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LATEST DEVELOPMENTS * Direct flights from New Zealand into Melbourne will resume on Monday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says. * Victoria has gone a week without coronavirus deaths or new cases – the first time since February the state has had such a streak. * Mr Andrews says Victorians will have a better idea which restrictions might be eased throughout this month when he announces roadmap changes on Sunday. * The 25km Melbourne travel limit and “ring of steel” separating the city from the rest of Victoria are set to end. * Overseas travellers returning to Victoria would be able to quarantine at home under a proposed model recommended by the state’s hotel quarantine inquiry. * The inquiry’s interim report, tabled in parliament on Friday, recommends returned travellers be assessed individually for home quarantine suitability. * Those allowed to quarantine at home would be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing, be monitored throughout the 14-day period and face penalties if found to have breached quarantine. * NSW has recorded four new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the state’s Southern Highlands, with a local school and childcare centre closed for cleaning. * Of the nine cases in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, one was locally acquired and under investigation and three were known contacts of that case, while five were in hotel quarantine. * NSW residents can now freely travel to the Apple Isle after Tasmania opened its border to Australia’s most populous state for the first time in more than seven months. * The change removes the need for people travelling south from NSW to quarantine. * Annastacia Palaszczuk says Queensland could open to Victoria before Christmas if the southern state keeps a lid on COVID-19. * The Queensland premier says Victoria is doing well after a week without virus deaths or new cases and if the progress continues, the border could re-open before December 25. * Queensland recorded no new cases of COVID-19 with just eight active cases on Friday. * Western Australia and South Australia both recorded one new case each relating to returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. — AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS * There were 11 new cases recorded in Australia – nine in NSW, one in WA and one in SA. * The national death toll is 907: Victoria 819, 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 48,300,000 * Deaths: at least 1,230,000 * Recovered: at least 32,000,000. Australian Associated Press

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* Direct flights from New Zealand into Melbourne will resume on Monday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says.

* Victoria has gone a week without coronavirus deaths or new cases – the first time since February the state has had such a streak.

* Mr Andrews says Victorians will have a better idea which restrictions might be eased throughout this month when he announces roadmap changes on Sunday.

* The 25km Melbourne travel limit and “ring of steel” separating the city from the rest of Victoria are set to end.

* Overseas travellers returning to Victoria would be able to quarantine at home under a proposed model recommended by the state’s hotel quarantine inquiry.

* The inquiry’s interim report, tabled in parliament on Friday, recommends returned travellers be assessed individually for home quarantine suitability.

* Those allowed to quarantine at home would be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing, be monitored throughout the 14-day period and face penalties if found to have breached quarantine.

* NSW has recorded four new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the state’s Southern Highlands, with a local school and childcare centre closed for cleaning.

* Of the nine cases in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, one was locally acquired and under investigation and three were known contacts of that case, while five were in hotel quarantine.

* NSW residents can now freely travel to the Apple Isle after Tasmania opened its border to Australia’s most populous state for the first time in more than seven months.

* The change removes the need for people travelling south from NSW to quarantine.

* Annastacia Palaszczuk says Queensland could open to Victoria before Christmas if the southern state keeps a lid on COVID-19.

* The Queensland premier says Victoria is doing well after a week without virus deaths or new cases and if the progress continues, the border could re-open before December 25.

* Queensland recorded no new cases of COVID-19 with just eight active cases on Friday.

* Western Australia and South Australia both recorded one new case each relating to returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.

AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS

* There were 11 new cases recorded in Australia – nine in NSW, one in WA and one in SA.

* The national death toll is 907: Victoria 819, 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 48,300,000

* Deaths: at least 1,230,000

* Recovered: at least 32,000,000.

Australian Associated Press



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