Morning Mail: Djokovic exemption from Australian Open, struggling NSW hospital staff, sea heatwave |

gHello. Weeks of speculation over Novak Djokovic’s involvement in the Australian Open have come to an end after the world No.1 revealed last night he has a medical exemption to bypass Melbourne’s strict quarantine rules. Meanwhile, more NSW hospital staff are speaking out against the pressure of staffing shortages and recording Covid infections.

Djokovic is on his way to Melbourne to defend his Australian Open title after refusing to disclose his Covid vaccine status. Organizers of the Australian Open have confirmed he has received a medical exemption and said two panels of experts have reviewed the case. The Australian Technical Advisory Group is authorizing exemptions for reasons such as major acute medical conditions to any serious side effects from previous doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. The reason for Djokovic’s exemption is unclear and has received mixed responses from his peers.

Employees at New South Wales hospitals have expressed anger at being left on the front lines with seriously depleted staff levels amid a large increase in Covid cases. “The light at the end of a tunnel is a fucked up train right now,” said Gil Wilson, head nurse at Lismore Base Hospital. “We cannot see an end to this.” NSW set another record for new infections, with 23,131 cases reported yesterday and a positivity rate of 28%. Scott Morrison continues to be criticized for his decision not to provide free rapid antigenic tests, so what are other countries doing? Many offer free and widely available testing and price caps for private sales in other countries – very different approaches to the Australian policy of leaving testing to the “private market”.

Lawyers for Prince Andrew have fought to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s civil lawsuit against the royal a day after a 2009 deal was unsealed between Giuffre and the late financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Judge Lewis Kaplan closely questioned Andrew’s lawyers about their claim the settlement means Giuffre’s lawsuit should be dismissed. He also promised “a decision very soon”.

Australia

Swimmers and surfers say conditions are more like February and March than in early January. Photograph: Bianca de Marchi / AAP

Waters off Sydney suffer from extreme sea heatwave, with temperatures 3 ° C above normal and likely to be at their highest levels on record for January. Global warming, La Niña and atmospheric conditions are believed to be responsible.

The Catholic Church’s unsuccessful attempt to argue that it was not responsible for the abuse of a priest against a five-year-old child, as this took place during “social” visits after opening hours. was called “ruthless” by the survivor and “common sense” by a judge.

$ 316.5 million Indigenous cultural neighborhood to be established in Canberra, which would include a long-awaited national resting place for the ancestral remains of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, as part of a plan announced by the Morrison government.

‘Unprecedented’ number of people withdrew from Australian diplomatic posts abroad during pandemic, revealed an internal government document.

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Emma Watson was accused of anti-Semitism after posting message of support for Palestinians. The former Israeli ambassador to the UN attacked the actor’s post with a Twitter post saying “10 Gryffindor points for being an anti-Semite” and was accused of “cynical militarization” of the term.

European gas prices rose more than 30% yesterday, adding to growing concerns about the cost of heating a home, as supplies that typically arrive in Europe from Siberia continued to flow east for the 15th day in a row.

Paraguayan military officer dies after being impaled by deer while serving in a security service at the presidential residence.

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