Thirty-five outbreaks found in aged care services in Victoria as Sydney on high alert over Crossroads hotel cluster. Follow the latest news and updates
- Follow live news from around the world
- Immunity could be lost in months, study suggests
- How Covid-19 has changed life in Melbourne’s towers
- Sign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email
More NRL/Covid-19 news! Penrith Panthers player Charlie Staines, who scored four tries on debut on the weekend, has been stood-down after breaching the league’s biosecurity protocols.
In a statement the Panthers said that following the club’s game against Cronulla on Saturday, the 19-year-old hosted ten visitors at his home. They included his parents, his sister, the parents of his partner and four friends.
Federal health minister Greg Hunt and aged care minister Richard Colbeck have announced that face masks will be made mandatory for aged care staff across lockdown areas in Victoria after a number of outbreaks at aged care homes in Melbourne.
In a statement, the ministers said an additional 4m masks will be made available to aged care and home care providers in the areas with restrictions, including greater Melbourne and Mitchell shires.
With the current surge in Covid-19 cases in Melbourne, there has been a particular emphasis on ensuring additional PPE has been sent to Victoria to ensure aged care workers in that state have access to such equipment.