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NSW records 1164 new cases, 3 deaths

More to come. NED-4090-Greater-Sydney-Restrictions-mapNSW Covid Exposure SitesVICTORIA RECORDS 76 NEW CASES AS EXPOSURE SITES SOARVictoria has recorded 76 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Tuesday as the number of public exposure sites surged past 1000 overnight.The number of venues exposed to the virus has now reached 1030 after the Port Melbourne construction site of the new Fishermans Bend Primary School was listed on Monday night.The health department confirmed the 76 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases about 8.30am, as infections continue to remain high despite the state’s sixth lockdown.Another 31 new mystery infections were announced within the cases, with the department revealing only 45 of the new cases could be linked to existing outbreaks.They did not say how many of the new cases were infectious in the community.The rising cases despite tough lockdown measures – with the 10 of the past 12 days recording more than 50 local infections – have resulted in the state’s sixth shutdown being extended beyond the planned end this Thursday.No end date has been provided on when the lockdown will finish.There are now 841 active cases across the state, up from 805 on Monday, with more than 16,300 people in isolation across the state.Chief health officer Brett Sutton said 170 of the 805 active cases were aged nine and under, 124 were aged between 10 and 19, and 167 were aged in their 20s.No new cases were recorded in hotel quarantine on Tuesday.NED-3869-Covid-19-Exposure-Sites-Victoria1700 COVID CASES IN KIDS UNDER 5; JAB CERTIFICATE ISSUEThousands of Covid-19 infections in Australia have been recorded in young children, with more than 1700 cases in kids under the age of five.Department of Health figures show there have been 1733 cases in those aged 0-4, which is about half of the 3552 infections reported in kids under 10-years-old since January 2020.There have been nearly 2100 cases in children aged 10 to 14, and 2972 in those aged 15 to 19, The Guardian reports.The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation recently updated its vaccination guidelines to recommend the Pfizer jab to children aged 12 to 15. They will be able to access the vaccine from September 13.It comes Australia’s Covid-19 vaccine certificate system is failing to recognise those who have received mixed doses as fully vaccinated.The Department of Health is working to fix the issue, and said in the meantime people who received mixed doses can use their Immunisation History Statement as proof of vaccination, according to The Guardian.KIDS TO GET MODERNAYoung Australians will soon have access to the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, Health Minister Greg Hunt has said.“This fortnight we’re expecting to get advice from the TGA on Moderna for 12- to 17-year- olds … I’m hopeful that will be added which will give a second vaccine,” Mr Hunt told Sky News.It comes after the Therapeutic Goods Administration updated its guidelines to recommend the Pfizer vaccine be made available for those aged 12 and over, with bookings to start from September 13.National – 2021 – Covid Vaccination StatsSUPPORT FOR COALITION SLIDESThe future is looking increasingly grim for the Morrison government as the Coalition’s approval rating plunges below Labor’s for the first time in more than two years. According to the latest Newspoll, the Coalition’s primary vote has fallen to 36 per cent – the party’s lowest result since March 2019 and more than two points below its May 2019 election result.Meanwhile, support for Labor jumped up to 40 per cent – the party’s best score since December 2018.The Coalition’s devastating result emerges as fear and anger about the spread of the Delta variant, states’ ongoing lockdowns, and a lack of vaccine supply takes hold of the country. If an election happened right now, 54 per cent of the vote would go to Labor, while only 46 per cent would go to the Coalition. This marks Labor’s largest lead over the government since before the last election and, if replicated at the new election, would lead to a resounding loss for the Morrison government.But it’s not all doom and gloom for the Prime Minister.While Australians are increasingly dissatisfied with Mr Morrison’s political party, his approval as a leader has shot up slightly. Between Mr Morrison and Labor leader Anthony Albanese, half of Australians think Mr Morrison is a better leader, while only 34 per cent put their money on Mr Albanese. This reflects a 1 per cent increase in confidence for Mr Morrison on the previous Newspoll in July and a 2 per cent decrease for Mr Albanese. Mr Morrison’s highest approval rating this year has been 59 per cent.The Australian’s Newspoll was conducted from August 25 to 28 and polled 1528 voters across metropolitan and regional areasNewspoll Results

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