Corona virus Australia latest: at a glance

No new cases in SA

  • Anybody in South Australia who has “just got mild symptoms” will be able to be tested for Covid-19, according to the state’s chief public health officer, Dr Nicola Spurrier.

  • The state recorded no new cases of the virus.

  • In Queensland, cases rose by only five – the lowest number since the beginning of March – according to the state’s health minister, Steven Miles.

Death toll rises to 63

Tasmania recorded its sixth death from Covid-19 and the Australian Capital Territory recorded its third death from the virus.

Tracking app to be reviewed for privacy issues

  • A mobile corona virus tracking app will be reviewed for privacy issues before it is released, the attorney general confirmed to Guardian Australia.

  • The app will use Bluetooth to record who has been near a person who has contracted Covid-19 (announced on Tuesday night).

Victorian students told to stay home

Victoria’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton, has advised the state government to continue remote learning for term two.

Media package announced

Minister intervenes to keep mobility allowance

The social services minister, Anne Ruston, has intervened to ensure that people with disabilities will keep the mobility allowance during Covid-19 enforced shutdowns. After Guardian Australia reported that 15,000 people could lose the $100-a-fortnight allowance, Ruston said on Tuesday night the department would cease eligibility reviews for the allowance.

Children are 2% of coronavirus cases

The deputy chief medical officer, Nick Coatworth, said that children were only 2% of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Australia, and thus there is a “lower propensity or likelihood of children to get infected”.

NSW police aim for Ruby Princess to leave by Sunday

The NSW police commissioner, Mick Fuller, told reporters that police were “working towards” a “hopeful departure date” of Sunday for the virus-hit cruise ship, which is currently docked in Port Kembla.

Liberal MPs hit back at lock down lift

The treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, and MP Tim Wilson have rejected calls for social restrictions to be lifted for younger Australians.

Western Sydney aged care cluster

A cluster of 10 cases at a western Sydney aged care facility has been confirmed, after a staff member worked for six days while symptomatic. The chief medical officer, Dr Kerry Chant, said six staff members and four residents tested positive at Anglicare Newmarch House.

Melbourne Writers Festival to go online

The Melbourne Writers Festival will be held completely online, according to organizers. The festival was scheduled to start on 7 August, and patrons will have their tickets refunded.


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