Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impactBlau Medical News
Information about coronavirus is changing day by day and minute by minute.
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At a glance
* Victoria recorded 372 new cases and 14 deaths on Friday, bringing its death toll to 289 and the national figure to 375.
* A man in his 20s became Australia’s youngest COVID-19 fatality.
* Infections in Victorian aged care continue to rise, with 2034 active cases across 119 facilities from a total 7877 active cases statewide.
* Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton is confident the state has passed its second wave peak, with the effect of Melbourne’s stage four lockdown to show in coming days.
* The findings of an inquiry into the Ruby Princess cruise ship’s March 19 arrival in Sydney reveal serious errors by authorities including a failure to test a new classification of suspected COVID-19 passengers.
* Speculation is rising over the identity of “patient zero” in Victoria’s second wave with reports a night manager at Rydges on Swanston was first to come down with the virus on May 25.
* About 70 per cent of Australia’s coronavirus deaths are among aged care residents.
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologised for aged care failings but rejected claims his government lacks a plan for the sector.
* NSW recorded nine new cases on Friday.
* SA reported one new case, a man in his 30s who recently returned from overseas.
* The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability will hold public hearings next week on the impact of COVID-19.
* Tasmania’s latest economic figures show employment better than expected but recovery modest.
* Canberra Airport is shutting down for at least two Saturdays due to the lack of flights in and out.
* Queensland has three new COVID-19 cases detected in a returned traveller from Sydney and two cargo ship crew members.
* More than 80 West Australian healthcare workers have volunteered to help Victoria’s COVID-19 fight.
* Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe warns high unemployment is likely to plague Australia for some time.
* Dr Lowe remains adamant the dole payment should not return to its pre-pandemic level. Labor fears more than 130,000 retail workers could be sacked if the JobSeeker payment returns to $40 a day.
* Just 5400 foreign visitors arrived in June as almost 16,000 Australians returned from overseas, with arrivals down more than a quarter in the full 2019/20 year. Less than 60 international students arrived in June, compared to 45,980 the same month the previous year.
* The final game of New Zealand’s Super Rugby Aotearoa between Auckland Blues and Canterbury Crusaders has been cancelled after the government extended COVID-19 restrictions.
* The AFL is yet to lock in a grand final date and venue amid calls from Premier Daniel Andrews for compensation if Victoria loses the showpiece event.
* The AFL has locked in another condensed fixture, with rounds 14 to 17 to be squeezed into 19 days.
* Three potential debutants have been selected in a 21-man national cricket squad for a limited-overs tour of England.
* August 2 to September 13 – stage four lockdown for Melbourne, including a nightly curfew, and stage three lockdown for regional Victoria.
* August 29 – The last remaining restrictions on gatherings to be removed in WA.
* August 31 – Tasmania’s borders will remain shut until at least the end of the month.
* September 11 – NSW government to waive the hotel quarantine fee for NSW residents returning from Victoria.
* November – Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry report due.
* There were 385 new cases recorded in Australia – 372 in Victoria, nine in NSW, three in Queensland, one in SA. 14 more deaths in Victoria.
* The national death toll as of Wednesday is 375: Victoria 289, NSW 53, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 6, SA 4, ACT 3. (Two Queensland residents who died in NSW have been included in the official tolls of both states).
* Cases: at least 21,082,038
* Deaths: at least 757,633
* Recovered: at least 13,933,175
Data current as of 1800 AEST August 14, taking in federal government and state/territory government updates, Worldometer and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre.