Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.Watch Watch ABC News liveShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelA man in his 50s has died from coronavirus in the regional Victorian town of Portland, after the state recorded Australia's highest daily death toll at 13.The man's death, confirmed late today, will be reflected in tomorrow's coronavirus update.The record was set earlier today when Premier Daniel Andrews announced 723 new cases and 13 deaths.Stay up-to-date on the coronavirus outbreakDownload the ABC News app and subscribe to our range of news alerts for the latest on how the pandemic is impacting the worldFollow today's events in the blog. Key events2hhours agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 7:23am Ruby Princess passengers allowed off ship after Border Force mistook negative flu tests for coronavirus results3hhours agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 6:27am Cases by Local Government Area4hhours agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 5:42am Acting Chief Medical Officer?Professor Paul Kelly is giving an update7hhours agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 2:46am Victoria by the numbers: Press conference recap8hhours agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 1:13am New restrictions for regional Victoria9hhours agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 12:15am Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said three women have been served court notices9hhours agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 12:04am Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier report three new cases in QueenslandYesterdayWedWednesday 29 JulJuly 2020 at 9:56pm Victoria's virus response boosted by AUSMATYesterdayWedWednesday 29 JulJuly 2020 at 9:36pm Testing and tracing blitz continues in QueenslandYesterdayWedWednesday 29 JulJuly 2020 at 9:18pm Sydney schools closed today for cleaningLeave a commentLive updates2mminutes agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 10:00amBy Nicholas McElroyGoodnight from the blog?Take it easy. We'll be back bright and early tomorrow morning.??5mminutes agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 9:57amBy Nicholas McElroyCoronavirus case increase sees Woolworths encourage masks in NSW, ACT and some Queensland stores?Woolworths chief executive Brad Banducci says while masks are not compulsory in NSW, ACT or Queensland, facial coverings will be encouraged in its supermarkets, metro stores, Big W, Dan Murphy's, BWS and ALH Hotels.?Full story here.?18mminutes agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 9:44amBy Nicholas McElroyMelbourne is three weeks into coronavirus lockdown but the curve isn't flattening - so what's next???AAP??Halfway into Melbourne's six-week lockdown, the modelling from previous shutdowns suggests the curve should be flattening.??Yesterday, when Victoria recorded 295 positive cases, the words "turning point" were even muttered by some.??But as today's shock result of 723 COVID-19 cases reverberated around the state - and the country - two obvious questions were being asked in kitchens, loungerooms and bedrooms across Victoria: how and what's next???According to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, the "how" stems back to a worrying trend: "You can't go to work if you're sick."?In his press conference today, a clearly dejected Mr Andrews declined to lay direct blame on any industry, with "auditing work" going on at workplaces.?Apart from "more than 100 cases in aged care", he did not have direct figures on cases in other industries.?"If people continue to go to work when they've got symptoms [or] when they are door knocked by ADF and public health authorised officers and they've got the virus and they're not at home because they're at work, that's just going to see these numbers continue to grow and restrictions will have to stay on," the Premier said.?Experts who spoke to the ABC put Thursday's spike down to a number of reasons - the sheer unpredictability of the virus being front and centre.?Continue reading the analysis by?medical reporter Sophie Scott and the Specialist Reporting Team's Nick Sas here.32mminutes agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 9:31amBy Nicholas McElroyOn the death toll??The most recent death reported in Victoria?will be included in tomorrow's death toll, as it was confirmed after this morning's briefing from Premier Daniel Andrews.?The death toll for today remains at 13, which is Australia's highest daily death toll since the pandemic began.36mminutes agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 9:27amBy Nicholas McElroyWoman in hotel quarantine charged after allegedly abusing staff, refusing to stay in her room?A Northern Tasmanian woman who was in hotel quarantine after returning from Victoria has been charged after allegedly refusing to stay in her room and being "abusive and aggressive" towards hotel staff.?Story by Lucy MacDonald here.44mminutes agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 9:18amBy Nicholas McElroyCoronavirus social distancing rules on NSW public transport relaxed amid overcrowding? ?AAP: Steven Saphore?A report prepared for the NSW Government proposed loosening coronavirus social distancing rules on public transport as many crowded bus, train and ferry services were violating health advice.? ?The partially redacted reports and briefings were obtained by the Opposition under Freedom of Information laws.? ?In the report, Transport for NSW proposed revising and relaxing social distancing guidelines during June, when dozens of services were breaching the rules.? ?During the AM peak, 23 per cent of trains and 10 per cent of buses were in breach; in the PM peak, that increased to 28 per cent of trains, and 13 per cent of buses.? ?The transport department said it had put on an additional 3,300 services per week, but that it was, "unable to resource any further service uplifts", despite forecasting about 200,000 more commuters would be using the rail network by the end of July.? ?Nearly one million people are currently using the state's public transport system.? ?Story by Jonathan Hair here.52mminutes agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 9:10amBy Nicholas McElroyADF doorknocking finds COVID-19 patients are still going to work while infected?AAP: David Crosling?People are still going to work after testing positive for COVID-19, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says, as the state's coronavirus cases spike to a record 723 new infections.?Australian Defence Force personnel have been doorknocking and checking on people who are supposed to be self-isolating after contracting the virus.?Mr Andrews said 30 ADF teams have doorknocked almost 800 properties so far, with 269 visited yesterday.?"Now, I don't want this to be seen as criticism or blame, but I'm obliged to point out that there were a number of people who were not home," he said.?"They will be referred to Victoria Police."?People who breach the chief health officer's directions can be fined $1,652.?Read the full story by Erin Handley here.1hhour agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 8:57amBy Nicholas McElroyNSW public health alert?The NSW Health Department has issued a statement which includes several locations visited by confirmed COVID-19 cases.??It's detailed, and includes?Harpoon and Hotel Harry in Surry Hills, Tan Viet in Cabramatta and Matinee Coffee in Marrickville.??Here is the statement?in full:??NSW Health is warning patrons and staff of the following venues that COVID-19 cases have been identified as attending: Harpoon and Hotel Harry in Surry Hills, Tan Viet in Cabramatta and Matinee Coffee in Marrickville.???These venues are in addition to Fitness First St Leonards, advised earlier today.??A confirmed case notified today attended Matinee Coffee in Marrickville on 26 July between 8am to 9am and on 27 July between 7am to 7.45am. People who were at this venue at the same times are advised to monitor for symptoms and immediately self-isolate and seek testing if they develop symptoms, however mild.??A confirmed case notified on 27 July and linked to the funeral gatherings cluster attended Tan Viet in Cabramatta on 23 July from midday to 2pm. People who attended at these times must self isolate and get tested and stay isolated for a full 14 days, even if the test is negative. If symptoms develop, get tested again.??A case confirmed today who attended the Apollo Restaurant in Potts Point on 25 July also attended Harpoon and Hotel Harry in Surry Hills on 26 July, from 2.15pm to 11pm in the indoor dining areas.??People who attended Harpoon and Hotel Harry for two hours in the above time period must self-isolate and get tested and stay isolated for a full 14 days, even if the test is negative. If symptoms develop, get tested again.??NSW Health has advised these three new venues and they have been closed for cleaning. Contact tracing is continuing. A case confirmed today attended Fitness First St Leonards on Monday July 27 between 9am -10.30am.???This case attended the Apollo Restaurant Potts Point on Saturday July 25. They became unwell on 28 July and were tested on 29 July.??Patrons and staff who were in the gym at the same time must isolate and get tested regardless of symptoms, and stay isolated for a full 14 days, even if the test is negative. If symptoms develop, get tested again.???People who were at the gym at this time but only attended a group fitness class are not required to isolate, but should monitor for symptoms and immediately self-isolate and seek testing if they develop symptoms.?The venue has been contacted by NSW Health and closed for a deep clean.??The case also attended Woolworths, Crow's Nest on Monday July 27 between 10.30 am and 11.00am.??Customers and staff at the store during this time are considered casual contacts. They should continue to monitor for symptoms and get tested if they become unwell.1hhour agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 8:47amBy Nicholas McElroyAnother Victorian has died of COVID-19?A further death from coronavirus has been recorded in Victoria - bringing the number of people to die in the pandemic to 106.?The man in his 50s was from the regional town of Portland in the state's west.??In a statement to the ABC the DHHS confirmed the latest death.?"We regretfully confirm that today we were made aware of the passing of a man in his 50s from coronavirus."?"We pass on our condolences to his family and friends."??Earlier today, the Premier confirmed a further 723 new cases of coronavirus and 13 deaths - Australia's highest daily totals since the pandemic started.?Premier Daniel Andrews said the people who died were three men and three women in their 70s, three men and two women in their 80s, and two men in their 90s.?He said 10 of those 13 deaths could be connected to aged care settings, but said more work was needed to confirm the exact number.?By Sarah Farnsworth1hhour agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 8:43amBy Nicholas McElroyCoronavirus patient from Melbourne abattoir has annual leave deducted by employer instead of sick leave????Melbourne abattoir worker Eh Choe, 38, has been home sick with coronavirus for the past two weeks, isolating in a separate room of his house away from the rest of his family.?But despite having to isolate at home, Mr Choe told 7.30 his time off work has been deducted from his annual leave, rather than his sick leave.?He works at the JBS meat-processing plant in Brooklyn in the city's west, which has been linked to 82 cases of the virus.?"I am drained from having COVID-19," he told 7.30 through a Karen (a language spoken in Myanmar) translator.?"Even though I am feeling a bit better, my energy is not back to 100 per cent."?Mr Choe works in the cold room at the factory, often moving between warm and freezing temperatures throughout the day, so when he started to feel a fever, he thought nothing of it at first.?Read the?story by Nadia Daly here.1hhour agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 8:34amBy Nicholas McElroyClive Palmer claims Mark McGowan's coronavirus hard border will destroy lives of West Australians?AAP: Dan Peled??Billionaire Clive Palmer has claimed the WA Government would "destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of people for decades" if it continued with its hard border restrictions.?The comments came as WA Premier Mark McGowan again expressed his frustration with Mr Palmer's legal challenge against the border closure.?"It's just grossly irresponsible, it's not reflecting the will of the people, it's putting at risk all of our achievements," Mr McGowan said.?"It's so annoying, it drives me nuts."??The legal challenge has been heard in the Federal Court this week, with the High Court expected to make a ruling on the hard border arrangements later this year.?Mr Palmer took to Twitter to attack the WA Government's policy.?"Following revelations that a targeted quarantine was sustainable and there was no reason why the borders could not be open to other states whose performance at containing the virus was better than WA's, it is clear that the closure is motivated by political reasons," he said.?Read the full story by David Weber here.1hhour agoThuThursday 30 JulJuly 2020 at 8:31amBy Nicholas McElroyOne for the Victorians reading along? ??Today is hard. 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