Here's a summary of what happened on Friday:

 

The Northern Territory recorded its first death related to COVID-19: A 78-year-old elder from the small community of Binjari

Queensland announced a new local case late in the day, along with six in quarantine

South Australia and the ACT each reported four new cases

NSW recorded 337 new cases with three new Omicron, and zero deaths

Victoria recorded 1,188 new cases and 11 deaths

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has not changed its advice that Australians get a booster shot six months after their second dose of any COVID vaccine

South African health experts say Omicron is highly transmissible and replacing Delta, but there is no real evidence of an increase in severity

Tasmania announced new rules for entering Tasmania after December 15

Live updates

6h ago6 hours ago

By Jonathan Hepburn

 

 

And that's us for today, so good bye and good night

Well, that was a slow one, and no mistake. But the pandemic keeps on ticking on, so take care of yourselves, wash your hands and don't take your health for granted.

 

This blog (not this exact one, but a blog) will return tomorrow morning, so tune in for more news then or keep an eye on news.abc.net.au for more tonight and every night.  

 

Until next time: Good night.

 

 

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6h ago6 hours ago

By Jonathan Hepburn

 

 

ACT confirms new Omicron case

ACT Health has confirmed an Omicron COVID-19 infection in the territory – an individual who has not travelled overseas.

 

The person is fully vaccinated and returned a positive COVID-19 test result on Wednesday, December 1.

 

Following genome sequencing, the case was today confirmed as the Omicron variant.

 

It is not yet known if this case was acquired in the ACT or NSW.

 

Update: Read the story, which will be updated, here.

 

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6h ago6 hours ago

By Jonathan Hepburn

 

 

NSW confirms two more cases of Omicron at Regents Park Christian School

NSW Health is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 cases at Regents Park Christian School in western Sydney. There is now a total of 13 COVID-19 cases linked to this cluster.

 

One case had already been confirmed as being the Omicron COVID-19 variant of concern. Genomic sequencing has confirmed two more cases are also the Omicron variant. Urgent genome testing is underway on a further 10 cases.

 

NSW Health is urgently investigating the source of infection for this cluster.

 

Two more cases of Omicron have been confirmed in returned travellers, the family members of a young girl announced yesterday. The family is isolating in Special Health Accommodation.

 

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7h ago7 hours ago

By Jonathan Hepburn

 

 

Binjari woman's death mourned

Earlier today, it was announced that a 78-year-old woman from Binjari had died with COVID-19, the Northern Territory's first death related to the pandemic.  

 

Aboriginal groups and community leaders have paid their respects to the close-knit community of about 200 people.

 

Read the full story here.

 

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7h ago7 hours ago

By Jonathan Hepburn

 

 

Can you visit religious gatherings in Queensland while unvaccinated?

Hi!

 

In QLD, after Dec 17, what is the rule regarding attending religious gatherings (indoors) for people who are unvaccinated? I looked on the QLD Health website but couldn't find anything relevant.

 

Thank you.

 

-KM

The key words to search for are "places of worship" and the page you want is right here:

 

Queensland’s Public Health Measures linked to vaccination status

Under the plan, unvaccinated people are able to:

 

Access other settings, such as essential retail, other retail, public transport, places of worship, funerals etc. COVID-19 density restrictions may still apply, as per Queensland’s current COVID Safe Future Roadmap.

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8h ago8 hours ago

By Jonathan Hepburn

 

 

New case in Queensland, linked to Capalaba exposure sites

A new community case has been confirmed in Queensland.

 

A public health alert is being issued for contact tracing locations in Capalaba, in the city of Redland, on Brisbane's bayside.

 

This is in relation to a new case.

 

Contact tracing and investigation is underway, with more details to be released once available tomorrow.

 

The exposure sites are for Monday, November 29 and Tuesday, November 30.

 

⚠️ Public Health Alert ⚠️

 

New contact tracing locations in:

 

📍Capalaba

 

Full details: pic.twitter.com/ztnzs9JnD7

 

— Queensland Health (@qldhealth) December 3, 2021

 

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