April 20, 2021

Australia news live: Queensland awaits Covid lockdown update; Victoria records no new cases; next 14 days 'pivotal' for NSW

Queensland premier to give update at 9am as Brisbane enters day three of snap lockdown....

Queensland premier to give update at 9am as Brisbane enters day three of snap lockdown. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

9.54pm GMT

Melburnians are set to swelter today as the city braces for the hottest day in more than a year(am I say this from a place of authority as I’m currently typing this blog sitting in front of a fan on full blast and it isn’t even 9 am). This comes as the state’s northwest is on high alert for bushfires.

The temperature is set to hit 38C in Melbourne on Monday – its hottest day since January 31, 2020 – while Horsham, Mildura, Shepparton and Swan Hill are forecast to reach 40C, the AAP reports.

9.46pm GMT

Just a bit more on that Covid-19 situation at a western Sydney hospital via AAP.

The emergency department at Mount Druitt hospital in western Sydney has been closed for deep cleaning after a person infected with coronavirus was treated there.

Investigations are under way to assess potential close contacts, including staff and patients … Anyone determined to be at risk of possible exposure is being contacted by the public health unit and health advice provided.

Related: Covid hotspots NSW: list of Sydney and regional coronavirus case locations

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