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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Victoria reports 63 new cases, five deaths with Daniel Andrews poised to reveal recovery roadmap; Australian death toll stands at 748

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews reveals his roadmap for the state post lockdown along with giving his daily COVID-19 update. It’s expected to start at midday AEST.

We will have coverage from this press conference as it happens along with this live stream playing in full.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the state cannot “run out of lockdown” and must ease restrictions slowly and only when cases drop to a requisite level.

The stage four lockdown will be extended by two weeks from September 13, though some changes will be made.

The curfew will be extended to 9pm, social bubbles will be created, two people/a household will be able to gather outside for two hours, and playgrounds will open.

Mr Andrews said some decisions he had to make are “indeed heartbreaking”, but said Victorians needed to stay the course to ensure the economic recovery was not hampered by a third lockdown.

“Every day is filled with decisions that are really, really difficult and difficult because there are a genuine 50-50 choice, you’re not quite certain which option to choose. Others are difficult because you know what the consequences of those decisions will be. Some of them are indeed heartbreaking,” he said.

This is not a 50-50 choice, the modelling that [we] will speak to indicates that if we open up too fast, then we have a very high likelihood, a very high likelihood, that we’re not really opening up at all, we’re just beginning. A third wave. And we will be back in and out of restrictions in an hour of lockdown before the end of the year.

“We can’t run out of lockdown, we need to take steady and safe steps.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has begun his daily media conference by confirming 63 new cases, the lowest daily total since late June, and five additional deaths.

There have been 666 deaths in the state and there are now 1872 active cases in Victoria, a drop of about 50 from yesterday.

The deaths, two of which occurred prior to yesterday, include one woman in her 80s, three women in their 90s and one woman in her 100s.

About 18,000 tests were recorded in the past 24 hours.

There are now 283 people with COVID-19 in Victorian hospitals, about 80 fewer than yesterday, including 19 in intensive care, one fewer than yesterday.

Most cases in NSW have reported mild respiratory illness during their initial interview with health peronnel, the latest surveillance report shows.

A cough was the most common symptom (58 per cent of cases) followed by fatigue (55 per cent), headache (47 per cent), fever (39 per cent) and a sore throat (37 per cent).

One in five cases reported severe respiratory symptoms, including pneumonia, shortness or breath or acute respiratory disease.

Older people had more severe respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, pneumonia, and acute respiratory distress.

These more serious symptoms were most prevalent in older patients.

Young children were more likely to report no symptoms during their initial interview with NSW Health personnel.

Among children aged under five years old, cough was the most common symptoms (38 per cent) followed by runny nose (34 per cent), fever (32 per cent), diarrhoea or nausea and vomiting (26 per cent).

Primary school-aged children (five to 11 year-olds) reported having a runny nose (37 per cent), headache (30 per cent), cough (29 per cent), sore throat (24 per cent) and fever (22 per cent).

High school-aged children (12–17 year-olds) had cough (44 per cent), headache (43 per cent), runny nose (43 per cent), sore throat (41 per cent) and fatigue (36 per cent).

Adults between 18 and 79 had the same top five symptoms of cough, fatigue, headache, fever and sore throat, sometimes in varying order.

Older adults (aged 80 and older) had cough (66 per cent), fatigue (42 per cent), fever (37 per cent), shortness of breath (26 per cent) and diarrhoea and/or nausea and vomiting (24 per cent).

Cath Andrews posted this picture of her husband Daniel Andrews working away this morning instead of having Father’s Day festivities.

He will be revealing his roadmap for the state from midday AEST.

Our excellent state parliament reporter Sumeyya IIanbey, who you may know from her questions at the press conferences, has had a little fun here predicting how long today’s roadmap press conference could go when it kicks off at midday AEST.

We are told Education Minister James Merlino and Health Minister Jenny Mikakos will be part of proceedings so that could extend the length of the event.

Sumeyya has called two hours, 17 minutes. I’m going well under with one hour, 39 minutes.

How long do you think it will run for?

It’s confirmed. Daniel Andrews will give his road map press conference at midday.

We will have a live stream right here at midday.

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles and Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young will host a COVID-19 update at 11.30am AEST.

You can watch it on the video below.

We will also have a live stream the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews giving his roadmap to recovery press conference at midday AEST.

UPDATED: New South Wales has recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,925.

Of the ten new cases, six are locally acquired, including two with no known source – a man in his 40s from Northern Sydney and a child who attends Lidcombe Public School.

Investigations are underway, NSW Health said.

Three of the new cases are linked to the Sydney CBD cluster, including two Year 7 students at Kincoppal Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart, taking the cluster to 64 cases.

The secondary school will be closed on Monday, but the junior school and early learning centre will be open as usual.

One of the new cases -a woman in her 30s from South Western Sydney – is linked to a previously reported case.

Four new cases are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

There were 38,526 tests reported today, including 18,956 negative tests conducted by a private laboratory between August 10 and September 2 but were not previously reported to NSW due to an issue that has since been resolve, NSW Health said.

There are 90 COVID-19 patients being treated by NSW Health, including seven in intensive care units.

Click here to read the story.

Australia’s golden ticket out of COVID-19 may well be international students. But to capitalise, premiers need to drop their airport arrival caps – and fast.

About a quarter of the $150 billion economic impact of international education flows to Australia. The remainder is captured by the United States, Britain and Canada but the lot is up for grabs for the first-mover nation that establishes a safe arrival model for students.

Brisbane's International Terminal ... business goes begging.

Brisbane’s International Terminal … business goes begging.
Credit:Attila Csaszar

Unlike other parts of the economy, global students won’t stop seeking qualifications. Australia needs to decide if it wants to meet that market. At present we are the laggard.

We are also the only nation worldwide that limits our citizens returning. Set by paranoid premiers who jumped the Prime Minister in early July, these caps on arrivals from overseas were a panicked response to Victoria’s self-inflicted second wave of the virus. Astoundingly, the limits were arbitrarily extended to October 24 with barely a whimper.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall will trial accepting 300 international students. It is a flicker of sanity among premiers who otherwise see a single case of COVID as a political catastrophe. It isn’t.

Click here to read the full article.

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