NSW COVID cases grow, Victoria COVID cases increase, Qld COVID cases increase, ACT COVID cases increase, SA COVID cases increase, Novak Djokovic fights for Australian Open 2022 eligibility

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NSW COVID cases grow, Victoria COVID cases increase, Qld COVID cases increase, ACT COVID cases increase, SA COVID cases increase, Novak Djokovic fights for Australian Open 2022 eligibility

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley. Credit:Chris Hopkins

“I understand that the Commonwealth this week [is] commencing the discussions to try to get a consistent approach to those issues. And Victoria will be a part of those discussions.

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“We know that kids have done it really hard over the last two years. We’ve all done it really hard. The kids in particular haven’t been able to get vaccinated – they’ve missed a lot of school to protect the rest of the community.

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  • The state’s health minister, Martin Foley, says that – as national cabinet considered last week – “the issue of a consistent approach to the return to school is very important”.

  • “Victoria supports that process,” he said during this morning’s health update.

“We want to make sure that their sacrifice – their effort – is recognised and that we get them back to school as quickly as possible and … that we do so safely and [we] will be active participants in that national approach.”

Meanwhile, there will also be new rules for visitors to hospitals and aged care facilities in Victoria from 11.59pm Wednesday.

Residents at aged care facilities will still be allowed up to five visitors a day, as long as their guests return a negative rapid antigen test result before they come in. Noting the limited supply of rapid antigen tests, acting Chief Health Officer Professor Ben Cowie says if people cannot access the tests, guests will be limited to two people for an aged care resident. Visitors to hospitals will, from Wednesday, be required to have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. If they do not, they will have to return a negative rapid antigen test before they go in, and wear a mask to N95 or P2 standard or equivalent.