Australia news live: NSW, Victoria and Queensland report no new Covid cases; Tennis Australia will pay for quarantine

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  • The Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says Brisbane was the site of the first Australian battle against the UK variant of Covid-19.

    Greater Brisbane was Australia’s first battleground for the new UK strain.

    The care Queenslanders have for each other is as plain as the masks we saw on thousands of faces.

    Your overwhelming co-operation shows, should masks be needed again, Queenslanders need only to be asked.

    The one-way quarantine-free travel bubble from the Cook Islands to New Zealand has commenced today, with the first flight from Rarotonga reported to have landed at Auckland International Airport this morning with about 100 people on board. Some are students returning to New Zealand to study and some are in need of medical treatment.

    Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran told Stuff that the airline had been encouraged by bookings in the coming months, following the New Zealand and Cook Islands’ governments announcement last week.

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