Coronavirus live Australia: pubs reopen in some states as restrictions eased in NSW, Queensland and Victoria – latest news

Posted by on May 15, 2020 6:37 pm
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South Australia announces it is Covid-19 free after last-known patient recovers, but new cases reported in other states. Follow live

11.37pm BST

More instances of supermarket violence, via AAP:

A man has allegedly beaten a woman over the head with a bottle after she asked him to physically distance in a southwest Sydney supermarket queue.

The pair were standing in line for the supermarket checkout in Miller on Friday morning.

11.24pm BST

Speaking of medical transfers, we learned the other day that Australia had made an agreement with Nauru to allow its citizens to travel to Australia for medical treatment, despite the international travel ban.

I asked the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade about whether this meant Nauruans travelling to Australia would be held in detention similar to the asylum seekers coming from Nauru. The department indicated that the travel and accomodation was organised by Nauru, not the Australian government – so in short, no.

Nauruan citizens, like other foreign nationals in the region, can access urgent or critical medical treatment in Australia (including medical evacuations) on a case by case basis, with the agreement of relevant Commonwealth and state and territory agencies. In the context of COVID-19 travel restrictions, Australia has advised Nauru that existing arrangements would continue to be honoured. This will be done in strict accordance with medical and quarantine protocols to ensure the health and safety of Nauruans and Australians.

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