Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria records 59 deaths and 81 new Covid cases as NSW reports eight

Victoria reports nine deaths in the past 24 hours and 50 people added to total who died in aged care facilities in July and August. Follow live news and updates today

8.05am BST

The AFL has acted quickly and decisively on this morning’s Covid breach on the Gold Coast. Richmond’s Sidney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones will likely not play again this season, having been slapped with a 10-match suspension and sent home from Queensland.

The club has been fined $100,000 for the breach – $75,000 for this offence and a further $25,000 that was the suspended amount from a previous breach. $100,000 will be included in Richmond’s 2021 soft cap.

It is a privilege to be able to continue our competition, and with that privilege comes responsibility. The actions of the players are not only irresponsible but disrespectful to the competition and everyone associated with it.

There is simply no excuse for this breach. The two players knew the rules and chose to ignore them, putting the safety of everyone at risk. The behaviour of the players is not what we expect, regardless of whether any protocols are in place or not.”

7.47am BST

National Farmers Federation chief executive, Tony Mahar, speaking on the announcement out of National Cabinet of a national agriculture workers code to allow farm workers to cross borders more easily. Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia have refused to join.

Mahar told the ABC hewould have liked for all the states to have signed up”.

Agriculture goes right across the country and doesn’t stop at state borders…But we wanted to congratulate those five states and those premiers that have recognised the importance of agriculture and the importance of farmworkers moving up and down the countryside.

Tasmania and WA obviously have a couple of large geographical barriers that separate them from other states, and from a Queensland perspective there are some measures in place already that do allow a level of transition from one state to another. So what we’re really hoping for is that Queensland jumps on-board.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria records 59 deaths and 81 new Covid cases as NSW reports eight ———

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