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Sydney records major spike in cases as Australia turns to crisis mode



Australia’s most populated state is heading into a bigger crisis, with Sydney recording 390 new cases today

The Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian has been told by other state leaders that she must consult national cabinet with an agreed plan to manage a rapidly growing outbreak of COVID-19 in her state.

According to the The Sydney Morning sources with knowledge of the national cabinet discussions, state that Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and West Australian Premier Mark McGowan warned against unilateral action from individual states.

Under the national plan, states are supposed to use lockdowns and restrictions to pursue zero daily cases of COVID-19 transmitted in the community until at least 70 per cent of eligible Australians are vaccinated, with further freedoms granted at 80 per cent.

“We are currently in lockdown. Lockdown plus some level of easing of restrictions is possible once we get to 50 per cent and 60 per cent rates of vaccination,”

Ms Berejiklian said. 

Melbourne gets tough on Sydney as COVID lockdowns continue in both states

Victoria’s lockdown was extended for another week on Wednesday after the state recorded another 20 cases of coronavirus, with six of those people in the community during their infectious period.

The Premier of Victoria has also moved to further tighten borders with New South Wales as the state continues to record high numbers of COVID-19.

Sydney’s COVID cluster spreads to Regional New South Wales

The regional city of Dubbo has recorded 25 cases. Five additional cases were also recorded in the Hunter New England area.

Traces of coronavirus have been detected in sewage in Bathurst, Parkes and Bourke.

No new cases were recorded in Armidale, Tamworth and the Northern Rivers.Ms Berejiklian said case numbers were stabilising in the Fairfield and Canterbury-Bankstown region, but were on the rise in Blacktown and Mount Druitt.

The Capital in Lockdown

Australia’s capital of Canberra has also been plunged into lockdown after new cases had been detected in the ACT.

Three further cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Canberra as the city entered a snap seven-day lockdown.

Ticker News can confirm the three additional cases detected are all close contacts of the original positive case found in a man in his 20s yesterday.

The man is the capital’s first local case of COVID-19 in more than a year and is believed to have been infectious in the community.

This outbreak total now stands at four positive infections.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Cybersecurity experts on the best ways to protect your business



Cybersecurity experts agree its essential to get the basics of protecting your business and customers first.

Regulators around the world are stepping up scrutiny of corporations who have failed to uphold proper cybersecurity protocols.

And on the eve of cybersecurity awareness month, experts are warning that it’s important to get the basics right of protecting your customers – or your own data.

For more, we’re joined by Annie Hagger of Cyber GC, and Sam Fariborz, group manager of cybersecurity services & program at the Kmart Group.

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How Ukraine succeeds in attacking Russian military targets



Ukraine has managed to launch successful attacks on key Russian military facilities, leaving experts and analysts baffled by the unexpected outcomes.

These strategic assaults have raised questions about Ukraine’s military capabilities and the effectiveness of its tactics in countering Russian forces.

Ukraine’s recent victories can be attributed to several key factors. First and foremost, the country has significantly improved its intelligence gathering and information warfare capabilities, allowing it to pinpoint vulnerabilities in Russian defenses. This enhanced situational awareness has enabled Ukraine to launch precise and coordinated strikes on critical military installations.

Additionally, Ukraine has received substantial support from international allies, both in terms of military equipment and training. This assistance has bolstered the Ukrainian military’s effectiveness and provided them with advanced weaponry, giving them an edge in their confrontations with Russian forces.

Furthermore, Ukraine’s determination and resilience in the face of adversity cannot be underestimated. The country’s citizens and armed forces have shown unwavering commitment to defending their sovereignty, driving them to devise innovative strategies and tactics to outmaneuver the Russian military.

The world watches with bated breath as Ukraine’s successful attacks continue to unfold, highlighting the evolving nature of modern warfare and the adaptability of smaller nations facing formidable adversaries.

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Jorge Vilda under investigation amid Luis Rubiales ‘Kissgate’ probe



Former Spain manager Jorge Vilda is set to come under scrutiny as part of the ongoing investigation into the ‘kissgate’ controversy involving Luis Rubiales.

The investigation, which has sent shockwaves through the footballing world, centers around an alleged incident where Luis Rubiales, known for his fiery personality, kissed a reporter without her consent during a press conference in 2022. The incident quickly gained attention on social media and was widely condemned.

As part of the probe, authorities are now turning their attention to Jorge Vilda, who was the head coach of the Spanish national women’s team at the time of the incident. It is alleged that Vilda may have had knowledge of the incident or been aware of Rubiales’s behavior during the press conference.

Vilda, a respected figure in women’s football, has denied any wrongdoing and maintains that he had no prior knowledge of Rubiales’s actions. He expressed his shock and disappointment at being dragged into the controversy.

The investigation is being closely followed by football fans and stakeholders alike, as it raises questions about the accountability of individuals in positions of power within the sport. The ‘kissgate’ scandal has already had far-reaching implications for Rubiales, who resigned as the president of the Spanish Football Federation amidst the controversy.

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