Australia news LIVE: Victoria records 1143 new local COVID-19 cases, three deaths; NSW records 864 new cases, 15 deaths; rising Queensland cases puts NRL grand final at risk

Queensland has avoided lockdown for another day, after two new local cases were reported.

One of the cases was linked to the aviation cluster and was infectious on the southern end of the Gold Coast for four days.

The man stayed at the Kirra Beach Resort from September 20 to 24, and anyone who stayed at that resort or the surrounding area at that time is urged to get tested.

The second case is believed to have acquired the virus interstate and was infectious in the community for one day. Chief Health Officer Jeannete Young said that was a man who frequently travels to picking up animals and relocating them.

“I don’t think that he’s a risk. He’s unrelated to any of our other cases,” she said at this morning’s coronavirus update.

There was also a case detected in hotel quarantine, but that is not considered a threat.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today’s numbers were some good news, given the state is on tenterhooks due to a string of new cases in recent days and the NRL grand final due to be held over the weekend.

“What’s really important at the moment, and the fundamental reason we are not in lockdown, is because we do not have any seeding or unlinked community transmission,” she said.

“If we do see any unlinked community transmission, I’m quite sure that Dr Young will not hesitate to recommend a lockdown.”

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