Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Student in Sydney’s south-west tests positive for COVID-19, Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market stalls reopen,  Confirmed cases worldwide surpass 44 million

Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Student in Sydney’s south-west tests positive for COVID-19, Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market stalls reopen, Confirmed cases worldwide surpass 44 million


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200 stalls reopen today at Queen Victoria Market

From 9am, retail shops and stalls at Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market will reopen, along with its cafes and restaurants.

With Christmas just around the corner, visitors will be encouraged to explore the extensive range of locally and Australian-made products and seek out those who showcase unique craftsmanship and authenticity across clothing, homewares, jewellery, skincare, plants, art, books and more.

Second-generation stallholder Ben Borynsztein and his family have called the Queen Victoria Market home for the past 47 years. Restrictions saw Ben increase the online presence for his women’s footwear stall, Planet Shoes, as the only way to support his growing family.

People shopping at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market.Credit:Darrian Traynor

“The past seven months has been extremely difficult. With face-to-face customer service the main driving force of my business, income has been very low. It has been hard to maintain a consistent customer base, but online sales have helped support my family – wife, daughter and newborn son – during what has been our most challenging time.

“Between my father, uncle, brother and I, we collectively have more than 100 years’ experience selling footwear at Queen Victoria Market. It means so much to our family to finally be able to return to the Market, our second home.

“We need the help of Melburnians now more than ever. Shopping local will help support so many small, family-run businesses,” Mr Borynsztein said.

Western Sydney school student tests positive for COVID-19

A primary school student at Malek Fahd Islamic School in western Sydney has tested positive for coronavirus.

Staff and students from the school's Hoxton Park campus are self-isolating after the child tested positive, the school said in a statement.

The campus has been closed today for cleaning and contact tracing is under way. Classes are continuing as normal at the school's other campuses at Greenacre and Beaumont Hills.

The news comes as NSW Health issued a number of venue alerts, after coronavirus cases to be included in today's numbers attended places in Sydney's south-west and eastern suburbs while infectious.

Anyone who attended Flip Out Indoor Trampoline Park in Prestons between midday and 1.50pm on Sunday or Jasmins Lebanese Restaurant in Liverpool between 2pm and 3.30pm on Sunday should get tested immediately, and then isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.

In addition, anyone who attended the following four places at the specific dates and times should consider themselves a casual contact, and monitor for symptoms:

  • Westfield Bondi Junction on Saturday between 1.30pm and 4.30pm
  • Watsup Brothers kebab shop in Condell Park on Saturday between 5.30pm and 6pm
  • Ali Baba Charcoal Chicken in Auburn, on Monday between 1pm and 1.20pm
  • Carnes Hill Marketplace on Tuesday between 3.30pm and 4.30pm

Good morning and welcome to today's coronavirus blog

Good morning, and welcome to today's coronavirus blog.

My name is Craig Butt, and I will be keeping track of the latest COVID-19 news from Australia and from around the world over the next few hours.

As always, if you've got something to share or if you have a news tip, feel free to send me an email or leave a post in the blog's comments section.

I quite like to kick off the blog with a brainteaser. Can you solve this one? The first with the correct sequence gets the bragging rights.

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