Listed below are all the most recent developments within the coronavirus pandemic in Australia. That is Elias Visontay and it’s Friday 30 October.
Victoria out of lockdown
After greater than 100 days of strict lockdowns, Melburnians have been rewarded with a significant easing of Covid-19 restrictions, as case numbers for Victoria’s second wave of Covid-19 continued to lower.
On Friday, the rolling 14-day common for brand spanking new coronavirus circumstances in Melbourne dropped to 2.6, as authorities race to establish the transmission supply of simply two thriller circumstances. In the meantime, regional Victoria’s 14-day common for brand spanking new circumstances is zero, with no thriller circumstances.
Most retail outlets, eating places, cafes and pubs have been capable of – and did – reopen from the first minutes of Wednesday morning, however the ban on transferring greater than 25km from house nonetheless applies to metropolitan Melbourne. The state authorities plans to raise this restriction and permit journey to regional Victoria from 8 November if case numbers stay low.
Saturday will even be the primary time in additional than 100 days that premier Daniel Andrews is not going to entrance media for a day by day press convention.
Sydneysiders nonetheless banned from Queensland
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk introduced that from 3 November, her state will open its borders for quarantine-free arrival to the remainder of New South Wales, excluding all of Sydney.
The announcement was made on Friday, a day earlier than Queenslanders head to the polls to find out if Palaszczuk can be returned as premier.
Whereas Palaszczuk had beforehand been criticised for her robust border stance, Friday’s determination got here after she was briefed by Queensland’s chief well being officer, Dr Jeannette Younger, who had issues about group transmission in larger Sydney.
Western Australia border reopens
Premier Mark McGowan on Friday introduced that the state’s robust border closures which have remained in place because the begin of the pandemic will start easing.
From 14 November, Western Australia’s laborious border will “cautiously transition in the direction of a managed interstate border”, which is able to embrace well being screenings at Perth Airport and a willingness to take a Covid-19 check.
Vital entry restrictions will nonetheless apply to travellers from NSW and Victoria, together with self-isolation for 14 days with a compulsory check at 11 days, in addition to use of a monitoring app and police checks to make sure they don’t go away their place of quarantine.
Tasmania to reopen to NSW
Tasmanian premier Peter Gutwein introduced on Tuesday that travellers from NSW would be capable of re-enter his state with out quarantining.
The foundations, to return into impact from 6 November, imply that Victoria would be the solely state nonetheless closed off from Tasmania.
Colbeck doesn’t really feel personally accountable for aged care deaths
Within the second week of Senate estimates, there have been a number of revelations associated to the pandemic, together with feedback from aged care minister Richard Colbeck that he doesn’t feel personally responsible for the Covid-19 deaths which have occurred within the aged care sector.
Colbeck additionally instructed Senate estimates on Tuesday he’s decided to proceed in his position as aged care minister, saying his Coalition colleagues didn’t agree with a censure movement on him handed within the Senate.
The aged care royal fee not too long ago heard proof that the federal authorities didn’t have a Covid-19 response plan for the sector, nevertheless the federal government firmly denies this.
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