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Live updates2mminutes agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 2:40am

By Michael Doyle

Infectious diseases says COVID-19 rules will need to stay for years


An expert in controlling infectious diseases says rules designed to restrict the spread of COVID 19 will have to stay in place for years, even after a vaccine has been developed.
Researchers around the world are racing to develop a safe vaccine, and Donald Trump has claimed one could be ready before next month’s presidential election.
But associate professor Adam Kamradt-Scott from Sydney University says health authorities won’t know how effective a coronavirus vaccine will be for at least 12 months after its been produced…and a large percentage of the population has been immunised. 
“We don’t know whether or not its going to confer immunity for six months, whether or not it’s a year, ideally it might be lifelong but from the evidence we have about the virus at the moment, that that may not be possible,” he said. 

12mminutes agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 2:30am

By Michael Doyle

What about fire preparation?


Has the question been asked about travelling to prepare properties for bushfire season



Hey Sandra.


They have asked this question. 


As a matter of fact, the question was asked directly to Premier Daniel Andrews on behalf of the ABC blog yesterday. 


The Government and the CHO have said measures are being worked out now, to allow people from Melbourne to get to their regional properties to prepare for bushfire season.

20mminutes agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 2:22am

By Michael Doyle

Federal Opposition puts pressure on Government ahead of budget


The Federal Opposition’s accusing the Government of having a bad record of poor budget assumptions after it emerged that its figures are based on a COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough next year.

The Government’s confirmed tomorrow’s budget papers have factored in delivery of a successful vaccine and the benefit it could have on the economy. 

But Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers says he has concerns after the last budget update assumed Victoria wouldn’t face a second lockdown and international borders would be open by January.

25mminutes agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 2:17am

By Michael Doyle

Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany refuses to comment on Trump’s testing timeline.35mminutes agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 2:07am

By Michael Doyle

People being moved from Sydney beach


People are being moved away from North Bondi Beach due to potential overcrowding. 
Waverly Council earlier praised residents and visitors from adhering to social distancing rules at Sydney’s busiest beaches, but there are fears those beaches will become too crowded this afternoon with temperatures in the 30s ahead of a cool change tonight.

44mminutes agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 1:58am

By Michael Doyle

Victoria Police issue 125 fines for COVID breaches on Sunday


There were 125 fines handed out by police in Victoria yesterday for COVID-19 breaches. 


Among them were a group of 10 men who were partying in a short term rental.

52mminutes agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 1:49am

By Michael Doyle

Restrictions in Auckland set to be lifted


All coronavirus restrictions are set to be lifted across New Zealand’s biggest city later this week.

The country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Auckland will join the rest of the country at alert level one on Wednesday.

She says there’s now a 95 per cent probability that the cluster which broke out in the city has now been eliminated.

1hhour agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 1:37am

By Michael Doyle

NSW lifesavers are fine-tuning safety measures ahead of summer 


New South Wales lifesavers say the warm weather across the holiday long weekend has provided a chance to fine-tune high-tech safety measures ahead of summer.


Beaches have been packed, but authorities say crowds have generally been well behaved and COVID 19 rules have been observed.


Joel Wiseman from New South Wales Surf Lifesaving says 21st century equipment is helping make beaches safer, both in and out of the water. 
“Our drones are up in the air and we’re providing numbers constantly back to our new state of the art ops centre, we’ve got cameras at over 40 locations across the state and we’ve got artificial intelligence into some of the CCTV cameras that actually does crowd counts,” he said. 

1hhour agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 1:27am

By Michael Doyle

Key EventProfessor Sutton says it will be ‘line ball’ whether Melbourne makes the 14-day average threshold


Professor Sutton was asked whether he thought Melbourne would be able to get the 14-day rolling average below five cases per day before October 19.


This was the threshold needed to move to Step Three of eased restrictions. 


Professor Sutton told reporters this morning it would be a very close call.


“My gut feel … it will be a line ball. Look, it’s not a certain one way or the other,” he said. 

1hhour agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 1:23am

By Michael Doyle

Some of your comments from this morning


Michael the update on Dan Andrews’ jacket is exceptional and I really do thank you for that. It’s the news that i really didn’t know that I needed.

-Grateful and informed


It’s very hard to overstate how absolutely devastating it will be if the 5km rule doesn’t change in the next set of restrictions. For many of us that is the thing that has prevented us from seeing friends and family for more than three months. I don’t know how much longer we can hold out. I want to cry just thinking about it.




I’ve followed the rules since March, and I’ll keep following until they are gone, but I am so tired. Why can’t they ease the 5k rule? Their roadmap said they would…. It doesn’t make sense, to not ease that rule with the other things coming in at step 3……



For the sanity of all those that live in the Melbourne Metro area lift the 5 KLM limit

-Paul H


I’m just here to say that I’m following Brett Sutton’s beard progress with serious interest. How is he continuing to get even more handsome? What a delight.

-Get on the beards

 1hhour agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 1:13am

By Michael Doyle

Joe Biden tests negative to COVID-19


The campaign team for Democratic Presidential nominee, Joe Biden, say he has been tested for COVID-19 and received a negative result.  

1hhour agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 1:05am

By Michael Doyle

ACT records zero new case of COVID-19


1hhour agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 1:01am

By Michael Doyle

The Victorian press conference has finished


The daily press conference from Victoria is finished. 


Not all of the content was COVID-19 related, so I guess we learned something new today.


Here is a summary:


There are 227 active case in VictoriaThere are nine new case, zero deathsSix cases are under investigationThere is a further one mystery case, with the postcode of 3046 now added to the listOn October 12, all Year 7 students will go back to school along with all primary school students, VCE, VCAL students and special schools.For Years 8, 9 and 10, they will return to face-to-face learning on October 26.1hhour agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 12:55am

By Michael Doyle

Daniel Andrews ducks questions on his jacket  ABC News


Premier Daniel Andrews was asked (in jest of course) about where his North Face Jacket has gone. 


He has not worn it in a number of weeks.


The Premier says he has not given it a lot of thought. 


Weather experts say Summer is hotter than Winter, so this could be bad news for the jacket in 2020. 


There is no word about how the jacket feels about this snub.

1hhour agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 12:46am

By Michael Doyle

Things like music lessons, PE, extracurricular activities, after school activities will they be allowed when kids return next term?


Deputy Premier James Merlino said: 

Things like camps obviously won’t be allowed for metropolitan schools but things such as PE, school sports, those activity, yes, they will happen.

1hhour agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 12:43am

By Michael Doyle

New sites announced where positive cases visited

People who visited these areas have been encouraged to monitor their health:

Leo Fine Food and Wine Supermarket on Summerhill Rd in Glen Iris from 12:00-2:20pm on September 26.Aldi on Ashley St in West Footscray on September 25White Line Tyres in Carrier Street, Benalla between 12:00-3:00pm on September 30.2hhours agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 12:32am

By Michael Doyle

Professor Sutton could not confirm if the 5km rule would be ease in Step Three


Professor Sutton was unable to say whether or not the 5 kilometre radius rule would be scrapped for Melbourne in the next easing of restrictions.

2hhours agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 12:26am

By Michael Doyle

Key EventQueensland records zero new case of COVID-19


There are no new case of COVID-19 in Queensland. 


The state still has six active cases.


2hhours agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 12:21am

By Michael Doyle

Doctor Stephen Corbett discusses the latest NSW COVID-19 case


2hhours agoMonMonday 5 OctOctober 2020 at 12:17am

By Michael Doyle

Professor Sutton says measures being established for bushfire preparation  ABC News.


Professor Sutton said work is being done to allow people from Melbourne to travel to region properties to prepare for the bushfire season.


“There will have to be bushfire prep in advance of the season,” he said. 


“That is being worked on at the moment. The communications and allowances for that are being worked through.”

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