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Australia Covid Live News Update: Tasmania Lockdown Begins As PM And Perrottet At Odds Over Borders

22:08

Over in the UK, former MP David Amess has been stabbed to death.

He is the second MP to be killed in just over five years, after the murder of Jo Cox.

Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson)

All our hearts are full of shock and sadness at the death of Sir David Amess MP.

He was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics. pic.twitter.com/SIx6SZ1P3w

October 15, 2021

Theresa May (@theresa_may)

Heartbreaking to hear of the death of Sir David Amess. A decent man and respected Parliamentarian, killed in his own community while carrying out his public duties. A tragic day for our democracy. My thoughts and prayers are with David’s family.

October 15, 2021

21:49

Hello everyone, it’s Caitlin Cassidy here, up and ready to guide you through this weekend’s news after a whopper Friday.

NSW premier Dominic Perrottet yesterday made quite a stir when he announced international travel would resume in Sydney without quarantine for vaccinated travellers from 1 November. NSW recorded 399 Covid-19 cases yesterday.

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, later clarified that while he welcomed the announcement, the quarantine-free travel would only apply, at least in its initial stages, to returning Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members. He reiterated the decision for opening borders lies with the commonwealth, not state governments.

Morrison also, at long last, announced he would be attending the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow next month. Presumably, a climate plan, and whether the commonwealth will be committing to net zero by 2050, will be revealed before then.

While the ACT wakes to its second day of eased Covid-19 restrictions, Hobart today enters its first full day of a three-day shutdown to contain the threat of a Delta outbreak. No further cases have been reported in Tasmania since an interstate traveller who breached quarantine tested positive to the virus. The ACT recorded 35 cases and one death yesterday.

Over in Victoria, the state recorded 2,179 local Covid-19 cases and six deaths as health minister Martin Foley announced fully vaccinated people in NSW will now be allowed to enter Victoria without quarantining for 14 days from 19 October, provided they test negative to Covid-19 upon departure and arrival.