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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…
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    List of Vic restrictions as lockdown ends

    VICTORIA'S EASED RESTRICTIONS FROM 11:59PM ON TUESDAY: * The 5km travel limit will be removed as well as the stay-at -home requirement. * Movement between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will be unrestricted. * Masks will be required everywhere…

Virus now outside Darwin raising concerns

(L-R) Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos, Northern Territory Health Minister Natasha Fyles,  Australian Government Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy and Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt speak to the media after a conference of the federal and state and Territory Health Ministers at a COAG meeting in Melbourne, Friday, February 28, 2020. (AAP Image/David Crosling) NO ARCHIVING

NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles (middle) confirmed today that the first Northern Territory residents outside Darwin to test positive for coronavirus have been recorded (AAP Image/David Crosling)

The first Northern Territory residents outside Darwin to test positive for coronavirus have been recorded including a couple from central Australia raising fears that indigenous communities were more at risk.

NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles told reporters she did not know whether they were from a town or indigenous community despite it being more than 12 hours since it was announced.

The ability of non-residents to go to indigenous NT communities has been greatly restricted as the global pandemic has spread.

That is because of past experiences of viruses such as the 2009 swine flu causing six-fold more per capita deaths and far more hospitalisations among Aboriginal people.

This week the Commonwealth government announced anyone wanting to enter remote NT communities that are home to nearly 60,000 people would have to self-isolate for 14 days beforehand.

The Central Australian couple had been on holiday in Austria and returned to the NT on Jetstar flight JQ664 from Melbourne to Yulara last Sunday.

They had followed all precautions and gone into isolation before feeling unwell and testing positive for COVID-19 at their home and were now being treated about five hours drive from Yulara at Alice Springs hospital, the Centre for Disease Control NT said.

Ms Fyles said she had only been told that they lived in central Australia and would not say if they had been in isolation in an indigenous community.

"I don't have that detail, that is what the Centre for Disease Control is working through," she said.

"We of course understand the anxiety of the broader Territory community, particularly those that live in a remote community and we will provide that detail when we have it.

"We also need to follow clinical processes and respect privacy."

"I can assure you that the CDC assured me that these people followed the practice of isolation having come back as international travellers."

A Katherine couple, aged in their 60s, had returned from a holiday in South Africa on Silk Air flight MI801 from Singapore to Darwin last Saturday.

They tested positive at Katherine Hospital.

A Queensland woman in her 20s arrived in Darwin on Thursday March on Qantas flight QF2 from London and tested positive.

Contact tracing was occurring, including contacting people sitting near them on planes.

Twelve Territorians have now been diagnosed with COVID-19, all of whom had been overseas with no community transmissions yet.

Indigenous groups around the Territory have arranged for more than 1400 remote residents to go back to their home communities this week from Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs.

Ms Fyles said the Department of Health would increase the number of people being tested for COVID-19 to police officers, teachers,and disability workers if they showed any possible symptoms because they were needed at work.

That comes after the federal government also extended testing to healthcare and aged care workers.

Welfare support was also being offered to people who felt isolated and needed help getting groceries, with information available from local electorate offices and the government coronavirus website.

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