Good evening, and thank you for following our live coverage of the day’s events. In case you’ve just joined us, here’s a recap of what you’ve missed:
- Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has asked the country’s medical regulator to urgently consider the widespread use of rapid antigen testing in workplaces and for home use. He said home-based testing and quarantine, as well as the digital vaccination certificate and a new digital border pass, would bring Australians closer to overseas travel.
- NSW recorded 1127 new local cases of COVID-19 and two deaths; a woman in her 80s, and a man in his 50s, both from Sydney. Members of Sydney’s locked down councils finally got a meeting with Premier Gladys Berejiklian. A call to reopen swimming pools in the city’s 12 hotspot local government areas was a key point raised by mayors, as was the curfew, over-policing, vaccination permits for essential workers, and the strained mental health of residents of western and south-western Sydney.
- Victoria recorded 445 new local coronavirus cases. Authorities reported two deaths – a Craigieburn man in his 20s, who died at home and was diagnosed with COVID-19 post-mortem, and a St Albans woman in her 80s, who died in hospital. The Australian Services Union later announced one of their Victorian members, 46-year-old Martin “Marty” Blight, also died with COVID-19. The state’s construction union opposed mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for the industry. Regional Victoria hit its target for 70 per cent of the population having received a first COVID-19 vaccine dose.
- The ACT’s lockdown was extended for four weeks until October 15. The territory recorded 22 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, only two of whom were in quarantine during their whole infectious period.
- Queensland recorded one new case of COVID-19 in home quarantine; a 15-year-old girl who attends St Thomas More school in Brisbane, where a case emerged last week. Two more cases in students were reported yesterday. One case was also detected in hotel quarantine.
- Western Australia opened up the Pfizer vaccination to over-60s, after the state’s top doctor declared confidence in supply of the sought-after vaccine.
- Meantime, Tasmania reported no new cases of COVID-19, as did the Northern Territory. South Australia reported one overseas-acquired case in a medi-hotel.
This is Cassandra Morgan signing off for the blog. Thanks again for joining us today. Michaela Whitbourn will be back with you tomorrow morning for more live coverage.