Freedom days set in NSW, ACT, as new COVID-19 case pops up in Brisbane

An aviation industry worker has tested positive for COVID-19 in Queensland, sparking a public health alert for sites in Brisbane.

The source of his case is being investigated and it will be reported in Tuesday's COVID-19 data.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has said businesses would go broke and mental health would decline if premiers continued to act like leaders of "hermit kingdoms" rather than part of a nation.

While NSW and the ACT have become the latest jurisdictions to outline detailed roadmaps out of COVID-19 restrictions, Queensland and Western Australia are maintaining hard borders to keep their case numbers down, while their vaccination rates are well below the rest of the country.

Dally M awards

Last night was NRL's night of nights - the Dally M awards.

It was Tom Trbojevic's stellar 2021 season that was rewarded with the Manly star claiming his maiden Dally M medal.

At a gala awards night in Brisbane, Trbojevic claimed his first major gong ahead of Penrith's Nathan Cleary and South Sydney five-eighth Cody Walker.

Pfizer tests COVID-19 treatment

Pfizer has started testing its potential COVID-19 treatment as a preventive medicine aimed at warding off the virus if a close contact gets it.

The drug maker said on Monday it would study the pill it was developing in combination with a low dose of the HIV drug ritonavir in people who were at least 18 years old and lived in the same household with someone who was infected.

Pfizer planned to enroll 2660 people in the late-stage study.

No Sydney and NSW TrainLink trains

Sydney train commuters will need to find another way of getting around on Tuesday as drivers strike for better pay and conditions.

Train drivers will stop working across Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink from 9am until 1pm as part of ongoing industrial action.

R Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

R Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem I Believe I Can Fly, has been convicted in a sex trafficking trial after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of misconduct with young women and children.

A jury of seven men and five women found Kelly guilty of racketeering on their second day of deliberations.

- with Australian Associated Press

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