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  • NSW’s Deputy Premier and others to isolate until next month
  • Trains stations, shops among Victoria’s newest exposure sites
  • This morning’s headlines at a glance
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NSW’s Deputy Premier and others to isolate until next month

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro was on the Today show a short while ago.

He is isolating in Sydney and confirmed he has tested negative after learning he was a close contact of state agriculture minister Adam Marshall. Mr Barilaro says he will stay in isolation until Tuesday, July 6 and many of his colleagues are “in exactly the same boat”.

NSW National Party leader John Barilaro. Credit:James Brickwood

“What I’ve heard is about 90 tests at the parliament yesterday, no positive cases,” the NSW Deputy Premier said.

“So that’s good news at this stage. But, you know, with this variant, it’s possible you could have a positive test on your second or third attempt. I’ll get retested on the 29th [of this month] and then retested on July 4.”

NSW politicians and their employees were thrown into a spin yesterday after Mr Marshall revealed he had tested positive. NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard was among those isolating.

Mr Barilaro said it was lucky politicians were isolating before they returned home to their respective electorates for the winter break.

“Of course we have plenty of test sites and we have our hospital system in place in the regions but [this virus] is one that we don’t want in rural and regional NSW,” he said.

“Yesterday there were a number of regional MPs, National Party MPs, that were meant to be travelling back home. I made it clear yesterday that no one is to travel home until we get advice from [NSW] Health.”

Trains stations, shops among Victoria’s newest exposure sites

Eleven coronavirus exposure sites were added to Victoria’s official list late last night.

The areas of concern include Flinders Street Train Station in the city’s CBD, Oakleigh Train Station in the city’s south-east and Broadmeadows Train Station in the city’s northern suburbs. All three stations are considered tier 3 sites, meaning people who was in attendance during the potential exposure windows should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and, if symptoms develop, immediately isolate and get tested.

Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station has been listed as a potential exposure site.Credit:Getty

The trains the COVID-positive patient took between all three stations are considered tier 2 sites, meaning people who were on the same service at the same time should get tested urgently and isolate until they receive a negative result.

A number of shops have also been added to the list of exposure sites, including a Woolworths in Burwood East, in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, and a shopping centre, fruit shop and Asian grocery in Forest Hill (also in Melbourne’s east).

Please check the full list and relevant exposure windows here.

This morning’s headlines at a glance

Good morning and thanks for reading our live coverage. It’s Friday, June 25. I’m Broede Carmody.

What a week it’s been. Let’s jump straight into what you need to know.

  • NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says her state is going through its scariest period of the pandemic so far but says she is comfortable with the current level of restrictions. Eleven new cases were announced in NSW yesterday, including the state’s agriculture minister. The list of exposure sites is growing, with multiple cafes on the list, and viral fragments detected in the regional NSW town of Bourke – more than 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney.
  • Melbourne is on high alert after a COVID-positive man returned from Sydney. The man’s boss, the owner of a bayside dry cleaners, has also tested positive. It comes as Victoria eased coronavirus restrictions overnight, allowing people in Greater Melbourne to have up to 15 visitors in their homes.
  • Queensland could soon get a dedicated federal quarantine facility, but not in Toowoomba as the state government had hoped. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suggested the Damascus Barracks, located in Pinkenba (a suburb about 8 kilometres north-east of Brisbane’s CBD).
  • And in overseas news, almost 100 people are unaccounted for after a residential apartment complex partially collapsed in Miami, Florida.
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