Good morning everyone, it’s
Matilda Boseley here on the blog with you, ready to bring you all the day’s news (as well as milking the fact that I now have Covid-19 for sympathy as much as humanly possible).
Now we are all bracing for a tidal wave of cases from New South Wales this morning as today is the first day rapid antigen tests will be included in the daily numbers. It’s expected that the sizeable backlog of positive results will result in a record high.
In the afternoon we also have a national cabinet meeting to look forward to. The main things on the agenda: students’ return to school for the 2022 year, and food supply chain security.
Leaders will also hear from Treasury officials on the economic reasons to keep schools open.
It’s expected the list of sectors classified as essential will also expand after the national cabinet meeting, to keep supply chains moving.
This all comes after Australia’s leading medical advisory group recommended this week that food and grocery workers be able to return to work after being a close contact of a positive Covid case, provided they then return a negative rapid test.
A similar proposal could be laid out for other sectors classified as essential, which could include road, rail and air transport, mental health, education and energy supply.
It’s expected transport and logistics workers will be prioritised.
Meanwhile, ministers have flagged the possibility jobseeker recipients could be deployed into workforces that are facing staff shortages.
A plan to increase the hours international students are able to work to 40 hours a fortnight is also being considered as a way to alleviate pressure on sectors hardest hit by the virus.
National cabinet will also settle on a date for when concession cardholders can access free rapid tests from pharmacies.
So as you can see there is plenty to get through! So why don’t we get cracking!
Source : https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/jan/13/australia-news-live-update-national-cabinet-nsw-covid-cases-coronavirus-vaccine-novak-djokovic-alex-hawke-visa-tennis-australian-open-victoria-qld-morrison?page=with:block-61df3d748f08b14fee0b2fca361