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    Two health workers among new COVID-19 cases

    An urgent investigation into how two medical ward staff at Burnie's North West Regional Hospital contracted coronavirus is underway. The other four cases in the state confirmed late yesterday all returned from overseas, interstate or the now-infamous Ruby…
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    North-west coronavirus testing expanded

    Coronavirus testing is being ramped up in Tasmania's north-west, in the hope of finding a source of infection for two people in Devonport with no obivious links to cruise ships or overseas travel. There are currently 74 confirmed cases in the state, including…
  • Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is seen during a press conference at Queensland Parliament House in Brisbane, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Premier Palaszczuk announced that Queensland had 55 more cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), taking the state

    Queensland months away from infection peak -sharenews

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) has warned Queensland is still some way off approaching its infection peak (AAP Image/Darren England) Queensland's coronavirus tally has climbed again and the state is months away from a peak in infections, the premier…
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    Prison threat for bully landlords

    There's been a slapdown from the nation's financial watchdog for hard-nosed landlords and real estate agents. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission is threatening prison or fines of up to $1.26 million for landlords and property managers who've…
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces the government

    Politician pay cut not helpful: Morrison -sharenews

    According to Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) politician pay cuts would not be helpful (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) The Morrison government has rejected calls for politicians and public servants to take a pay cut as the country deals with the economic…
  • People wearing protective masks seen at the wet market. Financial Secretary Paul Chan has announced today at that the government spending forecast to exceed revenue by HK$139 billion in 2020-21, deficit predicted for six years in a row Hong Kong, China, February 26, 2020. Photo by May James/ABACAPRESS.COM.

    Morrison backs Chinese animal market ban -sharenews

    People wearing protective masks seen at the wet market. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for a global crackdown on Chinese wild animal markets which are believed to be the source of the coronavirus pandemic (May James/ABACAPRESS.COM) Prime Minister…
  • A supplied image shows Macquarie University MindSpot clinic Executive Director, Professor Nick Titov posing for a photograph. (AAP Image/Supplied by Macquarie University) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

    Resilience can defeat virus, experts say -sharenews

    Macquarie University MindSpot clinic Executive Director, Professor Nick Titov (AAP Image/Supplied by Macquarie University) Many of us have already lost or fear losing our jobs, others have fallen sick and some have even died. Everyone has been dislocated from…
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    Global coronavirus cases top one million -sharenews

    Global coronavirus cases have topped one million as the pandemic explodes in the US and the death toll continues to climb in Italy and Spain, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The virus has killed more than 51,000 globally with the largest…
  • Another coronavirus arrest

    Another coronavirus related arrest has been made in Launceston, this time a 23 year old woman for allegedly not having a reasonable excuse to be away from her home. It started when police called out to a vehicle break-in near the Launceston General Hospital…
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    Two NT returned travellers get COVID-19 -sharenews

    Two Northern Territory women have been diagnosed with COVID-19 bringing the total cases in the Territory to 21. All cases have been acquired interstate or overseas with no community transmissions or deaths. A Darwin woman in her 20s tested positive for the…
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces the government

    Government steps up with free child care -sharenews

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) has announced free childcare for parents still using it during the coronavirus crisis (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) Childcare will be free for parents still using it during the coronavirus crisis. The government will also…
  • NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller speaks to the media during a press conference outside the RFS Headquarters in Sydney, Thursday, April 2, 2020. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett) NO ARCHIVING

    NSW isolation rules to last 90 days -sharenews

    NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller (pictured) says police are trying to make reasonable decisions when enforcing the new rules and he's urged NSW residents to use common sense too (AAP Image/Joel Carrett) NSW Police will not seek an extension to coronavirus…
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    Ferrets will reveal if virus vaccines work -sharenews

    Australian scientists from the CSIRO have been trusted to determine if the two vaccine candidates are effective and safe enough to test on humans (AAP Image/David Crosling) Ferrets at a high-security Victorian lab will determine if two potential coronavirus…
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    Virus sparks job hunt, death toll now 23 -sharenews

    Australia's coronavirus death toll has risen to 23, with deaths in the country's three biggest states adding to the tally of victims. NSW, Victoria and Queensland reported one new death each on Thursday morning as the number of diagnosed cases approaches 5000…
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    Third coronavirus death recorded in Qld -sharenews

    A man has died in hospital after contracting coronavirus in Queensland, bringing the state's death toll to three. The 85-year-old Darling Downs man died overnight in Toowoomba, west of Brisbane, taking the national death toll to 23. A total of four…
  • The Ship - Ruby Princess

    Ships of shame

    The Home Affairs Minster is accusing cruise liners of lying about the health of passengers, so they can dock in Australia. Hundreds of people who were exposed to coronavirus were allowed to disembark the "Ruby Princess" in Sydney almost two weeks ago. The…
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    Corona-tour chased up

    Tasmanian health authorities are working with a bus tour operator following news an infected pair of tourists travelled around the state for a week and a half last month. One of the pair, who've been diagnosed after going home interstate, didn't know they…
  • Doctors

    Virus count stalls

    The state's director of public health says while a pause in the number of coronavirus infections is welcome, it's not the end of the battle. Tasmania's infection count has held steady in the last 24 hours, despite testing being doubled over the past three…
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    Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact 1/4/20 -sharenews

    The latest snapshot of COVID-19 cases, measures and impacts as of 0730 AEDT on April 1. NUMBERS * Confirmed cases in Australia: 4557. NSW remains the worst hit with 2032. * Australian deaths: 19 (eight in NSW, four in Vic, two in WA, two in Qld, two in Tas,…
  • Abalone

    Seafood breakthrough

    There's relief from Tasmania's Abalone Council at Morrison Government moves to jump-start overseas freight. With China's coronavirus situation apparently improving, demand is starting to ramp up for our rock lobster and abalone again. "It's an opportunity to…

Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact -sharenews

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The latest snapshot of COVID-19 cases, measures and impacts as of March 30, 0730 AEDT.

LATEST NEWS ABOUT COVID-19:

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NUMBERS

* Australian deaths: 16 (eight in NSW, four in Vic, two in WA, two in Qld).

* Confirmed cases in Australia: 3984.

* NSW remains the worst hit with 1791 after 186 new cases were confirmed on the weekend.

* Victoria recorded 84 new cases, taking the state's total to 769. A fourth Victorian died overnight.

* A Queensland woman died, while the state recorded an extra 31 cases, taking the total to 656.

* SA was up 12 to 299, while WA was up 33, to 311.

* ACT has six new cases and 77 in total, Tasmania has risen to 66 and the NT has 15.

* Rate of case increase is now nine per cent, well down on 25 per cent last week.

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MEASURES

* $1.1 billion package to help with mental health, domestic violence prevention and other health measures.

* A federal government WhatsApp group and a coronavirus app have been set up to provide Australians with updates.

* Australians returning home from overseas will be quarantined for two weeks in hotels or other accommodation before being allowed home.

* People flouting social distancing, isolation or quarantine orders face fines of $1000 or more in most states.

* Around 350 Australian Defence Force personnel are supporting state and territory authorities to enforce quarantine compliance.

* Borders closed in Queensland, Tasmania, SA, NT and WA. Freight and essential travel excepted.

* Tasmania and SA has banned gatherings of more than 10 people.

* Non-essential travel should cease.

* Australians, excluding aid workers and compassionate travel cases, are banned from international travel.

* A limited number of international rescue flights will be made for stranded Australians.

* Groups of more than two people in public are discouraged, unless members of the same households (e.g. families). States still have to enforce the new rule, from the current rule limiting groups to 10 people.

* People aged over 70 or 60-plus with chronic illness are discouraged from leaving their homes unless essential for medical care.

* Still open: supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, public transport, some schools, hairdressers, petrol stations, postal and freight services, bottle shops, newsagents, retail shops. Restaurants restricted to take-away/delivery in most states.

* Closed: schools in Victoria and ACT, gyms, indoor sports venues, pubs, cinemas, nightclubs, casinos, places of worship, theme parks, auction houses, food courts in shopping centres, beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlours, galleries, museums, libraries, youth centres, community halls, clubs, RSL clubs, swimming pools, amusement parks, arcades, indoor and outdoor play centres, social sports that involve large groups, outdoor and indoor markets, outdoor playgrounds, skate parks.

* School holidays in Queensland, SA and WA also brought forward with only children of parents who have essential jobs allowed to stay.

* Funerals are limited to no more than 10 people, but states can provide exemptions; weddings restricted to the couple, celebrant and two witnesses.

* All elective surgery in public facilities put on hold.

* Testing extended to include anyone with a fever or acute respiratory infection who works in health care or aged care, lives in areas with an elevated risk of community transmission, or where there are two or more plausibly linked cases.

* All patients will be able to access Medicare-funded online consultations from next week.

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KEY QUOTE

* "There have been some disturbing incidents of people hiding their symptoms in order to get treatment for other health issues," AMA (NSW) President Dr Kean-Seng Lim.

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SPORT

* A Newcastle Jets player became the first professional footballer in Australia to test positive.

* The AFL, NRL, A-league soccer, Super Rugby and netball competitions are postponed.

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ECONOMICS

* Federal parliament has passed two packages worth $17.6 billion and $66 billion in response to the outbreak of the virus; states have also announced stimulus packages.

* Government is expected to announce a form of wage subsidy as soon as today as part of a third support package.

* The federal government has tightened foreign investment rules after global fears about the economic impact of the coronavirus caused the value of Australian businesses to fall.

* Moratorium on renters being evicted for the next six months. Commercial renters will see new rules in the coming days.

* Struggling regional airlines were promised $198 million and offered an additional $100 million if needed.

* Major retailers including Myer, Premier Investment, and fashion chains such as Country Road have closed retail shops, but continue to trade online.

* Supermarkets Woolworths and Coles are hiring thousands to meet demand.

* An economist has predicted an unemployment rate between 15-17 per cent by Easter.

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GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS

* Cases: at least 715,551

* Deaths: at least 33,656

* Recovered: at least 150,889

*Source: State government updates and worldometer website at 1600 AEDT

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