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Buses replace trains on sections of the Upfield line until the last train of Sun 15 Nov (level-crossing works at Coburg and Moreland).
15.01 Sunbury/Craigieburn/Upfield lines: Major delays (a trespasser at Flagstaff). Trains will be altered to run direct.
- 15.15 Clearing, after trespassers at Flagstaff and Southern Cross.
Buses replace trains Newport - Werribee from 19.25 until last train (works).
Buses replace trains Dandenong - Pakenham from 20.30 until the last train (works).
Sunbury/Craigieburn/Upfield lines: All trains run direct to/from Flinders St from 21.00 until the last train (works). From loop stations, take a Flinders St train from pfm 1.
As it happened: Victoria records 15 new COVID-19 cases as SA reconsiders border restrictions; Australian death toll jumps to 888. Mary Ward and Pallavi Singhal October 1, 2020
* 19.46 Summary:
- Victoria recorded 15 new cases and, sadly, two deaths on Thursday, bringing the state's death toll to 800. Traces of the virus have been found in sewage in the coastal town of Anglesea, prompting authorities to boost testing in the area.
- The Victorian government has stood down private security in the state’s remodelled hotel quarantine program and sent in police to guard people infected with coronavirus after concerns were raised about poor infection control.
- NSW recorded three new coronavirus cases on Thursday, including an old locally acquired case.
- The federal government will promise industry $1.5 billion to sustain local manufacturing as part of a budget plan targeting six priority areas ranging from food to medicine and clean energy.
- There have been 33.8 million coronavirus cases recorded worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. The global death toll has passed 1 million.
- Australia recorded 19 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, including 15 in Victoria, three in NSW and one in WA, and two deaths, both linked to aged care facilities in Victoria.
- NSW is in its sixth consecutive day without recent community transmission, with one old case making part of its total on Thursday.
- The aged care royal commission has made six recommendations in its report and called on the government to act immediately to fund additional staff for facilities and allow families to have more meaningful access to their relatives in care. The Morrison government has accepted all of the recommendations.
- Queensland’s borders will remain closed to most of NSW until after the Queensland election on October 31, regardless of whether NSW meets the northern state’s requirement of achieving 28 consecutive days without local transmission of the virus before then.
- South Australia has further eased restrictions to allow dance floors at weddings and reintroduce standing drink service in pubs. The last time the state recorded a locally-transmitted case was on March 20.
* 19.28 NRL fans warned of longer public transport wait times. Public transport officials in NSW have warned fans attending NRL games that public transport wait times may increase to ensure physical distancing is maintained, as stadium capacity limits are increased from today.
Stadiums can increase their capacity from 25 per cent to 50 per cent if they have detailed COVID-19 action plans in place.
Under the new limits, up to 40,000 people can attend ANZ Stadium, 23,000 can attend the SCG and 15,000 can attend Bankwest Stadium.
Transport for NSW's chief operations officer Howard Collins said regular train, bus and light rail services will be running for games and that all services will require physical distancing.
“Those attending games are expected to wear a mask when they are not sitting at their seat. This includes walking to and from designated seats, using stadium facilities and of course on public transport when getting to and from the venue," Mr Collins said.
"If you are able to, we urge you to drive, walk, cycle or catch a taxi or Uber to see your team play in an effort to reduce numbers on public transport. Please abide by the road rules, pre-plan your parking and allow extra travel time.
“If you must catch public transport make sure you plan ahead and please maintain physical distancing, sit or stand on green spot approved places, maintain good hygiene, use Opal and contactless payments where needed, and we strongly recommend wearing a mask.
“You will likely encounter longer wait times, so please be patient." Mr Collins said people attending games should use trip planning apps to monitor whether transport services are at capacity.
"If it is please wait for the next one, or seek out a different way of getting to the game," he said.
“Our trains, buses, ferries and light rail services will continue to be cleaned regularly, and we will be monitoring patronage and have staff at key locations across the, with marshals out to help customers navigate busy interchanges.”
Outdoor stadiums, such as ANZ, will be allowed to be filled to 50 per cent capacity. CREDIT:GETTY IMAGES
* 7.30 Melbourne's Christmas windows to go ahead. Rachael Dexter. Melbourne's iconic Myer Christmas windows are officially back on, a month after it was announced the 65-year-old traditional display was scrapped due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Melbourne City Council passed an urgent motion two weeks ago to negotiate a lifeline funding package with the retailer to make sure the annual Christmas windows display went ahead, which seems to have worked.
"We’re excited to announce that with the assistance of the City of Melbourne we will be able to provide the experience in a way that is safe for our staff and the community which has always been our foremost priority," said Myer’s chief customer officer Geoff Ikin.
The 2019 Myer Christmas windows were based around May Gibbs' Snugglepot and Cuddlepie books.CREDIT:PENNY STEPHENS
Serious decay beneath Sydney's Circular Quay main promenade revealed. Matt O'Sullivan October 1, 2020