We have a total of two new cases in Australia today. The last time that occurred was Saturday.
As NSW authorities noted, both new cases in that state today were from returning overseas travellers.
You have to go back to 29 February for the last time there were no new cases reported in Australia.
The NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, says the two new cases in NSW were from overseas, which means “there were no extra or new community transmission cases overnight”.
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WA Covid update
Mark McGowan says there were no new cases of Covid-19 in WA.
“And that means at this point in time we’ve had 599 cases across the state,” the premier said. “The latest advice I have is no one is in hospital across the state with Covid.”
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NSW Covid update
NSW has recorded two new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to 3,114.
A statement from NSW Health said there were 66 cases now being treated. No patients were in intensive care.
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Queensland Covid update
Annastacia Palaszczuk has told a media conference the state has had 1,062 coronavirus cases – and only three that are still active.
There were no new cases overnight.
Tuesday, 9 June – coronavirus cases in Queensland:
• 0 new confirmed cases
• 3 active cases
• 1,062 total confirmed cases
• 224,050 tests conducted
Sadly, six Queenslanders with COVID-19 have died. 1,051 patients have recovered.#COVID_19 pic.twitter.com/4ys83g68mA
June 9, 2020
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No AFL crowds just yet, chief executive Gillon McLachlan says
Meanwhile, the AFL chief executive, Gillon McLachlan, says the league has not yet received authorisation to have crowds back in venues for the competition’s return this week but it’s ready if that changes.
It comes despite reports the Queensland government had given the green light for the Gabba and Metricon Stadium to be at 25% capacity for games as soon as this weekend.
GWS have also raised the prospect of hosting corporate supporters at their round-two match against North Melbourne at Giants Stadium on Sunday, according to AAP.
McLachlan told SEN on Tuesday morning his understanding is that, as things stand, no crowds are allowed to attend matches in Queensland or NSW this week:
I think there will be announcements this week but as we sit here … my understanding is there’s not an authorisation in Queensland and there’s not an authorisation in NSW.
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Federal government considering capped NRL crowds
The federal government is considering “decreased capacity” for NRL games, according to the deputy chief medical officer Dr Nick Coatsworth.
AAP reports that the NSW state government has already ticked off on corporate boxes, with one person for every 4 sq m and up to 50 people, being open from this weekend.
But discussions have begun about opening up the grandstands, with the ARL Commission chairman, Peter V’landys, aiming for a 1 July return for fans.
Coatsworth said it would be easier to maintain social distancing in stadiums than protests, which were given the green light at the weekend. He told Nine’s Today Show:
The important thing of course about the footy is you have a large number of people, like we saw on the weekend with the protests of course, coming together in different parts of the city and then dispersing into the city. You can be a little more controlled in a stadium than you can in a protest.
That’s an important thing to note, and we could consider going back to situations of decreased capacity in stadiums. Ultimately that’s going to be a matter for states and territories, but it is something we are considering now. Hopefully within before the footy season finishes, that’ll be good.
At this stage, only NSW venues have been given the green light to open up their corporate boxes, with Queensland considering doing the same.
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Illicit drug prices soar in Australia as travel restrictions hit Mexican cartels
The Covid-19 pandemic is making it hard for Mexican drug cartels to smuggle cocaine and methamphetamine into Australia, AAP reports.
Travel restrictions and ramped-up border security have led to dwindling supplies in Australia and skyrocketing prices.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration estimates a kilo of meth was worth between US$90,000 and US$130,000 (A$128,000 and A$185,000) in Australia before the pandemic, but now sells for about US$200,000.
Cocaine followed a similar spike, with dealers passing the price rise to users.
“As businesses are having to adjust, every arm of cartels are having to adjust,” the DEA’s Australia attache, Kevin Merkel, told the Louisville Courier Journal.
Australia was the cartels’ “most sought-after illicit drug market”, with Australians more willing to pay a higher price for top-quality Mexican meth than US buyers.
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Victoria reports no new Covid-19 cases
Daniel Andrews has started a media conference. He says there have been 1,687 Covid-19 cases in Victoria – meaning there were no new cases yesterday.
There are seven people in hospital; one person is in an ICU.
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Authorities in Western Australia have rejected reports that a woman was “body-slammed” by a guard at Bandyup women’s prison before suffering a medical episode on Saturday morning.
A spokesperson for the WA Department of Justice said that, while the investigation by the department’s professional standards division was ongoing, “a preliminary assessment has found no evidence of any unreasonable force or an alleged ‘body slam’ incident as reported in the media”:
The Departments Professional Standards Division attended Bandyup Women’s Prison and were advised that the prisoner had been found trying to access a vending machine and was ushered back to her cell.
The hospitalisation the following day appears to be related to an existing medical condition. The investigation continues tomorrow.
A 2018 report by the inspector of custodial services said the prison had “for many years suffered from neglect, indifference, and structural inequality”.
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If you’re looking to cultivate some positive habits from lockdown, this list might provide some inspiration. Have you also begun jogging, started meal planning or made a dint in your to-read list?
Personally I have only developed, or further entrenched, bad habits. But my baking has never been better.
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