Australia Covid news live update: millions more eligible for booster shot with interval reduced to four months; NSW records 5,612 cases, Victoria 2,095

Posted by on December 23, 2021 5:50 pm
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Covid-19 booster shots brought forward to four months; NSW records 5,612 new cases; Victoria records 2,095 cases; restrictions return in most states and territories; SA allows sale of rapid antigen tests; testing centres at breaking point. Follow all the day’s news live

Labor MP Jim Chalmers was up and about on breakfast television earlier today, expressing shock at NSW premier Dominic Perrottet’s slow limp to reintroducing mask mandates.

He said mask mandates were just “common sense” right now:

It’s a bit strange frankly that they held out for so long and in that period we probably lost a bit of ground when it came to tracing and tracking outbreaks of the virus, particularly the new strain.

It’s an interesting thought but it’s not a thought which I think should turn into practice. We have a universal health system … we care for people who need that care. We should encourage people to get vaccinated, it’s the best thing we can do to protect our health, but I don’t think our health system should discriminate.

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