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    Vic records 10 new virus cases, 7 deaths

    Victoria has recorded 10 new cases of coronavirus and seven more deaths, bringing the state's death toll to 794 and the national figure to 882. The new infections, confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday, brings Melbourne's 14-day…
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    Britain considering lockdown -sharenews

    The British government is planning to enforce a total social lockdown across a majority of northern Britain and potentially London, to combat a second wave of COVID-19, according to The Times newspaper. Under the new measures being considered, all pubs,…
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    NSW won't rush more COVID-19 rule relief -sharenews

    NSW is hoping to string together consecutive days without a new COVID-19 case but the government isn't rushing into any rule changes. For the first time since June 10, NSW didn't record an inflection over a 24-hour span on Sunday. Asked if the state would…
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    Inquiry to hear from stranded Australians -sharenews

    Australians who were stranded overseas during the coronavirus pandemic will have the chance to highlight problems with the government's response. A Senate inquiry will on Thursday hear from people affected by repatriation and travel problems amid a concerning…
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    Australia signs global virus vaccine deal -sharenews

    Australia has signed onto a global coronavirus agreement in the hope of gaining early access to dozens of potential vaccines. The deal guarantees Australia access to enough vaccine doses for up to 50 per cent of the population. Australia has committed an…
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    Vic has three virus deaths, 28 new cases

    Victoria has had three coronavirus deaths, while new cases jumped on Tuesday to 28. The latest fatalities take the state toll to 766 and the national figure to 854. The news cases are a significant spike on Monday's 11, the lowest Victorian figure since June…
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    Premier ponders October border reopening

    Tasmania could reopen to safe jurisdictions - including South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory - by the end of October, pending advice from Public Health officials. "At this stage, we're not declaring that we will open early. What we…
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    NSW elective surgery waitlist blows out -sharenews

    Elective surgery waitlists in NSW have blown out to more than 100,000 people after non-urgent procedures were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Data from the state's Bureau of Health Information shows there were 101,026 patients on waitlists on June 30 -…
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    Victoria to ease regional restrictions

    Lockdown-weary Victoria has had a double dose of good news, with no coronavirus deaths and the imminent easing of the state's regional lockdown. It is the first time since July 13 there have been no Australian fatalities from the virus. With the 14-day…
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    South Australia moves on ACT border rules

    South Australia will lift its COVID-19 border restrictions with the ACT from midnight on Tuesday. Travellers flying in from Canberra will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days but will not be allowed to arrive by road. No decision has yet been made on…
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    Victoria has no virus deaths, 42 new cases

    Victoria has enjoyed its first day without a coronavirus death since July 13. The state also had 42 new cases. The good news leaves Victoria's toll at 729 and the national figure on 816. There should be more good news this week, with regional Victorian…
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    Latest on Worldwide Coronavirus Spread -sharenews

    DEATHS AND INFECTIONS ASIA-PACIFIC * Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed buy COVID-19 vaccine made available by Russia or China, while taking a swipe at pharmaceutical firms of western nations asking for advance payment for their offers. EUROPE *…
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    SA to move on NSW, ACT border restrictions

    Premier Steven Marshall says South Australia will drop its COVID-19 border restrictions with NSW and the ACT as soon as it is safe to do so. Speculation is growing that SA's transition committee will drop the 14-day quarantine requirements as early as…
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    Border closures dominate national debate -sharenews

    State borders closed to contain the spread of coronavirus are continuing to dominate the national debate. Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce has described Queensland's hardline border measures as a sham after American actor Tom Hanks was allowed to enter the state.…
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    Two NSW hospitals linked to 14 virus cases -sharenews

    Staff from two Sydney public hospitals have been deployed to Concord Hospital's emergency department as 100 healthcare workers remain in isolation awaiting COVID-19 test results. NSW Health on Thursday said there were 14 people linked to the Concord and…
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    Researchers design COVID death risk tool -sharenews

    British scientists have developed a scoring model for predicting the death risk of patients hospitalised with COVID-19, saying it should help doctors quickly decide on the best care. The tool, detailed in research published in the BMJ medical journal on…
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    Retrospective virus case added

    A person who returned to Tasmania from the U-K in back March has been identified as another case of coronavirus for the state, but no longer active. Antibodies for COVID-19 have been detected in the woman, meaning health authorities are classifying her as a…
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    Tasmania free of active coronavirus cases -sharenews

    Tasmania is again free of coronavirus after a man in hospital recovered from the deadly disease. He tested positive on August 11 while in the North West Regional Hospital after returning from Melbourne where he received medical treatment. The state's health…
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    Sydney NYE fireworks too risky: Barilaro -sharenews

    It's far too risky to hold Sydney's world-famous New Year's Eve fireworks on the harbour in the midst of a pandemic, NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro says. "How can you attract one million people to the harbour shores and do it in a safe way?", he said on…
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    WHO warns on countries opening too quickly -sharenews

    The head of the World Health Organisation is warning that opening up societies too quickly amid the coronavirus pandemic is a "recipe for disaster". WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus advises that "the more control countries have over the virus,…

Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact 19/5/20 -sharenews

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The latest snapshot of COVID-19 cases, measures and impacts as of 0730 AEST on May 19.

CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS

* Australia has recorded about 7060 cases, but only 567 remain active.

* The national death toll is 99 - NSW 48, Victoria 18, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 6, SA 4, ACT 3. (Two QLD residents who died in NSW have been included in both state's counts).

* About 5.8 million of an estimated 16 million people have registered for the federal government's COVIDSafe tracing app since April 26.

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MEASURES

* The federal government has announced a three-phase plan to ease off coronavirus restrictions in coming months, with states and territories to determine the exact timings.

* Social distancing and hygiene measures retained.

* NSW public school students are likely to return to full-time classes on May 25. A staged return to school classrooms has begun in Queensland, while in Victoria prep, grades 1, 2, 11 and 12 students return to their classrooms on May 26 with the rest returning from June 9. WA has reinstated compulsory school attendance from May 18. Tasmanian schools will start to reopen from May 25.

* NSW restrictions on outdoor gatherings and recreational activities, cafes, restaurants, clubs and pubs eased. People must stick to a group limit of 10 and maintain social distancing. Working from home is encouraged while public transport changes mean 12 people at most on two-door buses in Sydney, 32 commuters per train carriage and 245 people on the Manly ferry.

* Victorians may have up to five visitors in their homes. Gathering limits relaxed to 10 for outdoor activities including fishing, hiking and golf. Maximum of 10 guests at weddings, 20 at indoor funerals and 30 for outdoor services. From June 1, 20 people allowed inside restaurants, cafes and pubs, increasing to 50 diners from June 22 and 100 in the second half of July.

* In Queensland, shopping for non-essential items permitted while up to five members of one household can visit other homes. Up to 10 people allowed to congregate in parks, pools and playgrounds. The border between Queensland and NSW could reopen in September.

* South Australia has resumed elective surgeries and allowed regional accommodation to reopen. Alcohol-free dining with a 10-person limit allowed at cafes and restaurants. Seasonal workers must self-isolate before entering the state.

* WA has entered phase two of its recovery plan, allowing greater regional travel and encouraging people back to work while cafes, pubs and restaurants may seat up to 20 patrons. Further easing of restrictions is expected on June 8.

* The Northern Territory has relaxed restrictions on parks, golf, fishing and swimming. Restaurants and bars can reopen with a two-hour limit, with entertainment venues to come. Restricted access to indigenous communities remains in place until at least June 18.

* In Tasmania, restaurants and cafes are allowed to seat up to 10 people with the same number allowed to gather for real estate purposes, religious gatherings and weddings. Border controls remain but returning Tasmanians can quarantine at home.

* The ACT has allowed outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, easing restrictions on sport and recreation.

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STILL OPEN

* Supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, public transport, some schools, hairdressers, petrol stations, postal and freight services, bottle shops, newsagents, retail shops. Restaurants and cafes opened in most states.

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

* The Chinese government has imposed tariffs of more than 80 per cent on Australian barley exports.

* Australia's resolution for an independent inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus has been backed by more than 110 countries.

* Queensland has launched two investigations into why a Rockhampton nurse returned to work before getting the result of her coronavirus test.

* Childcare operators want at least four weeks' notice to help parents transition back to the pre-coronavirus system of fees and taxpayer subsidies.

* Six temporary cycleways are being built along key roads in Sydney to encourage people to cycle to work instead of crowding public transport.

* More than 5.6 million people have undertaken telehealth consultations, netting doctors about $526 million.

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SPORT

* The NRL will resume competition on May 28 while the AFL will resume on June 11.

* The International Cricket Council is set to update on regulations prohibiting the using spit to polish cricket balls.

* AFL clubs, except Richmond, have split their best players across different training groups to avoid putting them all in isolation if one tests positive for coronavirus.

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ECONOMICS

* Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham has urged state and territory governments to open borders to domestic holiday-makers when safe.

* Nearly half of all Australians with jobs are working from home in a massive change to workplace structure forced by the coronavirus crisis.

* About $9 billion in superannuation has been paid to 1.19 million unemployed and underemployed people with a further billion dollars waiting to be approved under an early access scheme.

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GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS

* Cases: at least 4,870,545

* Deaths: at least 319,187

* Recovered: at least 1,893,629

Data current as of 0730 AEST May 19, taking in federal government and state/territory government updates. Johns Hopkins virus tracker.

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