Coronavirus Australia live news: NSW issues hotel alert amid fears UK virus strain may have crossed border

NSW Health urges anyone who has been at Brisbane’s Hotel Grand Chancellor as a returned traveller or worker to immediately get tested and isolate. Follow all the updates, live

10.31pm GMT

Competition regulator Rod Sims has foreshadowed possible further legal cases against tech groups as a result of inquiries into mobile phone app stores and how ads are sold online.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which Sims chairs, has been investigating so-called “ad tech”, where search engine Google is a major player, and the stores both Google and competitor Apple use to sell mobile phone apps, as part of its broader agenda to examine the power of tech companies.

Related: Australia’s competition regulator flags legal cases against tech companies over ads

10.27pm GMT

I’ve just heard back from Cathay Pacific about how that airline is managing the reduction in the hotel quarantine caps, which affect its commercial flights coming into Sydney and Brisbane.

They have not said how they are selecting which passengers will fly as scheduled and which will be bumped, but said they are “committed to supporting our customers as best we can during this challenging time”.

Our ‘Fly Worry Free’ program remains in effect and guarantees unlimited ticket changes or a full refund for any passengers impacted by the government cap adjustments.”

Following regulations being updated by the Australian authorities, a further limit on the number of passengers per flight allowed to disembark at Sydney International Airport has been applied. As a result, Etihad Airways is temporarily restricting the number of passengers carried between Abu Dhabi and Sydney from 15 January until 15 February 2021.

Travellers returning to Australia are encouraged to contact Etihad Airways to ensure their travel plans are not disrupted. We will work closely with impacted guests and travel agents to notify them of the changes to their itineraries and re-accommodate them on alternative flights. Etihad continues to adhere to the guidelines set by the relevant authorities in the UAE and Australia.

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Source: The Guardian
Coronavirus Australia live news: NSW issues hotel alert amid fears UK virus strain may have crossed border