• Victoria recorded 15 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and no deaths. It’s now impossible for Melbourne to record a 14-day average under five by October 19. As more than 584,000 Victorian students return to the classroom, Nazareth College in Melbourne’s south-east has closed after a student tested positive.
  • Victoria’s top public servant Chris Eccles has resigned after his phone records were requested by the state’s hotel quarantine inquiry. 
  • NSW recorded one new local case in the latest 24-hour reporting period. The state recorded six cases in total, five of which were detected in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.
  • Queensland has recorded zero new cases of COVID-19 overnight, maintaining the active cases in the state to four. A total of 1,987 tests were completed in the past 24 hours. 
  • New CSIRO research shows COVID-19 can last up to 28 days on surfaces like mobile phone and ATM screens, much longer than previously thought.

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