Australia's Victoria registers only one Covid-19 case

Australia's Victoria registers only one Covid-19 case

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced in his press conference this morning there were now 234 primary contacts and 177 secondary close contacts linked to the outbreak.

However Mr Andrews said Mr Hunt was not an epidemiologist and accused him of "playing games", before adding that he would not be rushed in reopening Victoria.

'We in Melbourne and Victoria are well placed to have a COVID safe summer.

The first flight as part of Australia's one-way travel bubble with New Zealand arrived in Sydney on Friday, with around 200 passengers allowed to enter the country quarantine-free.

'We are right on the edge now of defeating this second wave.

'Victorians have done an unbelievable job over recent weeks and months, ' Mr Andrews said.

"Our officers have absolutely no power to stop someone, to detain someone in those circumstances, particularly given they were coming from a very low virus part of the world", the premier said.

The states of Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania have either closed borders or limited entry which can include quarantine periods, while Victorians are heavily restricted in where they can travel.

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he had only Victorians' interests at heart.

Conservative politicians in other states and the federal government have been increasingly critical of Andrews's centre-left government for maintaining the strict lockdown in Victoria, saying it was undermining national recovery efforts.

However Victoria is not accepting overseas arrivals at the moment and the move sparked an outcry from Victorian health authorities for allowing them to slip through.

Dan Himbrechts/EPA New South Wales recorded five locally transmitted coronavirus cases - all connected to the Oran Park area in south-west Sydney - and two more from returned travellers.

Mr Andrews noted that daily cases in his state and the United Kingdom were comparable back in August.

There will be a total of 16 flights between the two countries each week, with Jetstar and Qantas joining Air New Zealand and Qatar Airways in advertising the trans-Tasman flights.

In terms of real estate, auctions can now proceed with a maximum of ten people, while residents will also be allowed to kick off with non-essential outdoor home maintenance, repairs and renovations.

From Nov 1, remaining retail and restaurants, cafes, pubs and services such as beauty salons will reopen.

Australia has been at the vanguard of nations seeing success in controlling community transmission.

Travellers from New Zealand on "no-quarantine" flights will be able to go to New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory without having to undergo quarantine upon arrival, authorities said.

Earlier on Friday afternoon, Morrison said about 230 New Zealanders had arrived in Sydney.

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