After a week of quadruple infectious infections, Victoria has broken another unenviable record.
Welcome to Saturday’s live coverage of the Covid-19 situation in Australia.
Victoria has reported the highest jump in daily cases since the start of this outbreak, with 1,488 locally acquired cases announced today. This follows the state that registered 1143 new infections on Friday and 1438 infections on Thursday.
However, despite fears of a worsening outbreak in Queensland, the state reported only two additional cases, with no new restrictions announced.
Meanwhile, NSW registered 813 new Covid cases and 10 deaths, with no regular 11am press conference due to the shocking resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian. Her announcement came as the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) confirmed that they were investigating her over claims she had violated public trust over her secret relationship with disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire.
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Deputy Chief Health Officer warns of NRL grand final
With the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Penrith Panthers set to face off in the NRL’s grand final, NSW deputy health officer Dr Jeremy McAnulty has begged residents to avoid illegal gatherings.
“While I hope everyone enjoys the game, I want to remind people to continue to follow the safety rules,” he said.
“Social gatherings are not allowed in homes because you risk spreading the virus.
There are still high levels of Covid in the community and we need to remain vigilant even at such an important event for so many people.”
Currently, households are not allowed to have visitors in their homes, and these rules will remain in effect until October 11. From then on, restrictions in Greater Sydney will be eased, allowing households to welcome up to five visitors.
NSW records 813 cases
NSW recorded 813 new Covid-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
Tragically, there were also 10 Covid-related deaths during this reporting period.
Of these deaths, one person was in their fifties, three people in their sixties, two people in their seventies, three people in their eighties, and one person in their nineties.
“Five people came from south-west Sydney, two people came from west Sydney, one person was from inner-city Sydney, one person was from the Wollongong area and one person was from the Lake Macquarie area,” NSW reported. health.
Of the fatalities, four people had not been vaccinated at the time of death, while five people had received one dose of the vaccine, with one death occurring in a fully vaccinated case.
The western Sydney man in his 60s contracted Covid-19 at Mount Druitt Hospital and despite being fully vaccinated, he had underlying health problems, NSW Health reported.
In light of outgoing NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announcing her shocking resignation yesterday, there has been no press conference so far. Instead, the numbers were delivered through NSW Health’s Twitter account, with deputy chief health officer Dr. Jeremy McAnulty was expected to deliver a livestream at a later date.
Significant delays endangering Victorian
According to senior health ministry sources, there are fears of delays due to Victoria’s sudden uptick in cases where households have been exposed to unconscious infections.
In an exclusive of the Herald Sun, the publication reveals that reporting between the state health organization and Covid Quarantine Victoria (CQV) has been stretched from minutes to hours, meaning positive cases or primary close contacts unable to isolate at home should not be in an isolated environment if necessary. are allowed. This may involve a transfer to a quarantine hotel, complex care or health hotel, where the level or need for care is determined by the CQV.
“CQV usually gets confirmation of patient needs within two minutes, not two hours,” said an unnamed source
“It means that positive people are around non-positive people longer because of this failure.”
Queensland registers two new cases
Despite fears of increasing cases, Queensland reported just two new cases overnight.
Both cases were children of infections related to the aviation cluster, and it is believed they were not in the community while contagious. These new cases bring the total number of active Covid-19 cases in Queensland to 25.
Chief Health Officer Dr. Jeannette Young said this was “very good news” and encouraged residents to come forward and get vaccinated.
Despite this, Health Secretary Yvette D’Ath has announced that as of 1am tomorrow, the Richmond Valley LGA in NSW will be considered a hotspot. This is because the northern NSW town of Casino was shut down as of midnight Saturday, after they recorded one new infection on Friday.
Victoria records 1488 new cases
Victoria has recorded a further 1,488 locally acquired cases, which have become marginally the highest daily numbers on record by the state.
A total of 71,224 tests were received on Friday, with 36,878 vaccines administered.
The Victorian Department of Health also reported two deaths linked to the virus. This brings the state’s total number of Covid-19 deaths to 1,309.
As of Saturday midnight, the city of Greater Shepparton and Moorabool Shire went into lockdown in an effort to contain the rising infections.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has also given authorized workers (e.g. supermarket staff, cafe and restaurant staff, health care workers and emergency services) a vaccination deadline to ease the strain on the state’s hospital system. Authorized employees must have had at least one shot by October 15 and be fully vaxx by November 26 to continue working.
Supermarket giant waives the definition of close and informal contacts
Grocery giant Woolworths has received approval from NSW Health to relax their definitions for close and informal contacts, reports the ABC.
These new rules will apply to employees in their NSW distribution centers as a way to mitigate disruptions due to store closures and supply chain issues.
Despite this, the new definitions of what constitutes close and informal contact are considerably more relaxed.
In NSW, close contacts of a positive Covid-19 case must be isolated for 14 days from the point of contact, while informal contacts are asked to self-isolate until they return a negative test result.
However, new NSW Health-approved regulations from Woolworths state that as long as employees wear masks “properly” they will not be considered a close or informal contact. This also means that they are not required to isolate or return a negative PCR test to assume they work.
The 14 isolation period is only necessary for close contacts if employees were incorrectly wearing a mask, with their interaction lasting more than five minutes and not within the 1.5 meter social distancing requirement. Within communal environments (the cafeteria), close contacts will need to be isolated if they interacted for more than a minute within 2.5m of a confirmed case.
Similar rules apply to employees who are found to have incidental contact with a confirmed case, but in common areas this applies to people who were within 2.5 meters of an incidental contact, regardless of time spent. Despite this, they do not need to isolate while waiting for a negative PCR result and can return to work once they have series negative Rapid Antigen tests.
10,000 NSW residents plunged into lockdown
In the town of Casino in North Rivers, home orders went into effect at midnight October 2. The rules also apply to people who have visited or visited the city since September 24.
Home to a population of 10,914, they will remain in place until the rest of the state comes out of lockdown on Oct. 11. This is because five new infections were reported in the Northern Rivers on Friday, with the neighboring town of Kyogle also in lockdown.
Under these rules, people in Casino are only allowed to leave the home for an essential reason, such as grocery shopping for food, medical care, getting vaccinated, exercising, compassionate care, or for work or tertiary education that cannot be completed at home.
Queensland is getting closer to ‘hard and fast’ lockdown
After the state registered three new cases on Friday, Queensland could be closed again if more infections are reported.
While all three cases were linked, and test rates were also high, Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said that while a “hard and fast lockdown” is not currently needed, she would introduce one if necessary.
“This is serious,” she said. “We go fast, we go fast when we have to.
“The fundamental reason we’re not locked down is because we don’t have seeding or unlinked community transmission.”
Among those new infections, a Gold Coast man sparks new fears of a cluster after he was found to spend four days in the community while contagious. His infection is believed to be linked to an emerging aviation cluster that began after a man working in a training facility came into contact with overseas pilots and other aviation personnel.
Currently, the state has reported 15 infections in this outbreak, with transmission fears in Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast, Townsville and Palm Beach.
Originally published as Covid Live Updates: NSW, Qld, Victoria Matters, Shutdown, Restrictions