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Casino in northern NSW enters snap lockdown

Residents of Casino in northern NSW have entered a snap lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

NSW Health said late on Friday that the stay-at-home order for people in the town of Casino would apply from midnight until 11 October “due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk”.

The stay-at-home order also applies to anyone who has been in Casino since September 24.

“Everyone in this suburb must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason, which includes shopping for food, medical care, getting vaccinated, compassionate needs, exercise and work or tertiary education if you can’t work or study at home,” NSW Health said in a statement.

“NSW Health will continue to closely monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19 and will not hesitate to update its advice to protect the health and wellbeing of the people of NSW.

“We urge people throughout NSW to continue to come forward for testing at the first sign of even mild symptoms.

“High vaccination rates are also essential to reduce the risk of transmission and protect the health and safety of the community.”

The suburb joins more than a dozen local government areas throughout regional NSW that have entered lockdowns, or had stay-at-home orders extended, in recent days.

Scott Morrison rejects states’ pleas for more hospital funding

Hospitals are being told to seek more cash from state and territory governments to handle a surge in coronavirus infections as Prime Minister Scott Morrison declares he will not give in to “shakedown politics” by spending more federal money.

Doctors fear hospitals could be overwhelmed by rising COVID-19 admissions and a growing load of elective surgery that must be delayed until the case numbers ease, ensuring the pressure lasts well into next year.

Doctors fear hospitals will be overwhelmed with COVID-19 admissions and a growing load of delayed elective surgeries.Credit:Paul Jeffers

But with federal funding on public hospitals on track to reach $25.5 billion this year, Mr Morrison said it was up to states and territories to spend the extra money needed to deal with a problem they knew would come.

Mr Morrison said there had been a lot of talk about the responsibilities of the states and one of them was to “run your public hospitals and get them ready to deal with any surge” that would come from rising coronavirus case numbers.

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Perrottet favourite to replace Berejiklian after shock resignation

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is the frontrunner to replace Gladys Berejiklian as premier after her stunning resignation an hour after the corruption watchdog announced an inquiry into her conduct.

An emotional Ms Berejiklian revealed on Friday that she will stand down and will be replaced on Tuesday, when the Liberal party room meets to elect a new leader.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet grabs a coffee from Beecroft shops on Saturday morning. Credit:Dean Sewell

She will also quit Parliament, forcing a byelection in her safe north shore seat of Willoughby.

After weeks of speculation about the resumption of the corruption inquiry, the Independent Commission Against Corruption confirmed on Friday that Ms Berejiklian was the focus of their latest investigation.

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This morning’s headlines at a glance

Good morning and thanks for your company.

It’s Saturday, October 2. We’ll be following the fallout from NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s shock resignation on Friday, and bringing you COVID-19 updates throughout the day.

Here’s everything you need to know:

  • NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has resigned and will exit Parliament after the state’s corruption watchdog said it would investigate whether she breached public trust or encouraged corrupt conduct during her secret relationship with disgraced former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire.
  • NSW yesterday recorded 864 new local COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths, the equal most deadly day in the state since the pandemic began.

Gladys Berejiklian announces she will resign as NSW Premier and from Parliament due to an investigation by ICAC.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

  • Victoria recorded 1143 COVID-19 infections and three deaths on Friday. Every authorised worker in Victoria will need to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by October 15, if they want to continue attending their workplace. The city of Shepparton in Victoria’s north entered a snap week-long lockdown at midnight Friday after health authorities said there were 24 active cases in the area.

  • Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she will not hesitate to cancel the NRL grand final if that is what the medical advice suggests. The state avoided lockdown after three cases were detected on Friday. The match is scheduled to go ahead at 75 per cent crowd capacity.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she is only following health advice.Credit:Getty Images

  • The ACT recorded 52 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 — a new daily record for the territory – as some restrictions around visitors at home and outdoor gatherings eased.
  • Australians will be able to holiday abroad within weeks and quarantine at home for just seven days without seeking a permit, following the federal government’s decision to scrap a contentious 18-month ban on overseas travel. Qantas announced it has brought forward its resumption of international flights to November 14 after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Friday the trigger to restart international travel will be a national average vaccination rate of 80 per cent of over-16s.
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