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Barack Obama facing backlash over his 60th birthday party during surge of COVID-19 cases

<p>Barack Obama has come under fire for planning an extravagant 60th birthday party as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the US. </p> <p>The former President is expecting to have hundreds of guests at his luxurious 30-acre property <span>on Martha’s Vineyard island in Massachusetts this weekend. </span></p> <p><span>According to Axios, over 400 family, friends and staff are expected to arrive, as well as celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, George Clooney and more.</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 280.7971014492754px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842823/marthas-vineyard.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6afee518ef74465ba0ee2a01986940e3" /></span></p> <p><em>Image credit: LandVest</em></p> <p><span>The rock band Pearl Jam are also rumoured to be performing at the prestigious event. </span></p> <p><span>The party, booked for August 7th, is facing criticism as it comes at a time when the highly-infectious Delta strain of Coronavirus is devastating the US, with an average of 70,000 cases per day.</span></p> <p><span>White House press secretary Jen Psaki stepped in to defend Obama's birthday plans, </span>stating he is following guidelines put in place by <span>Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will have safety protocols adhered to. </span></p> <p><span>Psaki also said that Obama "has been a huge advocate of individuals getting vaccinated", and will require guests to be jabbed ahead of time to be allowed into the event. </span></p> <p><span>Guests will also receive a COVID test upon arrival, and anyone with symptoms will not be let in. </span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p> </p>

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“Heroic” officers and bystanders free trapped baby

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shocking footage has captured the moment police officers and bystanders lifting a car to save a trapped baby.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The incident happened in the town of Yonkers in New York on Friday, when a 43-year-old driver allegedly crashed into a car then careened across the road and into the front of a local barber shop.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the car moved across the road, a woman was crossing the street with her eight-month-old daughter in her arms. The pair were hit by the car and landed on the bonnet as it crashed into the shop.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two police officers, who were nearby ordering breakfast, rushed to the scene to investigate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once it was discovered the baby was trapped underneath the car, the officers and several bystanders worked together to lift the car and free the baby.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Luckily, two veteran officers of Yonkers’ finest just happened to be getting breakfast next door and quickly took action along with members of the community to rescue a child trapper under the vehicle and render aid to her mother,” Police Commissioner John Mueller said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The actions taken are nothing short of heroic.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mother and daughter were left with serious injuries but are expected to survive.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mother suffered a fractured femur and the baby had a fractured skull and third-degree burns on her back and foot, according to police.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The driver, David Poncurak, was uninjured.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He was charged with several offences, including second-degree vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Yonkers Police Department</span></em></p>

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Mum “humiliated” and allegedly put on no-fly list over nappy change

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> A woman in the US has shared how she was “humiliated” by a flight attendant mid-flight while trying to discard her baby’s nappy in the rubbish.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Farah Naz Khan, an endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism doctor from Seattle, shared the ordeal on social media, including how she was yelled at by a flight attendant who was then “harassing” her in a call to her personal mobile number after the flight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Anybody with connections at United Airlines? Had a horrific experience today with a flight attendant and then got a harassing phone call from the very same flight attendant,” Ms Khan wrote in a Facebook post, which she later edited to include the full story.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When I walked back to the front holding my diaper wipes container and ... the pad that we used to change my daughter’s diaper on, the flight attendant accosted me and said: ‘Did you just dispose of a diaper back there? That’s a biohazard’,” Ms Khan told </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/seattle-woman-humiliated-flight-attendant-over-dirty-diaper-says-she-n1273777" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">NBC News</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Khan said that she then asked whether he wanted her to retrieve the nappy and that the flight attendant said yes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Khan continued to say the experience made her feel “humiliated” and “belittled”. After asking another flight attendant for a garbage bag to put the nappy in, she became angry when the attendant told her she hadn’t done anything wrong. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After filing a customer service incident report once the plane landed, things took a bizarre turn.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Later in the day, Ms Khan received a phone call from the flight attendant.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I recognised the voice,” she told <em>NBC News</em>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He said, ‘Due to a biohazard incident on the plane today, we’ve placed you on the no-fly list’.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This made me very angry, because I suffered the humiliating experience … They are placing me on a no-fly list?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I also didn’t dispose of the diaper on the plane, even if it was considered a biohazard. I walked it off the plane and threw it away myself outside the flight.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She also accused the flight attendant of using “profanities” during the call.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“[He said] ‘You people bring your children everywhere. Don’t you know that some people just want a peaceful flight and don’t want to listen to your effing children?’,” Ms Khan said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He also allegedly said to her: “I hear your obnoxious daughter in the background.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Khan also shared her experience on Twitter, including the hashtag #racism.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She said she didn’t believe she had been placed on the no-fly list, after she was able to fly back to Houston a few days later.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Khan confirmed she had heard from United Airlines, which uses Mesa Airlines to run regional services, but the conversation was “unsatisfying” as the airline could not say how the flight attendant obtained her phone number or whether he had been disciplined.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a statement, a Mesa spokesperson said: “The details as described by our customer do not meet the high standards that Mesa sets for our flight attendants and we are reviewing the matter.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p>

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“Completely ridiculous” fine issued to Norwegian beach handball team

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Norway’s beach handball team has been fined 1500 euros (approximately $2400 AUD) over a violation of the sport’s uniform rules during the European Championships match.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the bronze medal match against Spain, the Norwegian women’s team wore bike shorts instead of bikini bottoms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The European Handball Federation (EHF) said in a statement that the shorts were “not according to the Athlete Uniform Regulations defined in the IHF Beach Handball Rules of the game”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The team was fined 150 euro per player.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Abid Raja, Norway’s sports minister, said it was “completely ridiculous” and that attitudes needed to change.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Norwegian Handball Federation (NHF) criticised the fine and took to Twitter to say it was proud of the women for saying enough was enough.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Norway's women's beach handball team was fined €1,500 for refusing to wear bikini bottoms at a European championship game.<br /><br />Men wear shorts but IHF rules say women "must" use bikini bottoms, despite players saying that bikini bottoms are restrictive and uncomfortable to play in. <a href="https://t.co/VwP2cxAE1H">pic.twitter.com/VwP2cxAE1H</a></p> — AJ+ (@ajplus) <a href="https://twitter.com/ajplus/status/1417545591005974529?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 20, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We at NHF stand behind you and support you. Together we will continue to fight to change the rules for clothing so players can play in the clothes they are comfortable with,” it said in the post.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Beach Handball rules, female players must wear tops and bikini bottoms while men must wear tank tops and shorts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Athletes’ uniforms and accessories contribute to helping athletes increase their performance as well as remain coherent with the sportive and attractive image of the sport,” the uniform regulations said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Female athletes must wear bikini bottoms … with a close fit and cut out on an upward angle towards the top of the leg.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I knew there was a double standard for uniforms worn by male and female athletes... but this picture of Norway's beach handball team says a lot. <a href="https://t.co/qdZBKU7pTK">https://t.co/qdZBKU7pTK</a> <a href="https://t.co/KoWdOvecmr">pic.twitter.com/KoWdOvecmr</a></p> — Dr. Ji Son (@cogscimom) <a href="https://twitter.com/cogscimom/status/1417582965110894594?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 20, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The decision has been widely criticised on social media, with some calling the differing rules for the mens’ and womens’ uniforms a “double standard”.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Norwegian Handball Federation / Twitter</span></em></p>

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"We're COVID-safe": The VIC pub defying police orders and staying open

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post-body-container"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The Pastoral Hotel in Echuca is defying lockdown orders and police action by keeping its doors open to customers.</p> <p>"We've opened up as of Monday," publican Trevor Andrews said.</p> <p>"We've had people in the bar all yesterday, had some people in the bistro."</p> <p>Customers have been warned to come in at their own risk, despite police coming in and handing Andrews an official notice.</p> <p>"Police came in yesterday and gave me a notice saying these people aren't meant to be here," Mr Andrews said.</p> <p>"I believe they're going to get a fine."</p> <p>Pub goers believe it's not fair they're going to be fined.</p> <p>"I think it's like $1600, but no one here can afford that," customer Scott said.</p> <p>"We could be breaking actual laws like home-invading ... this is a human right," another pubgoer said.</p> <p>Andrews is committed to keeping his pub open as there are bills he needs to pay and he's been financially crippled by the lockdowns.</p> <p>"We're COVID-safe, and we've been that way since day one ... we should be allowed to open."</p> <p>"Our bills here ... you're looking at a $3000 a month power bill, a $1000 a month gas bill, let alone the insurance, wages and everything else," Mr Andrews said.</p> <p>"The ultimate thing is they can probably end up taking my licence away," Mr Andrews said.</p> <p>"And then I've got no pub - the beer but no pub - but there's ways around those things too."</p> <p>Victoria Police told<span> </span><a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/victorian-pub-remains-open-despite-beiing-prohibited-amid-lockdown/c7c8dedb-3c9c-4122-9c6a-0987e99eb85a"><em>Nine News</em></a><span> </span>that they won't be commenting on the incident.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Honeymooners fined for unusual reason

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Louisiana tourists who were honeymooning in Hawaii have been investigated and fined by US authorities after a video emerged on social media showing them doing something unusual.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The clip showed a woman touching an endangered Hawaiian monk seal and running away after the seal raised its head and snapped at her.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple were “deeply sorry”, according to a man identified as Stephen who spoke to the </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Honolulu Star-Advertiser</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We love Hawaii and the culture. We didn’t mean to offend anyone,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Under state and federal laws in the United States, it is a felony to touch or harass a Hawaiian monk seal.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Penalties include up to five years in prison and a US $50,000 (AUD $67,000) fine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are an estimated 1100 Hawaiian monk seals in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands and another 300 on the main islands.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The <em>Associated Press</em> weren’t able to reach the couple, but reported that authorities from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) contacted the pair.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dominic Andrews, a spokesperson for NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement, said an investigation was underway.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Tiktok</span></em></p>

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"Cannot silence the truth": Katie Hopkins fires one last parting shot

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post-body-container"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>British media personality Katie Hopkins has spoken out about being deported from Australia after boasting she was breaking quarantine rules on Instagram.</p> <p>Hopkins took to Instagram with a selfie writing, “See you in the morning, my lovelies. You may “deport” the Hopkins. But you cannot silence the truth. We will fight to TAKE BACK our freedoms.”</p> <p>However, this selfie appears to have been deleted at the time of writing and replaced with a different picture that describes how to survive a "media sh*tstorm".</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRg0IDHtRDT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRg0IDHtRDT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Katie Hopkins (@_katie_hopkins_)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It has rules, which include “Don’t read stuff about yourself. That’s just weird. You were there, you know what went down. It is unlikely the word ‘flouting’ was involved.”</p> <p>Her visa was cancelled on Monday after she was fined $1,000 by NSW Police for failing to wear a mask on Sunday as she was "taunting" hotel guards by answering her hotel door naked without a face mask.</p> <p>“NSW Police assisted Australian Border Force with the transfer of the woman to Sydney International Airport this afternoon (Monday 19 July 2021), following the cancellation of her visa, departing to the United Kingdom,” a statement said.</p> <p>Hopkins arrived in the country on a "critical skills" visa, which has angered many with loved ones who are stranded overseas and unable to get back into Australia.</p> <p>Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews released a statement about Hopkins statements, where she likened COVID-19 to the flu and compared migrants to cockroaches.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CRXPMx7HkZq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CRXPMx7HkZq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Katie Hopkins (@_katie_hopkins_)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It is despicable that anyone would behave in such a way that puts our health officials and community at risk,” Andrews said.</p> <p>“The Morrison Government will always act swiftly to protect the health and safety of the Australian community.</p> <p>“All visa holders must abide by the health directions issued by our health officials – we won’t tolerate those who don’t. There’s no place in Australia for visa holders who would deliberately endanger others.</p> <p>“Entry to Australia brings responsibilities and the community rightly expects better. Those who don’t live up to the standards can expect to have their visas cancelled and to be removed.”</p> <p>Surprisingly, the video that caused Hopkins to be removed from Australia is still up on Instagram.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Rude passenger quelled by “hero” traveller

<p><span>A flying traveller has been praised for stepping up to an annoying fellow passenger.</span><br /><br /><span>In a video posted to social media app <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@the.walker.twins/video/6981226155932192005?lang=en&amp;is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1" target="_blank">TikTok</a> by the user Walker Brothers, a passenger’s bare feet can be seen stretched out onto the armrest in front of them.</span><br /><br /><span>“Had to do something,” the video caption read.</span><br /><br /><span>While the passenger is comfortably resting their foot on the armrest, the other traveller reaches for his bottle of water.</span></p> <blockquote style="max-width: 605px; min-width: 325px;" class="tiktok-embed" data-video-id="6981226155932192005"><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@the.walker.twins" target="_blank" title="@the.walker.twins">@the.walker.twins</a> <p>Had to do something 🥴 <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/airplane" target="_blank" title="airplane">#airplane</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/travel" target="_blank" title="travel">#travel</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/situation" target="_blank" title="situation">#situation</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/viral" target="_blank" title="viral">#viral</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/foryou" target="_blank" title="foryou">#foryou</a></p> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/music/Into-The-Thick-Of-It-6964101918863969030" target="_blank" title="♬ Into The Thick Of It! - The Backyardigans">♬ Into The Thick Of It! - The Backyardigans</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>In the clip, you can see as he tips a splash of water over the man’s foot.</span></p> <p><span>The footage has since gone viral, with many people praising the flyer’s actions.</span><br /><br /><span>“Great one. Amazing someone would do that in the first place,” one person wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“I can’t even imagine having that level of audacity to put my foot on a stranger’s armrest, like HOW,” wrote another.</span><br /><br /><span>Others believed he had been too nice in his response.</span><br /><br /><span>“I would have locked hands with it, wouldn’t have let go no matter how hard they pulled. It’s my foot now,” one person said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Should have asked the flight attendant for a boiling cup of water,” another added.</span></p>

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Tom Gleeson blocked from entering WA

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With Western Australia shutting its borders to NSW travellers, Gold Logie award-winning comedian Tom Gleeson has revealed he has been turned away from the border after flying to Perth.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Just arrived in Perth to be told NSW residents aren’t allowed in,” Gleeson shared on Twitter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve visited no exposure sites, no hotspots and here’s the fun part … I’M FULLY VACCINATED! LOL! (Sorry for cancelled gigs Perth. I did my best.)”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Just arrived in Perth to be told NSW residents aren’t allowed in. I’ve visited no exposure sites, no hotspots and here’s the fun part … I’M FULLY VACCINATED! LOL! (Sorry for cancelled gigs Perth. I did my best.) <a href="https://t.co/XRROfPfVBs">pic.twitter.com/XRROfPfVBs</a></p> — Tom Gleeson (@nonstoptom) <a href="https://twitter.com/nonstoptom/status/1407567286353809412?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 23, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though some fans sympathised with the comedian, others were quick to point out that his vaccinated status meant little in preventing the spread of coronavirus.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Unfortunately it doesn’t matter if you’re fully vaccinated, you can still carry the virus. It protects you from having severe symptoms,” one commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another replied: “WA has zero active Covid cases. We’d like to keep it that way thanks. Vaccination is irrelevant - you can still be infected.”</span></p> <p><strong>Can vaccinated people pass on COVID to others if they get infected?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though scientists have been hesitant to confirm that COVID-19 vaccinations reduce transmission of the virus to others, an increasing amount of evidence suggests that the vaccines substantially reduce the chance of the virus spreading to others.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A large study of COVID-19 transmission involving more than 365,000 households with vaccinated and unvaccinated members found that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines reduced the chance of spreading the disease to others by 40-60 percent, according to </span><a href="https://khub.net/documents/135939561/390853656/Impact+of+vaccination+on+household+transmission+of+SARS-COV-2+in+England.pdf/35bf4bb1-6ade-d3eb-a39e-9c9b25a8122a?t=1619601878136"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Public Health England</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This means that vaccinated people who then become infected with COVID-19 are around half as likely to pass the infection on to others than unvaccinated people with the disease.</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-021-01316-7"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another study from Israel</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> found that the amount of the virus in a person’s nose was significantly lower if they were vaccinated than if they were not.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Higher amounts of the virus in someone’s nose has been linked to being more infectious and more likely to transmit the disease.</span></p> <p><strong>Closed borders</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Western Australia restricted entry of NSW travellers into the state from Wednesday following an increase in cases in NSW.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Premier Mark McGowan acknowledged it was an inconvenience for many travellers but insisted he was keeping Western Australians safe.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’d just urge the NSW government to get this under control because this is a threat and a risk to the rest of the country,” he told reporters.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If that means a lockdown, well then that’s what should happen.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Tom Gleeson / Instagram</span></em></p>

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"Do not camp here": Bride forced to apologise over passive aggressive sign

<p>A bride in the US has apologised after a handwritten sign claiming a public campaign spot for her wedding reception caused a furore online.</p> <p>The woman was initially shamed in a Reddit thread after a photo of the pre-wedding message was posted online.</p> <p>"We will be hosting our wedding ceremony and reception please do not camp here," the message read.</p> <p>"We have an entire guest list arriving for the weekend to celebrate so if you decide to anyways we will set up around you and do it anyway.</p> <p>"Make sure you have a gift and a disk for the BBQ. PS this will be a loud music and late night type of weekend so if you're here expect that. There will be 50 of us. Thank you for understanding."</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 376.00644122383255px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842004/screen-shot-2021-06-24-at-14953-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a5b5d547d8784e3ca2f29986097774b1" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Image credit: Reddit</em></p> <p>The post received mix responses, with some furious and others finding it hilarious.</p> <p>"Bridezilla calls passive aggressive dibs on a public use area in my neighborhood where we all walk, atv, and camp," the poster of the photo wrote.</p> <p>"No permit, no contact info, no restrooms or trash facilities, and definitely not enough woods for a 50+ person blowout."</p> <p>"Right. Too cheap or too broke to rent a venue but sufficiently self-important to demand a gift. This is hilarious," one Reddit user wrote.</p> <p>"This would make me want to camp. And I hate camping," another wrote.</p> <p>"Okay, I'll call your bluff and all my friends and I will be camping in the middle of your ceremony. You'll just proceed around us, right?" yet another wrote.</p> <p>A few days later, another update was posted, with the bride-to-be offering an apology.</p> <p>"I in no way wanted to offend the community," the woman, who describes herself as a "forever Alaskan" posted to Facebook.</p> <p>"My sign was an effort to detour punk kids trying to party. I can assure the community that we will not be a disturbance and that we will not leave a mess.</p> <p>"We are forever Alaskans and avid campers. I never in a million years thought the community would uproar.</p> <p>"I invited 10 people who have multiple kids most of which are toddlers and young kids under the age of 15. My wedding is at 5 and this was a beautiful public area we adore.</p> <p>"I know the guidelines for fines and I will be contacting the troopers in the morning to make sure they are on notice, how many people will attend, and to make sure I can proceed."</p> <p>She claimed the message was to deter certain members of the community.</p> <p>"…I was afraid of drug addicts and party animals. I apologise to anyone insulted," she wrote.</p> <p>"I'm so sorry for all the confusion we just want to enjoy our peaceful ceremony with our family."</p>

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"This is so wrong": Scott Morrison blasted over "tone deaf" photo

<p>A photo of Scott Morrison posing with employees at a UK pub has sparked intense backlash from frustrated Australians.</p> <p>The Jamaica Inn in Launceston, England, posted a photo of the smiling PM to Facebook on Monday.</p> <p>“Pleasure to have the Australian Prime Minister [and] his 20+ personal team for lunch this weekend. You never know what you might find at Jamaica Inn!” it was captioned.</p> <p>Morrison flew to the UK last week to attend the G7 summit as a guest.</p> <p>However, Aussies are not impressed by his pit stop at the pub after being told by the government overseas travel won't be possible until 2022.</p> <p>Hundreds of people took to the Facebook post to vent their frustration, calling the picture "tone deaf".</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FJamaicaInnCornwall%2Fposts%2F10158795209417800&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=500" width="500" height="609" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share"></iframe></p> <p>“I can’t decide if I’m more angry or sad over this post. So many of us would give anything to see our UK families. Where’s the compassion?” one woman commented under the image.</p> <p>“What a joke. End off. He should have to quarantine when he gets back,” one man said, adding that he and his wife may move back to the UK so they can visit family.</p> <p>“He is laughing at us. This is above ridiculous. He continues posting photos that go against what he preaches,” another woman said.</p> <p>“I can’t believe the audacity of this man! Double standards,” a third woman chimed in.</p> <p>“This is so wrong. He keeps fellow Australians locked in while enjoying lunches overseas at taxpayers' expense,” one man wrote.</p> <p>Currently, any Australian who is granted an exemption to travel overseas must pay for mandatory hotel quarantine upon their return.</p> <p>Unlike most people, Morrison will quarantine at The Lodge in Canberra, News.com.au reported.</p>

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Witnesses divided in conflict after flight attendant brawl

<p>A brawl mid-flight left a flight attendant missing two teeth and a passenger in jail, but those who witnessed it said that the situation could've been handled with more tact.</p> <p>The fight, which occurred on a Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento to San Diego, was over a passenger refusing to wear a face mask over their entire faces.</p> <p>Passenger Michelle Manner filmed the incident and spoke to NBC News about it.</p> <p>“They ended up in a screaming match,” Manner said.</p> <p>“It ended with the flight attendant saying that she was going to call the captain.”</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VGQBYlwZ08Y"></iframe></div> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>“The gal who punched the flight attendant had asked, had said, ‘Get off me,’ ‘get your hands off me,’ ‘quit leaning on me,’” Manner said.</p> <p>“The passenger was incorrect by hitting her, but she was also in my opinion, provoked,” Manner said.</p> <p>“She had made like three requests for her to back up and she didn’t.”</p> <p>Footage of the fight emerged after the passenger, Vyvianna Quinonez, was jailed.</p> <p>She is seen jumping from her seat and attacking the attendant and is facing a felony count of assault inflicting great bodily harm.</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/travel/flight-attendant-loses-teeth-in-fight-with-passenger-but-passengers-are-divided-as-to-who-is-in-the-wrong-c-2951631" target="_blank"><em>7NEWS</em></a></p> </div>

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Driver claims phone detection camera proves his innocence

<p>A driver slapped with a hefty fine for allegedly being on his phone while driving believes photographic "evidence" sent to him proves otherwise.</p> <p>Scott Phillips was photographed by a phone detection camera while driving along the Hume Motorway away from Bowral, in the NSW Southern Highlands, he told Ben Fordham on 2GB Tuesday.</p> <p>Two weeks later he received an infringement notice with a photo that was meant to show him using his phone.</p> <p>"I had a look at the photo, and there is something blurry in my left hand resting against my leg, while the phone is clearly obviously on the dash," Mr Phillips told listeners.</p> <p>The photo shows the phone sitting in a cradle on the dashboard.</p> <p>Mr Phillips said he couldn't remember exactly what he was holding in his hand at the time, but it could have been a chocolate or a pair of sunglasses.</p> <p>"It's definitely not my mobile phone, because you can see it on the dash," he said, arguing that he never used his phone while driving.</p> <p>The penalty for using a mobile phone while driving in NSW is five demerit points and $349.</p> <p>"If you can't definitely say that is obviously and definitely a phone, how do you get five demerit points and a $349 fine for something that might be a phone, but might be sunglasses, or might be chocolate?" Mr Phillips said.</p> <p>Fordham joked that it made sense that Mr Phillips could have been craving a chocolate bar, given the photo was taken at 12:01 pm.</p> <p>Motorists in NSW risk a $349 fine and five demerit points if they are caught using their phone, while those in the ACT are fined $470 and four demerit points.</p>

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Tourist survives 35m fall off a CLIFF

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Tourist Alex Tridico, 28, has survived a fall off a 35-metre cliff into the sea in the UK.</p> <p>Tridico fell off Old Harry Rocks in Dorset while he was out for a walk with some friends.</p> <p>He told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14839044/tourist-incredible-escape-death-dorset-cliff/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a><span> </span>that he believes he survived by pushing away from the edge of the cliff as he fell.</p> <p>“It’s just sheer luck I survived, everybody is stunned I’m not dead, I’ve only got minor injuries considering how far I fell,” he explained.</p> <p>"I had about three or four seconds when I realised I was going to drop, I thought 'right, well this is it I'm going to die'.</p> <p>"It was terrifying, but I knew I had to push myself away from the cliff edge, otherwise I'd land in too shallow water.</p> <p>"I'm incredibly lucky to still be alive."</p> <p>Tridico currently remains in hospital with a punctured lung and three fractured ribs.</p> <p>He was luckily rescued by some kayakers who gave him first aid before he was whisked away by an ambulance.</p> <p>Lifeboatman Ian Brown said that it was a miracle Alex survived the fall.</p> <p>"The tide was in at the time and he landed in the water.</p> <p>"It wouldn't have been that deep, probably 4ft at most.</p> <p>"He is incredibly lucky to have suffered relatively minor injuries."</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14839044/tourist-incredible-escape-death-dorset-cliff/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Mum who gave birth while flying admits she had “no idea” of pregnancy

<p>Lavinia Tiana Mounga was on a Delta flight from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Honolulu, in Hawaii, when she went into labour mid-way through a six-hour flight.</p> <p>Thankfully, there was a family medicine doctor, a physician’s assistant and three neonatal intensive care unit nurses on the flight.</p> <p>Together they spent three hours in the air before the plane landed and emergency medical service crew met them at the tarmac to transport the family to the hospital.</p> <p>The baby boy was named Raymond Kaimana Wade Kobe Lavaki Mounga and has been described a "miracle" by family.</p> <p>Raymond’s dad, Ethan Magalei, is yet to meet him in person.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841052/mum-birth-pregnancy-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/afecd9f83ba749b4b15ca37c04d14920" /></p> <p>"Life. It’s a crazy thing. It’s strange knowing that millions of people on the internet know about a birth that took place on a Delta flight from Salt Lake City, Utah to Honolulu, HI. A birth I could not be there for but still blessed to see videos of," he wrote to Facebook on Sunday.</p> <p>He thanked the medical professionals who helped deliver his son and admitted he and his partner were unaware they had a baby on the way.</p> <p>"The birth came as a shock to us both as we had NO idea that she was pregnant," part of his post read.</p> <p>Raymond has remained in hospital as he was born premature at just 26 or 27 weeks, according to one of the nurses who delivered him.</p> <p>Raymond’s aunty has launched a fundraiser for the family as they will be staying in Honolulu until it is safe to fly back to Utah.</p> <p>"Our miracle baby nephew was born with three hours left on our flight and was such a strong trooper. Our sister did not know she was pregnant so she was just as shocked as the rest of us when our nephew was born," the page read.</p> <p>"Lavinia and baby will be staying in Hawaii longer while baby gets healthy enough to fly back home to Utah. Any donation is much appreciated to help our sister during her stay here.</p> <p>"We love our little baby... and can’t wait til we are able to bring him back home to Utah."</p>

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"We miss you a lot": David Warner shares sweet message from daughter

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Australian cricket legends including David Warner and Steve Smith are isolating in India after the Indian Premier League was suspended due to the shocking coronavirus outbreak.</p> <p>A senior Indian cricket board official has said that players of other countries will begin returning home from Wednesday.</p> <p>“We have been working on their travel plans in consultation with their respective boards so that each of them reach home safely,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official said requesting anonymity.</p> <p>“Some of them will return home tomorrow.”</p> <p>The cricketers are urgently trying to return home after the tournament was suspended indefinitely.</p> <p>As Warner is currently in India, he shared a sweet and touching message from his daughter who wants him to "come home straight away".</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/COckwierDzF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/COckwierDzF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by David Warner (@davidwarner31)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Please Daddy come home straight away. We miss you a lot and love you,” the message signed by his three daughters Ivy Mae, Indi Rae and Isla Rose read.</p> <p>As India currently has more than 20 million active COVID-19 cases and more than 220,000 deaths from the virus, the tournament has been suspended.</p> <p>“The tournament stands suspended,” IPL chairman Brijesh Patel said.</p> <p>“Right now, we can’t say when we can reschedule it.”</p> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also spoken about the ban, saying that it'll last until May 15th and currently has threats of five years in jail and fines of up to $66,000 for people who try to return.</p> <p>Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater, who was in India as a broadcaster for the IPL, said that Morrison has "blood on his hands" and said that the ban was a "disgrace".</p> <p>Morrison has said that the likelihood of anyone being charged or fined is "pretty much zero" after intense backlash from Australians and human rights lawyers.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Outrage over COVID travel double standards

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Critics have accused the government of leaving stranded Aussies “in the lurch” after it was revealed that people can travel overseas to attend weddings and return to take a spot in quarantine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australians hoping to travel to India for weddings and funerals are not included in this rule, as the government has fully restricted travel to the country as it combats one of the world’s worst current COVID-19 outbreaks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Immigration Minister Alex Hawke confirmed on Wednesday, April 28 that these restrictions would not be extended to other countries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kristina Keneally, Labor home affairs spokeswoman, said the government had left the 34,500 Australians hoping to return home “in the lurch, confused and left behind.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Seriously, this tired old Liberal government doesn’t know if it’s coming or going. What a mess,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Let’s remember, if Scott Morrison kept his promises - like bringing all the stranded Aussies home by Christmas last year or rolling out a vaccine this year - we wouldn’t be in this mess right now.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ScottMorrisonMP</a> is leaving Australians at home &amp; overseas in the lurch, confused &amp; left behind<br /><br />Let’s remember, if the PM kept his promises - like bringing all of the stranded Aussies home by Christmas, or rolling out a vaccine this year - we wouldn’t be in this mess right now</p> — Kristina Keneally (@KKeneally) <a href="https://twitter.com/KKeneally/status/1387299962531160072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 28, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Appearing on </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sky News</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> earlier, Mr Hawke said Australians could still be granted exemptions for overseas travel, which could include attending a wedding.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Host Tom Connell asked Mr Hawke, “So next week someone could still go overseas, go to a wedding and come back through quarantine?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Yes. There can be situations, but maybe not to India at this moment,” Mr Hawke answered.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Approving overseas travel for weddings has become contentious, particularly following the revelation that a recent COVID-19 outbreak in Western Australia originated from an individual who had been allowed to attend a wedding in India.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the Australian Border Force’s operational directive for outbound travel exemptions does not mention weddings, individuals applying for exemptions to attend a family member’s funeral overseas were “generally” approved.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Last week, WA Premier Mark McGowan said it was “just nuts” to allow guests to risk bringing the virus home to Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Every returning traveller also takes one of the limited spaces in hotel quarantine, adding to the long list of Australians registered with DFAT waiting to return home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Why (can) that person go off to a wedding when someone else is wanting to get home because they need to get home, because they can’t earn money anymore?” Connell asked.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the cap on places in hotel quarantine, Mr Hawke rejected claims it was a “zero sum game” and that the issue was more complex.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s never about exactly one place versus another. It’s flight availability. Affordability has changed several times during the pandemic,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Hawke also said that though the government had ramped up charter flights, many overseas Australians had “changed their minds” about returning.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A DFAT spokesperson confirmed 512,000 Australians have returned since the government released recommendations to reconsider overseas travel.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following the suspension of all flights from India on Tuesday, April 27, until mid-May, roughly 9000 Australians have been stranded in India, including up to 650 people listed as vulnerable.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australian cricketers, including Steve Smith, are also stuck after travelling to compete in the Indian Premier League.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Their return would not be expedited, according to Mr Hawke.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That’s a difficult situation, everyone’s in a difficult situation,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“(But) the government’s put a priority on vulnerable Australians … I think Australians would expect us to have that priority.”</span></p>

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The travel bubble loophole that could land you in jail

<p>Travellers who are considering using the newly-opened travel bubble to New Zealand to head to other countries risk receiving massive fines and even jail time.</p> <p dir="ltr">With quarantine-free flights now available between New Zealand and Australia, news of a ‘loophole’ appeared that could enable Australian travellers to enter other international destinations.</p> <p dir="ltr">Current COVID restrictions mean that Australians have been banned from leaving the country unless they have an exemption.</p> <p dir="ltr">But, since Aussies can now travel to New Zealand, our kiwi neighbour could act as a stepping stone to other foreign countries.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CN1YbWXDwFT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CN1YbWXDwFT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by New Zealand (@purenewzealand)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">To prevent unnecessary travel, Health Minister Greg Hunt signed off on a new amendment to the Australian Government’s<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2021L00456?fbclid=IwAR1laL3vGPRQAr_JErYR1Uf59sHszZ15SjuCjd0YIN-HCyoR628MXhSOhyk" target="_blank">Biosecurity Legislation (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential)</a>, which comes into effect on Monday.</p> <p dir="ltr">The change will see Australian citizens and residents penalised if they travel to a foreign country beyond New Zealand unless they have an exemption to travel for a compassionate reason, such as the death or serious illness of a close family member, or they require medical treatment that isn’t reasonably available in Australia or New Zealand.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to the document, those who break the rules “may contravene a civil penalty provision’ set out in section 46 of the Biosecurity Act.</p> <p dir="ltr">The minimum penalty for failing to comply with entry and exit requirements in the Biosecurity Act starts at $6300.</p> <p dir="ltr">But, the penalty listed on the Australian Parliament website is much harsher, with people who intentionally disobey the rules facing up to five years’ jail time and a $63,000 fine.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite still being in its early days, a new community COVID case in Auckland has Australian health authorities concerned that the trans-Tasman bubble could pop.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CGYrBcPj2eH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CGYrBcPj2eH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Aussiepomm (@aussiepomm)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">New Zealand’s Ministry of Health announced the case just a day after the quarantine requirements were lifted for those travelling between Australia and New Zealand.</p> <p dir="ltr">The case is believed to have contracted the virus from a passenger who arrived on an international flight from a ‘red zone’ (high risk) country.</p> <p dir="ltr">Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the new case shouldn’t impact the trans-Tasman travel arrangements.</p> <p dir="ltr">‘These are the kind of scenarios where we would anticipate movement continuing,’ she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">‘Our Minister of Health has kept in touch with his counterpart. They’re directly communicating and so are our officials.’</p>

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