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While we wait for Brett Sutton to pick out a jacket, let’s visit some other coronavirus news:

Three members of Australia’s Olympic skateboarding team contract COVID-19

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Two Australian Olympic skateboarding hopefuls have had their Tokyo dreams dashed after returning positive COVID tests in the United States, along with their coach.

The skateboarders were part of an Australian contingent who flew to the US earlier this month for an Olympic qualifying event in Des Moines, Iowa.

The entire Australian team was disqualified from the event because they were deemed close contacts of the three team members who tested positive.

One of those who contracted COVID, Charlotte Heath from Victoria, confirmed her diagnosis on Instagram, saying she was “bummed about not being able to compete” in the US event.

Skate Australia said the health of the three team members was being monitored daily, and they were being isolated from other team members.

Other members of the team have returned multiple negative PCR tests.

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Virgin’s Richard Branson urges Australians to get COVID vaccine so borders can reopen

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Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson says businesses and people will be held back unless more people get vaccinated, and Australia will fall behind other nations who are already starting to open up.

Sir Richard told Channel Nine making sure anyone who can get the jab has one should be the Australian government’s number one priority.

“By now, it’s a small country, I suspect most people should have been vaccinated,” he said.

“If not, it should be the number-one priority of government, nothing else matters more, to be honest.

“Because every single business in Australia will be held back. Every single person in Australia will be held back.”

He said Australia risked having its economy fall behind other countries, like the United Kingdom and the United States, who had vaccinated large numbers of the population and were beginning to reopen and, in some cases, allow international travel again.

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