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Anthony Albanese released from hospital following Marrickville car crash

NSW reports one new case as mutant virus case flies from Victoria to Qld

Covid testing fails in Western Sydney, says Lynda Voltz MP

2020 tied for hottest year on record

Anthony Albanese released from hospital following Marrickville car crash


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Sydney- M E Times Int'l:  Anthony Albanese has walked from hospital and spoken about being “in pain” following a shocking car crash.

The federal Labor leader’s car was T-boned by a 17-year-old driver in the Sydney suburb of Marrickville on Friday afternoon.

Mr Albanese, 57, was treated at the scene before being taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a stable condition.

He was kept in hospital overnight for ongoing observations before being released on Saturday.

“If this accident was 10 years ago I wouldn’t be speaking to you here,” Mr Albanese said.

“There is pain in my neck, my back … and there is some swelling.

 “Part of the recovery is just trying to control the pain. It’s expected that the next 24 hours will not be terribly easy for me but I have every confidence in the medical advice.”

Mr Albanese, who is now on medication, said he would require further MRIs and spend the next few days resting.

He had planned to travel to Canberra on Sunday to quarantine before parliament resumes next month but said he would now be unable to do so.

 “I expect to be able to resume my duties very soon,” Mr Albanese said.

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NSW reports one new case as mutant virus case flies from Victoria to Qld

Sydney: NSW has recorded one new case of COVID-19 linked to the Berala cluster there were five cases in hotel quarantine.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant says NSW will now conduct genomic testing of all positive cases to trace the new highly infectious variants of COVID-19.

She said authorities had identified one person who was released from quarantine and still shows remnants of the UK variant of the virus.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said NSW will now do daily testing of everyone working in the hotel quarantine system.

Meanwhile, Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said a woman with the UK virus flew on a Jetstar flight from Melbourne to Brisbane on January 5.

She had arrived in Victoria from the UK on December 26 after just 10 days in quarantine.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had reported no new cases in Queensland overnight.

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Covid testing fails in Western Sydney, says Lynda Voltz MP

Sydney: The NSW Government’s “gold standard” Covid testing system has failed in Western Sydney where residents remain in isolation having not received test results more than 72 hours later.

Member for Auburn Lynda Voltz said: “I have been inundated with local residents complaining they are stuck in isolation after taking precautionary testing following the Berala outbreak as they had not received their results.”

“It is distressing for local residents, many of whom have limited English, to understand why they have not received results.  Adult children of elderly parents have been trying to locate which clinic they attended. Many are concerned that parents may have been contacted but have not understood the messages.”

Ms Voltz said this was among many failures including residents who were turned away because they had no Medicare Card and residents who were charged a fee because they had no Medicare Card.

 2020 tied for hottest year on record

2020 tied for hottest year on record

Sydney: It has been reported 2020 tied with 2016 for the hottest year on record.

The latest data from the EU climate change service showed 2020's temperatures were 1.25 degrees above the pre-industrial average.

This has led scientists to warn there is little time to waste to avoid irreversible impacts of climate change as the global average inches closer to the 2 degrees Celsius cap.


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