Aboriginal woman is fighting for life after she was allegedly body slammed by a prison guard at Bandyup prison in Western Australia.
The West Australian newspaper reported late last night the woman was at St John of God hospital in a critical condition.
The paper reported allegations that inmates witnessed her being “body slammed” on Saturday. She was then taken to hospital a short time later, it said.
A WA Department of Justice spokesman told the newspaper: “The corrective services commissioner is aware of the allegation and has referred the matter to the Department of Justice professional standards division for review.”
An Aboriginal woman is in a critical condition after allegedly being body slammed by a guard in a WA prison. @sunriseon7 pic.twitter.com/R22Ox1tsRd
June 7, 2020
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A response to Mathias Cormann from the Greens senator Rachel Siewert. Cormann said the Black Lives Matter protesters were “selfish”.
“Fifty-four First Nations peoples have died in custody since 2008 in Minister Cormann’s home state of WA and I haven’t seen him say anything about that,” she said.
“At least 432 people have died since the royal commission into deaths in custody, no government can claim to have done a close to adequate job at pursuing justice for First Nations peoples.
“This has to be a wakeup call. The commonwealth has to show leadership and ensure an end to deaths in custody.
“It’s the same vicious cycle, a royal commission or committee is held, truth is told, credible, tangible solutions are offered and governments cop out.
“The fact is governments don’t like their failures being highlighted and this lack of justice is a massive failure of Australia’s governments.”
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Parents and visitors are now allowed on school grounds in Western Australia as the state government moves to lift more coronavirus restrictions, AAP reports.
Under the changes from Monday, events and activities such as assemblies, excursions, choirs and examinations can resume providing schools abide by a limit of 100 people indoors and 300 people outdoors.
School camps will also be permitted for up to 100 people.
“Thanks to the hard work and diligence of school staff, parents and students, we’re able to make these changes and get schools closer to their usual operations,” the WA education minister, Sue Ellery, said.
In other changes under the phase three guidelines, sports training and swimming classes can recommence and senior students can engage in work placements as long as employers are complying with Covid-19 guidelines.
Canteens can also provide a dine-in service for up to 100 people and school libraries can allow 100 people in a shared space.
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A Victorian police officer is under investigation for using his boot to pin down a 42-year-old man during an arrest in the Melbourne suburb of Abbotsford on Saturday.
The investigation by the professional standards command followed the airing of footage on Channel Seven, which drew a comparison with the killing of George Floyd.
AAP reports that five police officers attended the arrest, after receiving reports that a man was “behaving erratically”
It was believed he had been making threats to passers-by and damaging property while armed with a hockey stick, police said on Monday.
The man then allegedly locked himself inside the Johnston Street business.
Officers used capsicum spray during the arrest and the man was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
He appeared in court on Sunday, charged with various offences including theft, riotous behaviour and resist arrest.
Citizenship ceremonies can now be conducted in person again, AAP has reported.
For the past few months citizenship ceremonies have been conducted online, but councils can now choose to conduct ceremonies in person, or online.
Acting immigration minister Alan Tudge said:
The government is also working to resume citizenship testing and interviews in the coming weeks so we can have people moving through all stages of becoming Australian citizens.