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

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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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Princess Catherine visits the Royal Surrey County Hospital

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Princess Catherine has visited the Royal Surrey County Hospital, in a heartwarming gesture to new mothers

Princess Catherine, the new Princess of Wales visited the Royal Surrey County Hospital in her first solo public engagement since the death of the Queen.

While there, she met with staff and new mothers, with the visit making the Princess reminisce about her own children.

The Princess held a baby during her visit and even joked that her youngest, Prince Louis, still seemed like a baby to her, even though he is now four years old.

Speaking about childbirth, Catherine said “no matter how much everyone tells you what you expect, it’s a shock to the system” and “you have this idea of what will happen but every single birth is different.”

It’s clear that the Princess loves being a mother and is enjoying every moment with her children.

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Vladimir Putin announces changes to his mobilisation orders

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Vladimir Putin announces changes to his mobilisation orders during a televised address

Vladimir Putin has appeared on state television to announce changes to his mobilisation orders.

The Russian leader has made “corrections” to the decree, meaning students at universities and postgraduates don’t have to fight in the war.

The Russian President has also signed a new law to claim the “annexed” regions of Ukraine are now officially a part of the nation.

He stopped short of defining where the borders of these so-called regions are though.

It follows, reports suggesting Russia’s military might on the frontline is dwindling, as wounded troops retreat from key areas.

Ukraine’s military is continuing to make territorial gains in the south and east, pushing into these areas Russia claims to have “annexed.”

Putin appeared to concede Russia would “stabilise” the situation in these areas.

“We are working on the assumption that the situation in the new territories will stabilise,” Putin said during a televised video call.

New images emerging online show Ukrainian troops in the Luhansk region.

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Liz Truss pledges to get her country through the stormy days ahead

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Liz Truss pledges to get her country through the stormy days ahead during Tory Party address

Liz Truss has pledged to get the UK through the stormy days head.

It comes comes against a backdrop of financial and political turmoil following the government’s mini-budget.

Markets reacted badly to the plans for 45 billion pound tax cuts funded by borrowing.

Meanwhile, the government’s U-turn on plans to slash the 45 per cent tax rate led to criticism from within the party.

In the address, Truss admitted her policies will cause “disruption”. But she says “the status quo is not an option” and her party “must stay the course”.

“I’m determined to get Britain moving, to get us through the tempest and to put us on a stronger footing as a nation,” Truss said.

Truss also vowed to take on the “anti-growth coalition” and “enemies of enterprise”. This includes opposition parties, “militant unions” and environmental campaigners.

The speech was an attempt to reassert the government’s commitment to its economic plans, in the face of criticism from both inside and outside the party.

There were a number of protestors at the conference hall during the event.

Two Greenpeace demonstrators were removed after holding up a sign which read ‘who voted for this’.

The reaction to Liz Truss’s speech was mixed.

Some commentators praised her for her “straight talking” and for her willingness to take on the “anti-growth coalition”.

Others criticised her for her lack of detail and failure to address concerns about the government’s economic plans.

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