Partial resumption of elective surgery in Victoria; More deaths in Queensland elderly care; PM calls for reopening of cruise industry; NSW reports 31 new coronavirus deaths, cases drop

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended his government’s response to aged care, saying ‘Australia is running this [aged care] better than other places in the world”.

But NSW elderly worker Victoria Luff said the sector was in crisis amid COVID-19 outbreaks. Ms Luff said the impact on mental health is immense, with people living in care homes for the elderly feeling “lonely and isolated”.

It comes as hospitalizations and intensive care admissions have started to decline in New South Wales as authorities reveal the underlying conditions with which people with the virus died, including sleep apnea and ‘obesity.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has canceled the Western Australia border closure. After months of criticizing WA Premier Mark McGowan for keeping the border closed, Mr Morrison is now backing Mr McGowan’s decision to keep the border closed.

Former TV personality Andrew O’Keefe has been charged with possession of one and a half grams of cannabis, after being denied bail over assault allegations last week. Mr O’Keefe was charged today with possession of a prohibited drug.

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