Australia Covid live update: NSW braces for increase in cases despite Sydney lockdown, TGA approves Pfizer for 12-15 year olds

Northern NSW on alert after Covid fragments detected in Byron Bay sewerage; national cabinet meets to discuss vaccine rollout – Follow live

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11.23pm BST

The federal opposition wants welfare recipients living in lockdown areas automatically bumped onto higher Covid-19 disaster relief payments.

It also wants the federal government to automatically move people back onto JobSeeker and waive the waiting period when the lockdowns end.

If a worker is entitled to a higher payment, they should receive it, automatically. People should not have to jump through hoops to get the assistance they have been promised.”

11.14pm BST

Queensland is the first cab off the rank this morning. I’ll start my finger stretching exercises.

Queensland Acting Premier Steven Miles and Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young will give a COVID-19 update at 9:30am

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