Coronavirus updates LIVE: Australian Open crisis continues as NSW, Victoria and Queensland record no local COVID-19 cases

Summary

  • NSW, Victoria and Queensland all recorded no new community transmission cases on Monday.
  • Travel restrictions are costing NSW $180 million per week as the state government urged other states to scrap domestic coronavirus travel restrictions.
  • Australians are being told to expect the border bans to continue despite a mammoth vaccination scheme because scientists do not yet know how effective the new vaccines will be in slowing the spread of the virus.
  • Nick Kyrgios has labelled Novak Djokovic a “tool” after the Serbian star issued a list of demands to Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley. More players and officials landing in Melbourne for the Australian Open are likely to test positive to coronavirus within days after new cases were confirmed among participants arriving for the tournament.
  • The global case tally has passed more than 95 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University count, with more than 2 million deaths.

New Sydney venues attended by confirmed case

NSW health authorities last night named a number of new venues in western Sydney that were attended by a confirmed COVID-19 case.

The venues are in Auburn and Berala and anyone who attended them at the times listed is being asked to get tested immediately and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

They include:

  • The Village Tavern in Auburn on December 28-29, January 7-8 and January 13-14, between 6pm and 4am.
  • Berala Hotel on December 30, from 6am to close.
  • Auburn Hotel on January 12, from 6am to close.

Anyone who has visited Auburn Central shopping centre or the Auburn shops along Queen St and South Terrace at any time since January 1, 2021 and is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms is also being asked to get tested and self-isolate while they wait for the result.

Travel restrictions costing NSW $180 million per week

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet are urging other states to scrap domestic coronavirus travel restrictions after Victoria reopened to parts of Sydney and government figures reveal the borders stalemate is costing NSW close to $180 million per week.

As NSW recorded zero cases of community transmission on Monday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the state would downgrade all but 10 of Sydney's 35 local government areas from 'red' to 'orange' risk.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet.Credit: Nick Moir

Ms Berejiklian said the move, which will allow Sydneysiders from orange LGAs to travel to Melbourne but isolate until receiving a negative coronavirus test, was a "step in the right direction".

However, she said there should be no domestic border restrictions given federal health authorities have declared there are no Commonwealth hotspots.

Mr Perrottet said while health concerns were a priority, "we also need to ensure livelihoods are protected as well". Government figures from Destination NSW show interstate visitors spent $9.5 billion in NSW in 2019, or close to $180 million per week.

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Hello and thanks for joining us for our ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Here's a quick recap of where we're at as we start the day.

  • NSW, Victoria and Queensland all recorded no new community transmission cases on Monday.
  • A new warning against overseas travel has sparked calls for billions of dollars in federal aid for the tourism industry as the government prepares to continue substantial curbs on international border crossings for most of this year.
  • Bernard Tomic's girlfriend Vanessa Sierra has slammed hotel quarantine living conditions, revealing the pair have been unable to do any exercise whatsoever in the lead-up to the Australian Open. There are now more than 70 players and dozens more staff in 14-day hotel quarantine after a third charter flight into Melbourne was linked to a positive COVID-19 case.
  • Health authorities in Norway say there's no evidence of a direct link between the recent string of deaths among elderly people inoculated against COVID-19, and the vaccine they received. Health Minister Greg Hunt says Australia is proceeding with extreme caution in the process to gain approval for the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The global case tally has reached 95,392,103, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.

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