2,213 new cases in New South Wales; Victoria records 1,510 new cases, seven deaths; Prime Minister in pledge to the families of the victims of the bouncy castle; Masks back in Queensland

That concludes today’s breaking news live blog.

The nearby Devonport community is working hard to ‘wrap its arms around’ the families devastated by the horror bouncy castle crash which claimed the lives of five youngsters. The names of the five victims were released after the families gave Tasmania Police permission to release them.

There are concerns about a growing Omicron cluster in New South Wales as 2,213 new cases of COVID-19 and one death have been recorded across the state.

Australia’s chief medical officer, Paul Kelly, said the interval between the second dose and the booster dose will not be shortened from its current five-month period. Prof Kelly also said that although two doses of vaccination are not as effective in preventing infection with the Omicron variant, getting bitten still offers good protection against serious illness.

The remote town of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory has been quarantined after an unvaccinated woman in the community tested positive for COVID-19.

Queensland has reintroduced mask mandates in some settings amid concerns over rising COVID-19 infections.

And South Australia eased a number of restrictions as the state recorded 64 new cases.

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