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In more positive Australian news the Sunshine state of Queensland has recorded no new cases of Covid-19, after recording two new infections yesterday.
There are now only 6 active cases in the state, five of these in hospital.
Deputy Premier of Queensland, Steven Miles has just spoken to media about the first day of relaxed Covid-19 restrictions,
We stood for the first time in bars and cafes and restaurants to enjoy their drinks and their snacks and again, that’s just another reward for how effectively we’ve managed the virus here in Queensland.
Victoria records three deaths and just 8 new Covid-19 cases
Australia’s Covid-19 ravaged state of Victoria has recorded only 8 news cases on Saturday, marking their second consecutive day of single-digit numbers, and bringing the rolling two-week average down to 12.
The state also recorded an additional three deaths, bring the death toll to 805.
Hello, Matilda Boseley here, and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Of course, the biggest news of today is the US President Donald Trump being transferred to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19. Check out all the updates on our US Politics live blog.
I’ll be bringing you all the major Trump news along with Covid-19 updates from around the world. Feel free to get in touch on Twitter, @MatildaBoseley, or shoot me an email at email@example.com
Another thing to look out for across the pacific, authorities in Sydney are scrambling to contact all passengers on board a flight from Melbourne after possibly being exposed to Covid-19.
A potentially infectious passenger travelled on Jetstar flight JQ510 on 27 September and was recently diagnosed while quarantining. Currently, the majority of people who travel from Victoria to NSW must undertake mandatory hotel quarantine, but there is concern for the 47 passengers who travelled with special permits, exemptions or as part of the airline crew.
Authorities are now contacting all passengers on the flight and asking them to either quarantine or monitor for symptoms. The NSW health department says there is “no ongoing risk of infection to the general public”.
To start us off, here is a bit of a crash course to get you up to speed on the news of the last day:
- The World Health Organization has finalised approval for a second antigen-based rapid diagnostic test, giving it emergency use listing.
- Brazil has surpassed the grim milestone of more than 145,000 deaths. The death toll now sits at 145,388, compared with 144,680 yesterday, the country’s health ministry said. Brazil has also registered 4,880,523 confirmed cases, up from 4,847,092 yesterday.
- New York state’s daily count of coronavirus cases topped 1,500 for the first time since late May as the governor, Andrew Cuomo, warned local governments they will face fines if they do not enforce social distancing and mask rules.
- The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started a safety review after some patients taking coronavirus drug remdesivir reported serious kidney problems. The EU regulator said it is not clear “whether remdesivir was causing the acute kidney injury but that the issue warrants further investigation”.
- Authorities ordered the lockdown of more than 100 towns and villages across Lebanon after hundreds of people tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days amid a shortage of hospital beds.
- France reported 12,148 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the French health ministry said. Friday’s figure is lower than Thursday’s 13,970 and well below highs of more than 16,000 recorded last week.
- Denmark will cull around 1 million mink after finding further coronavirus infections among the animals at farms that breed them for their fur, authorities said. The Nordic country is the world’s largest producer of mink – small, lithe mammals with brown-black fur used to make coats and scarves.
- Madrid’s regional authorities will shortly put the Spanish capital and nine nearby towns under partial lockdown, with immediate effect, a source from Madrid’s regional government told Reuters on Friday. With 859 cases per 100,000 people, the Madrid region is the worst Covid-19 hotspot in Europe.
- Tunisia recorded 1,308 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, a record since the start of the pandemic, the Tunisian health ministry said.
Source: The Guardian
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