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COVID-19 case attended Prime Minister’s press conference | Blue Mountains Gazette

The Prime Minister is monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 after a potentially infectious positive case attended a press conference at Kirribilli House.

As Scott Morrison pondered the possibility of falling ill with the virus on Sunday, more than 32,000 Australians were already newly locked in solitary confinement after returning a positive test in the previous 24 hours.

More than 1,500 of them are in hospital beds across the country.

Mr Morrison and the country’s chief medical officer, Paul Kelly, spoke to the media at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Sydney on Wednesday to announce a speedy national cabinet meeting.

The rally took place outdoors, with reporters required to wear face masks.

Despite the possibility of exposure, Mr Morrison does not need to isolate or take a PCR test under NSW Health guidelines.

His office says residents and staff at Kirribilli House are acting in accordance with instructions from authorities.

“In accordance with NSW Health guidance, the Prime Minister was not required to self-isolate or be tested and continues to monitor for symptoms,” a spokesperson said.

Changes to isolation and testing requirements were introduced at the national cabinet meeting on Thursday as cases across the country soared.

Less than a week later, the daily numbers are again breaking records after the start of the new year with highs in many states.

As the Omicron variant continues to disrupt the daily lives of most Australians during school holidays, Queenslanders are adapting to new mask requirements.

Previously, they were only needed in supermarkets, shops, public transport and during carpooling scenarios, as well as in airports, airplanes, cinemas and theaters.

They are now also compulsory at work, except in case of danger, in pubs, clubs and cafés, except when seated, in covered stadiums and sports arenas, in libraries, hairdressers and hair salons. manicures and medical center waiting areas.

Queenslanders are also urged to work from home again where possible.

NSW (18,278) and Victoria (7,172) again reported tens of thousands of cases on Sunday.

There have been two deaths in New South Wales and three in Victoria.

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet continues to focus on the number of hospitalizations and intensive care rather than the increase in the total number of daily cases.

However, they too are climbing, with 1,066 people in NSW hospitals with the virus and 83 in intensive care.

The four-digit cross marks a doubling of hospitalized cases since December 27 and a sevenfold increase since the announcement of Omicron’s first hospitalization on December 12.

A further 472 people are in Victorian hospitals with the virus, including 52 active cases in intensive care. Twenty-two people need ventilation.

Queensland recorded 3,587 new infections on Sunday, although there were only five patients with the virus in intensive care units. South Australia has recorded a further 2,298 cases and Tasmania 404.

Meanwhile, Western Australia has reclassified both Tasmania and the ACT as high risk, where the number of cases topped 500 for the first time on Sunday.

This means that from Monday anyone entering WA from the ACT or Tasmania must be fully immunized, take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival and take another test on the 12th day of self-isolation of 14 days.

They must also use the G2G Now app during quarantine.

Tasmanian Prime Minister Peter Gutwein has said that with a highly vaccinated population, the state will not be heading into lockdown or border closures due to rising case numbers.

The Northern Territory reported 95 cases of the virus on Sunday, 35 more than its previous record, while Western Australia noted just one case, under hotel quarantine.

Australian Associated Press