Australia Covid live update: SA braces for more cases; Sydney outbreak moves west

Posted by on July 21, 2021 5:47 pm
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Cluster linked to South Australian winery grows as NSW authorities urge vigilance in eight western Sydney suburbs. Follow all the latest news

10.47pm BST

And over to Kieran Pender for big sports news from last night:

‘The Olympics will return to Australia for a third time with Brisbane formally awarded hosting rights for the 2032 Games after a vote of International Olympic Committee member nations in Tokyo.

Wednesday’s decision was a foregone conclusion given Brisbane was the only bid city still in the running and it was firmly endorsed by the IOC.

I advise you not to work out how old you will be in 2032.

Related: Olympics: Australia to host again after Brisbane confirmed for 2032 Games

10.38pm BST

Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg has just told Sunrise that he expects Australia’s September quarter to be in the red, which is somewhat unsurprising given that more than half of the country’s population is in lockdown:

We were probably expecting that the September quarter is a negative – let’s wait and see what happens in the weeks ahead. To have your two biggest states, New South Wales and Victoria, in lockdown is a big blow.

Treasury estimates that having these three states with South Australia in lockdown, is costing around $300m a day. Again, that is going to play out in many ways, but that’s why our economic support is there.

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