Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria records 59 deaths and 81 new Covid cases as NSW reports eight

By Elias Visontay (now) and Amy Remeikis (earlier)

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The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, who was celebrating the AFL’s decision to stage the grand final in her state just two days ago, has called for tough penalties to be meted out to the two Richmond players arrested on the Surfers Paradise strip in the early hours of this morning.

With the AFL and police investigating the incident, which left Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones with facial injuries, Palaszczuk wants the pair thrown out of the state.

Palaszczuk tweeted:

AFL players caught breaking Covid rules should be sent home.

Queensland won’t tolerate it. I know the AFL takes these issues seriously and will take appropriate action.

Regardless of the outcome of the police investigation, the players are facing hefty fines and bans from the AFL, should they be found to have breached the league’s strict Covid protocols.

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