The Informer: NSW’s top contenders circle as COVID numbers rattle states and territories | The Canberra Times

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Flowers were laid today for NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian, following her announcement on Friday that she would resign after revealing she is under investigation by the state’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). Potential contenders for the job have already started circling, with Planning Minister Rob Stokes confessing to reporters he’s doing the numbers. “I believe I have the qualities needed to provide a strong government in the future,” Stokes said. He is expected to face probable contender and NSW treasurer Dominic Perrottet. In COVID news, the ACT recorded the worst day yet, with 52 new cases and two deaths. NSW had 813 new COVID cases and 10 deaths; Victoria recorded 1,488 new cases and two deaths; while both Queensland and South Australia had two new cases. Victorian businesses affected by the two-week construction industry shutdown will receive nearly $200 million in financial aid; and in NSW, private hospitals are preparing to resume non-emergency operations on Tuesday. In Melbourne, an employee of the detention center has tested positive for coronavirus, potentially putting more than 200 refugees at risk of becoming infected. Sports fans will be pleased to hear that the NRL’s grand final between the Rabbitohs and Bulldogs is still going on in Brisbane on Sunday. Drugmaker Merck has claimed it has developed an antiviral COVID pill that would cut deaths and hospitalizations by half. The claims come as global COVID deaths reach 5 million. Also, two ‘lucky’ men in their 60s survived a helicopter crash near Newcastle this morning, miraculously requiring only light medical care. Did you know that you can receive this daily summary by email? Sign up here THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

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