It came as Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison hinted at expanding his travel bubble to other low-risk countries.
“The message from the National Cabinet is, we want to be more open, we want to do it safely,” Morrison said at a conference. Press conference on Friday.
“We want to loosen restrictions, we want to do it consistently across the country, and we want to do it because we know we are not only managing health but we are also managing the economy, for people’s livelihoods and well-being.”
Morrison said Singapore was the “obvious” next option.
“At this stage, there is still time.”
Australian Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said there was still more work to be done before another travel bubble became a reality.
“Obviously, Singapore will be the next good step towards building on what we have achieved with New Zealand,” Tehan said.
“But we’re going to take our time, we’re going to work it out, and we’re going to make sure we’ve got expert medical advice that backs up our judgment that that’s the way we have to do it.”
Other countries have also been mentioned as possibilities.
“We can see other countries like Japan, like Vietnam – which have also done a very good job of dealing with COVID-19,” said Tehan.
“There are so many options, so we will continue to work on them.”
Australian and New Zealand residents will be able to travel between the two countries without having to go into quarantine starting April 19.
A comedian gives a humorous explanation of laundry after a confused American woman discovers how Australians wash and dry their clothes at home.
Jane Hamilton-Foster, from Tasmania, shared a very typical Australian response that has now gone viral TikTok videos after US woman Miranda Blakeslee asked why “dryers aren’t stuff?” Below.
‘G’day love. Australia here. Just wanted to let you know that there is a Hills Hoist, ‘Jane says in the tongue-in-cheek video – as she shows viewers a glimpse of her clothesline in the backyard.
“We just hang out with little pegs and dry up with the amount of sunshine we have here in Australia.”
Jane Hamilton-Foster (pictured) gives a humorous explanation of laundry after a US woman discovered how Australians wash and dry their clothes at home. The comedian describes how Australians use the Hills Hoist (right) to dry their clothes in the sun
How do you wash your clothes?
Hang it on the clothesline outside461 votes
Hang it on the clothes rack indoors70 votes
He said the Hills Hoist was ‘named after Mr Hill or something’, in reference to South Australian man Lance Hill, who found a clothes line in his backyard.
Jane goes on to explain why Australians keep a separate drying rack indoors.
‘Drying rack – great for scraps. Not sure if it’s going to rain so had to put it in, right? ‘ she says.
She added: ‘So that’s the story about drying clothes in Australia. Dealing with a very big problem here. ‘
Jane’s videos have been viewed more than 530,000 times, with many people around the world agreeing with her explanation of hanging clothes outside.
‘England is here and if you don’t have at least two rows in good weather you’ve wasted a good drying day. Why waste electricity using a dryer, ‘wrote one British woman.
‘Why do you use electricity when you have the sun?’ another asked, while another added: ‘Why do we have to pay for the dryer when it’s 45 degrees outside and dry before you walk back into the house?’
And one American woman said: ‘I live in Texas, why should I use a dryer to heat my house when I can use the outside for free and faster than my dryer?’
Miranda Blakeslee (pictured) expressed her surprise after learning how Australians wash their clothes
Her response came just days after Miranda expressed her surprise at learning how Australians wash their clothes at home.
“Here in America, when we have washing days, we put everything in the washing machine and then take it out and put it in the dryer,” he said in his video, which has been viewed more than 300,000 times.
‘And then in 20 to 30 minutes everything is dry and you just have to keep it in the cupboard and other things.
“In Australia, nearly every influencer I see that laundry day picks it up from the washing machine and then hangs it all over their house on these drying racks.”
He then asked if it was because there was no dryer below or if it was ‘non-existent’ for environmental reasons.
‘Is it like pollution or something? Please tell me if you like living in Australia and you don’t have a dryer, is there a reason for that? ‘ she says.
Matsuyama wowed Japanese golf fans with a blistering seven under 65 to lead the tournament at the bottom 11, aiming to become the winner of his country’s first major men’s championship.
The 29-year-old, who made her Masters debut as a teenager a decade ago, took six shots in seven holes after a hurricane postponement turned the tournament around.
After collecting a low amateur medal in 2011, Matsuyama prepares to return to the Butler’s Cabin on Sundays to collect the green jackets.
But he had to hold off a lot of hunters with four players – Australia Marc Leishman (70), Americans Xander Schauffele (68) and Will Zalatoris (71) and Britain’s Justin Rose (72) – finished second with seven at the bottom.
“This is a new experience for me to become a leader who advances to the final round of a department,” said Matsuyama through an interpreter.
Indeed, he was the first player from Japan to hold the position of Master at the end of the round.
“I think all I can do is relax and prepare well and do my best,” said Matsuyama, whose last win on the PGA Tour came in 2017 ,.
“I played well today. And my game plan was implemented, and hopefully tomorrow I can continue with a good performance.”
“This is a new experience for me to be a leader towards the finals in a major. I think all I can do is relax and prepare well and do my best.” – Hideki Matsuyama
After a delay of more than an hour, Matsuyama took advantage of the softer conditions for birdie holes 11, 12, 16 and 17 to pull off a brilliant eagle in par-5 of 15.
Leishman will seek to become the second Australian to win the Masters, after he was paired with Adam Scott for the drought-crushing 2013 finals.
“The pressure is on Hideki tomorrow,” Leishman told AAP.
“He had a lot of people chasing him who wanted to wear that jacket as much as he did.
“And I have the opportunity to put more pressure on him if I can get off to a good start.”
Last night’s leader, Rose, looking for his first Masters win after a pair of runners-up finishes, was still ahead with two shots just after play resumed but out of sync on the restart and did well to defend.
Everyone chasing at seven under par are all capable of running the little Hideki has, so it’s all up for grabs tomorrow, said Rose.
Zalatoris is looking to become the first rookie Masters to win since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 while Schauffele is runner-up to Tiger Woods at Augusta in 2019 and has three runners-up on the PGA Tour this season without winning.
“I’m a huge fan of putting myself in a position with nine holes left and learning from every mistake and also the things I did well in those moments,” said Schauffele.
“So I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Canadian Corey Conners (68) used 8 irons to make his hole-in-one par-3 on hole 6 to be sixth at six under.
Athletics Australia withdrew its team from the World Athletics Relay 2021 in Poland in May over coronavirus fears.
The decision to withdraw from the event, which will be held in Silesia from May 1 to 2, was made in light of the COVID-19 situation in Poland and the greater Europe, Athletics Australia said.
Athletics Australia chief executive Darren Gocher said that while the withdrawal was disappointing for athletes, a thorough process had been in place to consider all risks associated with travel to Poland and quarantine requirements on their return to Australia.
“It is always disappointing to withdraw a team from a big event, but we believe the decision is in the best interests of the health and safety of our athletes, staff and coaches,” said Gocher.
“We acknowledge the work being done by World Athletics in trying to host a safe event ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, however after seeking advice from medical professionals and considering the health risks, current Government advice and the need for a quarantine upon return to Australia, it was decided it was not feasible or safe. to travel to Poland for this event. “
In lieu of the World Athletics Relay Championship, Athletics Australia plans to host a relay event in June with the support of Oceania Athletics so that its relay teams can work out the qualification standards required to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled for July.
Last month the staging of the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Torun, Poland resulted in a number of athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 during and after the event.
The Irish and British teams had to self-isolate upon their return due to positive cases in their travel party.
A total of 10 members of the UK athletic team tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from the Polish city, and British Athletics wrote to European Athletics expressing concern over the implementation of COVID-19 countermeasures at the event.
Scott Morrison said there was too much uncertainty to set new targets for vaccinating Australians against Covid-19, as the government moved to shore up confidence in the problem-hit launch.
The prime minister said while he hopes all Australians can get the first dose of vaccination by the end of this year, Morrison said on Sunday that there was no new timetable to replace the previous October target.
“The government has not set, nor does it plan to set a new target for completing the first dose,” Morrison said on Facebook on Sunday afternoon.
“Although we want this dose to be completed before the end of the year, it is not possible to set such a target given the many uncertainties.
“We will continue to work together to produce, distribute and manage the vaccine as safely and efficiently as possible.”
Following a national cabinet meeting on Friday, the commonwealth and state governments agreed to release daily data reports about progress on vaccination rollouts, responding to concerns about a lack of transparency and confusion among states about vaccine supplies.
Sunday’s figures show that across Australia about 1.16 million vaccinations have now been distributed, with about half given by the commonwealth through the GP network and in the care of the elderly and disabilities, and the other half sent via state vaccination centers.
“This vaccine is safe and effective and we are only following the administrative advice of our medical experts. It keeps Australia safe and we will continue to provide that update, “said Hunt.
“Our message is simple, please continue to be vaccinated, it is safe, it is effective, it can save your life and it can save the lives of your friends, or your family, or your neighbors.”
He also talked about a reporting in the Sydney Morning Herald which says some doctors fear they will be held responsible if patients suffer serious or fatal side effects from the AstraZeneca vaccine.
He said doctors, who are at the “heart of the program”, are flocking to register for the vaccination launch, with 1,000 GP practices set to enroll this week, bringing the total to more than 4,000. Follow the guidelines amended above AstraZeneca vaccines, Hunt said clear advice had been given to the Australian Medical Association and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners that they were compensated by the government.
“I want to make something very, very clear. Australia already has a vaccine compensation agreement. AMA and the College of General Practitioners have clear written advice from the government about it and they have also updated the informed consent materials so no doctor should be worried. I say this on behalf of the government but also on behalf of our legal advice, no doctor to worry about. “
Earlier on Sunday, trade minister Dan Tehan said the government aims to have all Australians vaccinated by the end of the year, but warned there were “many unknowns” that could continue. thwart launch is problematic.
After announcing major changes in the government’s vaccine program last week following the latest health advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine, the government said the initial October target would not be realized.
But Tehan said on Sunday that the government hopes all Australians can receive at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of this year.
“That must be the goal, it is the goal we have set: trying to get all Australians to have a dose by the end of the year,” Tehan told Sky News.
“[But] when you face a pandemic, there are a lot of unknowns and you just made sure that you set goals and prepare to adapt them when something happens. “
Health officials have recommends people under 50 years of age was offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine as possible side effects of blood clotting are extremely rare, saying Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine was “preferred” for this age group.
The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, said the change would require a recalibration of the vaccine schedule but refused to give assurances that all Australians would be stabbed before Christmas.
Tehan also revealed he will travel to Europe to discuss a vaccine supply deal, with meetings scheduled with officials from the European Union, France, Germany and the World Trade Organization.
“I will also meet with the director general of the World Trade Organization to talk about what we can do to ensure the supply of vaccines, not only for Australia, but globally,” Tehan said.
“Now it’s just a matter of making sure that we get all the contracts that are honored, and then we make sure that we can get the vaccine right around the country.”
The shadow health minister, Mark Butler, accused the government of being too dependent on the AstraZeneca vaccine, saying the “difficult” situation was one of the government’s own doing.
“Australia is well behind schedule on vaccine launches, not in the top 100 countries in the world and the dire situation has been exacerbated by this unexpected incident surrounding the AstraZeneca vaccine.”
Butler also said the government needed to make sure all Australians got their dose before Christmas, with the economic opening up to depend on it.
“We really can’t have a situation where a vaccine is rolled into the next year that seems to be the prime minister’s thinking,” Butler told ABC’s Insiders program.
“This is not just a question of the strength of our economic recovery – it is also a question of the health of our population.”
Following a change in advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine, the government announced that it had received an additional 20 million doses Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for the last quarter of this year.
This comes on top of the 20m dose of previously contracted Pfizer vaccine that the health minister said, Greg Hunt, has said it will start upgrading via its distribution network this month.
Hunt said Pfizer has indicated “that we will see expansion in April”, up from the current figure “around 130,000-plus a week”. He also hopes to see “quite a significant expansion in May” and then “nearly doubling” in July.