Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

By | October 12, 2020

* Victoria recorded 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday – its fifth-straight day of double-digit infections – but no fatalities.

* It leaves the state’s virus death toll at 810 and the national figure at 898.

* Melbourne’s 14-day rolling average has increased slightly to 9.9 but is stable in regional Victoria at 0.4.

* Premier Daniel Andrews conceded Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown will likely be redrawn and restrictions could be eased with daily COVID-19 figures in the mid-teens.

* He said at some point Victorian authorities may have to “call it” and acknowledge “this is as good as it will get”.

* Victoria’s most senior public servant Chris Eccles resigned after phone records revealed he spoke to the head of police as the state’s hotel quarantine program was hastily set up.

* Even though he has no memory of the call, the former Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary said he was “absolutely certain” he did not convey a decision about using private security to former Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton.

* Mr Andrews told reporters he was “shocked” when he learned Mr Eccles had made the call and agreed with his decision to resign.

* A year 12 pupil at Nazareth College in Melbourne’s southeast tested positive, scuppering plans to reopen the school.

* Mr Andrews hit back at federal politicians including Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who told the premier to “get on with” opening the state and “stop stringing people along”.

* The ACT is also poised to roll out a plan to take in a plane-load of Australians wanting to return home every fortnight.

* Mr Morrison talked down the potential for Australians to holiday in Europe or the United States soon, with his focus on reopening travel ties with less COVID-hit countries.

* NSW recorded one new locally acquired case and five more infections among returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. Two further cases reported past 8pm on Sunday are linked to a medical clinic in Lakemba. Both are general practitioners.

* A crewman from a bulk iron ore ship anchored off the coast of WA was one of two new cases. Another six crew members have also tested positive and will be counted among Tuesday’s figures.

* Queensland notched up yet another day of no new infections and there are now just four active cases across the state.

* An investigation into the bungled handling of COVID-19 travel exemptions for family members of AFL players has found issues with SA Health’s processes including a lack of proper record keeping.

* October 19 – Some restrictions in Melbourne expected to be eased.

* October 26 – Tasmania’s state of emergency due to expire.

* November 1 – Queensland border reopened to NSW visitors subject to conditions being met.

* November 2 – Regional Victoria residents allowed to travel to the Northern Territory if case numbers remain low.

* November 6 – Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry report due.

AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS

* There were 23 new cases in Australia – 15 in Victoria, six in NSW and two in WA.

GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS

* Cases: at least 37,476,000

* Deaths: at least 1,076,000

* Recovered: at least 26,080,000

Data current as of 1730 AEDT October 12, taking in federal government and state/territory government updates, Worldometer and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre.

Australian Associated Press

Western Advocate – Health