Australia NSW towns on alert after virus visit scare
Ex-FDA head says growing likelihood COVID-19 leaked from Wuhan lab
Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CBS News on Sunday that the likelihood COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan lab is growing while the odds that the coronavirus was transmitted from animals to humans grow longer. ‘The challenge is that the side of the ledger that suggests that this could have come out of a lab has continued to expand,’ Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who served as then-President Trump’s FDA commission from 2017 until 2019, told CBS News.‘And a side of the ledger that suggests that this could have come from a zoonotic source, come out of nature, really hasn't budged.
Several NSW towns are on high alert after a woman with COVID-19 travelled by road from Victoria to Queensland.
The road trip over four days preceded her positive COVID test in Queensland, and she could have been infectious while in NSW.
Authorities are working to track down close contacts and investigate whether she and her partner broke three states' COVID rules.
Victorians were forbidden from travelling more than five kilometres from home at the time the woman began her trip on June 1.
Man compares average Aussies and those with Covid in hilarious TikTok
Sam Griffin, 29, from Ballarat, around 115km east of Melbourne, shared a TikTok of himself pretending to be a contact tracer asking two men where they had been in the last eight hours. The 'average' Aussie who doesn't have coronavirus said he'd just woken up and been to work before he was tested.But the infected man immediately started listing countless cities from all over the country to the tune of the country song 'I've Been Everywhere' - including places as far apart as Lismore in northern New South Wales and Darwin.'Where do they find the time?' he captioned the video, which has nearly 730,000 views.
NSW did not shut its border with Victoria, but any travellers from the state were supposed to abide by the lockdown rules even in NSW.
Queensland required all Victorian arrivals to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine.
Instead, the woman visited numerous venues in Queensland and NSW.
She stopped at a service station in Gillenbah and Dubbo on her way through NSW, but also visited several cafes in Forbes and Moree and caught a movie at the Reading Cinemas at Dubbo.
Eleven venues in the four towns have been identified by NSW Health as potential exposure sites.
Anyone who attended venues must immediately get tested and isolate.
NSW Health is urging anyone who has been in any of the affected towns to monitor for symptoms and get tested.
Vic family in southern NSW has new strain
A family which travelled to southern NSW from Melbourne while COVID-positive has a different strain to other cases, Victorian authorities have advised.NSW on Thursday extended by a week the stay-at-home order for people who have arrived from Victoria after the southern state lengthened its lockdown.
Pop-up testing clinics will be set up and opening hours extended to support the increase in testing.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said the woman developed symptoms on June 3, and it is believed she could have been infectious on the day she left Melbourne.
"She could well have been infectious while she was travelling through NSW and that is something I've been working through with my colleagues in NSW," Dr Young told reporters.
The pair presented for testing on Tuesday - five days after the onset of the woman's symptoms.
Her husband has not tested positive so far.
Earlier on Wednesday some under-40s spoke about getting the Pfizer COVID-19 jab despite not meeting the state's vaccination eligibility criteria.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she wouldn't yet open expressions of interest for the vaccine to those aged in their 30s.
Three people aged in their late-20s and early-30s have told AAP how they skirted regulations, by means including using an online registration system, to get a vaccination.
Asked of any reservations about booking, one replied: "none at all".
"I want to be vaxxed," he said.
"I want the world to open up, I want to be able to go live overseas."
Stressful week for regional NSW towns following COVID scare from Melbourne couple .
The mayor of Forbes said she went to bed every night waiting to see if anyone had caught COVID-19 from a potentially infectious Melbourne couple. The couple travelled through a number of regional NSW towns, including Gillenbah, Forbes, Dubbo and Moree, on their way to Queensland from June the 1st through to June the 5th despite Melbourne being in lockdown.Earlier this week, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the couple from Victoria had provided a "real and present danger" to the regional communities they visited while travelling to the Sunshine Coast.