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Australia More hills to climb in virus journey: PM

19:42  23 february  2021
19:42  23 february  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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"The next hill is moving away from supports such as JobSeeker and JobKeeper." The JobKeeper wage subsidy will end in March, while the JobSeeker unemployment benefit will lose its coronavirus supplement at the same time. However, JobSeeker and other government payments will permanently rise by a fortnight from April 1, at a cost of billion over four years. JobKeeper may be replaced by some modest support packages for the worst-affected industries but no final decision has been announced.

There are also fears the outbreak, which has now climbed to 15 cases, has spread interstate after health authorities confirmed a virus carrier attended sporting fixtures involving a New South Wales team - who then travelled back to their home state. The man in his 30s tested negative to the virus three times during his stay and was discharged on May 4 before he travelled to his home in Wollert, in Melbourne's north. But a few days later he developed symptoms and genomic testing would later reveal he contracted the virus from another hotel quarantine guest who was staying in an adjacent room.

Scott Morrison has compared the path ahead on COVID-19 to walking the Kokoda track, as the vaccine rollout continues.

Anthony Albanese holding a remote control: Labor leader Anthony Albanese received his coronavirus vaccine injection in Canberra on Tuesday. © Mick Tsikas/AAP PHOTOS Labor leader Anthony Albanese received his coronavirus vaccine injection in Canberra on Tuesday.

Thousands of Pfizer vaccine doses have been delivered across the country in the first phase of the program.

The prime minister, who received his jab on Sunday followed by Labor leader Anthony Albanese on Tuesday, said the vaccine would "transform" the nation.

Having trekked across the famous Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea, he said Australia was about to walk up the next big hill.

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Melbourne Covid cluster grows to 15 as 43 venues including the MCG are exposed to the highly infectious Indian strain - and the city could be thrown into snap lockdown TODAY to stop the spread. A 'concerning' coronavirus cluster in Melbourne has now climbed to nine cases. Genomic sequencing has linked the latest cases to a Wollert man who caught the virus in South Australian hotel quarantine two weeks ago. But how the virus was transmitted remains a mystery, amid growing fears the city could once again be plunged into lockdown if the outbreak isn't contained.

"You wonder how you've got over the first hill and the next one's even bigger - that's what it's like in the pandemic," he told coalition colleagues on Tuesday.

"The next hill is moving away from supports such as JobSeeker and JobKeeper."


Video: Federal Government plans to permanently increase the benefit (ABC NEWS)

The JobKeeper wage subsidy will end in March, while the JobSeeker unemployment benefit will lose its coronavirus supplement at the same time.

However, JobSeeker and other government payments will permanently rise by $50 a fortnight from April 1, at a cost of $9 billion over four years.

JobKeeper may be replaced by some modest support packages for the worst-affected industries but no final decision has been announced.

Meanwhile, South Australian officials will meet on Wednesday to consider lifting the travel ban on people coming from Greater Melbourne.

And talks continue in a number of states and territories on expanding quarantine capacity to allow a greater number of Australians to return from overseas.

One of the brighter prospects is an expansion of the Howard Springs facility near Darwin.

Australia has recorded 26 days of zero local cases so far this year, including six of the past seven days.

Global case numbers are heading towards 112 million, with almost 2.5 million people dying.

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