October 17, 2021

Australia news live: Victoria records three new Covid cases; PM refuses to give in to Facebook news ban

Scott Morrison vows to push ahead with media bargaining code after social media giant blocks...

Scott Morrison vows to push ahead with media bargaining code after social media giant blocks news in Australia. Follow all the developments live

11.44pm GMT

And now to the question nagging at the minds of Guardian readers: how are the share prices of Australian media companies faring during the Facebook news ban?

It’s a bit of a mixed bag. Shares in Nine Entertainment, which in addition to its TV network owns the former Fairfax mastheads (The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Financial Review) fell 4.66% yesterday, and are down another 0.56% in early trade this morning.

11.39pm GMT

Victoria’s health minister, Martin Foley, seems pretty confident that theses three news cases pose no infection threat to the public.

The three cases are from the same family. Two parents and a child. Two members of that family were previous residents of level three at the Holiday Inn at Tullamarine airport and were primary contacts for that particular outbreak.

One member of the household, who was not at the Holiday Inn, was considered a secondary contact and had been isolating from other family members. All three had negative tests – multiple negative tests between the 10th and 12th of February. All have been quarantining at home during their infectious periods.

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