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Covid kids cases growing fastest; Xmas in doubt

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Covid kids cases growing fastest; Xmas in doubt

Covid cases in young children have grown five times faster than over 60s (131% vs 23%­) the past two months, raising doubts Australia can reopen before Christmas with only 80 per cent of adults vaccinated.

Provocate’s upcoming VaxEnomicTM Forecaster for business shows children and teens (0-19; 5,554) also accounted for more new cases nationally than over 40s combined (40-95+; 5,510) since National Cabinet decided to start reopening domestic and international borders at 70% and 80% of adults fully vaccinated.

Provocate Managing Director Troy Bilsborough said the politics of sick children meant business should be cautious banking on a December Quarter reopening, even if adult vaccination targets were met.

Mr Bilsborough – a former senior adviser to the Federal Health & Aged Care Minister (2014-2017) – said reopening would ultimately rely on the Federal Government having to mount a “chicken pox defence – better to catch it young than old” – a difficult task with a Federal Election looming between now and May.

Mr Bilsborough recommended National Cabinet agree a hard date, such as 80 per cent of first adult doses, to reassess current targets and avoid any last-minute political capitulations and Christmas cancellations.

“Australia’s major capital cities have been in a state of rolling lock downs since the Federal Budget was handed down in May at a cost of over $2 billion per week to the economy,” Mr Bilsborough said.

“It’s therefore logical that both the national budget – and those of business – cannot afford to remain closed during the December Quarter, which is likely to decide whether Australia re-enters recession.

“However, children’s covid cases have also grown 131% – faster than any other age group – in the two months since.

“Current National Cabinet plans for reopening at 80 per cent assume the economic risk of keeping international borders and businesses closed is greater than children catching – and dying – from Covid.

“Fully vaccinating 70% and 80% of adults also only equals 56% and 64% of the whole population, leaving four million children at increased exposure to Covid without the same vaccine protections.

“As logical as low child Covid death rates may be, business must account for the fact no Federal Government wants to enter an election being accused of creating a generation of Covid kids.

“Ultimately electionomics, not epidemiologists and economists, will end up deciding whether Australia reopens state and international borders before Christmas without children vaccinated.”

Overall, young people under 19 made up one-third of the 17,780 new Covid cases between 29 June 2021 and 28 August 2021 – when the Delta strain started taking hold in Sydney – seeing national cases increase from 30,562 to 48,342 (55%).

The number of children’s cases increased from 1700 to 3933 (0-9; 131% increase) and 2500 to 5520 (10-19; 121% increase) to the fourth and five highest number of cases by age group respectively. The highest number of cases remains in young people aged 20-29 (10,603, 58% increase), 30-39 (8452, 54% increase) and 40-49 (5946, 52% increase).
Sources: Provocate analysis of Federal Dept of Health data.

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Man charged following unit fire – Tweed Heads

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Man charged following unit fire – Tweed Heads

A man has been charged following a unit fire on the far north coast yesterday.

About 10.50pm (Thursday 17 March 2022), police attended an address on Boundary Street, Tweed Heads, after reports of a concern for welfare.

Upon arrival, officers attached to Tweed/Byron Police District spoke to a woman before observing a fire in a separate unit.

Fire and Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the blaze.

A 23-year-old man was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics after sustaining injuries when he jumped from a second-storey balcony.

He was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment before being taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

Up to 20 people were evacuated from the unit block and two neighbouring unit complexes.

Eight police officers were also treated for minor smoke inhalation, with four officers taken to hospital. They have since been released.

There were no other reports of injuries.

The man has been charged with nine offences including destroy or damage property, aggravated break, enter and commit indictable offence, common assault and five counts of destroy or damage property with intention of endangering life.

He was refused bail and will appear at Ballina Local Court today (Friday 18 March 2022).

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A red sports car, new house and holidays: Coffs Harbour’s $60 million Powerball winner reveals wish list

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A red sports car, new house and holidays: Coffs Harbour’s $60 million Powerball winner reveals wish list

Video grabs about the Coffs Harbour Powerball winner is available here
Audio grabs about the Coffs Harbour Powerball winner is available here
Footage of tonight’s Powerball draw is available here

  • A Coffs Harbour man is ready to park a new sports car in the garage of his new house after scoring more than $60 million in last night’s Powerball draw.
  • The New South Wales player held one of the two division one winning entries nationally in Powerball draw 1345 on Thursday 24 February 2022. Each division one winning entry scored $63,309,056.98.
  • The other division one winning entry from last night’s draw was from Western Australia.
  • Despite becoming one of Australia’s newest multi-millionaires, the down-to-earth Coffs Harbour resident said he would still turn up to work today.
  • His winning entry was purchased at Coffs News, Shop 104, 92-98 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour.

A Coffs Harbour man is ready to park a new sports car in the garage of his new house after scoring more than $60 million in last night’s Powerball draw.

The New South Wales player held one of the two division one winning entries nationally in Powerball draw 1345 on Thursday 24 February 2022. Each division one winning entry scored $63,309,056.98.

The other division one winning entry from last night’s draw was from Western Australia.

The New South Wales multi-million-dollar winning entry was not registered to a player card, which meant officials from The Lott couldn’t contact the winner last night.

However, the middle-aged family man checked his ticket this morning, prompting immediate celebrations.

“Oh mate! It’s unbelievable!” he cried.

“It’s like a dream come true. I just never thought I’d win like this.

“I just checked my ticket earlier this morning. I scanned it on the app. I just couldn’t believe it. It came up as division one!  Oh mate, it’s huge!

“Happy days!

“I’ve started a wish list already. Straight up – a red sports car, a new house, holidays, you name it. I also really want to look after my family.

“It’s funny as I’ve been watching the news all morning, and they were saying someone’s won Powerball in Coffs Harbour. I’m sitting here thinking, ‘I can’t believe that winner is me!’.

“I’m going to have a weekend of celebrations with my family, but I still have to work today.”

The regular player’s winning entry was purchased at Coffs News, Shop 104, 92-98 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour.

Coffs News owner Darren Girard said his entire team was celebrating the massive division one win.

“It’s so exciting for the winner,” he said.

“We’re a big part of the community, so to know a local has won is just amazing.

“Last night, we discovered we’d sold the winning ticket and we were over the moon. We barely slept a wink; we were up thinking about the win and what we could do to promote it.

“This is our biggest division one win, so it’s a big moment for us, too. Bring on the next big win!

“Congratulations to our winner. We appreciate their support and hope this multi-million-dollar prize makes a great difference to their life.”

In addition to the two division one winners in last night’s draw, there were 36 division two winners who shared more than $2.7 million, receiving $77,385.90 each. There were also 5,558,090 winners in divisions two to nine who collected $100,574,184.70 in prizes.

Western Australian lottery operator Lotterywest will be liaising with the Western Australian with the division one winning entry from last night’s draw.

There have now been three Powerball division one winning entries across Australia so far in 2022 that have scored more than $200 million.

The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1345 on Thursday 24 February 2022 were 6, 15, 9, 27, 32, 28, 33. The all-important Powerball number was 8.

The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 294 so far this financial year, including 97 won by NSW Lotteries customers.

In 2021, 14 Powerball division one winners across Australia pocketed more than $550.1 million in prize money.

During this time, Powerball offered an $80 million jackpot three times – the biggest prize offered by any Australian lottery game during the year.

Of the 14 Powerball division one winning entries in 2021, seven landed in New South Wales, four in Queensland, two in Victoria and one in Western Australia.

More chances to win

There are more chances to win big with a boosted $10 million division one prize pool in this weekend’s Saturday Lotto and Tuesday’s Oz Lotto offering $5 million.

Tonight’s Set for Life draw offers players the chance to win a division one prize of $20,000 a month for 20 years – that’s $20K on Replay! Set for Life is the only game that allows you to play your numbers across seven consecutive daily draws – meaning you have the chance to win $20K on Replay every day of the week.

The Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot prize is now $7.49 million for draw 1562, while the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot prize is now $7.92 million for draw 10532.

Tickets can be purchased at any licenced lottery outlet, online from thelott.com or via The Lott mobile app.

The official home of Australia’s lotteries, The Lott operates and markets Australia’s leading lottery games customers know and love creating everyday winners, winning every day.

In 2021, more than 130.8 million winners took home more than $3.79 billion in prize money from their favourite games at The Lott, including Saturday Lotto, Monday & Wednesday Lotto, Powerball, Oz Lotto, Set for Life, Lucky Lotteries, Keno, Super 66, Lotto Strike and Instant Scratch-Its.

Last financial year, Australia’s official lotteries contributed more than $1.5 billion via state lottery taxes and donations to help community initiatives, such as hospitals, health research, disaster relief and education.

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