Covid scare at Mount Druitt hospital in western Sydney
Mount Druitt hospital in western Syndey has been closed for deeply cleaning after a patient who came to the emergency department on Saturday tested positive for Covid-19 the next day.
Ambulances and patients are now being redirected to other hospitals and GPs in the area are being asked to refer their patients to the Blacktown hospital. Doctors and nurses have been stationed in an ambulatory care space outside the hospital’s ED for any patients who present directly.
The clean is expected to be completed this morning and there should be a further update on the facility when NSW leaders hold their daily press conference. (This usually happens around 11am).
Australian politicians weigh into allegations of racial abuse at cricket
Australian political leaders have thrown their support behind an investigation into alleged racial abuse lobbed at Indian cricket players during the third Test at the SCG over the weekend.
Acting prime minister Michael McCormack said he supported the removal of a number of spectators who were causing problems from the stands.
There is no place for racism in Australia and I am pleased to see the strong and swift action taken by the NSW police and ground officials.
We are a tolerant country and the most successful multicultural nation in the world. Australia’s performance in this Test so far has been very solid – the team won’t be distracted by this as they push on to victory.
NSW premier Glady Berejiklian has also commented on the alleged abuse:
If those reports are correct, those comments should be utterly condemned. They are unAustralian and don’t represent who we are.
On Sunday night Cricket Australia labelled the treatment of players as “unacceptable” and apologised to the Indian team. NSW police, having interviewed several members of Sunday’s crowd before evicting them, is also running its own investigation.
This comes as India veteran Ravichandran Ashwin claims he has been the victim of abuse from Sydney crowds for almost a decade.
This is my fourth tour of Australia and in Sydney, we have had a few experiences even in the past …
The way the crowd have been speaking … they have been quite nasty and hurling abuse as well. There is a time where they have gone one step ahead and used racial abuses.
There was an official complaint lodged yesterday and the umpires said we must bring it to their notice as it happens on the field. It is definitely not acceptable in this day and age. We have seen a lot and evolved as a society … this must definitely be dealt with an iron fist.
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Now, on to the news of today.
Residents in the northern beaches of Syndey have continued to celebrate after being freed from the worst of the strict Covid-19 restrictions imposed on the area since an outbreak began before Christmas. But the state’s chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant, says “these next 14 days is going to be pivotal” as the state still struggles to mop up the last of community transmission in the city.
NSW recorded three new coronavirus cases on Sunday, all close contacts that contact tracers missed who were active in the community while infectious.
A number of new venues, including the Costco in Casula and a shopping centre and Service NSW site in Bankstown, have been declared potential exposure sites.
The other big event we will be looking out for today is that all-important press conference from Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk as she updates the state on how Brisbane’s three-day lockdown has gone. Today is the third (and hopefully final) day of the lockdown, brought about by fears that the highly contagious UK strain of the coronavirus had entered the community in Brisbane. But with no additional cases of community transmission discovered so far residents are hopeful that normal life will be able to resume as early as this evening.
In other news:
- Australia’s acting prime minister has thrown his support behind Cricket Australia and the NSW police launching an investigation after India’s cricket team made official complaints of racism on Saturday and play was stopped for eight minutes on Sunday following claims of alleged abuse. This comes as India veteran Ravichandran Ashwin claims he has been the victim of abuse from Sydney crowds for almost a decade.
- Fire crews are on standby, command centres are ready to go and water-bombing aircraft have been prepared as South Australia heads into a day of high bushfire risk. Dangerous conditions have been declared in most districts for Monday, prompting total fire bans amid warnings the scrub is ready to burn.
- A man is set to face court in NSW after being charged with sending threatening emails to a Victorian MP. The 53-year-old was arrested at a Nimbin home in December as police investigated the emails, which were believed to have been sent from NSW, police said on Monday. Police found and seized a computer, tablet and mobile phone when they arrested the man.
- A woman and three children have died after a fire ripped through a home in Melbourne’s south-east overnight. A man believed to be related to the family was also injured in the fire and is in hospital. On Sunday Det Snr Sgt Neville Major said it would be up to 48 hours before police could speak to the man due to the extent of his injuries.