ABC is reporting that NSW Police will be out and on alert in Sydney today, with rumours that further anti-lockdown protests will take place in the CBD.
Police similarly thwarted a planned anti-lockdown protest in Sydney’s CBD yesterday.
Over 1,500 police officers made their presence felt in Sydney city on Saturday morning. They issued 261 fines and made 47 arrests for Covid-19 breaches around NSW, many of which connected to the protest.
Good morning. It’s Justine Landis-Hanley here ready to take you through the news on Sunday 22 August 2021.
But first, here’s a recap of what happened yesterday:
- Australia recorded its highest number of daily Covid-19 cases, with 894 locally transmitted cases.
- New South Wales recorded 825 new cases, the highest of any state since the pandemic began. NSW authorities said three people died from Covid-19 – a woman in her 80s, and two men in their 90s.
- Victoria recorded 61 new cases. But at yesterday’s press conference premier Daniel Andrews said that 16 further cases in the regional town of Shepparton had been detected using rapid antigen testing. They will be counted in today’s case numbers.
- Melbourne’s lockdown was extended across the entire state with less than two hours notice before restrictions came in at 1pm yesterday.
- Authorities are concerned that yesterday’s anti-lockdown protests will worsen the spread of Covid-19. More than 4,000 anti-lockdown protesters gathered in Melbourne, where demonstrators clashed with police officers. Police made 218 arrests and six officers were hospitalised. Protests also took place in Sydney and Brisbane.
- ACT recorded eight new Covid-19 cases, while QLD and WA recorded zero.
- About 80 people, including Australian citizens and permit holders, arrived on an Australian air force flight from Kabul.
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at 11.49pm BST