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Two new coronavirus cases in Victoria, three in NSW

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Health officials have flagged the possibility of a surge in cases and floated the idea of all those who attended rallies to self-isolate.

There are concerns of a spike in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks after thousands of protesters attended rallies across Australia at the weekend.

At the weekend marches were held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Health officials have flagged the possibility of a surge in cases and one top doctor has floated the idea of all those who attended rallies to self-isolate.

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Thousands rallied in Sydney in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. (Rick Rycroft)


Two new cases have been recorded in Victoria in the past 24 hours.

One is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine, while the other is in a resident of an aged care facility in north-eastern Victoria.

There are currently 71 active cases in the state, and seven of these patients are in hospital.

Victoria's Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said anyone who marched at the weekend and gets sick needs to get tested immediately.

"Our clear advice was not to attend last Saturday's protest as thousands of people flooding the city in close contact was a risk. If you attended and go on to develop any symptoms, no matter how mild - it is critically important that you go and get tested."

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Religious services and gatherings for up to 20 people are now permitted in Victoria. Parishioners are welcomed back at East Keilor Panagia Soumela. (Daniel Pockett)

New South Wales

There have been three new cases in New South Wales overnight – two returned travellers and the third under investigation.

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NSW Health has also urged anyone with even the mildest of symptoms to self-isolate and got a COVID-19 test.

"The virus is likely to be still circulating in the community. People with mild symptoms or those who show no obvious symptoms can unknowingly pass it to others."

Restrictions to be discussed

Australia's chief health officers are meeting on Monday to discuss the next step in easing coronavirus restrictions.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly yesterday said the mass rallies would be taken into account.

At the moment, it won't change how we are viewing those processes, but in particular states it may do, depending what happens in relation to any cases that crop up," he said.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly. (Alex Ellinghausen)

In-person citizenship ceremonies to resume

New citizens can now make their pledge to Australia in person with the resumption of face-to-face ceremonies.

The coronavirus had forced all citizenship ceremonies to be conducted online but councils can now choose to conduct the services in-person, online, or both.

"Now that restrictions are easing, councils will once again be able to host small ceremonies in line with the public gathering requirements in their state or territory," acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said.

"The government is also working to resume citizenship testing and interviews in the coming weeks so we can have people moving through all stages of becoming Australian citizens."

Free childcare to end next week

The Federal Government is ending its temporary free childcare program on July 12, with fees to return the following day.

The program was introduced during the height of the coronavirus pandemic as a measure to reduce the financial burden on essential workers.

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Childcare fees will resume from July 13, and the JobKeeper payment for childcare sector workers will end soon after on July 20.

- With AAP

Source: 9News

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