LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
* NSW has presented its reopening advice, rules and penalties related to the 70% double dose vaccination, which is only a matter of days.
* Businesses will need to take “reasonable steps” to prevent unvaccinated customers from entering their premises, such as having prominent signs and QR code and proof of vaccination requirements.
* Hotels, retail, gyms, hairdressers and beauty salons will be monitored by “authorized agents” and individual fines of $ 1,000 will apply on site for violations. The companies will be fined $ 5,000.
* Vaccinated close contacts of a positive case should be tested, isolated for seven days, retested on day six and, if negative, end isolation after day seven.
* Close unvaccinated contacts should be tested and isolated for 14 days, retested at 12 days and if a negative result is received, isolation may end after the fortnight.
* NSW reported 667 new locally acquired cases and 10 deaths on Sunday.
* Health Minister Brad Hazzard has warned people to be careful and obey restrictions while taking advantage of the NRL grand finale to prevent super-spreading events.
* There are 981 COVID-19 patients in NSW hospitals, 195 in intensive care units and 93 on ventilators. A small child as well as three people aged 10 to 19 were among those in intensive care.
* Critical care nurses have launched a passionate plea for Victorians to get vaccinated, with hospital patients set to skyrocket this month.
* Victoria has reported 1,220 new locally acquired cases and three deaths. A record 71,275 people were tested in the 24 hours leading up to Sunday morning, while 36,248 vaccines were administered.
* Melbourne is preparing to claim the unwanted title of the world’s most locked up city after spending 245 days under stay-at-home orders. He will surpass the record, set by Buenos Aires, on Monday.
* The ACT has registered 38 new cases, a small reprieve from the record levels of 52 seen on Friday and Saturday. Of these, 24 are linked to exposure sites and 14 have been in quarantine throughout their infectious period.
* The NRL grand final was allowed to take place in Brisbane as scheduled on Sunday evening after Queensland recorded no new cases of the virus.
* However, there was a clear message to fans among the locked-out health ministers – don’t use this holiday weekend and the NRL grand finale to throw big parties.
* Big dollars are up for grabs in the new campaign called Million Dollar Vax. More than $ 4 million in total prizes will be given away, with the $ 1 million cash jackpot being drawn on November 5.
AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:
* As of Saturday, 28,630,736 doses have been administered as part of the national immunization rollout, including 211,389 in the previous 24 hours.
* Of the total, 16,560,966 were administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 115,940 in the previous 24 hours).
* 15,552,163 were delivered in primary care (+110 407) and 1,008,803 in establishments for the elderly and disabled (+5533).
* 12,069,770 were administered by states and territories, of which 95,449 were in the last 24 hours.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Australia reported 1,925 local cases on Sunday: 1,220 in Victoria, 667 in NSW and 38 in ACT.
* Two overseas acquired cases have also been reported: one in New South Wales and one in Queensland.
* The national death toll is 1,334: Victoria 869, NSW 428, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 7, ACT 6 and SA 4. (Two Queensland residents who died in NSW have been included in the official balance sheets for both states) .
WORLDWIDE CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Case: at least 234 577 843
* Death: at least 4,796,500
* Vaccine doses administered: at least 6,282,822,928.
Data current as of 5:30 p.m. AEST on October 3, taking into account federal and state / territory government updates and numbers from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Australian Associated Press