World News – UA – Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Victoria Continues Drop in COVID-19 Cases As 2020 AFL Grand Finals in Queensland Begins, Government Aiming to Bring 20,000 Expats Home From Home here Christmas


An hour before the gates of Albert Park opened to Grand Prix fans, an email from Brett Sutton landed in the inbox of Minister of Health Jenny Mikakos

His tone was obvious, his reasons explained and his conclusion clear: the race was not to go as planned

The night before, a member of the McLaren Formula 1 team had tested positive for COVID-19, the new coronavirus which is rampant across Europe In a hospital in Melbourne, Victoria’s first mysterious case came from be diagnosed; a confirmed COVID-19 infection that could not be attributed to international travel or another case

Victoria’s health official told Ms Mikakos he has consulted with Australia’s chief medical officer and infectious and epidemiological disease experts

More than half a million people in the United States could die from COVID-19 by the end of February, but around 130,000 of those lives could be saved if everyone wore masks, according to estimates from a new modeling study

Estimates, taken from a study by researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, show that with few effective treatment options for COVID-19 and no vaccine still available, the United States faces « an ongoing public health COVID-19 challenge during the winter »

The coronavirus tightens its grip on the heart of the United States, experts warning of a winter outbreakCredit: AP

« We’re heading into a really big fall / winter wave, » said Chris Murray, director of IHME, who co-led the research

He said projections, along with actual evidence for rising infection rates and deaths, showed there was no basis for « the idea of ​​the pandemic going away, » adding: « We don’t think that’s true »

Department of health urges all families and staff at East Preston Islamic College and Croxton School to get tested as northern suburban outbreak triggers four new positive cases of coronavirus

The department has also told the 800 or so people close to East Preston College to stay home until they receive their results

The Islamic College of East Preston was closed after it was revealed that a fifth grader who should have self-isolated as a close contact of positive cases attended the school on Monday and Tuesday

A community health program began Thursday morning with more than 89 homes approached and 31 tests carried out as additional testing sites were promised for the Hume, Banyule and Darebin areas in the coming days

So-called « rapid response test teams », and mission teams, have also provided testing and information to â ?? The Mallâ ???? and the Malahang reserve with more than 80 people present

The department also texted residents of Melbourne’s northern suburbs, including Dallas, Roxburgh Park, Broadmeadows, Preston and West Heidelberg, urging those with symptoms to get tested

The department is also testing a number of secondary close contacts at Sirius College and Ilim College

Victoria Testing and Community Engagement Commander Jeroen Weimar said East Preston Islamic College has « taken positive steps to deal with this situation and is working closely with us It was closed for a deep cleaning « 

« Staff and students who are in close contact – and their families – have been identified and have been in quarantine for 14 days, » Mr. Weimar

â ???? We have a number of people self-isolating at home or as part of the Covid-19 shelter program and are being monitored by Austin Health and Banyule Community Health

« I am very grateful to our community leaders for working with us to keep people safe. I have organized several sessions over the past two days to listen and take advice from key community members We are all Victorians working together to keep this virus away from our familiesâ ????

Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland is working to fully reopen state borders before Christmas, with a new deal also extending pandemic leave payments to self-isolated or quarantined residents

After a national cabinet meeting on Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said all states except Western Australia had agreed to the plan in principle, with Ms Palaszczuk confirming shortly after that the Queensland would work to achieve this

« There is a national aspiration to look at December [for the reopening], which will depend on health advice, » the prime minister said during a campaign stop in Murarrie « It also depends on the situation in Victoria, and we are also monitoring the situation in New South Wales closely »

It comes with the decision to open the border to NSW expected by the end of next week and new cases in the southern state that cast doubt on it would happen this month

Five hundred people are now allowed to demonstrate in political protests in New South Wales, amid concerns that the rigorous policing of some outdoor protests was out of step with other restrictions relaxed

The public health ordinance was updated on Friday to increase the number of people allowed to protest outside, which was previously 20, provided the organizer has a COVID-safety plan. 19 and that the groups respect the four square meter rule

University protests met with particularly strong police backlash NSW police say protests can now continue under relaxed restrictionsCredit: Rhett Wyman

It comes as NSW has not recorded any new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in the last 24-hour reporting period, and seven cases have been detected in overseas travelers in quarantine of hotel

The relaxed restrictions will allow protests to proceed without encountering a brutal police response, which was widely condemned earlier this month when students and staff were pushed to the ground during a protest by the ‘University of Sydney against changes in higher education education sector

The Victoria Health Department has moved in the past 48 hours to step up contact tracing with the school community to avoid a repeat of this week’s communication blackout that led to a student, who should have be in quarantine, at school when she was infected with the coronavirus

East Preston Islamic College principal Ekrem Ozyurek said the 5th grade boy was in school Monday and Tuesday due to a misunderstanding with the boy’s family

The boy’s dating, when it was potentially contagious, triggered the closure of this school and Dallas Brooks Elementary School and put about 800 people in isolation, including 83 families

Victoria recorded just one new case of coronavirus on Friday and no deaths Prime Minister Daniel Andrews confirmed the new case was the relative of another student at East Preston Islamic College

Prime Minister Scott Morrison still hopes to bring more than 20,000 Australians home by Christmas, but progress in helping those stranded abroad has been more than offset by new additions to the list

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the National Cabinet, excluding Western Australia, have agreed on a plan to reopen the economy by ChristmasCredit: Alex Ellinghausen

All states except Western Australia on Friday approved a plan in the national cabinet to reopen the country nationally by Christmas, provided that contact tracing and testing solid coronaviruses are in place

« Certainly seven of the eight states and territories will be open and it will be a great day for Australia. You never know, there may be eight, » said M Morrison

G’day everyone! It’s Roy Ward here and I’m showing up again for today’s COVID-19 Live Blog

In Victoria, we nervously await today’s COVID-19 case numbers in hopes of having another day with just a few new cases or even a ‘day zero’ as fans of the AFL await the historic AFL Grand Final tonight at Gabba in Brisbane where Richmond will face Geelong

So there is a lot to cover today as we also research more information on the Australian Government’s plans to bring home up to 20,000 expatriates from overseas by Christmas and its new aim to open all borders except Western Australia then so families can potentially reunite for the holidays

As always, you can leave a comment on the blog or send me a tweet directly to @rpjward on Twitter

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World News – AU – Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Victoria pursues lower COVID cases -19 As AFL 2020 Grand Final in Queensland begins, government aims to get 20,000 expats home by Christmas



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