A dive in testing, more exposure venues and a slip in lockdown compliance in western NSW has created perfect conditions for outbreaks hundreds strong to crop up in the region's cities, a local health official warns.
The majority of COVID cases - 346 - are in Dubbo, but Western NSW Local Health District chief executive Scott McLachlan on Friday said Bathurst and Orange could soon see a similar explosion of cases.
There's similar pessimism in Victoria too as authorities are refusing to be drawn on whether a lockdown extension is a foregone conclusion, as coronavirus cases remain stubbornly high.
The state's sixth lockdown, which was initially announced for seven days, is scheduled to end on September 2.
Meanwhile the federal government has defended its COVIDSafe app as playing a "very important" role in the pandemic despite being handed a damning report warning it was adding up to two hours to contact tracing workloads for little-to-no benefit.
The report revealed the app had provided little assistance to the health response and would not be useful in high-risk settings such as crowded indoor venues and major outdoor events.
And if using the kitchen table as a home office during lockdown has become, if not ideal, then at least OK. At a pinch, launching the laptop from the lounge might get the job done too. But working from bed?
Well, if social media is anything to go by, that's exactly what's happening across the country. According to hundreds of images posted using the dedicated hashtag #WorkFromBed, meetings are being attended and deals done from under the covers.
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