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Back to New South Wales, Australia.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian says she thinks local councils should not be cancelling Australia Day (26 January) plans, but that they should put Civid-safe plans in place. She says:
We’re definitely modifying our plans as a state government but we still recognising the importance of that day and I would encourage all councils, if they have any concerns to contact New South Wales Health or service New South Wales and we can support you in having a Covid safeAustralia Day. I don’t want people to use Covid as an excuse not to celebrate an important day.
Breaking for a moment from Australian news, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday it recommended that all people avoid cruise ship travel as the risk of Covid-19 on liners is very high.
It advised passengers who decide to go on a cruise to get tested three to five days after their trip and stay home for seven days after travel, even if they test negative.