Welcome to our live news blog today. While we’ll be talking a lot about the speculation about who will be New South Wales’ next prime minister, it’s also a big weekend for Covid news.
Gladys Berejiklian has resigned after announcing an ICAC investigation into whether she was “exercising public functions” in a conflict situation, given her secret five-year relationship with ex-MP Daryl Maguire revealed during Icac hearings in late 2020.
The treasurer, Dominic Perrottet, is seen as the frontrunner to replace her in a party meeting on Tuesday. Perrottet said Friday that he would speak with his family and colleagues in the coming days about “how I can best serve the people of NSW”.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes and environment minister Matt Kean are also considered contenders, as well as tourism minister Stuart Ayres, transport minister Andrew Constance and Attorney General Mark Speakman.
The state registered 864 new Covid cases and 15 deaths on Friday. There are currently 1,055 Covid-19 patients hospitalized in NSW, 210 of whom are in intensive care units and 104 on a ventilator. The death toll for the current NSW outbreak is 352.
Casino in the north of NSW was closed from midnight last night until October 11, when the rest of the state will gradually reopen. The stay at home order applies to everyone who has been in Casino since September 24.
The Victorian City of Shepparton stays at home for seven days after 24 new cases are identified in the area.
AN vaccine mandate has been introduced for all mandated employees in Victoria in one day, the state registered 1,143 new local cases. All Victorian authorized workers must have their first vaccine dose by October 15 and a second by November 26 to continue working on site.
The Victorian Prime Minister, Daniel Andrews, downplayed the possibility that the broader mandate could lead to more anti-vaccination protests, with three more protesters being arrested on Friday.
The federal government announced a reopening plan for international travel in Nov. Qantas has brought forward the restart of its international flights to November 14 and announced the resumption of two international flights: Sydney to London and Sydney to Los Angeles.
Queensland registered three new local cases, with the NRL final still slated to go on Sunday. The deed recorded 52 cases and two deaths. South Australia registered the second positive Covid-19 case detected in a truck driver in a week.
You have Elias Vistay with you on the blog this morning. If you see something you think I should know about and want to get in touch, you can reach out to me on Twitter at @EliasVisontay or by email at [email protected].