Australia COVID-19 Australia catch-up: All the coronavirus news you need to know for Monday, October 4

09:51  04 october  2021
09:51  04 october  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Too busy to follow the COVID-19 blog? Or is there just too much of it to get into?

You've come to the right place. Here's all the COVID-19 news from Australia that you need to know, in bite-size pieces.

Let's get into it.

The big piece of COVID-19 news you need to know today

Authorities in our two biggest states are reporting good news in their COVID-19 outbreaks.

In Victoria, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says the rapid uptake of vaccinations in Melbourne hotspots is bringing some stability to the state's outbreak.

Over the border, in New South Wales, new COVID-19 cases have continued to drop to their lowest levels since late August.

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South Australia records positive Covid case. The SA health minister Stephen Wade says the state has recorded a Covid - 19 case for the fourth day in a row. The Victorian health department said the ban would be overturned, but toilets would need to be cleaned twice a day and that patrons would need to check in with QR codes, according to the Age. These changes, which come into effect at 11.59pm Monday 4 October , mean toilet facilities can open while also keeping personal contact and authorised worker presence at outdoor recreation facilities to a hard minimumThe Victorian government has

Across that state, 88.4 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 67.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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Some other things you might want to know

  • Queensland recorded one new mystery case of coronavirus a day after the NRL grand final. The woman had been in the community for 10 days and did not have any links to exposure sites. She was double vaccinated and only had a mild case of the virus
  • Still in the Sunshine State, and the Australian Medical Association of Queensland says the state's hospital system needs a fix before state borders open up, fearing they won't cope once cases start rising
  • Supplies of a life-saving COVID-19 treatment have arrived in Australia. Sotrovimab has been shown to keep people with mild COVID symptoms from developing more severe cases that might lead to admission to hospital or death
  • New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has extended the COVID lockdown in Auckland, but loved ones will be able to meet in small groups outdoors from Wednesday

Your quick rundown of today's case numbers

  • Victoria: 1,377 new, locally acquired cases of COVID-9 and four new deaths. There were 67,789 tests yesterday, when there were 1,220 local COVID-19 cases and three deaths
  • New South Wales: 623 new, locally acquired cases and six new deaths. There were 76,892 tests yesterday, when there were 667 cases and 10 deaths
  • Queensland: One new locally acquired case and two acquired in hotel quarantine. There were no new locally acquired cases in Queensland yesterday
  • ACT: 28 new, locally acquired cases and two new deaths. Yesterday there were 38 new locally acquired cases
  • Tasmania: No new locally acquired cases. But the state identified new exposure sites linked to a 15-year-old who tested positive and was supposed to be in quarantine
  • South Australia: One new local case — a truck driver who has since left the state. The Mount Gambier, Wattle Range and Grant LGAs are under new restrictions after a positive COVID case spent time there.

If a state isn't on this list, it means there aren't any cases today that have been announced today. If you're after more COVID stats, you can find them all in our regularly updated story right here.

New shows and films coming to Netflix in October

  New shows and films coming to Netflix in October Aussies have been spoilt for choice so far this year on Netflix, but the arrival of hundreds more series, movies and documentaries to the streaming giant in October will be sure to have you hooked. And there's something for everyone, from insightful documentaries, horror movies, iconic romcoms and cult classic comedies. Aussies have been spoilt for choice on Netflix so far this year, but the arrival of hundreds more TV shows, movies and documentaries to the streaming giant in October will be sure to have you hooked all over again.

Australia 's COVID - 19 figures at a glance. Ding ding! The Federal Government's national COVID - 19 update is in. He's started doing this charming new thing where he turns on all the microwaves in the office kitchen so they finish at the same time, then leaves them so they sing their reminder song near-simultaneously for far too long and pretends he hasn't touched them when everyone knows it was him.

Australia ’s Delta outbreak appears to have levelled off, with more than half the country in extended lockdowns and vaccination rates starting to approach national targets, ministers said on Monday . India death toll from Covid edged closer to 500,000 after another 180 deaths were recorded on Monday . The toll is now 448,997, with more than 33 million cases. Doctors in the UK have urged all secondary school pupils to get vaccinated following the death last week of 15-year-old Jorja Halliday. Scientists in the UK have warned that the country may still have worse to come during the pandemic, as winter approaches.

COVID-19 questions ABC readers are asking today, with some quick answers

Can you get a different brand of COVID-19 booster shot?

  • In short, yes. It's expected that most boosters delivered in Australia will be the Moderna vaccine.

Can you travel anywhere in Greater Sydney after October 11?

  • Yep. Unrestricted travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW will be allowed if you're fully vaccinated.

Can you still catch long COVID if you have been vaccinated?

  • Technically, yes. But, if you're double-vaccinated, your chances of getting infected is much, much lower. And, even if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, it's more than likely you'll only experience mild symptoms (or none at all).

A piece of good news to keep in mind

Australia is about to hit a big milestone this week: 80 per cent of the eligible population will have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said the nation started the week at 79.6 per cent first dose, so we should get there if just 85,000 more Australians come forward and get vaccinated this week.

And some bonus good news: From today, the UK, US and Canada, Italy, Germany, France and Singapore will recognise Australian-made AstraZeneca vaccine as those being fully vaccinated. That'll be important when borders start to open and countries start requiring vaccine passports.

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Good morning, early birds. Lockdown has been lifted in NSW for the fully vaccinated, and central Queensland will soon be home to the world's largest green energy hydrogen manufacturing facility. It's the news you need to know, with Imogen Champagne.Fully vaccinated Sydney-siders will be welcomed back into cafes, restaurants, bars, and clubs (many of which opened at 12.01 on the dot this morning, the SMH reports) after over 100 days of takeaway only.

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