Coronavirus updates LIVE: Holiday Inn cluster grows as fears of lockdown in Victoria amplify; NSW border remains open to Victoria
- The Premier, senior cabinet ministers and public health officials met last night to consider a response to the spike in cases caused by a leak in hotel quarantine.
- Melbourne Airport’s Holiday Inn cluster again swelled overnight, with another two people testing positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases linked to the outbreak to 13.
- NSW hospitality venues will be allowed twice as many customers from Friday while Queensland and South Australia tighten their borders in response to Victoria’s growing COVID-19 cluster.
- One of the cases spent more than eight hours at a busy airport cafe while infectious on Tuesday.
- Prime Minister Scott Morrison has supported calls for a “short-sharp” lockdown.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media
Earlier this morning, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he supported calls for a “short-sharp” lockdown in Victoria.
He told radio station 3AW that Health Minister Greg Hunt had been in touch with Victorian counterparts overnight and that discussions about the prospect of a lockdown are “underway”.
When asked directly if he had been briefed there would definitely be a lockdown, Mr Morrison said “not at this stage”.
He is about to speak to the media again now. Watch it live here.
Deputy Commissioner Rick Nugent.Credit:Wayne Taylor
“I was chatting with the Chief Commissioner 15 minutes ago sort of thinking through what it might look like and what our role might be in that,” he told radio station 3AW on Friday morning.
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NSW hospitality venues allowed more customers from Friday
NSW hospitality venues will be allowed twice as many customers from Friday while Queensland and South Australia tighten their borders in response to Victoria’s growing COVID-19 cluster.
From midnight Friday, venues can welcome one person per two square metre and staff can do away with masks after NSW marked its 25th day of zero community transmission.
Three new cases were recorded in hotel quarantine and 16,397 COVID-19 tests were conducted.
Patients were covered in plastic to be transported from the Holiday Inn to the Pullman Hotel.Credit:Joe Armao
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Good morning and welcome to our national coronavirus blog. I’m Daniella Miletic and I’m kicking off our rolling coverage this morning.
It was a disappointing morning for Victorians on Friday, with many waking up to the news that Melbourne Airport’s Holiday Inn COVID-19 cluster had swelled again, with another two people testing positive, bringing the total number of cases linked to the outbreak to 13.
One of the cases spent more than eight hours at a busy airport cafe while infectious on Tuesday. In the early hours of Friday morning, Brunetti cafe at Terminal 4 of Melbourne Airport was added to the list of Victorian exposure sites.
Senior cabinet ministers, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, and public health officials met last night to consider how to respond to the spike in cases caused by the hotel quarantine system leak.
Mr Andrews is expected to outline the government response at a press conference later this morning.
Meanwhile, some good news in NSW. Hospitality venues will be allowed twice as many customers from Friday.
We’ll bring you all the news throughout the day.
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