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Far-right British commentator Katie Hopkins in London, England, in 2019. Photo: Luke Dray/Getty Images

Far-right British commentator Katie Hopkins was being deported from Australia Monday after boasting about breaching the country's pandemic rules.

Of note: New South Wales police said in a statement they helped the Australian Border Force transfer a 46-year-old U.K.-bound woman, later identified as Hopkins, to Sydney International Airport and issued her with an AU$1000 fine ($737) for breaching hotel quarantine rules by not wearing a face covering.

Why it matters: While in mandatory hotel quarantine in Sydney, Hopkins posted a since-deleted video online in which she railed against lockdowns and joked about breaching the rules by answering the door naked and maskless to people delivering her meals.

What they're saying: The producers of the TV show "Big Brother VIP" and the Seven Network said in a statement Sunday that Hopkins would not appear on the program and they "strongly condemn her irresponsible and reckless comments in hotel quarantine."

  • Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation earlier Monday that Hopkins' visa had been canceled overnight and officials would be "getting her out of the country" as soon as arrangements could be made.

Flashback: Hopkins' predominantly Islamophobic Twitter messages were amplified by former President Trump before she was banned by the platform for violating its hateful conduct policy.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with further details on Hopkins' deportation and fine.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced Saturday she would declare a state of emergency if there were health worker shortages due to New York's upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Why it matters: Hochul moved to reassure concerns of staffing shortages in the health care sector in a statement that also outlined plans to call in medically trained National Guard members, workers from outside New York and retirees if necessary when the mandate takes effect Monday.

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Why it matters: The start of the school year saw a rise in COVID-19 infections among kids, and heightened the focus on when the vaccine will be available for children.