Australia Covid live news update: NSW records 124 new cases as Qld closes border to entire state; 26 cases in Victoria and two in SA

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Queensland records no new local cases and will ease restrictions; 24 of new cases in Victoria have been in isolation through infectious period. Follow all the latest news

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2.54am BST

Reporter:

We’ve heard from a family who lost a loved one, yesterday, and the parents haven’t been allowed to visit the morgue, to see that person has passed away is that, is there a Covid restriction on people visiting a loved one?

Look, the reality is we are very concerned about mental health and well being at the moment. And that’s why within the direction has been put in place by the State Coordinator allows sensible movement in terms of providing care or compassion.

In fact, last night we further expanded that direction because we are really concerned about people who are isolated, increasing levels of anxiety and we don’t want to exacerbate the health situation we have with Coronavirus with health concerns around mental health.

2.50am BST

The percentage of people in isolation in Victoria while infectious has gone from 6% three days ago to 73% yesterday and 92% today.

Foley confirms that a large number of people who are in isolation as a result of attending sporting events at the MCG and AAMI Park will have their day-13 tests in coming days, in preparation for ending their isolation.

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