Coronavirus updates LIVE: Victoria records 35 COVID-19 cases as state’s stage four restrictions eased; Queensland border debate continues as Australian death toll jumps to 816

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On Monday, China reported 10 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for September 13, the same as a day earlier, the health authority said.

All of the new infections were imported, the National Health Commission said in a statement. There were no new deaths.

China reported 39 new asymptomatic patients, compared with 70 a day earlier.

As of Sunday, mainland China had a total of 85,194 confirmed infections of the coronavirus, it said. The COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged at 4634.

Former prime minister Paul Keating says the ballooning cost of aged care should be met by a HECS-style funding model, where every Australian is extended a loan to pay for their care and the costs are recovered from each individual’s estate.

Former prime minister Paul Keating has proposed a HECS-style scheme for aged care funding.

Former prime minister Paul Keating has proposed a HECS-style scheme for aged care funding.

The model would reduce the fiscal burden on a generation that will already be carrying the costs of the coronavirus pandemic and allow easier access to home support packages, which currently have long waiting lists. Each person’s assets would help to maintain them in later life and it would be more difficult for family members to call on those assets.

“We’re not forcing anyone out of their home, we’re not obliging aged persons to negatively mortgage their home, you’re not asking families to chip in and pay for their relatives in their accommodation or their care, and so I think such a system has a lot of advantages,” Mr Keating said.

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After sharing the story about the lengths some people go to so they can maintain work/life balance while working from home – featuring one Melbourne man’s “fake commute” in his car – we asked for your tips.

It seems the fake commute is a common way our readers start the day. Although, you tended to prefer a walk around the block than a trip in the car.

Christina says her “fake commute” is walking around the block, although the flexibility of working from home means it can happen whenever she likes – and mid-morning works best. “Either way it’s a mental reset and energy burst before facing the day,” she says.

“It now feels strange if I don’t do it but I haven’t yet managed to repeat at the end of the day.”

Another reader, who did not leave their name, says they have tried as best they can to replicate their work breaks at home.

“I start each day with a walk to a cafe for a coffee (around the corner, just like at work), which I drink at my desk while I settle in to the morning’s emails,” they say.

“Then I close each day with a walk around the block.

“I’m finding it harder to disassociate from work now that it’s in my home all day every day (and I’m not doing much else), and this helps me maintain the boundaries I need to enforce for my own sanity and wellbeing!”

This is Mary Ward signing off the blog. Matt Bungard will continue our live coverage through to the evening.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she would rather lose the state election next month then bow to pressure to reopen the state’s borders.

Queenslanders will head to the polls on October 31 to decide who will lead the state for the next four years.

“If it means losing the election, I will risk all that if it means keeping Queenslanders safe,” she said on Monday afternoon. “I’m putting myself out there, I’m putting myself on the line.”

The Premier said she would also bolster the unit of about 80 officials who grant or deny exemption applications from people seeking to travel from interstate COVID-19 hotspots.

As we reported earlier this morning, the hazard tape has been gleefully ripped off Melbourne’s playgrounds today as the first stages of lockdown restrictions are eased.

Our photographer Jason South took these lovely photos at Fels Park in Yarraville this morning, where play equipment has been left dormant for more than six weeks.

Two-year-old Alexander Warner enjoys the swings at Fels Park in Yarraville,

Two-year-old Alexander Warner enjoys the swings at Fels Park in Yarraville,Credit:Jason South

20-month-old Florence Kozel enjoys the reopening of Fels park in Yarraville.

20-month-old Florence Kozel enjoys the reopening of Fels park in Yarraville.Credit:Jason South

Other changes today include the allowance of ‘public gatherings’ of up to two people for two hours, a shortened curfew and the introduction of “social bubbles” to allow people living alone and single parents with dependents under the age of 18 to have one other person in their home.

Australia has recorded fewer than 40 new coronavirus cases today, the lowest national case total since June.

There were 35 new cases in Victoria overnight. All of the cases within the Melbourne region and nine of which were in the south-eastern suburbs of Hallam and Narre Warren.

NSW recorded four new cases: three in hotel quarantine and one linked to the Eastern Suburbs Legion Club cluster.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk spoke with the media earlier this afternoon.

One of the oft-cited perks of working from home is not having a commute. But could a “fake commute” be what you need to maintain work/life balance?

Every weekday, about 7am, Melburnian Damien Lyons buttons up a work shirt, jumps in the car, switches on the radio and hits the road for a ten-minute drive. Then, at the end of the day, he packs up his workstation and drives the same 10-minute route before returning and changing out of his shirt.

Damien Lyons has introduced a "fake commute" into his days while working from home.

Damien Lyons has introduced a “fake commute” into his days while working from home.Credit:Joe Armao

He told deputy lifestyle editor Sophie Aubrey, while his ritual might sound “a bit ridiculous” it was helping him with his mental wellbeing during the day.

“There was something in the fake commute where there’s a mental process that goes on in planning for the day and then letting go of the day,” he said.

Just a little note on our stats. We have just reduced the national death toll by one, after a Victorian death was removed from the state’s death toll due to duplication.

That means the national death toll is now at 816, of which 729 have occurred in Victoria.

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Israel’s cabinet has voted to impose a second nationwide lockdown starting on Friday to try to tamp down a raging coronavirus outbreak, brushing aside appeals from a business world warning of economic strangulation and the powerful ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

Ministers voted on Sunday, local time, to strictly limit movement, gatherings and economic activity for at least three weeks coinciding with a major Jewish holiday season, AP reports.

Israel is entering a second lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus. Pictured: ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray in divided sections at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City.

Israel is entering a second lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus. Pictured: ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray in divided sections at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. Credit:AP

Health experts “raised a red flag”, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose emergency coalition government was formed in May expressly to tackle the health emergency. “Senior Health Ministry officials warned us that the morbidity situation requires immediate steps.”

During the lockdown, Israelis will have to stay within 500 metres of their houses, but can travel to workplaces that will be allowed to operate on a limited basis.

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