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Residents in south-west Sydney urged to stay home

NSW health authorities say they are particularly concerned about three local government areas in Sydney’s south-west: Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown.

Authorities have flagged further restrictions might apply to those LGAs in coming days (for example, limiting outdoor exercise).

Khal Asfour, mayor of Canterbury-Bankstown, was speaking on radio station 2GB earlier this morning.

“I’m asking everyone to please stay home,” he said.

City of Canterbury-Bankstown mayor Khal Asfour.Credit: Cole Bennetts

“[But] taking away the reason to leave home on compassionate grounds, which is where it might go… we’ve got elderly people, we’ve got disabled people, we’ve got people looking after their mums and dads. I just can’t see how you can take that away and leave people high and dry, effectively.

“Mental health is really important. We don’t want compassionate grounds to disappear off the health order for our LGA when it hasn’t happened for others [in the eastern suburbs].”

The mayor of Fairfield, Frank Carbone, echoed those sentiments on the Today show just moments ago. Here’s what he had to say:

“I’m concerned South Sydney is being unfairly labelled. After all, if the virus was contained in hotel quarantine we wouldn’t be in this situation. There are no borders when it comes to the virus. It doesn’t matter where you live, the eastern suburbs or western suburbs, we are all in this together.”

Australia’s Pfizer doses are coming from Europe as US limits supply

Australia is relying on a boost in supplies from the European Union as soon as next week to meet rising demand for Pfizer vaccines while the United States continues to limit exports from its pharmaceutical giants.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the vaccine supplies were coming “in very significant quantities” over the coming weeks and months amid a growing dispute with Labor over why the Government did not secure more doses sooner.

The two options currently available in Australia: AstraZeneca and Pfizer.Credit:Eddie Jim

The Government is confident of receiving 2.8 million Pfizer doses this month but estimates that only 300,000 will arrive this week, setting up a challenge to secure a bigger shipment next week.

Read the full story here.

This morning’s headlines at a glance

Good morning and thanks for your company. It’s Thursday, July 8. I’m Broede Carmody.

Here’s what you need to know before we jump into today’s rolling coverage:

  • NSW health authorities say it’s “crunch time” for Sydney’s lockdown, with stay-at-home orders extended and experts particularly concerned about the local government areas of Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown in the city’s south-west. NSW recorded 27 new cases of COVID-19 in the community yesterday and the state government will spend $1.4 billion trying to save small businesses hit hard by the extended lockdown.
  • Today is the last day that masks will be required in Victorian offices or schools. However, face coverings will still be required on public transport, supermarkets and shopping centres.
  • In Queensland, 10 hospital staff have been praised for their bravery after knowingly exposing themselves to coronavirus in order to save the life of a positive patient who went into anaphylactic shock. The staff did not have time to put on protective equipment prior to administering urgent medical treatment and are now in 14 days of hard quarantine.
  • And in overseas news, former US president Donald Trump has announced he’s suing Facebook, Twitter and Google (claiming he has been wrongly censored by the three tech giants). And Haitian President Jovenel Moise has been assassinated.
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