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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…

China has no new local virus transmissions

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, passengers board a train at the Jingmen Railway Station in Jingmen, central China's Hubei Province, March 25, 2020. Trains carrying factory employees back to work after two months in locked-down cities rolled out of Hubei province, the center of China's virus outbreak, as the government on Wednesday began lifting the last of the controls that confined tens of millions of people to their homes. (Peng Qi/Xinhua via AP)

Mainland China has reported a second consecutive day of no new local coronavirus cases as the country's epicentre of the epidemic, Hubei province, opened its borders (Peng Qi/Xinhua via AP)

Mainland China has reported a second consecutive day of no new local coronavirus cases as the country's epicentre of the epidemic, Hubei province, opened its borders.

But imported cases have risen as Beijing ramps up controls to prevent a resurgence of infections.

A total of 67 new cases were reported as of end-Wednesday, up from 47 a day earlier, all of which were imported, China's National Health Commission said in a statement on Thursday.

The total number of cases now stands at 81,285.

The commission reported a total of 3287 deaths at the end of Wednesday, up six from the previous day.

All of the new patients on Wednesday were travellers who came to China from overseas, with the mainland reporting no locally transmitted infections.

Shanghai reported the most cases with 18 followed by Inner Mongolia region at 12 and Guangdong province at 11.

About 90 per cent of all the imported cases are Chinese passport holders, Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui told a press conference on Thursday, adding that 40 per cent of them are overseas Chinese students returning amid rising infections abroad.

"We understand some overseas students are eager to come home...But under the current circumstances, by staying put, they can avoid being cross-infected in the hurried journey home or getting stuck mid-journey when the countries they transit in tighten border controls," Luo said.

Fearing a new wave of infections from imported cases, authorities have ramped up quarantine and screening measures in other major cities including Beijing, where any travellers arriving from overseas must submit to centralised quarantine.

The number of new daily cases in China remain down sharply from the height of the outbreak in the country in February, allowing Beijing to push for restarting economic activity in the world's second biggest economy.

Hubei province, home to some 60 million people, reported no new cases on Wednesday and opened its borders. Public transport restarted and residents in the city of Xianning strolled the streets wearing masks.

The lockdown of Hubei's capital Wuhan, where the virus first appeared late last year, will be lifted on April 8, a milestone in China's war against the epidemic as Beijing shifts its focus towards stemming imported cases and rebooting the economy.

The fatality rate in Wuhan stood at about 5 per cent, said Qiu Haibo, a medical expert on a panel led by the central government, according to the official People's Daily on Thursday.

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