Coronavirus LIVE updates: Victoria chases lower COVID-19 cases as NSW, Qld continue to bicker over border; Australian death toll stands at 897

St Vincent Hospital nurse added to growing list of NSW COVID-19 cases

A nurse has tested positive for COVID-19 after working a shift at St Vincent's hospital in Darlinghurst on Wednesday.

NSW Health issued the alert on Friday night, adding to the growing list of venues and public transport routes visited y infectious cases in the past several days, including Parramatta, Eastwood and Palm Beach.

Hospital staff are not allowed to buy their own masks.Credit:Bloomberg

Health authorities are yet to establish how the outbreak started, but leaked emails between the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and hospital officials suggest a patient in an acute ward earlier tested negative to coronavirus before testing positive to the disease on Wednesday.

The email exchange reveals that the hospital’s supply of N95 masks have been reserved for those working with the highest-risk patients and others are not permitted to wear them “even if they buy one”.

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Diplomats exempt from hotel quarantine test positive for COVID-19

NSW Health staff are growing increasingly concerned that COVID-positive foreign diplomats exempt from hotel quarantine are a vulnerable gap in the state's coronavirus defences.

Anxiety over diplomatic exemptions intensified within the health ministry when five family members of two Indonesian diplomats were diagnosed with COVID-19 after arriving in Sydney on September 30.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said he was ‘as frustrated as anyone’ at subborn case numbers.Credit:Eddie Jim

Professor Jodie McVernon and Professor James McCaw, the lead researchers from the Doherty Institute, said their modelling was based on the trajectory of recent case numbers.

They suggest Melbourne should follow a number of measures to safely reopen, including increasing the focus on “super-spreaders”.

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Good morning all

G'day everyone! I'm Roy Ward and I'll be leading today's COVID-19 live blog.

Victoria is still grappling with new case numbers while New South Wales and Queensland continue to see low numbers but concern remains around Queensland's decision to keep restrictions on its borders.

So there is plenty to watch for today. Please keep checking in for new developments and, as always, you can leave a comment on the blog or shoot me a tweet directly at @rpjward on Twitter.

Enjoy the day to come!

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