(Australian Associated Press)
LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
* Another worker and former guest of Melbourne’s Holiday Inn quarantine hotel have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases linked to the outbreak to eight. Authorities believe a nebuliser medical device in the room of an infected family could be to blame for the cluster.
* The outbreak has forced the Holiday Inn’s closure, while plans to increase Victoria’s weekly cap on international arrivals from 1120 to 1310 from next week have been put on hold.
* South Australia will reimpose its hard border for Greater Melbourne residents from Thursday.
* The Northern Territory has now listed four Melbourne suburbs as COVID-19 hotspots – Sunbury, Maidstone, Sunshine and Taylors Lakes.
* NSW will revert to the “two square metre” rule for venues from Friday and will remove the obligation to wear masks except on public transport or in taxi services. Only gyms will maintain the current “four square metre” rule.
* NSW’s chief health officer Kerry Chant says fears have eased about a returned traveller who tested positive to COVID-19 over the weekend, two days after completing their 14-day stint in hotel quarantine. Dr Chant said the person had remained asymptomatic and was “pretty non-infectious” during their time in the community.
* Western Australia will from next week ban hotel quarantine security guards and other staff from working second jobs.
* It could take six years for the world to be vaccinated against COVID-19 so jabs must be shared with developing countries, infectious diseases physician Sanjaya Senanayake told the National Press Club.
* The European Union has promised not to block shipments of coronavirus vaccines to Australia. Australia is relying on 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which are being produced within Europe.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Four new locally-acquired cases were reported in Australia on Wednesday, all in Victoria. Two were uncovered on Tuesday and form part of Wednesday’s tally, and the other two will form part of Thursday’s tally.
* The national death toll is 909: Victoria 820, NSW 56, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 6, SA 4, ACT 3. (Two Queensland residents who died in NSW have been included in the official tolls of both states).
GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Cases: at least 106,902,000.
* Deaths: at least 2,341,000.
* Recovered: at least 59,754,000.
Data current as of 1730 AEDT on February 10, taking in federal and state/territory government updates, Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.