Australia news live: Emirates to resume flights; tennis player tests positive to Covid-19

Airline will fly to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from Monday; Spanish star Paula Badosa has coronavirus. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

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  • 10.16pm GMT

    We’ve all done it haven’t we? Left home without a mask? Bit harder to get away with when you’re the world number one tennis player and you bump into a reporter in the supermarket:

    Related: Ashleigh Barty apologises for unmasked supermarket visit in Melbourne

    10.02pm GMT

    There is another powerful story online today by Laura Murphy-Oates from the tremendous Childhood in custody series.

    Related: From ‘supermax for kids’ to family man and Indigenous role model

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    Yurts, Igloos and Pop-Up Domes: How Safe Is ‘Outside’ Restaurant Dining This Winter?

    With the arrival of winter and the U.S. coronavirus outbreak in full swing, the restaurant industry — looking at losses of $235 billion in 2020 — is clinging to techniques for sustaining outdoor dining even through the cold and vagaries of a U.S. winter.

    Yurts, greenhouses, igloos, tents and all kinds of partly open outdoor structures have popped up at restaurants around the country. Owners have turned to these as a lifeline to help fill some tables by offering the possibility at least of a safer dining experience.

    “We’re trying to do everything we can to expand the outdoor dining season for as long as possible,” said Mike Whatley with the National Restaurant Association.

    Dire times have forced the industry to find ways to survive. Whatley said more than 100,000 restaurants are either “completely closed or not open for business in any capacity.”

    “It’s going to be a hard and … Read more

    Australia news live: Tennis Australia will pay for quarantine; dead students estates to be pursued for Hecs debt

    After suggesting Victorian government may contribute to quarantine costs for Australian Open entourage, Tennis Australia confirms it is footing the bill. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

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    I…I don’t think this will sell more lamb? The latest instalment in lamb promos for Australia Day looks as if it’s been inspired by, ahem, beef, over the Covid-19 response (either states v states or states v Morrison government).

    Thanks. I’m vegan now. pic.twitter.com/fnXxt9s9fB

    This does NOT make me hungry for some lamb, Australia! Not sure I can say we love our lamb after this @meatlivestock !!! #AustraliaDay pic.twitter.com/59tvPhPkoE

    10.12pm GMT

    It is going to be an interesting Covid-19 numbers day in Queensland and New South Wales.

    Both states have had a run of zero days, and if it continues … Read more

    Biden’s Covid Challenge: 100 Million Vaccinations in the First 100 Days. It Won’t Be Easy.


    This story also ran on PolitiFact. It can be republished for free.

    It’s in the nature of presidential candidates and new presidents to promise big things. Just months after his 1961 inauguration, President John F. Kennedy vowed to send a man to the moon by the end of the decade. That pledge was kept, but many others haven’t been, such as candidate Bill Clinton’s promise to provide universal health care and presidential hopeful George H.W. Bush’s guarantee of no new taxes.

    Now, during a once-in-a-century pandemic, incoming President Joe Biden has promised to provide 100 million covid-19 vaccinations in his first 100 days in office.

    “This team will help get … at least 100 million covid vaccine shots into the arms of the American people in the first 100 days,” Biden said during a Dec. 8 news conference introducing key members of his health team.

    When first asked … Read more

    Coronavirus Australia live: two tennis players test positive and two cases reclassified but no reprieve from quarantine

    Two positive Covid cases reclassified as cases of ‘viral shedding’ from previous infection, but hard lockdown of those who shared flights remains. Follow latest updates

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  • 10.14pm GMT

    There has been some interesting research released by the United States Study Centre, which found that 66% of Australians, compared with 36% of Americans, were extremely or very likely to be vaccinated with an approved Covid-19 vaccine.

    Only 8% of Australians said they were not at all likely to use an approved vaccine, as opposed to more than a quarter (26%) of Americans.

    9.54pm GMT

    Tennis Australia chief executive officer Craig Tiley says there are six active Covid-19 cases in hotel quarantine linked to the Australian Open.

    Our latest figures were seven, so we will hopefully get some clarity on that later today … Read more