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Live updates1m ago1 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 9:33pm

By Simon Smale

Retail staff subject to 'wide and varied' abuse

Paul Zahra of the Australian Retailers Association has been speaking on ABC News Breakfast.

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He says he has received thousands of complaints from his members, some of whom have reported "wide and varied" degrees of violence towards staff after being asked to show their vaccine passport, including having a hot coffee thrown in someone's face and other physical and verbal abuse, saying he is "absolutely concerned" about the escalation.

Mr Zahra says he was disappointed at how the vaccine passport was bought in, which he said featured a lack of consultation and poor communication.

"In Victoria we were given hours' notice, leaving retailers and consumers scrambling. In fact, we also had staff vaccination [the requirement of] being double vaxxed, that was brought forward by a week," he says.

"Some stores don't have enough staff because of the vaccination regulation, but consumers have a very high level of anxiety.

"It's disrespectful and unacceptable.

"We also want to see clear direction from the government around when the vaccine certificates won't be required."

Mr Zahra says he "welcomed" vaccine passports in general, but the different ways they have been implemented in NSW and Victoria has been poor.

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"In New South Wales, it was seen as a privilege to shop in non-essential retail. And also made clear from day one, when the shops opened, that was a requirement.

"We saw a different response in Victoria, where shoppers were allowed to shop, retailers were allowed to trade, for weeks before the vaccination certificate was brought in.

"So people are now feeling their privileges are taken away and it's driving the anxiety. And it's playing out at a high level of aggression."

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10m ago10 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 9:24pm

By Simon Smale

ANALYSIS: Queensland COVID-19 PCR test confusion leaves the public missing outABC News

Instead of being nipped in the bud at the earliest opportunity, concerns over incoming travellers having to fork out up to $150 for a PCR test festered in the news cycle — and swelled — until a breakthrough on Tuesday afternoon.

Queensland state political reporter Kate McKenna writes that the fog of confusion over COVID-19 tests has ended right back where we started, only with more questions about communications.

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19m ago19 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 9:15pm

By Simon Smale

Do kids need a negative test to enter Queensland?Thanks for your hard work day in and out. Just echoing the SA question – do under 16’s have to be tested to enter? Thanks

-And for Qld?

You're most welcome, And for Qld

As for your question, the Queensland government website is not quite as clear as the South Australian one on this.

It should be said that if you're entering Queensland from a green zone you do not need to be tested prior to entry.

The same is true if you are entering by road from a border zone area.

You will still need to complete a Queensland Border Pass though.

If you are entering Queensland from a hot spot, you need to be able to provide evidence of a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before entering Queensland.

As far as I can tell, this applies to everyone, including kids.

Remember, if you're coming from a hotspot, you also have to quarantine for 14 days, either at home if you are eligible, or at a Government Hotel at your own cost.

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29m ago29 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 9:05pm

By Simon Smale

More than 80 guests in lockdown at Byron Bay backpackers after confirmed COVID case Supplied: Aquarius Backpackers

A backpacker hostel in Byron Bay on the NSW north coast has been placed into a snap, seven-day lockdown after a positive COVID case. Eighty-four close contacts have been identified.

The Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, said food and health support was being provided to the dozens of guests who were now in lockdown at the backpackers.

Police are monitoring the Aquarius Backpackers in Byron Bay to ensure no guests leave the facility.

Ms Smith said any further spread of the infection would be "pretty catastrophic" for the region. 

The Byron Shire has one of the lowest vaccination rates in NSW and businesses are still recovering from two lockdowns in August and September this year.

"We want to make sure that the situation is contained and that people are safe and getting the support they need," she said.

You can read more about this story, here.

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33m ago33 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 9:02pm

By Simon Smale

Do children need to test negative before travelling to South Australia? If you’re from an area that requires covid testing before you enter SA, is that *all* travellers, including children?


Hi A,

Yes, testing requirements to enter SA does include children.

From the South Australia government website:

Yes. All people on the application, including all dependants, must comply with all conditions of entry including all COVID-19 testing requirements. This includes children of all ages.

Vaccination requirements apply to people aged 12 years and 2 months or older.

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37m ago37 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 8:57pm

By Simon Smale

Vaccines for -11 year oldsGood morning! Is there any updates on the vaccine roll out for 5-11 year olds in America? Have they started to see any affect yet?

-Parent watching, hopeful.

Good morning!

The latest update that we have for the USA is that children aged 5 to 11 were recommended for COVID-19 vaccines on November 2, and as of mid-month, nearly 10 per cent of those eligible had received their first dose, the White House said, according to Reuters.

Elsewhere, the EU's medicines watchdog is set to evaluate the use of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine in 5 to 11-year-olds later today, after authorising it for children as young as 12 in May.

WIthin Europe, France should rule on vaccines for 5-11 year-olds early next year, while Germany will likely offer jabs to children under 12 from early 2022, according to media agency Deutsche Welle.

Israel began offering the Pfizer-BioNtech shot to 5 to 11 year olds on November 22, a vaccine the UAE and Bahrain have approved for emergency use for the same age group. Bahrain has also approved the Sinopharm vaccine for children aged 3-11.

China has approved two Sinopharm and one Sinovac vaccine for children as young as three and its Zhejiang province aims to finish vaccinating 3 to 11-year-olds by December. Hong Kong lowered the age limit for Sinovac's vaccine to three on November 20.

Pfizer has applied for Japan's approval for vaccines for children aged 5-11, while Singapore is expecting its recommendation later in November.

All that information came via Reuters.

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46m ago46 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 8:48pm

By Simon Smale

Vaccine updates

Here's where we stand on the vaccine roll out across Australia so far.

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For more graphs and all the numbers you can shake a stick at, check out our Tracking the Jab story, that has all the information you need about the vaccine rollout across Australia. 

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51m ago51 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 8:43pm

By Simon Smale

Yesterday's blog

Before you ask, here is yesterday's blog.

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58m ago58 minutes agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 8:36pm

By Simon Smale

More Katherine exposure sites likely to be named

Health authorities will today reveal whether a woman who was infectious with coronavirus in Katherine yesterday posed a significant risk to the community.

She was one of 11 new coronavirus cases yesterday, but she is the one authorities are most concerned about. She left the community of Binjari, which is in hard lockdown, without knowing she was COVID-positive, and travelled to Katherine.

The woman, three people she travelled with and seven others at a household they arrived at have now been taken to quarantine, alongside the driver of the taxi they rode in. 

More high-risk exposure sites in Katherine are likely to be listed today.

Reporting with ABC Radio.

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1h ago1 hours agoWed 24 Nov 2021 at 8:21pm

By Simon Smale

Coronavirus live updates: Thursday November 25

Good morning and welcome to another day of live COVID blogging from the ABC.

I'm Simon Smale and I'll be taking you through all the news at it happens, both here and across the world, throughout the day.

As ever, if you've got a question, let me have it. I'll do my best to answer where I can, get someone else to where I can't, and when they can't either, apologise profusely.

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