Australia news live: Emirates to resume flights; tennis player tests positive to Covid-19

Airline will fly to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from Monday; Spanish star Paula Badosa has coronavirus. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

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  • 11.09pm GMT

    Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton spoke earlier about the case of Paula Badosa, who tested positive to Covid-19 last night.

    She will have to isolate for 10 days if it is considered a standard case, or 14 days if it is the UK variant, which will put her chances of competing at risk.

    11.05pm GMT

    The acting foreign affairs minister, Simon Birmingham, has confirmed the federal government would like to see an increase in the international arrival cap, although that is not guaranteed from the national cabinet meeting today.

    National cabinet had agreed to review the cap in mid-February, so if such a decision were made today, it would be bringing it forward. Look, I hope the states and territories do consider ways to do so. They made this decision to reduce the cap on the basis of concerns about the UK strain and other new variants of the virus. We want to make sure that we do have the systems in place to keep medi-hotels and quarantine systems safe from these new strains, but also to try to get those cap numbers back up to where they were as quickly as possible.

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