March 31, 2023

Australia news live update: Djokovic releases statement; nation records 49 Covid deaths and 3,900 cases in hospital; $1,000 fines in NSW for not reporting positive RATs

Second deadliest day of pandemic with 21 deaths recorded in both NSW and Victoria and...

Second deadliest day of pandemic with 21 deaths recorded in both NSW and Victoria and seven in SA; NSW reports 34,759 Covid cases and 2,242 hospitalisations, Victoria 40,127 cases with 946 in hospital, Queensland 22,069 and 525, SA 3,715 and 190, Tasmania 1,583 and 22, ACT 1,078 and 23; $1,000 fines for not reporting positive rapid antigen tests in NSW. Follow all the day’s news

  • Novak Djokovic blames agent for paperwork ‘mistake’ and admits not isolating after positive Covid result
  • Job vacancies surge as Covid labour shortages choke supply chains
  • Novavax vaccine may be approved for Australia within months
  • Repeated Covid boosters not viable strategy against new variants, WHO experts warn
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In New South Wales, four people have been rescued after a ute was swept into a flooded creek in the Hunter Valley last night.

Emergency services were called to Wells Gully Road at McCulleys Gap late last night, after the ute was swept off the spillway into Sandy Creek. A 49-year-old man, a 16-year-old boy, and two girls aged 14 were forced to climb on to the roof of the car after it began to sink in strongly flowing flood waters.

He has his own philosophy if he thinks like that … he’s the most healthiest guy, he takes care of his life … he’s playing tennis and he wants to stay. And I know that he’s doing everything to stay healthy to take care of his body, so … if he’s not, he doesn’t want to, that’s his choice.

So, what’s the problem? You know, the vaccination – the vaccination, it’s not that I’m against it of course I’m not … it’s not the point. If he’s healthy, his PCR is negative, why he cannot play?

I cannot say the … all issues I don’t know exactly I’m reading in the newspapers. I didn’t talk to Novak about that. So I really cannot say anything. What I can say, that Judge Kelly [has] decided that Novak is free. So for me, this is closed book.

He didn’t know. Probably he didn’t know it, because when he realised [about] isolation, then he go to isolate … because he didn’t know anything about that, He … I really cannot say but it’s maybe the best is to ask him.

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