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    Returned Tassie traveller from Vic dodges quarantine

    A construction worker at Hobart's Derwent Entertainment Centre who skipped home quarantine having been in Victoria, has escaped with just a caution. His Tas e-Travel application stated he had simply transitted through the COVID "high-risk" state, when in fact…
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    Vic scramble to find Delta virus link

    A man who was infected with the Delta COVID-19 strain mistakenly opened his room door soon after entering hotel quarantine in Melbourne. But Emma Cassar, the head of COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria, says this incident is unlikely to be the reason for the Delta…
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    NSW locations declared "high-risk" by Tas Health

    Victoria's coronavirus cluster is now threatening to impact New South Wales, after confirmation an infected person with the highly infectious Indian variant visited several sites in the state's south. It's prompted a swift high-risk declaration of five…
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    Ardern, Morrison writing COVID rules in NZ

    The Australian and New Zealand leaders say they'll write new pages in the COVID-19 rulebook when they meet for formal talks on Monday. Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern are in Queenstown for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders Forum. Mr Morrison is…
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    Victoria to enter 7 day circuit breaker lockdown from midnight

    Victoria will begin a seven-day lockdown from midnight, in an effort to contain a COVID-19 outbreak in the northern suburbs that has grown to 26 cases. One of those infected people is in intensive care and Acting Premier James Merlino said they are "not in a…
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    Melbourne set to learn COVID lockdown fate

    Melbourne residents are about to find out if a growing coronavirus cluster in the city's north will trigger another lockdown in the Victorian capital. Acting Premier James Merlino raised the prospect of a shutdown on Wednesday after the so-called Whittlesea…
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    Victorian outbreak sparks vaccine calls

    All eligible Australians are being urged to get vaccinated against coronavirus as a fresh outbreak threatens to spread across Melbourne. Victoria's cluster of cases has climbed to 15, with authorities naming dozens of exposure sites including the MCG where an…
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    Pfizer vaccine coming for 40-49s in NSW

    Around a million people in NSW aged between 40 and 49 could get a Pfizer COVID-19 jab at the new purpose-built vaccination hub at Sydney Olympic Park within weeks. Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the "exciting" development at the opening of the…
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    Vic plane passengers wait for test results

    About 15,000 people are isolating in Victoria, including 38 in hotel quarantine, as the state continues to deal with the fallout from Western Australia's coronavirus outbreak. Victoria's testing commander Jeroen Weimar has revealed it took more than half a…
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    Bubble not burst yet

    Tasmanian and New Zealand Health officials will meet on Wednesday to discuss any possible implications of a new coronavirus case at Auckland airport. It comes only a day before the first direct flights between Hobart and Auckland begin again after 20 years.…
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    US reviews J&J COVID-19 vaccine

    The United States is reviewing reports of a handful of potential cases of severe side effects among people who received Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, as well as those that led to a pause in its use, a top US public health official says. US health…
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    National cabinet meets to discuss vaccine

    The meeting of the national cabinet will aim to get the nation's vaccine program back on track and discuss ways to ease international border restrictions, perhaps later in the year. One route in and out of the country has already eased, after restrictions on…
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    PM, premier urge calm after NSW clot death

    Scott Morrison and Gladys Berejiklian have warned against rushing to conclusions after the death of a NSW woman who developed blood clots a day after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. The NSW premier also reiterated her enthusiasm to receive her second…
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    COVID-19 found in Brisbane hospital ward

    Engineering consultants are inspecting a Brisbane hospital's infectious diseases ward after traces of coronavirus turned up in testing there, one week after it was deep cleaned. The Princess Alexandra Hospital's Ward 5D was shut from March 30 and deep cleaned…
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    Qld man aged in his 80s dies from COVID-19

    Australia has recorded its first COVID-19 death for 2021 after a man in his 80s died in a Brisbane hospital. Health minister Yvette D'Ath said the Australian man succumbed to the disease on Monday night after returning from the Philippines. It follows the…
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    Second case of rare blood clots identified

    Australia's medicine regulator has identified a second case of rare blood clots believed to be linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Therapeutic Goods Administration released a safety alert announcing the possible link on Tuesday. The blood clots affected a…
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    US breaks daily vaccine record with 4.6m

    The US continues to make rapid strides with its vaccination programme, announcing that health care workers have carried out more than 4.6 million vaccinations in one day. "A new record," Cyrus Shahpar, the person responsible for vaccination data at the White…
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    Under-50s AstraZeneca jabs on hold in Tas

    Tasmania has halted first-dose injections of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for people aged under 50 years, following federal health advice. The decision comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison late on Thursday received recommendations from the Australian…
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    Australia's vaccine rollout plans in chaos

    Australia is facing a major delay in its coronavirus vaccine rollout after new bombshell advice plunged the program into chaos. Health supremos have recommended not administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to people under 50 because of an extremely rare but…
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    Aus monitoring AstraZeneca concerns

    The Morrison Government is now considering next steps in regard to the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine rollout, after the UK began offering people aged under 30 an alternative formula. It comes after the European Medicines Agency confirmed the jab can cause…

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THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS:

DEATHS/INFECTIONS

* More than 111,600 people have been infected by the coronavirus across the world and more than 3800 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

* Mainland China, outside Hubei province, reported no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases for the second day on Monday, but an official warned people against dropping their guard.

EUROPE

* Italy, with 7375 cases and 366 deaths, sealed off much of its industrial north, where six prisoners were killed in a riot over curbs on visits. The government also ordered cinemas, theatres and museums to close, cancelled sporting events and told shops and restaurants to ensure patrons remained at least a metre apart.

* Spain, with 999 cases and more than 20 deaths, will close schools in the Basque capital, one of its worst-hit areas.

* Germany on Monday reported 210 new cases, taking its total to 1112.

* Britain, which has 319 cases and three deaths, said anyone returning from areas in northern Italy - placed under lockdown - must self-isolate.

* New infections in the Netherlands increased to 321 on Monday, up from 264 a day earlier.

* Albania and Bulgaria reported their first cases.

AMERICAS

* Argentina marked Latin America's first death on Saturday, after Paraguay, Colombia, Chile and Peru announced their first cases.

* Costa Rica reported nine infections on Sunday, up from five a day earlier.

* Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a 60-day state of emergency on Sunday as cases in the state doubled to 14.

* The US Food & Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission issued a warning to companies selling products that claim to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19.

* Americans, especially those who are vulnerable, may need to stop attending big gatherings as the coronavirus spreads through US communities, a health official said on Sunday, not ruling out large-scale quarantines.

ASIA

* Foreigners in China's capital Beijing should refrain from unnecessary travel during the outbreak, a local government official said.

* South Korea reported 165 new coronavirus cases, bringing the national tally to 7478, while the death toll rose to 51.

* Japan is set to revise a law allowing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare a formal state of emergency, if needed, as the number of infections reached 1190.

* Singapore will allow cruise ship Costa Fortuna to dock in the city-state on Tuesday, after it was turned away from ports in Malaysia and Thailand.

* Vietnam on Monday decided to temporarily suspend visa-free travel from eight European countries: Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, the UK, Germany, France and Spain.

* North Korea flew dozens of diplomats out of the country to Russia on Monday, including the staff of the German, French and Swiss missions which were shut amid concerns.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* Iran, with 7161 cases and 237 deaths, the third highest after China and Italy, temporarily released around 70,000 prisoners.

* Qatar said it was suspending schools and universities to control the outbreak.

* Nigeria has a second confirmed case, its health minister said.

* A 60-year-old German tourist has died in Egypt, becoming its first fatality from the new coronavirus.

* Saudi Arabia reported four new cases on Monday, bringing the total to 15. On Sunday, it imposed a temporary lockdown on its eastern Qatif province, home to a large Shi'ite Muslim population.

* Thirteen Americans quarantined in a West Bank hotel tested negative and will leave soon.

ECONOMIC FALLOUT

* China announced more measures to support airlines, reducing airport and air control fees, as well as postponing the upcoming summer season flight plan.

* Europe needs to come up with a "massive" economic stimulus plan to cope with the outbreak, France's finance minister said on Monday.

* The cost of insuring exposure to debt issued by governments and banks rose sharply on Monday with those at the centre of the outbreak and oil exporters seeing levels spike to multi-month highs.

* The epidemic will cause global FDI to shrink by 5-15 per cent from previous forecasts, resulting in only marginal growth in 2020-21, with automotive, airlines and energy industries hit hardest, a UN report indicated.

MARKETS

* Global stocks plunged on Monday and prices for crude oil tumbled as much as 33 per cent after Saudi Arabia launched a price war with Russia, sending investors already worried by the coronavirus fleeing for the safety of bonds and the yen.

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