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  • Popular train lines, bus routes among latest NSW exposure sites
  • Forcing aged care workers to get vaccinated must come with paid leave: Union
  • This morning’s headlines at a glance
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‘A pretty rough time’: Ben Simmons out of Boomers Olympics squad

In sports news, NBA superstar Ben Simmons is officially out of Australia’s Boomers’ squad for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Australia’s head coach Brian Goorjian confirmed the news in a statement released by Basketball Australia on Tuesday morning (AEST).

The scrutiny on Australia’s Ben Simmons has been intense.Credit:AP

Read the full story here.

US troops in Syria attacked by rockets

In news just in from our world desk, American forces in Syria have been attacked by multiple rockets.

It comes a day after United States President Joe Biden authorised air strikes in Syria and Iraq targeting Iran-backed militants. The militants have vowed revenge and both Syria and Iraq have said the US air strikes violate their sovereignty.

A US soldier looks out of a tank at an American base at undisclosed location in north-eastern Syria.Credit:AP

Read the full story here.

Popular train lines, bus routes among latest NSW exposure sites

NSW Health has listed a number of new COVID-19 exposure sites overnight.

Anyone who attended Karl’s Charcoal Chicken in Marrickville on Wednesday, June 23 between 12.10pm and 12.30pm must get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result, and call health authorities on 1800 943 553.

Several public transport routes have also been listed as places of concern. They include the T4 and T3 train lines and a number of buses to and from Sydney’s inner west. Potential exposure periods date from Wednesday, June 23 to Friday, June 25.

Review the NSW government’s full list of exposure sites and relevant times here.

Forcing aged care workers to get vaccinated must come with paid leave: Union

In case you missed it, national cabinet has agreed to make it mandatory for all aged care workers to have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the decision was not made lightly. But the national president of the Health Services Union, Gerard Hayes, insists the Morrison government has “bungled” the vaccine rollout and has called on aged care workers to receive paid leave so they can get vaccinated and recover from the jab.

It’ll soon be mandatory for aged care workers to be vaccinated. Credit:AP

“Rather than barking orders, the Commonwealth needs to understand the reality of aged care,” Mr Hayes said.

“This is a workforce of insecure, underemployed women who often stitch together several casual jobs to make a living. They are leaving in droves.

“Providing money to employers to possibly encourage workers to get vaccinated is not good enough. This policy has more holes than a piece of Swiss cheese. Workers, including casuals, need an ironclad right to paid leave to get vaccinated and recover.”

For more on this topic, here’s the latest from my colleague Rachel Clun.

This morning’s headlines at a glance

Good morning and thanks for reading our live coverage. It’s Tuesday, June 29. I’m Broede Carmody.

There’s lots of news around today given Sydney, Darwin and Perth are all in lockdown due to COVID-19. Here’s everything you need to know.

  • More than 1300 students and staff from a high school in Sydney’s eastern suburbs have been sent into self-isolation after a student tested positive to COVID-19. It comes as authorities warn the more contagious Delta coronavirus variant is highly transmissible among children.
  • Perth and the Peel region have been plunged into a four day lockdown. WA Premier Mark McGowan fronted a late night press conference to reveal a third case of community transmission (a man in his 30s).
  • Hundreds of Victorian police have descended on the border with NSW to stop unauthorised people entering the southern state. Police are warning they have a helicopter that can scan number plates from hundreds of metres away.
  • Greater Darwin’s snap lockdown has been extended to Friday. Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner says the community is in an “extremely critical period” after a coronavirus outbreak at a Central Australian gold mine.
  • National cabinet has agreed to make it mandatory for aged care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Aged care workers have until September to receive their first jab.
  • Anyone under the age of 40 is now able to request the AstraZeneca vaccine. But authorities say people should first consult with their GP (as it’s still recommended that anyone under the age of 60 receive the Pfizer shot).
  • And people in south-east Queensland are waking up to fresh coronavirus restrictions. Masks are now mandatory across 11 local government areas including Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Lockyer Valley and Ipswich.
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