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Coronavirus LIVE updates: Donald Trump flown to hospital after positive COVID-19 test; Victoria reports eight new cases, three deaths for Saturday, QLD border reopening pushed back; Australian death toll jumps to 890 - The Sydney Morning Herald

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'Mysterious': Waste water tests return two positive COVID results on central Queensland coast

By Toby Crockford

Queensland has recorded another day of zero new coronavirus cases, with the weekly total for the state standing at two - both of which were overseas acquired cases detected in hotel quarantine on Friday.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles says there are just six active virus cases remaining in Queensland, five of which are in hospital, but health officials have received some "mysterious" results from waste water testing.

"We have an update on the waste water testing that we've been doing throughout the state," Mr Miles said.

"We have a small number of positive results - some that we would expect, and some that are a bit mysterious. We have positive results in North Rockhampton [on the central Queensland coast]. We also have positive results in Cannon Vale [near Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays region].

"In north Rockhampton, they've stood up their fever clinic for additional hours and we want to increase their testing rate over the next few days, just to see if we can get to the bottom of that."

It came after Queenslanders were allowed to once again enjoy the simple pleasure of eating and drinking while standing at inside and outdoor venues, which was back on the table as of 4pm on Friday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also announced on Friday that Queensland will reopen its border to all of NSW on November 1, provided NSW goes 28 days without any mystery COVID-19 cases.

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to give daily COVID-19 briefing at 10.30am AEST

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is listed to give his daily COVID-19 briefing at 10.30am AEST.

We will have a live stream up and running then.

Shrunken jobs market awaits young people taking first steps into work

By Anna Prytz

School leavers and recent graduates are entering a national employment market with 100,000 fewer jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

New research by Victoria University's Mitchell Institute has found work prospects for young people have been hardest hit by the effects of the outbreak.

The working world has changed and young people will suffer.

The working world has changed and young people will suffer.Credit:Luis Ascui

"It's shocking. This thing has been the most extraordinary shock to the employment market," researcher Peter Hurley said.

"It's really problematic because those first steps into the workforce are really important."

Click here to read the story.

Victoria records eight new cases, three deaths for Saturday

Victoria has recorded eight new cases and three deaths in the 24 hours to Saturday morning.

The 14-day rolling average for Metro Melbourne has dropped to 12.

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DHHS encourage Victorians to wipe down 'high touch' surfaces

We are still waiting for today's COVID-19 numbers from the Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria but we noticed this post pinned to the top of its Twitter feed.

The DHHS is encouraging all households to make a roster for regularly wiping down 'high touch' surfaces like light switches.

There is more information in the link on their tweet.


'Poor decision': Chadstone outbreak linked to Frankston cleaner who failed to self-isolate

By Marissa Calligeros and Ashleigh McMillan

A Frankston cleaner who failed to self-isolate when her family members contracted coronavirus is believed to have sparked the COVID-19 outbreak at Chadstone shopping centre.

Peter Robinson, co-director of the Butcher Club, has told radio station 3AW that the manager of his store was hospitalised with the virus after a cleaner who was part of a family cluster in Frankston worked while infectious.

"The manager of the store has spent a day or two in hospital, so that was a bit worrying," Mr Robinson said.

It comes as Victoria's daily COVID-19 case tally returned to single digits with seven new cases recorded on Friday.

Another two Victorians have died, bringing the state's death toll to 802.

Health authorities have identified more high-risk exposure sites linked with the Chadstone outbreak, including Leo's Fine Food and Wine Supermarket in Glen Iris.

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President Trump tweets short video

Trump arrives at Walter Reed hospital

US President Donald Trump has just arrived on the Marine 1 helicopter at Walter Reed Military Hospital.

The president walked to his helicopter but didn't stop to speak to the assembled media as he does quite often.

His son Eric Trump has tweeted praising his father as a 'true warrior'.

Trump takes experimental cocktail following COVID-19 diagnosis

By Farrah Tomazin

US President Donald Trump has been given a dose of an experimental antibody cocktail after testing positive for coronavirus one month from the election.

Shortly before he was set to be hospitalised, Trump received an infusion of a drug produced by biotech company Regeneron, whose chief executive has known the president for years.

The antibody drug, named REGN-COV2, is designed to treat mild to moderate forms of COVID-19. Its aim is to reduce the virus load and the time needed to ease symptoms in non-hospitalised patients with COVID-19.

According to the company, clinical trials had shown "positive trends in reducing medical visits."

The drug has not yet been formally approved but it is viewed as a promising prospect in the fight against the global pandemic.

According to a memo from Trump’s physician, Dr Sean P Connley, the president took “a single eight gram dose of regeneron polyclonal antibody cocktail” as a “precautionary measure” and completed the infusion “without incident.”

“In addition to the polyclonal antibodies, the President has been taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, and a daily aspirin. As of this afternoon, the President remains fatigued, but in good spirits,” the memo said.

“He's being evaluated by a team of experts and together we'll be making recommendations to the first to the President and First Lady in regards to the next steps.

First Lady Melania Trump remains well with only a mild coughing headache and the remainder of the First Family are well and tested negative (for COVID-19) today.”

Regeneron’s chief executive Leonard Schleifer has known Trump for years, as a member of the President’s golf club in Westchester County.

According to the New York Times, the Food and Drug Administration cleared the way for Trump to use the drug after medical staff reached out to the company.

Shares of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc initially rose more than two per cent after news of Trump’s use of the drug was announced.

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