Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

Callum Godde
·3-min read

LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:

* Victorian authorities are looking to make COVID-19 testing compulsory for hotel quarantine workers on their days off, after a second worker contracted the virus in less than a week.

* The woman, aged in her early 50s, tested positive on Sunday after she completed a shift at the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport.

* Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville, who is responsible for the state's quarantine program, said the woman did not appear to have breached any infection control protocols.

* About 80 hotel quarantine staff, 12 Australian Defence Force members and nine police officers who worked with the woman have been tested and are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Another 15 close contacts have also been identified.

* NSW Health is investigating the source of a new mystery COVID-19 case in an asymptomatic returned traveller from South America, including the possibility that transmission occurred in a Sydney quarantine hotel.

* The case involves a returned overseas traveller who tested positive two days after being released from 14 days of hotel quarantine at the Sofitel Wentworth last week.

* Ten close contacts of the case have been identified and directed to self-isolate. Seven of those have already returned negative tests.

* NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the coronavirus pandemic has provided a "wake-up" call for Sydney to emerge from its mediocrity.

* Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt believes states and territories should follow the lead of NSW and test people for the virus after leaving hotel quarantine.

* Mr Hunt also downplayed concerns about the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine as medical professionals begin training to administer jabs.

* Tasmania declared 12 NSW sites and additional Victoria venues high risk after new coronavirus cases in both mainland states.

* Daily saliva testing for COVID-19 has begun across South Australia's quarantine hotels, as the state government continues to boost security around people returning from overseas.

* A returned overseas traveller from South Australia has been accused of threatening to spit on hotel security guards in Perth after leaving his room while in quarantine.

* Western Australia again recorded no new COVID-19 cases as students returned to school after last week's lockdown.

* The Australian Open served up noticeably smaller day-one crowds, with a spectator cap and overcast weather making Melbourne Park resemble a ghost town.

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AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

* Seven new locally acquired cases were recorded in Australia on Monday: three in NSW, two in Queensland, and one each in Victoria and SA. All bar one in Victoria came from hotel quarantine.

* The national death toll is 909: Victoria 820, NSW 56, 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).

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GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

* Cases: at least 106,159,000

* Deaths: at least 2,317,000

* Recovered: at least 59,170,000.

Data current as of 1700 AEDT on February 8, taking in federal and state/territory government updates, Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.