* No criminal charges will flow from misleading information given to South Australian health officials which sparked last month’s short-lived statewide lockdown.
* Police said an investigation into a man who initially told contract tracers he visited an Adelaide pizza shop linked to a cluster when he actually worked there had produced “limited evidence”.
* The development came on Wednesday as SA recorded a fourth consecutive day with no new COVID-19 infections linked to the Parafield cluster.
* NSW will enter a new summer normal from Monday, as the state government lifts a tranche of restrictions including changing the social distancing recommendation.
* Under the measures, seats in stadiums can be filled to 100 per cent which could mean Tuesday’s Twenty20 at the SCG could be the first full house for a sports event in Sydney this year.
* NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet labelled Wednesday “freedom day” in NSW and said the eased limits would inject millions of dollars into the economy.
* Australian Hotels Association NSW chief executive John Whelan said the changes were an “early Christmas present” and would help re-employ some 9000 people.
* A COVID-shedding Victorian man who returned to the regional town of Colac is the likely source of a new positive wastewater sample, as the state recorded 33 days without a virus case.
* Tasmania is set to open to all states and territories for the first time in nine months, dropping border restrictions with South Australia from Thursday.
* All 11 new cases of coronavirus were reported among overseas travellers in hotel quarantine in NSW (six), Queensland (three) and WA (two).
The Australian economy grew 3.3 per cent in the September quarter, signalling the nation has pulled out of the coronavirus-induced recession.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS
* There were 11 new cases recorded in Australia on Wednesday – all overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.
* The national death toll is 908: Victoria 820, 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 63,839,000
* Deaths: at least 1,480,000
* Recovered: at least 40,990,000
Data current as of 1715 AEDT December 2, taking in federal and state/territory government updates, Worldometer and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre.Jump to next article