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Record gold medals for Australian Tokyo Olympics team while COVID-19 battle heats up at home

Australia has had its most successful day in 125 years of Olympic competitions with four gold yesterday.

It's set the team up to bring home Australia's biggest ever gold haul, or at least equal it. At the Athens 2004 Olympics the team brought home 17 gold.

Before Tokyo, Australia had won three golds in a single day just four times since 1896. Now it's done it twice in less than a week.

The gold medals yesterday went to Emma McKeon for the women's 50m freestyle; the women's 4x100 medley relay with Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell; Logan Martin for the BMX freestyle; and Matt Wearn won the laser men's sailing event.

Sticking with sport and former Australian spin bowler and London Spirit coach, Shane Warne has tested positive for COVID-19.

He was one of two members of the team's coaching staff to test positive.

Back on Australian soil and there is concern Queensland's southeast COVID outbreak has escaped into the regions.

Health authorities are racing to track down the close contacts of a COVID case who flew from Brisbane to Rockhampton late last week.

It's believed the woman was infectious when she took a Qantas flight from Brisbane to Rockhampton on July 28 and a return flight on July 30.

Queensland reported nine new local COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the highest number in almost a year and its southeast went into a snap three-day lockdown on Saturday afternoon.

Residents of a Richmond apartment block in Victoria are being told to self-isolate after being linked to a virus-positive case.

In NSW, where 239 cases were reported on Sunday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian says half a million NSW residents can be vaccinated a week based on current rates.

To secure the state's "ticket to freedom", she believes August will have to be a record month.

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