Just back on Victorian premier Daniel Andrews and the Australian Open: he made mention that some of the positive tests recorded earlier this week have been reclassified as “shedding” of the virus.
This could mean that if the flights those people were on are now declared safe, some players could be released from isolation, allowing them to train outside and have contact with a coach/trainer. We’re expecting more detail on these reclassified cases later.
Tennis players and officials arrive on a charter flight in Melbourne on 14 January Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images
Scott Morrison has begun his tour of Queensland today, and will visit Bunginderry station in Quilpie. From Longreach, Morrison spoke to outgoing US vice-president Mike Pence - they thanked each other for Australia and the US’s partnership particularly in the Indo-Pacific, and agreed there was no more important time for a strong alliance. Guardian Australia understands Morrison has not spoken to Donald Trump since before the election and has no plans to.
We are also back on tennis, unsurprisingly. It is a rally, if you will, between reporters asking about the criticisms of players and Andrews standing at the net just firmly knocking them back (in much the same way as yesterday, and the day before that): they knew what the rules were, the public health team set the rules, most players are happy with it, etc.
Andrews says that some of the positive cases recorded in the past few days in hotel quarantine have been reclassified as “shedding”, rather than positive cases. He said more details would be released by the health department.
Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has also been speaking in Melbourne. He announced that a walkway to the MCG will be renamed Daniher’s Way in honour of Neale Daniher, who has motor neurone disease and has raised millions of dollars to research the condition and support those who contract it.