* US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive to COVID-19, the president confirmed in a Twitter post.

* Victoria recorded seven new COVID-19 cases on Friday and two more deaths, taking the state toll to 802 and the national figure to 890.

* The latest victims were a man and woman in their 80s and linked to aged care.

* New Zealanders will soon be allowed to visit NSW and the Northern Territory when Australia opens its first international border since the coronavirus pandemic hit.

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison finalised a deal with his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Arden on Friday, paving the way for flights to restart from October 16.

* Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said exempting New Zealanders from mandatory two-week hotel stays would free up 325 quarantine places a week.

* Victoria’s hotel quarantine program has been improved in every possible way and is ready for international arrivals to resume, authorities have promised.

* The border stoush between Queensland and NSW could soon be over, with an end date for restrictions announced as NSW recorded seven days without a single locally transmitted case of COVID-19.

* Four new cases were diagnosed in NSW, all returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

* Queensland unveiled its COVID Safe Future plan, allowing eligible NSW visitors to skip quarantine on arrival from November 1 if case numbers remain on track.

* Two new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Queensland in crew members who had flown into Brisbane airport before boarding their ships.

* Tasmania will reopen its borders to states and territories with a low COVID-19 risk on October 26.

* South Australia established another COVID-19 quarantine hotel as it prepares to take more overseas arrivals and as two more cases were confirmed in returned travellers.

* West Australian authorities will keep a close watch on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria amid growing pressure to reopen the state’s borders.

* Senior cabinet minister Peter Dutton has promised big changes in aged care after a damning report criticised the federal government’s response to coronavirus.

* Temporary measures put in place to support disabled Australians through the coronavirus pandemic are being extended.

* New tax breaks for small and medium sized businesses are expected to benefit 1.5 million Australians.

* The Queensland government is close to locking in a $200 million investment deal to keep Virgin Australia’s headquarters in Brisbane.

* October 5 – VCE and VCAL students back at school for tests.

* October 8 – Singapore will open to Australian travellers – except Victorians – subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

* October 12 – Melbourne primary school students to return to on-site learning.

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

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

AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS

* There were 15 new cases in Australia – seven in Victoria, four in NSW, two in Queensland and two in South Australia. There were also two additional deaths in Victoria.

* The national death toll is 890: Victoria 802, NSW 55, 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).

GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS

* Cases: at least 34,495,499

* Deaths: at least 1,027,780

* Recovered: at least 25,677,951

Data current as of 1730 AEST October 2, taking in federal government and state/territory government updates, Worldometer and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre.

Australian Associated Press



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