Melbourne is expected to learn their lockdown fate this week as they will reach 70 per cent fully vaccinated as early as Thursday. Premier Dan Andrews is expected to confirm the exact date Melbourne will exit their sixth lockdown on Sunday.
Down south, Tasmanians are waiting with baited breath as they await test results. The primary contacts of the coronavirus-infected hotel quarantine escapee are being returned. The south of the island are currently in a snap three-day-lockdown after the infectious man spent 18 hours in the community.
News is more positive in NSW, as the state gets more freedoms following an 80 per cent fully vaxxed milestone. On Monday, NSW can celebrate community sports and dancing at hospitality venues. Other freedoms include fully vaccinated people can have up to 20 people in their homes and 50 people can gather outdoors.
In non-COVID related news, a report has shown the nation's poor have been left behind as everyone else surges ahead. The Australian Income Support Since 2000: Those Left Behind is a report that examines the prospects of people without paid work and sole parents compared to the wide community.
In sporting news, the Women's Big Bash League is continuing without a crowd in Hobart. The games have had a forced reshuffle as the Perth Scorchers were aboard a delayed flight due to lockdown. See the results here.
With Australian Associated Press.