* Doctors have urged the prime minister and premiers to keep in place "sensible restrictions" as the states lift limits on business and community life.
* Despite 13 days without any new cases or deaths, the Victorian government will stick to its November 22 timetable for further easing restrictions.
* NSW has gone five consecutive days without a single locally-acquired case being diagnosed. Five returned travellers tested positive in hotel quarantine.
* Queensland and Western Australia each recorded three new cases, all returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.
* Investigations are continuing in South Australia to determine if an infection in an aged care worker, who recently returned from Victoria, will derail plans to ease border rules.
* Tasmania is forecast to plunge into a record $4.4 billion of net debt as it embarks on a landmark infrastructure spend to rebuild its coronavirus-hit economy.
* A woman who flew from London to the Northern Territory has tested positive while quarantining near Darwin.
* Routinely testing patients for COVID-19 before major surgery could save lives but it is not being consistently undertaken, a global study has found.
* Financial stress in Australian households is costing the economy $30.9 billion a year, a figure that will only get bigger due to the impact of COVID-19.
* Emergency pandemic welfare money suddenly lifted some of the poorest people in Melbourne out of poverty, according to new research.
* Australia's running royalty including Robert de Castella, Steve Moneghetti and Benita Willis have called on the government to take action to restart mass participation sports events, citing the devastating cost financially and mentally on the nation.
* West Indies cricket coach Phil Simmons has apologised to New Zealand health officials after several of his players breached COVID-19 safety protocols.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS
* There were 12 new cases recorded in Australia - five in NSW, three each in Qld and WA, and one in SA.
* The national death toll is 907: Victoria 819, NSW 55, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 6, SA 4, ACT 3. (Two Queensland residents who died in NSW have been included in the official tolls of both states).
GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS
* Cases: at least 52,440,798
* Deaths: at least 1,289,747
* Recovered: at least 6,676,902.
Data current as of 1630 AEDT November 12, taking in federal and state/territory government updates, Worldometer and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre.