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Melbourne childcare centre closes after staff member tests positive

An inner-city childcare centre in Melbourne has closed for three days after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 at the weekend.

Families at Guardian Childcare & Education in Abbotsford will be contacted by the Health Department if their children came into contact with the staff member, a receptionist at the daycare said.

The centre will reopen on Thursday after deep cleaning.

There have been several temporary childcare centre closures in Melbourne over the past months due to children or staff members tested positive for coronavirus.

Victorians may be asked to wear masks in public: state's Chief Health Officer

Victorians may be asked to wear masks on public transport and in supermarkets, as the state mobilises a response to what the state's Chief Health Officer has called a definite “second peak”.

Speaking on Radio National this morning, Brett Sutton said his team was facing a “genuine challenge” to halt the spread of coronavirus.

Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.

Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.Credit: Joe Armao

Professor Sutton said public health officials were working continuously with little rest to test, track and trace as many people as possible.

“It’s absolutely a second peak and it’s going to challenge us in the same way as the first one,” he said.

“We can’t control every individual person,” he said. “But if it gets beyond us it won’t be due to lack of effort that's for sure.”

Professor Sutton said the health department was still working on a communication strategy for masks but signalled advice would likely be for settings where social distancing is harder to maintain, such as on public transport and food markets.


WHO announces new worldwide daily record in new coronavirus cases

The World Health Organisation has announced another daily record in the number of new confirmed coronavirus cases across the world - topping over 189,000 in a single 24-hour period.

The tally Sunday from the U.N. health agency eclipses the previous record a week earlier at over 183,000 cases, showing case counts continue to progress worldwide.

Brazil recorded the most new cases over the one-day span at more than 46,800, followed by the U.S. at over 44,400. India had nearly 20,000.

Overall the U.S. still has far and away the most total cases, At more than 2,450,000 - roughly twice that of Brazil.


State confronts new Millennial bug as coronavirus cases rise among young

A dangerous spike in COVID-19 cases threatening to force some Melbourne suburbs into a second lockdown is being driven by young people either refusing or failing to heed social distancing rules.

The Victorian government moved on Sunday to tighten its testing requirements for returned travellers and improve security at quarantine hotels, but it is concerned that apathy among young adults has mutated the coronavirus into a Millennial bug.

Young adults now represent about a third of the state’s second-spike caseload, compared with about a quarter of the first peak in infections.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton, said that in some of the suburban outbreaks frustrating health authorities, the virus was being spread by people under the age of 40 who were either asymptomatic or had only mild cold and flu symptoms.

He warned that if the virus kept spreading at the current rate, it would inevitably reach older and more vulnerable people and cause more deaths.

Worldwide coronavirus death toll exceeds 500,000

Another tragic milestone was passed Sunday in the coronavirus pandemic: 500,000 deaths worldwide.

The reported tally comes from Johns Hopkins University researchers.

About one in four of those deaths - more than 125,000 - have been reported in the United States. The country with the next highest death toll is Brazil, with more than 57,000.

The true death toll from the virus, which first emerged in China late last year, is widely believed to be significantly higher. Experts say that especially early on, many victims died of COVID-19 without being tested for it.

To date, more than 10 million confirmed cases have been reported globally. About a quarter of them have been reported in the U.S.


Good morning and welcome to today's coronavirus blog

Good morning and welcome to today's coronavirus blog, on what is a very chilly morning in Melbourne (it's 2.4 degrees here right now, but it's a fair bit warmer in Sydney).

My name is Craig Butt and I will be keeping track of all the latest coronavirus updates in Australia today. It looks like the daily blog has had something of a resurgence over the past week, so we will be running a blog between about 8am and 4pm.

As always, send me an email or leave a comment if you've got something to share.

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