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Live: Andrews set to announce just under 400 new coronavirus cases

Victoria has recorded another 384 coronavirus cases and six deaths, with Premier Daniel Andrews declaring he has “no confidence” that the state’s private aged care homes are controlling their outbreaks.Follow Tuesday’s events as they unfolded.Live updates3ddays agoBy Nicholas McElroyClosing time for the blogWe’ll be back tomorrow. Look after yourselves. 3ddays agoBy Nicholas McElroyMiami has more COVID-19…

Live: Andrews set to announce just under 400 new coronavirus cases

Victoria has recorded another 384 coronavirus cases and six deaths, with Premier Daniel Andrews declaring he has “no confidence” that the state’s private aged care homes are controlling their outbreaks.

Follow Tuesday’s events as they unfolded.

Live updates

By Nicholas McElroy

Closing time for the blog

We’ll be back tomorrow. Look after yourselves. 

By Nicholas McElroy

Miami has more COVID-19 cases than all of Australia, and thousands more are still being diagnosed every day

Reuters

While Victoria struggles with a surge in COVID-19 cases, the US state of Florida is battling a spike of a very different magnitude.

  

After peaking at 15,000 cases in one day, it is still registering thousands of new cases each day, with more than 400,000 people having tested positive.

“There are more cases of COVID-19 here in Miami than in Australia,” ICU nurse Kevin Cho Tipton told 7.30.

“We have 65,000 people in Miami that have the virus.”

Miami’s population of 2.7 million people is just over half of greater Melbourne’s 5 million.

By Nicholas McElroy

COVID-19 at a glance

  • Over 16.4 million (16,481,230) confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 654,052 deaths have been reported across approximately 219 countries and regions.
  • 15,304 confirmed cases in Australia and 167 deaths
  • Victoria reported six new deaths for the last 24 hours (a man and a woman in their 90s, two women and a man in their 80s and a man in his 70s).
  • Four of the deaths are linked to aged care facilities.
  • Over 4 million (4,032,061) tests have been conducted for COVID-19 in Australia.

By Nicholas McElroy

Couple fined $1,000 for refusing COVID-19 compliance checks at home

Via Facebook

A man and woman from the New South Wales South Coast who filmed themselves refusing a COVID-19 compliance check after returning from Victoria have been fined and ordered to attend court for breaching quarantine for a third time.

 

The video, which was widely shared on Facebook before being removed, showed Lake Illawarra officers attending the Kiama Heights home, south of Wollongong, to check its occupants were self-isolating.

The occupants, a 36-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, refused to open the door for the officer or answer his questions.

The couple repeatedly asked the Leading Constable to provide his name, badge number, and personal liability insurance.

They then accused the officer of trespassing on their property and said they planned to “go after” him personally.

By Nicholas McElroy

Sydney yacht club closed, coronavirus alert extended after Potts Point restaurant outbreaks linked

Image via Facebook

NSW Health has ramped up its alert for people who have eaten out in Potts Point over the past week, after confirming a link between the Thai Rock and Apollo restaurant outbreaks.

 

Two people who have tested positive for COVID-19 dined at the Thai Rock restaurant and days later at the Apollo restaurant.

 

In a statement, NSW Health said it “now believes this links the two outbreaks”.

The two new cases also visited the Cruising Yacht Club Australia (CYCA) in Rushcutters Bay, NSW Health said.

NSW Health has now upgraded its advice to ask anyone who visited the Apollo restaurant on July 22 to isolate and get tested, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.

Anyone who attended the CYCA on July 23, 24 and 26 is advised to monitor for symptoms and get tested if they develop.

By Nicholas McElroy

Victoria suspends elective surgeries and sends health staff into aged care homes as the death toll increases

AAP: Daniel Pockett

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb within aged care homes throughout Melbourne, the State Government has redirected resources, put surgery on hold, and sent the army into aged care homes in the fight to quell the spread.

So what’s being done to help?

By Nicholas McElroy

Victorian jobs hit from renewed coronavirus lockdown highlights second wave economic risks

The renewed lockdown in Victoria has driven a fall in employment, as analysts say the coronavirus recovery across Australia appears to have “run out of puff”.

Bureau of Statistics figures show the number of people employed on payroll fell 1.1 per cent between mid-June and mid-July, with the fall double that in Victoria.

The data from July 11 captures the first couple of days of Melbourne’s renewed coronavirus restrictions that have seen beauty and personal care businesses forced to shut, with cafes and restaurants returning to take-away and delivery only.

The restrictions also limit the reasons Melbournians can leave their homes, and require them to wear face masks when doing so.

Separate data from the Commonwealth Bank for the week ending July 24 shows the effect these renewed restrictions are having on consumer spending, with in-store purchases plunging.

 

By Nicholas McElroy

Three new cases from ‘Potts Point area cluster’

NSW Health says there are three new cases linked to the Potts Point area cluster

The department is asking anyone who visited the Apollo restaurant in Potts Point to immediately self-isolate for 14 days and be tested for COVID-19 regardless of symptoms

Two of the new cases visited the restaurant on Wednesday July 22, then the Cruising Yacht Club Australia in Rushcutters Bay on subsequent nights. 

The third case is a staff member of Apollo

By Nicholas McElroy

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Health Minister Greg Hunt speaks about his late father living in aged care.

By Nicholas McElroy

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he would not let his mother into some private aged care homes.

By Nicholas McElroy

Inquiry to be held into St Basil’s in Melbourne

  

Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck says he hopes to have an investigation into the outbreak at St Basil’s aged care home up and running as soon as possible while people still have fresh and accurate memories of how things were handled. 

Several families have expressed concern to the ABC about what they say was a relaxed attitude around the use of masks, basic infection control measures and communication in the early stages of the outbreak, which began on July 9.

St Basil’s has defended its response, saying staff have worn masks on every shift since they were made mandatory by the Federal Government on July 13. 

“There’s a lot of concern, fear and passion in the community about it,” Senator Colbeck told ABC Radio Melbourne. 

“I was on a Zoom meeting with [St Basil’s] families on Sunday night and there were quite a few questions and those people deserve to have their questions answered.”

He said his department was working to get an investigation running as soon as possible, but the details of how it would be run were yet to be determined.

By Lauren Roberts

Are masks mandatory for golf?

Must I ware a mask on my golf course?

-Brendan of Brighton

The good news is you can still PLAY golf. There’s a fair few rules, though, such as you can only play golf with one other person or members of your household. When it comes to face masks, the Victorian Government says you need to wear a mask if you’re doing exercise and are not out of breath or puffing. By that logic, most golfers should wear a mask.

“If you are doing exercise or a physical activity where you are out of breath or puffing, such as jogging or running, you do not need to wear a face covering. You must carry a face covering with you and wear it before and after you exercise. If you are doing exercise or a physical activity where you are not out of breath or puffing, such as walking, then you must wear a face covering.”

By Nicholas McElroy

New coronavirus case confirmed as woman who moved from Victoria to South Australia

Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier said the woman was allowed to moved with her family from Victoria to South Australia on Saturday.

 

The move was approved because she was starting a new job.

The woman was tested in line with requirements for all people arriving from Victoria to have a test within 24 hours.

By Nicholas McElroy

More on the SA figures 

The state recorded one new case of COVID-19 on Tuesday. 

The case was a woman aged in her 20s who arrived from interstate. She has been in quarantine since her arrival. 

There are now three active cases in South Australia and more than 441 people have been cleared of COVID-19. 

By Nicholas McElroy

Figures out of South Australia

What about SA?

-Radelaidian

Hi, Just wondering I haven’t seen an update on SA number? Are you able to provide them Thanks

-Matthew

Any updated numbers on South Australia? Cases, tests, border arrests or other fun facts?

-Forgotten Child

Here they are guys. 

By Nicholas McElroy

Key Event

‘I cannot imagine a better care’: Federal Health Minister says he is comfortable with loved ones in private care

ABC News

At his press conference this afternoon, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt was asked whether he would be comfortable with a loved one living in a private aged care home.

  

Mr Hunt fought back tears as he spoke about his father Alan, a former state planning minister and president of the Victorian Legislative Council, who died in 2013 aged 85.

“My father lived in one, yes,” he replied.

“It’s a difficult decision for any family and it’s a difficult time. 

“My father lived in one and we knew that that meant he was in the later stages of his life. 

“I cannot imagine better care than my family and my father could have got and I speak, I think, for hundreds of thousands of families around the country. 

“So, yes. And the idea that our carers, that our nurses are not providing that care, I think, is a dangerous statement to make. 

“They are wonderful human beings and I won’t hear a word against them.”

By Nicholas McElroy

Key Event

‘I would not let my mum be in some of these places’: Andrews on aged care homes

ABC News

In his press conference this morning, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was asked whether he would be comfortable having one of his relatives in a private aged care home in Victoria.

Mr Andrews responded by speaking about his mother, who is in her mid 70s and lives at home in country Victoria.

“Some of the stories we’ve seen are unacceptable and I wouldn’t want my mum in some of those places,” Mr Andrews said.

“I would not let my mum be in some of these places. I just wouldn’t.”

“But that’s not a decision I have to make at the moment because she’s living at home and she’s very happy to be at home.

“And if she’s watching this, she’ll be very angry that I’m even contemplating the notion of her going into residential aged care.”

By Lauren Roberts

Will IVF be suspended? 

Can you please confirm whether IVF procedures (both egg collection and embryo transfers) can continue despite the (understandable) halt to elective surgery?

— Hopeful

By Nicholas McElroy

BLM arrests in NSW

ABC News: Mridula Amin

Police have arrested six people, including organiser Paddy Gibson, at a Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney.

Five of those arrested were handed penalty infringement notices. 

Mr Gibson was put in the back of a police vehicle before the rally was due to start at 12:00pm.

After he was fined $1,000 for breaching a public health order, Mr Gibson was whisked into State Parliament through the back entrance by Greens MP Jenny Leong.

By Nicholas McElroy

Cases under investigation

We hear daily of the number of cases under investigation, usually a high % of new cases.What is the current balance in Victoria of outstanding cases unresolved?

-alan

Health.gov.au













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