Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd says today’s toll of 19 new deaths reflects the high levels of coronavirus community transmission “seven to 10 days ago”, and he hopes future figures will drop.

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Follow today’s events as they unfold.

Live updates6mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 6:08am

By Yasmin Jeffery

No new coronavirus cases for SA today

There are eight active cases in the state.  

6mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 6:08am

By Yasmin Jeffery

Any news from WA? Hi any figures from WA as of yet? just need to report for work.



Hi Alison, 


WA Premier Mark McGowan spoke a little while ago, and no new cases were confirmed for the state today.  

9mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 6:05am

By Yasmin Jeffery

Does the Deputy Chief Medical Officer agree with calls for healthcare workers to wear N95, P2 masks?

Michael Kidd says: “The advice is that people should be wearing masks, of course, in areas of community transmission, and wearing respirator masks in circumstances where people are working with people with COVID-19.

“So I’ll have to have a look at the advice that the Australian Medical Association has put out to see if there is any difference between that and the national advice.”  

11mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 6:02am

By Yasmin Jeffery

‘Every residential aged care facility is expected to have plans for a pandemic’ 

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd is responding to a report that the aged care commission has been told the government doesn’t have plans in place for the aged care sector in response to a pandemic.


He replies: “Actually, every residential aged care facility under the accreditation requirements is expected to have infection controls in place and to have plans for when a pandemic occurs.


“And in the past we have seen the influenza pandemic, which occurred a decade ago, and this is the base of the plan, which each of the residential aged care facilities have as a basis for when COVID-19 first appeared in Australia, and ongoing advice was then provided about the specifics needed for dealing with this particular infectious agent.” 

19mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 5:55am

By Yasmin Jeffery

Deputy CMO ‘very concerned’ by reports of COVID-19 among healthcare and aged care workers 

Professor Kidd says it is “imperative” that people have access to the PPE they need to do their job safely, and to have support from colleagues to ensure they are using that equipment appropriately. 


The Deputy Chief Medical Officer says: “The Commonwealth will continue to meet all requests from states and territories for masks, both surgical masks and respirator P2, N95 masks.


“The medical stockpile now has over 280 million surgical masks and over 70 million respirator masks.


“To date, over 14 million respirator masks have been distributed by the Australian Government to states and territories, especially to Victoria, as well as to general practices and other community-based health settings.” 

22mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 5:51am

By Yasmin Jeffery

‘We are seeing the first promising signs of a significant reduction in daily numbers of cases’

That’s according to Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd, who adds it is still too early to be certain whether this will stick.


He says officials will need to follow the numbers closely over the coming week to know for sure: 


“While it’s heartening to see the declining number of cases being reported each day from Victoria, and we have seen that over the past five days, while we still have hundreds of cases being reported each day, we will continue to have people admitted to hospital and people becoming gravely unwell.


“And sadly some of those people will die. We will also continue to have significant risk of COVID-19 infection for senior Australians, receiving care in both residential aged care facilities and at home.


“This is the tragedy of COVID-19 and the tragedy of the high numbers we have seen in Australia over the past few weeks.


“COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on several aged care facilities, the people affected are our much loved parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, and the dedicated staff who provide excellent care, and support to the residents, each day.” 

26mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 5:48am

By Yasmin Jeffery

We’re getting a daily coronavirus update from Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd 


He says 337 people have been diagnosed as new cases of coronavirus in Australia in the past 24 hours, which is a “significant reduction from 10 days ago when we reported 747 new cases”. 


19 new deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours, all in Victoria.

This is the single highest number of deaths in a single day from coronavirus in Australia


The nationwide death toll is now at 313


“This is an agonising day for the members of the 19 families, who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 today,” Professor Kidd says. 



In total:


21,397 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus3,152 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in the last seven days 12,000 people are reported as having recovered from COVID-194.9 million tests have been carried out There are 664 people in hospital
There are 54 people in intensive care units There are 39 people on ventilators 33mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 5:41am

By Yasmin Jeffery

Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. June talks about her experience with COVID-19 in a new Victorian ad43mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 5:31am

By Yasmin Jeffery

Key takeaways from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ latest press conferenceABC News: Simon Tucci, File Photo


49mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 5:25am

By Yasmin Jeffery

WA records fifth consecutive day of no new COVID-19 cases 

There are three active cases, all of which are in hotel quarantine. 


The Premier Mark McGowan reminded people to remain on high alert and listen to health advice. 

51mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 5:23am

By Yasmin Jeffery

Top 10 Victorian nursing homes by number of total cases

Epping Gardens Aged Care is now well and truly ahead of St Basil’s Homes for the Aged, which was in the number one spot last week. 


Here are the full figures: 


188 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care

Resident cases – 93Staff case – 69Contact cases – 26


171 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Victoria

Resident cases – 84Staff case – 60Contact cases – 27


146 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility Ardeer

Resident cases – 51Staff case – 66Contact cases – 29


125 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes Kilsyth

Resident cases – 50Staff case – 49Contact cases – 26


106 cases have been linked to Baptcare Wyndham Lodge Community Werribee

Resident cases – 54Staff case – 37Contact cases – 15


97 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Heidelberg

Resident cases – 27Staff case – 52Contact cases – 18


93 cases have been linked to Outlook Gardens Aged Care Dandenong North

Resident cases – 38Staff case – 43Contact cases – 12


88 cases have been linked to Arcare Aged Care Craigieburn

Resident cases – 35Staff case – 32Contact cases – 21


79 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care Facility

Resident cases – 39Staff case – 26Contact cases – 14


78 cases have been linked to Aurrum Aged Care Plenty

Resident cases – 47Staff case – 20Contact cases – 1156mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 5:18am

By Jacqueline Howard

Melbourne’s new in-home COVID test Can anyone in Melbourne get the home test?


The at-home test is for vulnerable Victorians who cannot safely get to a testing site.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said some Victorians who could not get to coronavirus testing sites would be able to be tested at home for free within 48 hours.

“This is designed to ensure that approximately 200 vulnerable Victorians every day will have access to this new testing  capacity,” she said.

The program will let a person call the coronavirus hotline and book a home test after being assessed by a nurse over the phone.

The latest from Victoria here.

56mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 5:18am

By Yasmin Jeffery

The latest breakdown of coronavirus cases in aged care in Victoria 

As of today, there are now 1,756 coronavirus cases linked to 122 aged care facilities in Victoria. 


138 deaths have been linked to aged care. 


The total number of cases linked to aged facilities with active cases is 2,339. 


This is made up of:

Resident cases (cumulative): 1,088Staff cases (cumulative): 914Contact cases (cumulative): 337


Source: Victorian Government 

57mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 5:17am

By Yasmin Jeffery

ICYMI What does ICYMI mean please?Is that an actual word or just a lazy abbreviation?


Hi Carley, it means “in case you missed it”.  

1hhour agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 5:09am

By Yasmin Jeffery

Here’s more on the two women arrested for COVID-19 breaches in QueenslandSupplied: Valerio Conti


ICYMI earlier, Queensland police are questioning two teenage girls at a Sunshine Coast shopping centre over alleged COVID-19 breaches.

The teenagers, one from New South Wales and one from the Sunshine Coast, were detained at the Noosa Civic Shopping Centre this afternoon.

Police said the teenagers, aged 15 and 16, travelled to Queensland last Friday before the weekend’s hard border closure but had also been in Sydney.

Read the full story here.

1hhour agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 5:05am

By Jacqueline Howard

Why do you keep re posting the same questions and answers each day on this blog?

-Harley J

Our job is to help keep the community informed, Harley J.


If it’s clear that there’s a question the audience of the blog doesn’t know the answer to, then we’ll answer it, no matter how many times it’s been asked before.


While we have some really dedicated readers who consume everything we write on here, some people just pop by for a bit and we want to make sure they get the answers to their very important questions, too.  

1hhour agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 5:00am

By Yasmin Jeffery

Do you live in south-western Sydney?

If the answer to this is yes and you need to get tested for coronavirus, NSW Health has just announced the opening of two pop-up clinics. 


Here are the deets: 


1hhour agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 4:54am

By Yasmin Jeffery

Number of Australians over 60 as share of all infections rises for weeks

The ABC’s Casey Briggs just shared these graphs and offered up some context around them. 


1hhour agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 4:49am

By Jacqueline Howard

You can take your kids out for exercise with your partner in MelbourneI have 2 kids (4yrs & 8yrs) at home with us at the moment- Can we (Me & my wife) take our kids together out for some exercise -within 1 hr and within 5km radius of our home?


If you are a parent or guardian who is caring for a young child or someone who cannot be left unattended then they may accompany you if you exercise with another person. 1hhour agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 4:43am

By Jacqueline Howard

Melburnians cannot drive somewhere to exerciseIn your answer to Daniel’s question about dog parks half an hour ago, you said that the DHHS website says “you cannot drive to exercise”. I searched for this information and couldn’t find it anywhere and even sent a couple of questions to the blog and didn’t get a response (I know you’re super busy). I am in Melbourne and I’ve been driving my kids to parks or bike tracks within 5 km to ride bikes etc. Am I breaking the rules?

-Stressed and confused

Happy to clarify.

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