Live: Australia on verge of 300 coronavirus deaths, royal commission set to examine aged care response

Australia is edging closer to surpassing another grim milestone after 17 deaths were recorded in Victoria yesterday.

The national death toll currently sits at 295 and is likely to reach 300 today.

Meanwhile, a hearing into the response to the coronavirus pandemic in aged care, and what can be learned from the experience, begins in Sydney.   

Follow today’s events as they unfold.

Live updates

By Alicia Nally

Latest coronavirus case numbers in Australia

Just to recap, this is the latest information on the Australian Department of Health website.

It includes the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, recovered cases, deaths, and new cases in the last 24 hours, recorded in Australia since January 22, 2020.

  • Total cases: 21, 084
  • Total recoveries: 11, 869
  • Active cases: 8,155
  • New cases (last 24 hours): 404
  • Locally-acquired cases (last seven days): 3226
  • Overseas-acquired cases (last seven days): 14


By Alicia Nally

Victorian coronavirus hotel quarantine nurse alleges DHHS relaxed infection controls


ABC News

Departmental staff in charge of running Melbourne’s quarantine hotels were more concerned with appeasing guests than infection control, according to a nurse who worked at the troubled facilities.

Some guests were given extra so-called “fresh air” breaks and took advantage of the increasingly relaxed system, threatening to self-harm if they were not given allowances to leave their rooms, the nurse — who does not want to be named — said.

The whole story, by Jessica Longbottom and Nino Bucci, is here.

By Alicia Nally

Welcome to today’s ABC News coronavirus live blog

Alicia Nally on deck to take you through announcements and breaking news related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.

And, I’ll be joined by the lovely Jacqui Howard shortly too.

If you’re in Victoria, I hope you’re keeping well and following the government’s rules.

For the rest of Australia, hope you’re going ok too.

Let’s get underway.