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    Vic on the fast track to COVID freedoms

    Victoria is on track to reach its next major vaccination target ahead of schedule as Melbourne prepares to exit lockdown, meaning more freedoms are fewer than two weeks away. The city will emerge from its sixth shutdown at 11:59pm on Thursday, five days…
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    Victoria ends lockdown five days early

    Victoria will end its sixth long-running lockdown five days earlier than planned, as the state races to its 70 per cent fully vaccinated target. Premier Daniel Andrews made the announcement on Sunday, saying now was the time for Victorians to celebrate. "As…
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    "Not out of the woods yet", 51 casual contacts of infected teen

    The number of casual contacts linked to the COVID-positive Launceston teenager who breached quarantine has risen to 51. "They're mostly people who were at the airport at the same time as the case, or at the IGA. Those numbers have come up a little bit since…
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    COVID case breached home quarantine without mask

    Investigations have revealed a COVID positive Launceston teenager left home quarantine without a mask to go to a local supermarket with his cousin. The IGA at Newnham between 2:20pm and 2:45pm on Saturday October 2 has been declared an exposure site. Anyone…
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    New Vic restrictions as Gutwein dismisses Flight Centre legal threat

    The Premier isn't fazed at threats of legal action from the Flight Centre boss about ongoing state border closures. Graham Turner has flagged suing lockout states including Tasmania if they don't reveal "reasonable" reopening plans in coming weeks Peter…
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    Vic roadmap unveiled, 7 day lockdown for Geelong

    Melbourne's controversial curfew will be scrapped, with people able to travel up to 25 kilometres and have a beer outside the pub once 70 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But the most substantial changes to the…
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    Regional Victoria exits COVID-19 lockdown

    A Lockdown will be lifted in regional Victoria, with the exception of the town of Shepparton which is still battling a coronavirus outbreak. The state has recorded 221 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, but most are in Melbourne. "Regional…
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    Virus 'ripping families apart': Syd nurse

    An intensive care nurse working in one of NSW's worst COVID-19 hotspots says the virus is "ripping families apart" and taking an enormous physical and emotional toll on healthcare workers. More than 870 COVID-19 patients are in hospital in NSW, with 143 in…
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    SA names sites linked to infected truckies

    South Australian authorities have identified petrol stations linked to truck drivers who travelled through three states in WA, before testing positive to COVID-19. The two drivers were tested as part of routine surveillance in NSW on Wednesday, but being…
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    Regional Victoria to return to lockdown

    Regional Victorians will re-enter lockdown at 1pm on Saturday as authorities scramble to contain a COVID-19 outbreak centred on the city of Shepparton. Victoria recorded 61 new locally acquired virus cases on Saturday, including 39 in the community while…
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    Launceston "clear" of COVID scare

    Tasmania's Director of Public Health says the coronavirus scare in Lauceston earlier this month is now well and truly behind us. A traveller from Sydney, who came without a border pass via Melbourne, tested positive in hotel quarantine at Peppers Seaport then…
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    Woman pinged for border breach

    There's a stark warning to travellers attempting to breach Fortress Tasmania. A woman who arrived in Launceston on a flight from Sydney at the weekend has become the first to receive the now-doubled fine of $1557. The Tasmanian, aged in her 70s, was fined…
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    Melbourne lockdown extended, curfew back

    Melbourne's lockdown has been extended by two weeks and a night curfew will be reimposed, in an effort to stamp out the state's latest outbreak of the Delta coronavirus variant. Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday announced the extension, as well as a raft of…
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    QR codes for taxis and Ubers after Launceston scare

    Tasmania is yet to detect any COVID cases after an infected man's brief stay in a Launceston quarantine hotel last week. A total of more than 6000 tests have come back negative in the five days after the man's positive test and the situation is now considered…
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    Hawks vs Pies in Launceston called off

    Collingwood's first ever AFL match in Tasmania has been abandoned after the state's first coronavirus case in 238 days sent hundreds of Launcestonians into isolation. The highly anticipated Sunday fixture at UTAS Stadium was a sell out, despite the crowd…
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    Vic to enter its sixth lockdown at 8pm

    Victoria will enter a seven-day lockdown in an effort to contain a growing outbreak of the COVID-19 Delta variant in Melbourne's western suburbs. Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the lockdown will begin at 8pm on Thursday, after the state recorded eight new…
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    Qld arrivals nabbed for flagrant COVID rule breach

    Police appear to have finally lost patience with those flouting Tasmanian Health's stay-at-home orders in the wake of the Queensland COVID-19 Delta outbreak. Two people who recently arrived in Launceston from south east Queensland have been fined $774 each.…
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    SA considers tougher Queensland rules

    South Australians in Queensland have been urged to consider returning as soon as possible as the Sunshine State continues to battle a COVID-19 outbreak. With southeast Queensland in lockdown, SA residents are still allowed to return provided they spend 14…
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    Victoria tightens border bubble with NSW

    Victoria is tightening the NSW border bubble, banning non-essential movement across state lines over the threat of Sydney's worsening COVID-19 outbreak. From 11.59pm on Tuesday, border bubble residents will only be able to cross state lines for six reasons…
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    No new virus infections in South Australia

    South Australia will end its COVID-19 lockdown on schedule after reporting no new virus infections. Premier Steven Marshall says the result is a "huge relief" and will allow the shutdown to end at one minute past midnight on Wednesday. "So a massive thank you…

Violence on radar amid Vic virus crackdown

A Victorian Police badge is seen as approximately 275 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine is displayed at the Australian Federal Police offices in Melbourne, Monday, July, 4, 2016. A Victoria Joint Organised Crime Task Force (JOCTF) seized the methamphetamine with a street value of $275 million after identifying the syndicate in February, arresting one Malaysian and seven Australians. This is the biggest seizure in Victoria this year. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING

Victorian police are bracing for an increase in family violence as the spread of the coronavirus keeps people indoors (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy)

Victorian police are bracing for an increase in family violence as the spread of the coronavirus keeps people indoors, with officers checking on quarantined households keeping their eyes peeled for evidence of abuse.

It comes as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria grew to 411 after 64 tests came back positive on Monday.

Victoria Police is tasking 500 officers each day with enforcing the closure of non-essential services in the state and mandatory 14-day self-isolation for travellers.

Deputy Commissioner Rick Nugent says the potential for increased family violence is a significant concern while people are forced to stay home.

"We know that people who are required to self-isolate for a period of time, it can cause stress, it can cause anxiety, it can cause tension, and with that, there is potential for increased family violence," he said on Tuesday.

The deputy commissioner insisted personnel won't be stripped from family violence teams to help pad out the new task force.

Officers visiting quarantined people will also be on the lookout for issues.

"We need to ensure the capacity remains with the family violence teams, but we also have the skills necessary and the people attending to actually identify those that might be being abused or subjected to family violence-related matters," he said.

Video calls will be among the ways police check on people, Mr Nugent added.

About 150 of the 500 police taking part in the coronavirus operation daily will be drawn from the central operations response unit.

Officers who would usually be monitoring events or the transport system (both areas needing less attention right now) will also join the effort.

Individuals face fines of up to $25,000 and business could be forced to cough up $100,000 for breaching restrictions.

Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said people must change their behaviour, stressing he's "uncomfortable" with the current rate of new COVID-19 cases in the state.

"At the moment it's increasing by 50, 60 a day, we're getting new record daily figures. I don't want to see that. I want to see it stabilising and going down," he said.

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos reiterated her warning that thousands of people in the state could die, urging people to follow isolation, social distancing and shutdown rules.

"We can reduce the number of lives lost if we all do the right thing," she said.

More than 100 former nurses have agreed to return to work to deal with the extra demand in the health system, the minister also revealed.

Victoria now has 411 COVID-19 cases, including six acquired through community transmission.

So far, 113 people have recovered and no Victorians have died.

Twelve people are in hospital, including two patients in intensive care.

The increased tally comes as the first full day of Victoria's shutdown sees all schools closed, empty courts and most of the hospitality industry crumbling.

Victoria's measures are considered a stage one shutdown and they are likely to escalate.


* 411 confirmed cases

* Six cases acquired through community transmission

* 12 people in hospital including two in ICU

* 113 people have recovered

* More than 25,000 Victorians tested to date

* 350 of the cases are in metropolitan Melbourne

* 41 cases are in regional Victoria.

SOURCE: Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

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