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Popular supermarkets, bus routes among NSW’s latest exposure sites

A Coles and Woolworths in Sydney’s east are among the city’s newest COVID-19 exposure sites.

Anyone who visited the Coles at Pacific Square in Maroubra on Monday, June 28 between 7.10am and 8.20am or or between 11pm and 11.45pm on the following day (Tuesday, June 29) is considered a close contact. Close contacts must immediately get tested, isolate for 14 days regardless of the result and call NSW Health on 1800 943 553 if the health department hasn’t already been in touch.

A number of popular bus routes to and from Sydney’s west have also been listed as places of concern, including:

  • The M90 Bus from Strathfield South Public School to Strathfield Station on Sunday, June 27 between 8.46am and 8.54am;
  • The 450 Bus from Haldon Street in Lakemba to Haldon Street after Railway Parade on Wednesday, June 30 between 11.21am and 11.24am;
  • The 526 Bus from Homebush to Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday, June 26 between 9.33am and 9.44am.

For a full list of exposure sites, visit the NSW health department’s website.

Women move into male-dominated jobs as COVID upends employment

The coronavirus pandemic could accelerate the shift of women into male-dominated and better paying jobs in Australia, extending a decade-long slow break down of gender stereotypes in workplaces.

The strength of the jobs market during the pandemic recession has surprised even major policy makers including the federal Treasury and the Reserve Bank. The total number of people in work is above the pre-virus level with the unemployment rate at 5.1 per cent.

By mid June, the number of women on the nation’s payroll registers was 1.8 per cent higher than the pre-COVID level.Credit: Supplied

Read the full story here.

This morning’s headlines at a glance

Good morning and thanks for your company. It’s Monday, July 5. I’m Broede Carmody.

Here’s everything you need to know before we jump into today’s rolling coverage:

  • Sydneysiders are hoping for their city’s two-week lockdown to end on Friday. It comes after NSW recorded 16 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, down from 31 the day before. Schools across the state are set to reopen next week in line with the end of the school holidays.
  • Meanwhile, a group of NRL players have been handed $1000 fines by NSW Police for breaching COVID-19 restrictions. Dragons star Paul Vaughan was caught hosting a party at his home, with NRL boss Andrew Abdo claiming the whole competition has been let down.
  • Selected GPs will begin administering the Pfizer vaccine from today. Around 500 clinics across the country (around 40 per cent of which are based in rural areas) can administer the jab, with an additional 800 general practices set to join them later in the month.
  • In Brisbane, residents are waking up to their first day out of lockdown. However, mask-wearing rules remain in place.
  • Perth is on track to ease mask-wearing and capacity limit rules tomorrow, with the Northern Territory set to do the same on Friday.
  • And if Victoria records no new local cases today, it will mark five days without a single COVID-19 infection in the community.
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