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Live breaking news: WA has COVID-19 death, record local cases; Gladys Berejiklian to take on new role at Optus; National Cabinet updates vaccine rules

Western Australia has recorded its second locally acquired COVID-19 death of the pandemic, as well as 51 local infections — a new daily high. Former New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian is set to take on new role at Optus. National Cabinet has agreed on revised vaccination guidelines which will see Australians need a third jab to be considered “up to date”. The country will also move to Phase D of the COVID-19 roadmap, which will see the removal of all restrictions and a return to normal life. UK PM Boris Johnson has said the Ukraine crisis is Europe’s most dangerous moment in decades. And Prince Charles has tested positive for COVID-19 just days after meeting with his mother, the Queen.

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Western Australia has reported its first COVID-19 death of the current Omicron outbreak. The man in his 70s, who was unvaccinated and underlying health conditions, is the second person to die in the state after acquiring the virus locally. Meanwhile, WA reported 51 new local infections, another daily record for the state.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has apologised to people who had been locked out of the state during the pandemic after being confronted by an angry member of the public during a press conference today. “Your government failed me when my father was dying, and I will never, ever forget you,” the man said.

Gladys Berejiklian, the former Premier of NSW, has a new job. Ms Berejiklian, who resigned from government last September amid an investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) into any ‘breach of public trust’, has been appointed as the Managing Director of Enterprise, Business, and Institutional at Optus.

Victoria has become just the third Australian jurisdiction to legalise sex work. The new law will ensure sex workers in Victoria have the same protections and recognition as any other worker.

National Cabinet has agreed on revised vaccination guidelines which will see Australians need a third jab to be considered “up to date”. The country will also move to Phase D of the COVID-19 roadmap, which will see the removal of all restrictions and a return to normal life.

Our breaking news live blog will return next Monday, February 14. In the meantime, you can keep up to date with all the latest news at 9news.com.au and nine.com.au.

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