Coronavirus Australia live news: Last COVID-19 patient discharged from Victorian hospital - ABC News  11/24/2020 03:46:00 

By Yasmin Jeffery

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-comedic reasons?

Accessibility!I'll be posting descriptions for everything that warrants one.

By Yasmin Jeffery

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will be joining her on the show.

The below tweet from the ABC's Leigh Salesoutlines the information written above.

By Lucy Sweeney

Can we get a table or chart that excludes the international arrivals as well as the total figures?

-Local cases please!

A lot of you have asked about this! I'm afraid I haven't got a ready made graphic that's as neat as that. But I'm doing some digging and will come back to you on that.

By Yasmin Jeffery

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Yasmin Jeffery here logging on for the day.

By Lucy Sweeney

Hello! Just jumping in to say a quick hello before Yas logs on.

Could we please get a graph or table showing how long each state has gone without a local case? Thank you.


Hi Axolotl. We've got one that shows the days since a reported case:

Here's that graphic in text form. In each jurisdiction it has been this many days since the last reported case of COVID-19:

  • NSW: 0
  • NT: 0
  • QLD: 0
  • SA: 0
  • WA: 0
  • ACT: 6
  • VIC: 24
  • TAS: 104

These figures were last updated at 2:19pm AEDT (the graphic above says AEST, but uh, that's in the future, so I think we mean AEDT).

By Alicia Nally

It's been great but now the amazing Yasmin Jeffery is taking over the blogto bring you the afternoon's news.

Catchyou all bright and early tomorrow!

By Alicia Nally

Does a government have to pass a law to make something compulsory, or can businesses make it a must-have anyway?

The world is about to find out, after Qantas CEO Alan Joyce declared international travellers must have a COVID-19 vaccine to get on a flight.

It looks like the vaccine won't be mandatory for Australians at home.

But whether people will have access to their favourite goods and services if they don't get the vaccine is more complicated.

The whole story bypolitical reporter Jack Snape is here.

By Alicia Nally

The Japanese government is preparing to pause its domestic travel campaign in two cities following sharp rises in COVID-19 cases, the minister handling the government's coronavirus response said on Tuesday.

Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said he hoped a final decision on the temporary exclusion of western Osaka city as well as Sapporo in northern Japan could be made later in the day.

"Infections are spreading and medical care is becoming tense, so I think it's good to act as soon as possible," Nishimura told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

Mr Nishimura said the exclusion would initially be for three weeks, during which there would be a halt of new reservations under the programme.


Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Saturday the government would suspend new reservations under the Go To Travel programme for trips to hard-hit areas as new coronavirus cases have continued to rise nationally.

Suga has been attempting a balancing act of revitalising the hard-hit economy while keeping the spread of the coronavirus under control.

Osaka city reported 171 new cases on Monday after seeing a record 286 cases the previous day.

Sapporo's daily infection rate stood at 140 cases on Monday, below a record 197 cases reported on Thursday last week, a city official said.


By Alicia Nally

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said:

It's been 70 days since a locally acquired case was in our community.

But as the Chief Health Officer reminds us, cases can spread quickly and unexpectedly.

That's why it's important to keep safe.

If you're sick, stay home and arrange a COVID test.


By Alicia Nally

Hi , what does ICYMI mean please?

-Lost me at ICYMI

It means 'in case you missed it'.

Sorry for the jargon.

By Alicia Nally

Water demand statewide was just shy of a billion litres on Thursday when temperatures on the first day of lockdown passed 35 degrees Celsius at locations across South Australia.

Joshua Zugajev from SA Water said the increased demand represented about a 30 per cent increase on the previous week's daily average.

Click here for the whole story.

By Alicia Nally

The Victorian Government will offer stamp duty discounts, and spend close to $50 billion on other concessions, subsidies, and projects in a bid to get hundreds of thousands of people back to work and breathe new life into a state economy battered and bruised by the coronavirus pandemic.

Treasurer Tim Pallas has handed down the State Budget, which was postponed by the COVID-19 crisis.

The Government has set a goal of creating 200,000 jobs by 2022 and 400,000 by 2025, focusing on those hardest hit by the disruption wrought by COVID-19, including women, young people, older workers and those without formal qualifications.

To help it achieve its goal, the Government has committed $250 million to subsidise the wages of at least 10,000 workers. At least $150 million of this will go towards employing women, and $50 million of this will support women over the age of 45, in recognition of the additional challenges they face.

The Government will introduce a tax credit to encourage small and medium businesses to rehire staff, restore hours or create new jobs.

Reporting by Dan Harrison

By Alicia Nally

A coronavirus surge surpassed a level set by Los Angeles County public health officials to trigger such an action.

A swell of new cases Monday put the county over an average of 4,500 cases per day.

Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said no action would be taken until county supervisors meet on Tuesday.

A stay-home order would be the first such action since mid-March, when GovernorGavin Newsom followed several counties and issued a statewide order that closed schools and most shops.

Cases and hospitalisations have been rapidly rising across California in November.

The state recorded its highest day of positive test results Saturday with more than 15,000. It had more than 14,000 cases Sunday.

Hospitalisations have increased 77 per centover the past two weeks.

In Los Angeles, the county of 10 million residents has had a disproportionately large share of the state's cases and deaths.

Although it accounts for a quarter of the state's 40 million residents, it has about a third of the cases and more than a third of the deaths.


By Alicia Nally

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Health Minister Greg Hunt says the timeline for a COVID-19 vaccine roll-out has firmed, with health workers and the elderly expected to have access to a vaccine by March next year.

By Alicia Nally


Health Minister Greg Hunt says the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine results have opened up a pathway to a "fully safe Australia", with the first doses set to be distributed to healthcare workers and the elderly by March.

Speaking today after Oxford-AstraZeneca released preliminary results showing an average efficacy of 70 per cent, with one dosage option giving 90 per cent protection, Mr Hunt said he had spoken to the country's two most senior health officials, Brendan Murphy and Paul Kelly.

He said they had both looked at the data and agreed it was a "very good result".

Mr Hunt said the interim results gave Australia a "pathway to not just a COVID-safe Australia, but a fully safe Australia  a return to normal".

The Federal Government has committed to buying 33.8 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, with 3.8 million of them to be imported from overseas manufacturing plants.

Nick Sas and Sophie Scott have all the details here.

By Alicia Nally

By Alicia Nally

What are the restrictions on entering NSW from South Australia? I can't seem to find any information online.

-NSW Boy

From the NSW Government website:

Anyone travelling into NSW who has been to South Australia in the last 14 days must complete a NSW entry declaration form before entering NSW.

If you are a NSW resident and you have been in one of the areas of concern, ensure you get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.

Non-NSW residents who have been to any areas of concern at the times specified will be unable to enter NSW unless you are transiting through.

These restriction only apply fromNovember 19. Travellers who have entered NSW from South Australia before this date do not need to complete the NSW entry declaration form.

By Alicia Nally

Queensland tourism operators have welcomed the news that the state will allow visitors from Greater Sydney from December 1.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he is hopeful Sydneysiders will visit for their school holidays.

"[It's a] wonderful Christmas present for the City of Gold Coast," he said.

"I know small businesses have done it tough, our airport and tourism industry [so] this gives the opportunity to absolutely highlight and reap the benefits of the summer school holidays.

"I'd say to everyone in Sydney and all of New South Wales, break the record, come and join us.

"We're looking forward for you to come and enjoy our lifestyle with your friends and family and we'd like to see you."

Gemma Sapwell and Chloe Chomicki have the whole story here.

By Alicia Nally


The festival, for the Virgin of Guadalupe, won't go ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mexico's Episcopal Conference said in a statement that the basilica will be closed from December 10-13.

The Virgin is celebrated on December12 and for weeks in advance, pilgrims travel from across Mexico to gather by the millions in Mexico City.

The church recommended that "the Guadalupe celebrations be held in churches or at home, avoiding gatherings and with the appropriate health measures".

Bishop Salvador Martnez, rector at the basilica, said recently in a video circulated on social media that as many as 15 million pilgrims visit during the first two weeks of December.

Many of the pilgrims arrive on foot, some carrying large representations of the Virgin.

The basilica holds an image of the Virgin that is said to have miraculously imprinted itself on a cloak belonging to the Indigenous peasant Juan Diego in 1531.

The church recognisedthat 2020 has been a trying year and that many of the faithful want to seek consolation at basilica, but said that conditions don't permit a pilgrimage that brings so many into close contact.

At the basilica, church authorities said they couldn't remember its doors ever being closed on December12

Mexico has reported more than 1 million infections with the new coronavirus and 101,676 COVID-19 deaths

Mexico City has been tightening health measures as the number of infections and hospital occupancy begin to creep up again.


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