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* Victoria has reported one more COVID-19 death and 12 more cases, taking the state toll to 806 and national death count to 894. If Victoria hits a rolling 14-day average below five and a two-week total of below five mystery cases it will move to the third step of reopening by October 19.

*Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has pleaded for people to “stay the course” after large groups at beaches and parks flouted virus restrictions in recent days after weeks of lockdown in parts of the state.

*Public sector workers are being urged to return to their offices by the NSW government as the state recorded its ninth consecutive day without any community transmission of the virus.

*NSW’s recent low virus transmission rate could be at risk after almost 50 people shared a flight to Sydney with an infected Victorian traveller.

*Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the hard border will lift on November 1 – the day after Queenslanders head to the polls – provided NSW has no mystery cases of COVID-19 in the preceding 28 days.

*Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the fact US President Donald Trump had attracted COVID-19 showed no one was immune.

ECONOMY

* Treasurer Josh Frydenberg hopes Tuesday’s federal budget will help Australians back into work after the Australian economy suffered its biggest shock in 100 years from the coronavirus pandemic.

*Business groups have given the Morrison government’s $1.2 billion apprenticeship package the thumbs-up. It’s the latest initiative in a barrage of announcements during the past week heading into Tuesday’s budget.

October 3, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Credit: Darrian Traynor/Getty ImagesKEY DATES

* 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

* The national death toll is 894: Victoria 806, 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 35,127,685

* Deaths: at least 1,037,942

* Recovered: at least 26,121,874



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