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Australia Covid live news update: Victoria records 11 new local cases; NSW Delta outbreak spreads into regions

Lockdowns continue as families mourn victims in NSW and Covid enters Melbourne public housing tower. Follow live * NSW has worst day of pandemic with 319 new cases and five deaths * Victoria cases spread into tower as Queensland waits on lockdown decision * NSW; Vic; and Qld hotspots * NSW; Vic; and Qld restrictions; borders * Vaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefing 11.55pm BST If you have been putting off claiming that annual leave, here’s your sign from the universe to do it. As psychiatrist Liz Scott tells the Guardian, even if we can’t go to Italy or Queensland, taking time off work is important for mental and physical wellbeing. Related: Lockdown leave: why you should still take a holiday even if you can’t go anywhere 11.45pm BST NSW police deputy commissioner Mick Willing was on ABC Breakfast this morning talking about the police compliance operation kicking off in regional NSW to enforce lockdown regulations. The Armidale regional council local government area (LGA) was also plunged into a one-week lockdown yesterday, after recording two Covid-19 cases on Friday. You’ll see police out conducting highly visible operations in every police district across regional New South Wales to protect people, supporting emergency management arrangements to ensure that people have the support they need to get through this. I have got to say, the vast majority of regional people are doing the right thing, but we just are seeing some examples of people leaving the Greater Sydney area and going to regional areas in breach of the health orders and it’s simply not on. The NSW Police Force is urging everyone in Regional NSW to maintain vigilance and compliance with Public Health Orders to prevent COVID-19 from spreading into their communities. Continue reading...

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