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Australia Covid live news update: Victoria records 45 new cases; young children to be prioritised in NSW school plan

Victoria reports 17 of new Covid cases in quarantine for entire infectious period; Gladys Berejiklian finalises plans for ‘at least one freedom’ for vaccinated residents. Follow all today’s news * Gap between Indigenous Covid vaccination rates and overall population widens in almost every state * NSW lower primary and year 11 students prioritised under return to school plan * Mother turns to Twitter in desperate bid to get daughter with Down’s syndrome vaccinated * Restrictions: NSW; Vic; Qld; borders; hotspots: NSW; Vic; Qld * Vaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefing 12.16am BST You can also receive an AstraZeneca vaccination at selected pharmacies, which you can check here. 12.10am BST Anthony Albanese came out in strong defence of his western Australian and Queensland colleagues a little earlier this morning, when asked about their concerns with opening up while NSW case numbers are so high (he was speaking to the ABC). Mark McGowan has kept Western Australians safe. Mark McGowan agreed with the national plan. It does provide for safeguards in that national plan. And I find it quite extraordinary that the prime minister has basically described Western Australians and Queenslanders as somehow being cave people wanting to stay in the cave. The reason why there are restrictions is because of the prime minister’s failure to secure enough vaccines, including for Western Australians and Queenslanders, and a failure to build purpose-built quarantine. Continue reading...

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