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Australia news live update: NSW child aged under five dies with Covid on state’s deadliest day; more than 5,000 in hospital have the virus, PM says

Scott Morrison says 5,097 people in Australian hospitals have Covid; NSW records 20,293 new cases and 18 deaths including a child aged under five; Victoria reports 34,808 cases and two deaths, ACT 938 cases and three deaths; John Frewen says ‘more than enough’ Covid vaccine for children as rollout begins for five-to-11-year-olds; new national isolation guidelines for essential supply chain workers. Follow all the day’s news live

In many parts of the country hospitals are under stress, as more patients turn up for treatment and many staff are required to be absent because of Covid.

As we reported, these hospitals range from the very large – such as Melbourne’s Alfred hospital or the much smaller, including Byron Central hospital in northern NSW.

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