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Free parking for health staff
Free parking will be provided for NSW Health employees in public hospital car parks to help support them during the pandemic.
It is a temporary measure while the current restrictions are in place and will begin in the next NSW Health payment cycle.
come next The Health Service Federation has called for free parking in and around Sydney’s major hospitals for essential workers They struggle to get to their jobs.
NSW Deputy Health Secretary Phil Maines said relevant local councils would also be required to waive parking fines around hospital and vaccination facilities for healthcare workers during the lockdown.
“We hope this measure will bring some peace of mind to all of our health staff at this difficult time,” said Mr. Maines.
Virus fragments in Byron Bay
COVID-19 fragments were found in the wastewater of Byron Bay in the north of the state.
The wastewater treatment plant serves about 19,000 people in Byron Bay, Wategos, Suffolk Park, Sunrise and Broken Head.
NSW Health said the discovery was a major concern as there were no known cases in the area.
People are urged to be particularly vigilant of symptoms, to get tested and isolated if necessary.
False reports about supermarket closures
NSW Health has been forced to stamp out social media rumors that major supermarkets in Sydney will close next week due to rising cases of the COVID-19 virus.
In a statement issued late last night, NSW Health said it is aware of reports that major stores will be closed for four days.
“NSW Health can confirm that this is not the case, and remind people to use only reliable and credible sources for information about COVID-19,” the statement said.
come next Health authorities and Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian warn people to limit shopping After an increasing number of supermarkets and “essential retail” stores have been added to the list of COVID-19 exposure sites.
Opal Tower ordered to fix more ‘flaws’
The developers behind Sydney’s Opal Tower have been ordered to fix more problems with the residential skyscraper.
Correction orders issued by the NSW Building Commissioner’s Office relate to defective aluminum awnings that “can fall off the facade and cause harm to building occupants”.
Government inspectors also recently discovered that some fire doors fail to self-close due to “negative air pressure caused by excessive air movement through the hallway.”
The tower was evacuated on Christmas Eve in 2018 due to fears the building could collapse after large cracks appeared.
It has sparked costly rectification work and years of legal action, including a dispute between Icon and its insurers.
New South Wales arches for higher COVID case numbers
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has warned the state to expect the number of new coronavirus cases to rise after there were a record number of people in the community during the infection.
NSW recorded 124 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday – the worst day yet for the current delta variant outbreak.
There were 48 contagious cases while she was in the community, with another 22 people infected part-time.
The border with Queensland is now closed to the entire state and residents of the border region can only cross for essential reasons.
An update to Public Health Orders goes into effect today, which states that anyone who is exempt from wearing a mask must carry proof.
A cockatoo learns to open wheelie crates
A scientific paper confirmed that some cockatoos learned to open trash can lids by observing each other.
The research, published in the journal Science, began after footage emerged of a parrot opening a box in the street with its beak and claws.
John Martin of the Taronga Conservation Society said the paper confirmed that the birds learn from each other.
“They were observing each other and we showed that they were socially learning,” Dr. Martin said.
Citizen scientist Susie Russell said she observed cockatoos’ learning behaviour.
She said, “Few who I have trained to do with their feet, will hold my toe with their foot.
“There are new birds arriving now and they are faster to train after seeing other birds doing it.”
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