Coronavirus Australia live news: NSW issues hotel alert amid fears UK virus strain may have crossed border

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NSW Health is urging anyone who has been at Brisbane’s Hotel Grand Chancellor as a returned traveller or worker to immediately get tested and isolate

8.54pm GMT

The federal communications minister Paul Fletcher is speaking on Radio National now. He is chiefly being asked about the Liberal and National party’s reluctance to condemn MPs George Christensen and Paul Kelly for spreading misinformation on social media.

Kelly on Monday posted misleading statistics to his Facebook page, labelling mandatory mask-wearing laws “child abuse”.

I’m not going to comment on individual cases of what people say online. You know as Australia’s communications minister if I’m asked to comment on anything that anybody says online, there are millions of Australians online, every day.

Let’s be very clear. Australia’s medical advice comes from the chief medical officer of the department of health, the minister for health. The government’s advice is very clear on what people should do, and the management of the pandemic in Australia compares very favourably to any anywhere around the world, but I’m not going to get into commenting on individual posts, made by individuals.

8.45pm GMT

More from Berejiklian on this new UK strain of the coronavirus:

What we need to do is take a breath over the next month to learn what the new strains of the virus are doing.

They will eventually become the dominant strains because this particular strain- which has been dubbed the UK strain - is actually already in over 30 countries, so it’s not one country, one strain we need to worry about. It’s now become a strain which is prevalent in many countries where Australians are, where Australians are trying to come home from. And, therefore, we have to be extra vigilant. We have to take to time to learn.

Well, I don’t think that will really make difference.

It depends on the health advice, but we know that transmissibility or the contagiousness of a virus goes up in smaller vehicles, so when you’re actually transporting people, when you’re travelling those longer distances and spending a longer time in close confines, it actually increases the likelihood of the spread of the virus.

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