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Daniel Andrews tests positive for Covid

The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has tested positive to Covid and will isolate for the next seven days.

Deputy premier James Merlino will be acting premier until next Monday.

Andrews said he had a rapid antigen test this morning after developing “mild symptoms”, including a sore throat and slight temperature. He said:


So far, Cath and the kids have tested negative. As they are close contacts, they will also isolate for the next seven.

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Lance Franklin has been reunited with the ball he kicked for his historic 1,000th AFL goal on Friday night after the fan who caught it in the stands of the SCG was tracked down.

At a press conference held with Franklin at the SCG this morning, Swans fan Alex Wheeler said he had always planned to return the prized piece of memorabilia – reported to have a six-figure value. He said:


I had a few stubbies that night and went to the pub after, but got paranoid that someone would get it from my house, so went home pretty early. It was always my intention to get it back to the Swans and Buddy.

Franklin entered the annals of AFL history when he became just the sixth man to kick 1,000 career AFL/VFL career goals, sparking wild scenes of celebration at the SCG as the crowd invaded the pitch en masse and play was held up for more than half an hour.

Amid the pandemonium, Wheeler managed to hold onto the ball and get it back to his home. The Swans made a public appeal for it to be returned to the club and invited the fan to meet Franklin and present it to the player himself.

Wheeler posed with Franklin on Monday holding the cherished ball, and was compensated with another ball, a signed shirt and a pair of footy boots.

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The ball is back with Bud! #Buddy1000 pic.twitter.com/DufmPGQE4C


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