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A man who worked at a northeastcall centre and became infected with COVID-19 after a workplace outbreak has died in hospital, his union says.
Victoria's health department has not officially confirmed the death of 46-year-old Martin Blight, which was announced online by the Australian Services Union.
The ASU said he was a 'long-term employee of Serco Mill Park, a committed ASU member, a father, a friend to many' and died on Monday in hospital.
'Marty became unwell withafter his workplace was identified as a Tier 1 site and he was subsequently identified as a close contact,' the union said.
Emma Raducanu, 18, begins US Open final in front of 24,000 fans
Emma Raducanu, 18, is taking on Leylah Fernandez, 19, in front of 24,000 fans at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York - the first all-teenage women's final at Flushing Meadows in 22 years. On the line is a prize cheque for £1.8million - more than eight times Raducanu's current career earnings - as well as 2,000 ranking points, which would move the teenager up from her current standing of 150 to 23. The match was preceded by a poignant ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, with a massive Stars and Stripes flag unfurled by female cadets, while a '9-11-01' stencil has been painted onto the court.
About six days ago Mr Blight posted on Facebook 'COVID sux guys look after yourselves plz.'
It's not known if he was vaccinated but he had a Pfizer vaccine booked in for September, according to his Facebook page.
The ASU has urged Victorians to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
'The union has been speaking with Marty's family directly and both the ASU and Marty's family would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible so that no one else has to go through the trauma of losing someone to COVID-19,' it said.
It's believed Mr Blight's fatality was not including the state's death toll earlier this week. If confirmed, it would lift the tally from the current outbreak to seven, after two more deaths were announced on Tuesday.
War of words between Ray Hadley and Alan Jones over Sydney Covid rules
Jones has repeatedly criticised New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian during Sydney's coronavirus lockdown for enforcing strict public health orders to stop the spread of the virus. Last week, he used his Sky News segment to call for the pay of Australia's 'contemptible' politicians to be scrapped until they stopped implementing lockdowns. 'We are being run by an ignorant rabble who don't do any homework,' he said in another rant directed at Ms Berejiklian on Monday.
Meanwhile, Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed Victoria's roadmap out of lockdown will be released on Sunday.
The roadmap, outlining restrictions through to November, will rely on Burnet Institute modelling of vaccination and hospitalisation rates.
Additionally, once 70 per cent of eligible Victorians have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine - expected on Friday - Melburnians will get an extra hour of outdoor activity and the travel radius will be expanded from five to 10 kilometres.
The state government also announced it will spend another $22 million on mental health, including pop-up clinics across the state.
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Good morning, early birds. A multibillion-dollar COVID assistance package has been announced for NSW, and confusion continues as the Berejiklian government refuses to define what an "essential worker" is. It's the news you need to know, with Emma Elsworthy.The SMH says the big-budget package is enough to cover four weeks of lockdown, but NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is unlikely to announce an extension of that length. A lockdown update is expected today. Sydney’s lockdown is costing the national economy $700m a week, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told ABC’s 7.30 last night.