Monday, October 19, 2020

Coronavirus Australia live news: France has most people in hospital since June, bars in Netherlands set to close

Coronavirus Australia live news: France has most people in hospital since June, bars in Netherlands set to close

Hospitals in France have almost 9,000 patients being treated for COVID-19, the most since June.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands will shut bars and restaurants after the country announced a new daily record of infections.

Follow today’s events as they unfold.

Live updates

By Michael Doyle

MP plays down new cases in regional Victoria


A rural Victorian MP is playing down the risk of COVID-19 to his community, saying its inevitable cases will pop up from time to time.


A resident of Bairnsdale in eastern Victoria has been confirmed with coronavirus.


But state MP for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, is confident locals will respond appropriately.

“I think it’d be naïve if we didn’t expect cases to pop up in certain areas of rural and regional Victoria from time to time. 
“We do have a lot of people travelling in and out of their region’s for legitimate purposes from the city. 
“This is just the situation that we have to deal with when it arises but it’s certainly not the first time and and I’m sure won’t be the last time that we have cases pop up in rural locations.”

By Michael Doyle

New research suggests major competition for entry-level jobs


Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg is confident people will find it easier to get a job as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. 
New research by Anglicare Australia has found eight low-skilled applicants are competing for every advertised entry-level position. 
Mr Frydenberg says more opportunities will become available over time.
“So as the restrictions are eased, the jobs will be coming back, as people put into work the announcements that we made in the budget and in the lead up to the budget, more jobs across the economy will be created,” Mr Frydenberg said.
“People will move off Jobseeker into work.” 

By Michael Doyle

More than 75 per cent of Australians overseas are trying to return home


The Department of Foreign Affairs says more than 29,000 Australians are trying to return home from overseas.
The Government has placed a weekly cap on how many people can home during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating a backlog.

The cap is at roughly 6,000 travellers.
The Department says it knows of more than 38,000 Australians currently overseas, and more than 75 per cent want to come back.

By Michael Doyle

Australia, holiday at home


ABC News: Neda Vanovac


Tourism Australia says its new ad campaign hopes to encourage domestic tourists to visit destinations that are usually favoured by international visitors to make up for revenue lost to COVID 19. 

Ads featuring celebrities Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster-Blake highlight travel in the Northern Territory with a focus on Uluru and the outback.

Tourism Australia Managing Director, Pip Harrison, says she hopes the ad changes Australians’ ideas about travelling in their home country. 

“We’re saying consider doing a different holiday to one you have done in the past and the outback is just an incredible destination, its something that our International tourists know and love about Australia, and we just want Australia to fall in love with it as well,” she said.

By Michael Doyle

New list of at-risk areas in Victoria

Victoria’s DHHS is urging anyone who visited these locations to get themselves tested.

  • Central Tyre Service, Welsford Street — September 30 to October 13
  • Bunnings Warehouse, Midland Highway — October 2
  • McDonalds Shepparton North, 175 Midland Highway — October 3
  • Mooroopna Golf Club, Members Bar— October 4 and October 11 
  • Mooroopna Golf Club Pro Shop and Members Bar — October 11
  • Shepparton Market Place Medical Centre, Midland Highway — October 8
  • Lemon Tree Cafe, Fryers Street
  • Thai Orchard Restaurant, Nixon Street — October 7 (7:00pm – 8:30pm)
  • Bombshell Hairdressing, Fryers Street — October 7 (9:30am – 10:30am)

By Michael Doyle

Great response form our blog friends to one commenter 


In response to DLee,You are so right, and the management of the Kilmore outbreak gives a good indication of what is possible with good contact tracing and a compliant population.



DLee is right. We need to prove we can handle small outbreaks, because let’s face it, until a vaccine comes along, we can’t trust everyone to do the right thing. But if we can show that we can handle these small outbreaks, then things can go forward to a Covid-normal. It’s time for my friends in Melbourne to have the same freedoms I have in regional. Without going crazy please. This a marathon, and we’re not at the halfway mark yet.



DLee, thank you for your comments



Couldn’t agree more with you Flee. From here it’s all about how these outbreaks are managed and the only thing for it is teamwork by everyone – follow the rules, get tested if needs be and help the contract tracers do their thing. We’ll get there!

-Glass half full



By Michael Doyle

Mitchelton-Scott cycling team withdraws from Giro d’Italia 


AP/La Presse: Massimo Paolone


Mitchelton-Scott has joined a growing list of teams to withdraw from the Giro d’Italia, as coronavirus threatens to end the year’s second Grand Tour event prematurely.
The Australian-backed professional team made the decision to withdraw from the event after four staff members returned positive tests for COVID-19.
Mitchelton-Scott’s leading rider Simon Yates had already pulled out of the race on the weekend after contracting the illness.
Australian rider Michael Matthews of Team Sunweb also tested positive for coronavirus and withdrew prior to last night’s 10th stage, as did another team in Jumbo-Visma.
Matthews’s Sunweb team will keep racing, but the Australian team Mitchelton-Scott and Dutch team Jumbo-Visma have withdrawn.

By Michael Doyle

Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive to COVID


The five-time world football player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo is isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.

The Juventus forward had played in Portugal’s matches against France and Spain during the past week.

The Portuguese Football Federation says the rest of the squad has been retested and returned negative results.

It says 35-year-old Ronaldo is showing no symptoms and is doing well in isolation.

By Michael Doyle

A positive outlook for our Victorian blog friends


There’s no need for regional Victorians to feel discouraged by the new cases in Shepparton and Bairnsdale. We don’t have a vaccine so it’s to be expected that we’ll have cases. Brett Sutton has said that the contact tracing and health response is up to the task. Why don’t we think of it as an opportunity to prove that we can manage small outbreaks while being relatively open. That way Melbourne metro will be able to open with confidence. Other states will open their borders to us if they can see that we can manage outbreaks well.


By Michael Doyle

Key Event

Seven new cases in Victoria


Victoria has recorded 7 new coronavirus cases and 5 deaths.
Melbourne’s 14-day rolling average is back down to 9.6 and the number of mystery cases is 14.
Regional Victoria’s rolling average has risen to 0.6.

By Michael Doyle

Yesterday’s Victorian No-Confidence vote


So any news on last nights no confidence vote for Vic Government? Last post in last nights blog said it would be posted when you knew, but I can’t see an article this morning….. Thank you

-Friend of the blog


It failed.


23 for the motion.

44 against the motion

By Michael Doyle

Victorian secondary school has positive case


A high school in Victoria’s east has recorded a positive COVID-19 case, the fourth overnight in the state’s regional areas.


Bairnsdale Secondary College has advised parents of a case at the school.

The school says the positive case did not come onto the school grounds while contagious.

Students in years seven to 12 returned to campus on Monday after months of remote learning.


By Michael Doyle

Three new cases in Shepparton, Victoria


Regional Victorians have suffered a blow in their fight against coronavirus, with three new cases emerging in Shepparton.
Residents of the city are being advised to get tested for coronavirus if they feel ill.
Jeroen Weimar from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said the three people were isolating at home in Shepparton and are being monitored by health officials.
He said extensive contact tracing was underway in the northern Victorian town, and it was expected that “further cases will be discovered”.

By Michael Doyle

Key Event

Netherlands announce new restrictions


The Netherlands will return to a “partial lockdown” on Wednesday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, closing bars and restaurants as it battles to control the coronavirus in one of Europe’s major hotspots.


“Today we are announcing new and sturdy measures and in fact we are going to a partial lockdown,” Rutte said in a televised news conference. He said public gatherings of more than four people would be prohibited and alcohol sales in the evening would also be banned.


Schools were to remain open and public transport would keep running, in contrast to measures imposed during a partial lockdown earlier this year.


The measures will last at least four weeks, with a review of their impact after two weeks. If they prove ineffective, tougher restrictions may follow, said Health Minister Hugo de Jonge.
On Tuesday, the country announced a recorded daily infection rise with more than 7,400 cases reported.


Reporting by Reuters.


By Michael Doyle

Key Event

France has most people in hospital since June


There are almost 9,000 people in hospital in France with COVID-19. 


Authorities say this is the most since June.


There are also around 1,600 people in ICU, the most since May. 


This comes as France recorded 12,993 cases on Tuesday.


France’s seven-day rolling average is currently over 17,000 cases.  



By Michael Doyle

Hello everyone


Good morning Australia. 


Welcome back to the ABC coronavirus live blog. 


I’m Michael (Mick) Doyle and I think we are going to have a very busy day ahead of us. 



Grab a coffee — there will be plenty of news coming your way.


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