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A second death ‘likely linked’ to AstraZeneca vaccine blood clots has been recorded, but experts say benefits still outweigh risks of extremely rare condition; plus one man has died and thousands of homes around Victoria are without power after wild weather. Follow live

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Locals view flood water in Traralgon, Victoria, on Friday. One person is dead and thousands are still without power after wild weather across the state.

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A second death ‘likely linked’ to AstraZeneca vaccine blood clots has been recorded, but experts say benefits still outweigh risks of extremely rare condition; plus one man has died and thousands of homes around Victoria are without power after wild weather. Follow live

The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, and his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, have confirmed students will be the first group to travel under a bubble arrangement to be established by the two countries, with Morrison stating it will happen “sooner rather than later”.

Lee confirmed students would be the first priority following talks between the two leaders in Singapore on Thursday.

Before Covid-19 many Singaporeans travelled to Australia for business, holidays and to pursue their education…

We need to resume these people-to-people flows to maintain our close and excellent bilateral relationship.

Related: Australia and Singapore say students first to benefit from travel bubble

The Australian Medical Association say they welcome the release of updated PPE guidelines aimed at protecting health care workers against aerosol transmission of Covid-19.

The association have been campaigning for health care workers to be provided with N95 face masks when interacting with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 patients since last year, rather than the simple surgical mask that was previously the norm.

Too many health care workers in Australia have been placed at risk of Covid-19 because of the lack of adequate PPE and these new guidelines could not have come soon enough, particularly as Australia still remains at significant risk of outbreaks.

The new guidelines will help improve safety for health care workers, including those in hotel quarantine, and reduce the risks of future lockdowns caused by staff transmission to the community as we have seen over the past few months.

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