World news – Coronavirus Australia live update: Victorian premier Daniel Andrews reports 45 new cases and five more deaths

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The chair of AAP, Jonty Low, and its chief executive, Emma Cowdroy, have welcomed the announcement.

Earlier this week, three crossbench senators had written to the prime minister urging him to fund the newswire, according to a report from AAP itself.

Senators Jacqui Lambie, Rex Patrick and Stirling Griff told the government an urgent intervention was needed. “If the work of AAP is as valued as it ought to be, the Morrison government must invest in it,” the trio wrote.

AAP is also running a crowdfunding campaign which has so far raised $120,000 out of a $500,000 goal.

The Australian Associated Press newswire will get $5m in funding from the federal government, the SMH report.

The communications minister, Paul Fletcher, said that AAP was vital for regional news and Australia’s media diversity.

The AAP Newswire provides services to more than 250 regional news mastheads across Australia, covering public interest content on national, state and regional news.

Importantly, AAP also provides regional stories for national distribution so that regional issues and voices are heard across the country.

Andrews says that Victorians will not be fined if they tell contact tracers the truth about their travel, even if that means admitting they broke restrictions.

Giving contact tracers the correct information in a timely manner is worth more than $1,200 to every Victorian. The last thing we want is people not to come together, and tell the timely story of who they have been in contact with.

No fine frankly, would ever equate to how valuable the information that that person gives to us is.

That would apply to people who have already tested positive, and are being interviewed by contact tracers.

Andrews says that the Casey/Dandenong cluster is proof of the dangers of household transmission, and says that lesson applies to all socioeconomic groups.

It’s not a new feature, we have seen it all the way through, whether it be dinner parties from people who have been on skiing holidays in Aspen…you know, if I can bold enough [to say that] families that live in the outer southeast, I don’t think they have been to Aspen recently.

It does not discriminate. How big your house, no matter how big your bank balance. If you go visiting and you have this, you will take it with you. That is the key.

Andrews says he is disappointed in the behaviour of some of the people in the cluster.

[Travelling more than] 5km is one thing, but visiting others is the real issue here, frankly. The rules are in place for a reason and anyone who undermines this, undermines the entire strategy and it means the rules will be there for longer.

This virus does not discriminate. Whether you are a personal faith or no faith, whether you’re born here all your parents were not born here or whatever part of the world you came from, what language you speak, much money you are in, what postcode you are in, your age, gender, none of this matters. This thing is wickedly infectious. It spreads quickly and silently.

None of the new cases from today were from the Casey/Dandenong cluster, but there were five new cases yesterday, and seven on Wednesday, the deputy chief health officer Prof Allen Cheng says.

I understand there were essential workers among them but they have not been in those workplaces. We have been following those people up. I think there is a range of people otherwise, both young and old, involved.

Jeroen Weimar, from Victoria’s health department, is speaking now about a cluster among households in Casey and Dandenong, and the risk of household transmission.

“What we’re also now seeing in Casey and Dandenong is a cluster of 34 cases across five households,” he says.

Weimar warns Victorians to be vigilant about household transmission, saying that the people had “limited contact” and “infrequent” contact with each other, but still managed to pass the virus to each other.

These five houses in this particular cluster have had, unfortunately, some members of those households visiting other households and it is that limited amount of contact, relatively infrequent contact between these five households that has now meant that we have 34 people in five houses experiencing or living with a very real threat of the coronavirus.

This is not about where you’re from. It is not about how old you are. It is not about what you do for a living. It is not about what gender you are. It fundamentally highlights the fact that this virus knows no boundaries. This virus respects no differences between people. It ultimately thrives on close, human contact.

He calls on Victorians to come forward and get tested, as testing rates have dropped over the past few weeks.

No matter how mild your symptoms, as soon as the symptoms are noticeable to you, then please go and get tested. Don’t wait a day. Don’t wait two days. Don’t wait till Monday, if it’s on a weekend when you begin to feel unwell. Please come forward and get tested.”

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, is also due to give a press conference on the latest out of national cabinet today. That might overlap a bit with Andrews’s press conference, due to start now.

We might have to do some juggling, but will bring you the best of both.

While we wait for Daniel Andrews’s 12pm press conference, you can read this morning’s Weekly Beast media column, which covers a delay of a different type.

Public university staff are baffled at the news that the Sydney campus of New York University is receiving jobkeeper at a time when Australian universities have not received any payments, AAP report.

The president of the National Tertiary Education Union, Dr Alison Barnes, said Australian public universities had already slashed more than 11,000 jobs and more cuts were on the way.

“The Morrison government changed the rules three times to prevent these universities from accessing JobKeeper,” Dr Barnes said on Friday.

“Yet four private universities in Australia and even the Sydney campus of New York University, have been able to access JobKeeper.

“How can the government allow this to happen? The higher education sector is being decimated daily. Most of these job losses could have been prevented if universities were able to access JobKeeper.”

“The government should have exactly the same rules for universities and not try to exclude public universities,” she said

But the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, said Australian universities were being funded by taxpayers in other ways.

“That is not support that is available to foreign universities that may have a domestic campus so it’s a different situation,” he told reporters. “You are talking about an apple and an orange.”

The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, will be speaking at 12pm. We’ll be bringing you that as it happens.

He is calling on the federal government to increase the cap on international arrivals, and let more stranded Australians return home.

“The circumstances whereby a young mum with a 1-year-old in London was told to go and stay at a homeless shelter with her young baby is quite frankly absurd, in 2020,” he says.

“These are a federal government responsibility. Quarantine and our national borders are the responsibility of the federal government. And the prime minister needs to accept that responsibility.

He adds that the federal government “should at the very least make a substantial financial contribution to the costs” of hotel quarantine.

“When you board a flight, in Europe, or in the United States, or in India, and you arrive at the airport, you don’t have a state passport. You have a passport that has the Australian crest and the Australian coat of arms on it.

“I, as the alternative leader of Australia, not of a state, would not conduct myself in such a way.”

A Qantas flight that does nothing more than loop around the country has sold out in under 10 minutes, the ABC report.

More than 130 people have paid at least $800 – and more for business class – for the scenic flight.

The flight to nowhere will fly at a low altitude over the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and other attractions, taking off from Sydney on October 10 and returning to Sydney.

Five returned travellers and one person who is linked to a known cluster have tested positive in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

The locally acquired case is a person who is a household contact of a previous case who attended Liverpool Hospital, and they were in isolation. There are now 21 cases linked to Liverpool Hospital dialysis cluster.

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