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The Informer: Vaccination blitz for Victorian aged care, disability workers

Victoria recorded another three coronavirus cases overnight.
Victoria recorded another three coronavirus cases overnight.

A five-day vaccination blitz of private aged care and disability workers will get under way in Victoria as the state continues to battle a worsening coronavirus outbreak.

The rapidly moving Indian variant of COVID-19 is causing chaos for Victorian health authorities as they work to track and trace each infection.

Victorian testing chief Jeroen Weimar said they were doing everything possible to get on top of the outbreak.

"It is certainly the fastest moving outbreak we've seen anywhere in Australia," he said.

Victoria has recorded at least four instances "stranger to stranger transmission" in this outbreak.

"People are brushing past each other in a small shop, they are going to display homes, they are looking at phones in a Telstra shop," he said.

"This is very, relatively speaking, fleeting contact. They do not know each other's names and that is very different from what we have seen before."

Tennis player Naomi Osaka has opened up about her struggles with depression after withdrawing from the French Open.

The world No 2 said she would not take part in a post-match press conference after her opening match against Patricia Maria Tig on Sunday, citing mental health reasons.

The 23-year-old Japanese star was hit with an almost $20,000 fine for failing to fulfill her media commitments and the organisers of the four Grand Slams took a hardline approach to her boycott.

In a joint statement, organisers of the slams threatened Osaka with disqualification and a ban from future tournaments if she didn't reconsider.

Osaka withdrew from the tournament before her second match.

In a Twitter post, Osaka said: "I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris."

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