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What are the COVID rules across Australia?

Around 140,000 additional Australians are waking up in lockdown this morning compared to this time yesterday.

Residents of Greater Darwin and Katherine in the Northern Territory are subject to a snap, three-day lockdown. Meanwhile, stay-at-home orders have been extended in Melbourne and the ACT for another fortnight.

Here’s the current state of play.

Police Minister says public tip-offs needed to stop COVID-19 outbreak

NSW Police Minister David Elliott is urging the public to tip off police to illegal family gatherings and household visits, saying it is one of the most effective ways for the state to bring the COVID-19 outbreak under control.

As a 21-day police blitz began across the state on people flaunting public health orders, Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned NSW could reach 1000 cases a day “if people keep ignoring the rules”.

A 21-day targeted police operation has begun as NSW races to stop the growing outbreak.Credit:James Brickwood

NSW reported another record number of infections on Monday, with 478 cases and seven deaths. Transmission inside homes remains one of the main ways the virus spreads.

Mr Elliott says having the public report illegal family gatherings and household visits to Crime Stoppers would be one of the most useful ways to help stop case numbers rising.

Read the full story here.

Medical professionals among guests at illegal Melbourne engagement party

At least two medical professionals were among dozens of people who attended a prohibited engagement party in Melbourne’s south-east that is now set to attract at least $350,000 in fines.

Premier Daniel Andrews lashed out at the organisers of the “uniquely bad” gathering attended by 69 people last week.

People at the party will each be fined $5500, while the presence of medical professionals at the gathering has been referred to the health practitioner regulator.

Authorities have confirmed there are three cases linked to the party, but tests results for more than half the attendees had not been returned as of Monday.

More on this story here.

This morning’s headlines at a glance

Good morning and thanks for your company.

It’s Tuesday, August 17. I’m Broede Carmody and I’ll be anchoring our live coverage for the first half of the day.

Here’s everything you need to know before we get started.

  • NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has described yesterday’s coronavirus numbers as “disturbingly high”. A record 478 cases were announced on Monday, along with seven more deaths. It comes as the NSW Police Minister urges people to call Crime Stoppers if they see people flouting public health orders. Meanwhile, regional NSW remains a concern with cases in Dubbo almost reaching triple digits.
  • Experts have backed Victoria’s latest coronavirus restrictions. Last night, a curfew (from 9pm to 5am) came into effect. Playgrounds and skate parks are also off limits. Yesterday, Victoria recorded 22 locally acquired cases and Premier Daniel Andrews lashed out at those who attended an engagement party in south-east Melbourne. The city’s lockdown has been extended for another two weeks.
  • Residents of Greater Darwin and Katherine are waking up to the first full day of a snap lockdown. It comes after an authorised worker – a man in his 30s – tested positive to coronavirus after completing hotel quarantine in NSW and flying to the Top End via Canberra. He was infectious in the community for a couple of days and all eyes will be on today’s coronavirus numbers.
  • The lockdown in the nation’s capital has been extended for another fortnight. Yesterday, the ACT recorded 19 new cases of COVID-19. One case is linked to aged care and another case was detected in a student who had been at school for several days while infectious.
  • There continues to be long lines at the NSW-Queensland border. The Sunshine State yesterday recorded zero cases of coronavirus for the second day in a row. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says essential workers will need to have at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine by Friday if they want to keep working in her state.
  • And in overseas news, US President Joe Biden has broken his silence on the situation that is unfolding in Afghanistan. The President says he stands by his decision to withdraw US troops and says it is wrong for more Americans to die in a war that Afghanistan’s former government won’t fight. He has told the Taliban to allow US armed forces and diplomats to leave the airport or face “devastating force”.
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