Victoria’s 14-day average coronavirus infection case numbers continue to drop.

Yesterday there were 14 new cases and the loss of eight lives reported, the DHHS posted on Twitter.

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Live updates5mminutes agoFriFriday 25 SepSeptember 2020 at 1:15am

By Alicia Nally

Victorian Deputy Premier is James Merlino is speaking nowABC News7mminutes agoFriFriday 25 SepSeptember 2020 at 1:13am

By Alicia Nally

Of today’s cases: 12 are in metropolitan Melbourne, two are in regional Victoria

 

ABC News

 

 

There are 58 Victorians in hospital.

 

Eight of those are receiving intensive care and six of the eight are on a ventilator.

 

A total of 2,635,282 test results have been received since the beginning of the year, that is 12,460 test results received since yesterday.

 

Mr Andrews said “90 per cent plus” tests are coming back within 24 hours.

 

And, he reminded everyone to get tested if you have any symptoms at all. 

 

There are 77 healthcare workers who are active cases.

11mminutes agoFriFriday 25 SepSeptember 2020 at 1:08am

By Alicia Nally

Nine of Victoria’s 14 new cases are linked to known outbreaks

 

Five of those 14 are under investigation by the public health team.

 

One has been reclassified.

 

There are 482 active cases in Victoria.

 

“That is the first time we have been below 400 cases for a considerable period of time and that is very pleasing,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

 

“I am sad to say there are now 781 Victorian whose have passed away as a result of this global pandemic — eight since my last
report.

 

“They were one male in his 60s, one female in her 70s, there females and one male in their 80s, one male and one female in their 90s.

 

“Seven of those eight deaths are linked to aged care.”

14mminutes agoFriFriday 25 SepSeptember 2020 at 1:06am

By Michael Doyle

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is speaking live

 

14mminutes agoFriFriday 25 SepSeptember 2020 at 1:06am

By Alicia Nally

Key EventFour new coronavirus infections in NSW

 

Health authorities in NSW have confirmed four new coronavirus infections in the 24 hours to 8.00pm yesterday.

 

Three are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

 

The other infection, a man in his 50s from Sydney’s south-west, has not yet been linked to any known cases or clusters.

 

His positive swab was flagged by NSW Health yesterday, but was officially included in the state’s COVID-19 statistics today.

 

A total of 13,686 tests were completed in the reporting period.

 

 

28mminutes agoFriFriday 25 SepSeptember 2020 at 12:52am

By Alicia Nally

Can cities go back to the way they were?

 

Not in the short term, according to Bond Business School’s Libby Sander.

 

She says even when restrictions were lifted in cities such as Sydney and London, offices stayed “very much vacant”.

 

But there are some significant ways in which they’ll come to life.

 

34mminutes agoFriFriday 25 SepSeptember 2020 at 12:46am

By Alicia Nally

Here’s some clarification on ADF help with domestic border patrols

  

Which borders are the ADF helping with into October?

-I’m in Melb – no border crossing for me

This morning Queensland Premier mentioned how annoyed she was that the defence force will only help patrol her state’s borders until the end of this month.

 

She understands the ADF will remain on the NSW/Victoria and Northern Territories borders until the end of October, and  at the South Australian borders until the middle of October.

 

She also said she understood SA was trying to extend that agreement until the end of Ootober.

 38mminutes agoFriFriday 25 SepSeptember 2020 at 12:42am

By Alicia Nally

Queensland’s Deputy Premier Steven Miles on Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg accusations 

ABC News

 

Dr Miles thought Mr Frydenberg had accused him of lying about asking for an extension to ADF’s services in patrolling the Queensland border.

 

But, Mr Frydenberg was actually saying that Dr Miles was using the defence force as a pawn in Queensland’s “border wars” with the rest of the country. 

 

Dr Miles refutes both.

52mminutes agoFriFriday 25 SepSeptember 2020 at 12:28am

By Alicia Nally

Parents of sporty kids can watch their games in NSW from tomorrow

  

From September 26 more than one parent or carer can watch their child play sport.

 

Spectators need to stay 1.5 metres apart from other households or wear a mask if that’s not possible. 

 

 

57mminutes agoFriFriday 25 SepSeptember 2020 at 12:22am

By Alicia Nally

This is what pandan is

 

 

Forgive my ignorance, but what is pandan? (the food, not the pots and pans thing)

-AB

 

AB, #lookBeforeYouHashtag has this covered:

 

Pandan is a herbaceous tropical plant that grows abundantly in Southeast Asia. In Chinese, it is known as “fragrant plant” because of its unique, sweet aroma. The cultivated plant, which is similar to the palm, features upright bright green leaves that are long, slender, and spiky. The leaves are used for their flavor in many Thai and Southeast-Asian dishes. Pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius) is also sold as a paste, extract, and powder, which are used to flavor desserts.Source: thespruceeats.com

-#lookBeforeYouHashtag

 

 

59mminutes agoFriFriday 25 SepSeptember 2020 at 12:21am

By Alicia Nally

Mystery behind the Mick posts

 

 

Alicia you opened the blog early this morning we had 2 posts by Mick and then you have been doing all of the work. Has he deserted you?

-What happened to Mick

 

Truth be told, Mick was being an absolute champ and got those two posts ready for me last night.

 

He’ll be joining us in a couple of hours.

1hhour agoFriFriday 25 SepSeptember 2020 at 12:19am

By Alicia Nally

Here’s some information about driving lessons in Melbourne under coronavirus restrictions

 

Unfortunately, under stage 4 and stage 3 restrictions, driving lessons are not one of the four reasons to leave home.

 

But there are special circumstances where learning to drive is allowed.

 

Professional driver trainer can continue if it is necessary for the operations of a permitted workplace.

 

For example, if someone needs training for emergency services personnel to meet immediate needs.

 

The instructor and the driver will both need a worker permit and must wear a face covering.

 

Some people can also sit a priority driving test if they are eligible.

 

VicRoads says you are eligible for a priority test if you will experience undue hardship as a result of not being able to access VicRoads’ services.

 

Undue hardship includes:

Someone who needs a current driver licence to be able to work as a permitted workerA person looking for work who needs a license to help them enter employment as a permitted workerA person’s licence is critical to their job, for example, a tradesperson travelling between sites

 

More information on priority testing can be found here.1hhour agoFriFriday 25 SepSeptember 2020 at 12:15am

By Alicia Nally

This is my favourite pandan recipe

 

 

Share some pandan recipes please! 🙂

-imisspandan

 

Putu Bambu.

 

 

 

 

Tried it in Malaysia for the first time in February and it quickly trumped pandan and coconut jelly (although I’ll still eat that any time of the day or night).

 

1hhour agoFriFriday 25 SepSeptember 2020 at 12:11am

By Alicia Nally

Victorian Premier is up at 11am today

 

You can watch via the livestream at the top of this blog, or via the ABC News Facebook page, here.Yesterday at 11:59pmThuThursday 24 SepSeptember 2020 at 11:59pm

By Alicia Nally

#PanDan or delicious pandan?

 

If you were watching the Bachelor finale in Victoria last night (and let’s be honest, we all were) you may have noticed some new ads attacking Premier Daniel Andrews and calling on people to #PanDan.

 

It was conjured up by the managing director of the advertising firm Regional Reach Australia Paul Banks, who has bought ads on SkyNews, Channel 10 Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper over the next three days calling on people to go outside a 8:59pm and bang on pots and pans.

 

Mr Banks told SkyNews he hoped the #PanDan campaign would “just make a little bit of noise” and draw the Premier’s attention to the “good, solid people” who were suffering through lockdown.

 

But social media has a way of making hashtag campaigns take on a life of their own, and #PanDan was overrun with Melburnians posting about their favourite pandan recipes.

 

 

Reporting by Rachel Clayton

Yesterday at 11:49pmThuThursday 24 SepSeptember 2020 at 11:49pm

By Alicia Nally

Victoria Police have released some stats for the past 24 hours

 

ABC News

 

Some more people were not following the rules in the state.

Police issued a total of 104 fines to individuals for breaching the Chief Health Officer directions, including:

14 for failing to wear a face covering when leaving home for one of the four approved reasons8 at vehicle checkpoints51 for curfew breaches

There were 29,436 vehicles checked at the vehicle checkpoints.

 

There were 2,568 spot checks on people at homes, businesses and public places across the state (total of 462,346 spot checks conducted since March 21).

 

And, here’s some examples of breaches:

Police intercepted a vehicle in Wyndham with five occupants from different addresses who were all more than 5km from their home address. Police issued fines to all vehicle occupants.A male in the Greater Dandenong area riding a bicycle with no helmet outside of curfew was spoken to by police. He stated he had fallen asleep at a friend’s house.Yesterday at 11:41pmThuThursday 24 SepSeptember 2020 at 11:41pm

By Alicia Nally

Some funny folk on this blog

 

What are the metro numbers for today so that i can run a presser?

-Dandrews

 

Mate, lift your game. You sleep in again? 

Yesterday at 11:37pmThuThursday 24 SepSeptember 2020 at 11:37pm

By Alicia Nally

Dancing still taboo in Queensland

 

Is there any update on dancing at weddings in QLD?

-Hopeful bride-to-be!

 

No.

 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told a reporter just now not to ask about that today because she had no updates!

 

We’ll keep you posted. 

Yesterday at 11:36pmThuThursday 24 SepSeptember 2020 at 11:36pm

Audience comment by Mandi

Yesterday at 11:35pmThuThursday 24 SepSeptember 2020 at 11:35pm

By Alicia Nally

Hoping for a time on Daniel Andrews’ appearance soonDo we know if/when Dan is up today?

-Presser

I’ve asked the Victorian ABC News crew and they’ll keep me posted.

 

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