Australia Covid news live: NSW expecting more than 100 coronavirus cases, government ads spark backlash | Australia news
Good morning everyone and welcome to the new week.
It’s Matilda Boseley here, and we all bracing for a spike in cases in NSW when the state leaders stand up for their daily press conference at 11am.
Yesterday premier Gladys Berejiklian said she would be surprised if case numbers were below 100 today as the Delta variant outbreak continues to spread.
Yesterday saw the first Australian death from locally acquired Covid-19 in 2021, with a woman in her 90s passing away in hospital.
Berejiklian also confirmed it was “highly unlikely” lockdown laws in greater Sydney and surrounds will be lifted as scheduled on Friday, with the state yesterday recording 77 new cases yesterday, 45 of which were infectious in the community.
This is stressful enough, but we are also having to deal with the fallout from the federal government’s controversial vaccine ad campaign launch, which just goes to show, late isn’t always better than never.
One ad – Arm Yourself – shows a series of bare arms with Band-Aids stuck on to signify they have had the jab. The collective response to this one has been “meh”.
But it’s the separate, more graphic, ad running in NSW that is really stirring up controversy. It shows a close-up of a young woman struggling for breath in hospital with the message: “Book your vaccination.”
The only issue … under the current sluggish Australian vaccine rollout, it’s likely that a woman her age would not be eligible for the recommended Pfizer vaccine.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has already come out to criticises the campaign, but we can expect more discourse about this throughout the morning.
With that, why don’t we jump into the day?
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