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Lonely COVID singles thrown a bone in Melbourne

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Stephanie Bedo

Australia’s chief nursing and midwifery officer Alison McMillan has spoken this afternoon, revealing there has been more than six million COVID-19 tests carried out in the country.

She urged people not to wait to get tested.

"We are seeing some signs where people are waiting a few days before they get tested. Please don’t do that," she said.

"We need to remain vigilant and do the right thing."

Stephanie Bedo

The number of coronavirus cases at the Frankston Hospital in Victoria have increased to 68 – an rise of 10 from earlier this week.

Three wards at the hospital will stop taking patients after 618 workers were forced into isolation because of the cluster.

Meanwhile, Peninsula Healthcare worker has made shocking allegations to the Frankston Standard Leader, saying she was still told to work after coming into close contact with a colleague who had tested positive for the virus.

Peninsula Health did not answer Leader’s questions in response to allegations from the healthcare worker.

Stephanie Bedo

No news is good news in this pandemic but it's still with noting what's what.

There have been no new cases in the ACT today, after 711 tests were conducted. It is their 50th-straight day with no new cases. Go ACT!

There have also been no new cases in WA and South Australia.

There are nine active COVID-19 cases in the state – six Western Australians and three from interstate.

There is one active case in South Australia. 

Stephanie Bedo

New Zealand has recorded 13 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

Six of the cases are in Counties Manukau, two in Auckland and three in Waitematā.

The remaining two cases were in managed isolation and quarantine.

Ten are clearly epidemiologically linked to the Auckland cluster, the Ministry of Health said in a statement today.

It means there are now 133 cases linked to the Auckland cluster and 18 to the Mt Roskill "mini-cluster".

New Zealand's previous biggest cluster, a Bluff wedding, stood at 98.

Stephanie Bedo

Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles took a swipe at Scott Morrison on Saturday, after questions about the tragic death of an unborn baby.

A northern NSW woman lost one of her unborn twins this week after waiting 16 hours for a flight to Sydney for treatment rather than going to the Mater Hospital in Brisbane.

Mr Morrison on Friday demanded an explanation from Queensland as to how the “terribly distressing” incident could happen.

But Mr Miles told him to stick to his own responsibilities.

Read more here.

Stephanie Bedo

A Perth pub has been forced to shut down after a man breached quarantine and attended a karaoke night.

Hotel Northbridge was forced into lockdown just after 9pm last night.

A 53-year-old man will be summonsed for fail to comply with a direction after he allegedly attended a backpackers venue and the pub.

Witnesses said he was arrested inside the pub.

It will be alleged the man was returning to WA after visiting family in Queensland. 

He arrived in Perth last night, without having applied to re-enter the state.

On arrival, police said he complained of non-COVID-related symptoms.

He was permitted entry to the state and was issued a hospital direction and taken by ambulance. 
After receiving treatment at a medical facility, he was instructed to wait for transport to hotel quarantine.

Police were advised that the man left prior to the transport arriving.
A short time later, he was found by police at the hotel after checking into a nearby backpackers.

Health advice in relation to the circumstances of the traveller is that there is a very low risk of any COVID exposure but has been tested for the virus as a precautionary measure.

Police spoke with hotel management who elected to close the hotel and undertake cleaning.

The man has now been directed to hotel quarantine.

Shannon Molloy

A nurse at an inner-Sydney correctional centre has tested positive for coronavirus and is now in isolation.

Corrective Services NSW said in a statement that the healthcare worker was at the Surry Hills Cell Complex on Tuesday but worse a mask for the whole shift and complied with infection control measurements.

“Fourteen inmates have been placed into isolation as a precaution and will be assessed and cleared by NSW Health,” the spokesperson said.

“Fresh custodies will be diverted to other correctional centres while the complex is deep cleaned.”

Shannon Molloy

Police in Victoria have vowed to take on ‘covidiot’ protesters who continue to defy public health orders for the strangest of reasons.

It comes as officers in Melbourne’s south prepare to respond to another anti-lockdown rally in Dandenong this afternoon after daily demonstrations for the past week.

Authorities are fed up and it seems the time for polite pleas to do the right thing is over.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius didn’t mince his words yesterday when he slammed anti-lockdown protesters.

“They’re taking every opportunity to leverage the current situation to serve their ridiculous notions about so-called sovereign citizens, about constitutional issues and about how 5G is going to kill your grandkids,” he said.

“I mean It’s just crazy, it’s bats**t crazy nonsense.”

Now, a protest has been planned for the CBD next Saturday with a number of people indicating they’ll attend.

“This activity has the potential to send us backwards,” he said.

“Why on earth would we be wanting to see an activity, a protest undertaken which would exacerbate this risk. Particularly in a point in time, where in the past couple of weeks, we have been able to turn this around.

“Participating in this protest also carries with it a serious risk at the very hard work of the vast majority of Victorians who have been complying, will be undone by a small and selfish minority of foolish people who would wilfully further expose us to the deadly virus.

“It would not only be ironic but also a tragedy if those who are advocating for a premature end to stage four restrictions by their selfish conduct risk the further spread of the virus.

“Now is not the time to protest.”

Meanwhile, Greater Dandenong Mayor Jim Memeti called for “calm” and “compliance” in his community.

There have been small but vocal rallies daily, with attendees clashing with police on a number of occasions.

“I understand that people may be acting out of a sense of frustration with the current lockdown, but I urge them all to exercise, if they must, in complete compliance with the current restrictions in place,” Cr Memeti told The Leader newspaper

“We must all accept that we are in this together and that we will only maintain the positive improvements that have been achieved by Victorians, if we all adhere to the restrictions.

“Council is working with local police and community leaders to encourage those involved with these protests to reconsider their actions and work towards a more positive outcome.”

Shannon Molloy

Queensland has recorded four new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, which are all related to the outbreak at a correctional training centre.

There are 24 active cases in the state.

It was also announced that new restrictions on gatherings will be extended to the Darling Downs region.

Shannon Molloy

Daniel Andrews has reassured fatigued Victorians that he’s working on a pathway out of the state’s tough restrictions.

Victoria’s daily coronavirus cases number has dropped below 100, with 94 new infections recorded on Saturday alongside 18 deaths.

The last time the state recorded fewer than 100 cases was 55 days ago on July 5.

“Every day these numbers are falling, is a good day,” Mr Andrews said.

“Every day we see the strategy working is a good day.”

But the good news has been overshadowed by a sombre milestone, with Victoria’s fatality toll now passing 500.

The Premier said authorities continue to devise a strategy out of Melbourne’s stage four lockdown and the rest of the state’s stage three restrictions.

“What we hope we will be able to do is outline a plan that is not just for the short term but is a plan that gives people as much certainty as possible,” he said.

“We will give people the clearest sense of how these restrictions will be eased, what that COVID normal looks like and how things will run right the way through until vaccine comes.”

Mr Andrews has been reluctant to say when that roadmap out of lockdown will be revealed.

“We just need a bit more time to be able to be confident that we are, in fact, defeating this and that we can open up, gradually, steadily, safely.”

But he continues to indicate that details will be shared soon.

“I wish I could make all those announcement today but it would not be responsible. It would not be accurate, frankly, for me to pretend it is here quite yet.”

Mr Andrews pointed out that even when lockdown is over, there will still be new cases of coronavirus.

“There will be outbreaks. That is part of the COVID normal.

“Hopefully they are low numbers and hopefully we, it really staying the course now, can defeat this to such an extent that those numbers are very, very low and can be dealt with on their merits as individual cases and outbreaks rather than having to go to whole of summer, whole of state, whole of city rule.”

The reality is the “ultimate fix” to the coronavirus crisis is a vaccine.

But no one can predict when it will be ready given it has to be “proven, manufactured and administered”.

Until then, Mr Andrews was blunt in setting expectations that when the plan is enacted, things won’t totally return to normal.

Victorians will have to live with COVID-19 in a way that’s safe and reduced the chances of further outbreaks.

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