Novak Djokovic scheduled for first round Australian Open match as federal court adjourns; government argues Serbian tennis star has become ‘icon’ for anti-vax groups; signs of Omicron peaking in NSW and ACT: Hunt; Victoria records 13 Covid-19 deaths and 28,128 new cases; NSW records 20 deaths and 34,660 new cases; Queensland records three deaths and 17,445 new cases; ACT records two deaths and 1,316 cases. Follow all the day’s news here
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In further Australian Covid news, the Morrison government has announced $24m in new funding to widen the use of telehealth for GPs and other specialists. The funding is a direct reaction to the infection rate from the Omicron outbreak. AAP reports:
The $24m will also cover the continued supply of personal protective equipment, such as masks, respirators, face shields and gowns for face-to-face consultations including patients that have tested positive through a rapid antigen test.
The latter aligns with national cabinet’s January 5 decision that RAT tests no longer need to be confirmed by a PCR test.