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3.53am GMT

The Australian Border Force have issued a short statement about rioting that is breaking out in part of the Christmas Island detention centre which is occupied by people who have had their visas cancelled on character grounds.

AAP is reporting that fires were lit at two of four compounds at the centre, and detainees had climbed on to the roof.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) can confirm an operation is underway to restore order after a disturbance in the North West Point Immigration Detention Centre on Christmas Island.

A small number of detainees caused some damage to the facility overnight and continue to be non-compliant.

3.42am GMT

An epidemiologist and honorary senior research fellow with the George Institute of Global Health, Prof Alexandra Martiniuk, says comments from the NSW health minister, Brad Hazzard, that 10,000 spectators will be allowed to attend the Sydney cricket Test because it will be good for mental health are “laughable”.

“In my opinion the cricket Test should not allow any spectators,” she told Guardian Australia.

Ten thousand privileged people attending a cricket match to help mental health is laughable to me. Concern about catching Covid-19 was actually listed as one of the main mental health issues in the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Household Impacts of Covid-19 Survey. Attending, or watching 10,000 people attend a cricket match, will not alleviate the feelings of concern about Covid.”

This is likely due to financial concerns and concerns about family catching Covid and concerns about school closures when Covid cases rise. None of which will be helped by increased Covid spread, nor watching a cricket match. I don’t think holding a cricket match is key to improving the poor mental health we have observed in Covid times.

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source: theguardian.com

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