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Victoria records one new COVID-19 case, no deaths

Victoria's daily numbers are in: just one new case of coronavirus has been recorded across the state over the past 24 hours, and no deaths.

The 14-day rolling average has dropped to 2.4 and two mystery cases remain.

The rest of the day's numbers will no doubt be released at the daily briefing, fronted today by Health Minister Martin Foley. We hope the Premier enjoys his day off after a consecutive run of 120 daily press conferences.

US faces record surge of coronavirus cases as election looms

A record surge of coronavirus cases in the US is pushing hospitals to the brink of capacity and killing up to 1000 people a day, the latest figures show, with much of the country's attention focused on Tuesday's presidential election.

The country broke its single-day record for new coronavirus infections on Thursday, reporting at least 91,248 new cases, as 17 states reported their highest daily number of hospitalised COVID-19 patients since the pandemic started, according to a Reuters tally of publicly reported data.

More than 1000 people died of the virus on Thursday, marking the third time in October that milestone has been passed in a single day. The number of hospitalised COVID-19 patients has risen over 50 per cent in October to 46,000, the highest since mid-August.

The Andrews government is in discussions about establishing a single “coronavirus hospital” to treat all COVID-19 patients in a plan aimed at freeing up the state’s healthcare system.Credit:Justin McManus

“There are some things we have learned about the virus that have changed our understanding and we now appreciate where the holes in our system are,” the AMA's Victorian president Julian Rait said.

“There are several ways you could handle it. You could use highly-trained dedicated teams in the hospital who are well-drilled in personal protection equipment and infection control protocols. You could even rotate staff in and out on a two-week basis so that if any staff were infected they would be automatically isolated for a period of time.”

More than 1020 employees at Melbourne hospitals have been diagnosed with coronavirus so far, many expressing concern about the lack of availability of high-quality protective equipment.

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Good morning!

Good morning and welcome to our live coronavirus coverage. I'm Hanna Mills Turbet and I'll be with you until mid-afternoon.

The skies might be grey down south, but the mood is sunny: it's the first weekend in months that Melburnians can sip a latte inside a cafe, peruse the seedlings aisle at Bunnings or don a frock for a dinner out in an actual restaurant.

Further north, the border wars are bubbling along as the Queensland Premier announced her state will open to regional NSW but continue to lock out Sydneysiders.

We'll bring you rolling coverage of COVID-19 news throughout the day. Feel free to get in touch via email or on Twitter. Oh, and happy Halloween!

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