Coronavirus updates LIVE: Active Victorian cases drop for first time in two months; NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian warns of harsher restrictions

BREAKING: Victoria has recorded 278 new cases of coronavirus, marking a decline in daily infections, and another eight deaths.

13/08/2020 2:02:00 AM

BREAKING: Victoria has recorded 278 new cases of coronavirus, marking a decline in daily infections, and another eight deaths.

The number of active coronavirus cases in Victoria fell for the first time in two months, and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned of harsher restrictions if she doesn't see more people in masks.

ByRachael DexterNew Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says Kiwis "from the Prime Minister down" are angry about the re-emergence of COVID-19 in the community.A fifth new case of coronavirus was recorded in New Zealand yesterday, after the nation recorded no coronavirus cases for more than 100 days, and authorities have not been able to confirm a source yet.

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Speaking on Nine’sTodayProgram this morning, Mr Peters said the government was stunned by the development.“At this point in time we don't know how wide the spread is. Whether it has dispersed outside of Auckland and whether we have a fix on all the cases,” he said.

The Deputy PM said New Zealand had been planning to start rolling back wage subsidies in September, signalling how the government wasn’t expecting a re-emergence of cases.“This is a case we were thinking we were out of there and people are pretty brassed off that we are back in it again,” he said.

“From the Prime Minister down we are all annoyed about this. We have to grit our teeth, it is not about the politicians or anyone else. It is about five million New Zealanders.“We have to get our team together and that has to be our number one focus.”

More8.56amVictoria records 278 new cases, eight deathsVictoria has 278 new cases of coronavirus, and sadly there have been another eight deaths overnight.We will bring you today's press conference via a live stream when it's on - we'll get confirmation on a time later.

8.49amNSW complacency a source of frustration: Deputy CMOByMary WardLoadingFederal Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd has offered a blunt warning to NSW residents as pictures and reports emerge of people continuing to not social distance when out and about.

"People only have to look across the border into Victoria to see what happens when people don't adhere to the physical distancing restrictions and just don't follow what they're supposed to be doing," Professor Kidd told ABCNews Breakfast

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this morning."Everyone in NSW, look at the figures which are happening."At the moment we are still seeing this [stable] level of community transmission occurring in NSW, [but] at any time that could dramatically increase and we could have, in NSW, the same sort of consequences that we're seeing in Victoria. We have to all be doing everything we can to prevent that from taking place."

Yesterday it was announced that theGarry Owen Hotel in Sydney's Rozellewas fined $10,000 for what NSW Liquor and Gaming said was a "litany of COVID safety breaches", slamming the venue as "the worst pub seen so far".Over the weekend, the Riverview Hotel and the Dry Dock Hotel, both in Balmain, Padstow Park Hotel, Padstow Bowling Club, Marrickville Ritz, the Royal Hotel in Randwick and Yai Thai Kitchen in Gosford were also fined for breaches.

Professor Kidd said thefresh cases in New Zealandafter 100 days without community transmission were a reminder that international borders can never be truly closed."We still do have people coming into Australia, both people returning to the country and people who are bringing in essential goods and taking our exports to other parts of the world," he said.

"We are still at risk of having COVID-19 appearing in places where we think we have no community transmission." Read more: The Age »

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I've been watching the ABC all day and there is this constant undermining of Andrews but a light dusting on the Federals aged care crisis. Politicising an unpredictable pandemic is a low blow Even tried it on NZ with their 14 cases. The magic number to watch is the number of unknown causes of transmission

I think it's time to start playing 'dumb question bingo' or a drinking game to get through the tedium of these Q&A sessions. - How many questions in before Rachel asks about who decided to use security guards? - How many minutes in will Alex ask when Stage 4 might end? And the dumbest question at today’s press conference went to the outspoken female from the Herald Sun, “now that numbers have dropped below 300 a day will you consider ending stage 4 soon? Maybe next week?” Seriously.

Great work Victoria. We can beat not only the virus, but Vic Libs, Fed LNP and Murdoch as well This is a child abuse image. Report. problem is Victoria is over testing well beyond pathology capability & contact tracing. Results of massive testing are being delayed, lost & just not done. Test results up to 14 days old are being added on occasions to daily figures exploding out numbers. It's wrong & misleading.

Clearly the peak will be less than June 2019 death spike (+1789 deaths) so hard to see how we cant go back to stage 3 within 2 weeks. The risk of calamity is not realistic as we can keep tweaking controls now. Aiming for zero transmission negligent optimism without perspective. Actually Victoria had about 200 deaths yesterday as we do everyday 8 died with SARS-cov2 or possibly from covid19 we're never told.

Sad to think the other states are living a near normal life. The second wave in Victoria could have been prevented. The important question now is can we trust those in power to protect us once restrictions are lifted? Can you imagine another Stage 4 lockdown early next year? DanLiedPeopleDied ResignDanielAndrews

Do we have number reduced by due to duplicates and false positives? Let’s hope it’s the start of a continued downward trend. Still so sad that this was all preventable. The botched hotel quarantine program will never be forgotten. Time for Dan Andrews to man up and resign. DanLiedPeopleDied Great News.Why is it the numbers come out so early,whereas last week it was late afternoon last week?

Possibly lessons now re-learned from 100 years ago. Go early and go hard on lockdowns. NZ best case in point. They're NOT daily by the way. The number of cases could be several days tests, aggregated together. Don't forget it takes 2-5 days, sometimes longer , to get test results back. Lobotomized people think this is irrelevant. They also think the elderly have never died of old age.

At last! But I suppose one shouldn’t speak to soon.

Gladys Berejiklian warns of 'further action' as 18 new coronavirus cases recorded in NSWNSW has recorded 18 new cases of coronavirus with 13 cases locally acquired and linked to known cases but two acquired without a known source. Please keen us open for business, Gladys !! Don't want to live of handouts. Close all pubs and clubs now. They are not essential. Oh I forgot the clubs association is running NSW. GladysB auspol Australia BenFordhamLive vanOnselenP So, 2x community transmission

Premier says NSW is 'on high alert' after 18 new cases recordedGladys Berejiklian reminded the state that the rules in place are effective as long as they are adhered to by all. LisaVisentin marywardy The premier continues to ignore the GPs in the state who see most of the patients and have established community based hubs to manage and prevent Covid as DanielAndrewsMP is still learning the hard way LisaVisentin marywardy Don't tell Jacinda Ardern, she shut the whole country down for 3! LisaVisentin marywardy NSW C-Virus cases linked back to Victoria “Gladys Berejiklian” Slow to Look down VIC Border, July Slow to put SYD Airport Arrivals from Victoria into quarantine 5 August Active cases NSW 255 Today Active cases NSW 289

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Active Victorian cases drop for first time in two months; NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian warns of harsher restrictionsThe number of active coronavirus cases in Victoria fell for the first time in two months, and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned of harsher restrictions if she doesn't see more people in masks. BIG DEAL, WHY ARE GEN X LEADERS SO HYSTERICAL AND IGNORANT Whoever that person is, abusing that child, they should hang.

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Active Victorian cases drop for first time in two months; NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian warns of harsher restrictionsThe number of active coronavirus cases in Victoria fell for the first time in two months, and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned of harsher restrictions if she doesn't see more people in masks. hopefully its the tail of the 2nd waive now. resignDanAndrews here Ill do what people want to know for you Premier Daniel Andrews said the deaths included two women and one man in their 70s, six women and five men in their 80s, five men and one woman in their 90s, and one woman in her 100s. -----hmm

NSW Premier warns 'further measures' will be brought in as school coronavirus cluster growsHealth authorities in NSW confirm 18 new coronavirus infections in the 24-hours to 8:00pm yesterday, including two new infections at the Tangara School for Girls in Sydney's north west. That's right Australia bend right over Are we still maintaining that schools are safe? Stop with this fake news. Scotty couldn’t have been any clearer when he told us schools were safe.

NSW on high alert as 22 new coronavirus cases recorded, Sydney school cluster swellsAt least 17 COVID-19 cases are now linked to an independent Catholic school in northwest Sydney, with NSW recording 22 new cases of the virus. 22 new cases, 16 locally acquired. So the magic gate that keeps the Covid19 out of schools is not working. Funny that. But aren't schools meant to be safe?