Australia Covid live news update: Gladys Berejiklian to meet Sydney hotspot mayors; Yass returns to lockdown

Tuesday: NSW premier to meet leaders of areas under strict lockdown rules to discuss concerns over ongoing restrictions

10.34pm BST

Defence and intelligence chiefs warned the Australian government multiple times in April the situation in Afghanistan could become dangerous enough to force the closure of the embassy, it has been revealed.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had been in talks with the Department of Defence since January 2021 about the “deteriorating security situation”, but the warnings about the diplomatic mission in Kabul were made shortly after the US announced plans to withdraw from Afghanistan.

Related: Australian foreign minister was told to close embassy before May visit to Kabul, documents reveal

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Good morning everyone and welcome to Tuesday!

It’s Matilda Boseley here ready to shepherd you through the day’s news.

Following updated health advice from the chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant about the growing risk to the community, stay-at-home orders will apply to all people who live in the Yass Valley council area or have been there on or after Thursday 9 September.

Everyone in these areas must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.

Some pleasing news this morning that NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has agreed to meet myself and other mayors to discuss the current Covid crisis.

As you all know I have been trying for weeks to meet with her to raise issues ranging from curfews, to more vaccines and financial support.

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