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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,…

WHO agrees to virus probe after Aust push -sharenews

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Australia's push for an independent inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic has been vindicated globally with widespread backing of the probe, including from China.

More than 110 countries at the World Health Assembly on Monday night backed a resolution calling for an impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation of the international response to the pandemic.

Health Minister Greg Hunt says the probe needs to protect against the health risks of wildlife wet markets and include all populations or partners.

"We need to learn the lessons from this pandemic and ensure we have the strongest possible global health architecture, with an enhanced ability to prevent and respond to future outbreaks," he told the assembly.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus promised a review would come "at the earliest appropriate moment".

US President Donald Trump supported the probe by retweeting an AAP Newswire/SBS story on the motion.

Chinese President Xi Jinping also backed a WHO-led review and said his country had acted with "openness and transparency and responsibility" all along.

"This work needs a scientific and professional attitude, and needs to be led by the WHO. And the principles of objectivity and fairness need to be upheld," Xi told the meeting via video.

Xi also said China would stump up $US2 billion ($A3.1 billion) over the next two years to help deal with COVID-19.

But his comments came as China's commerce ministry announced that that all Australian barley imports would be slapped with tariffs totalling 80.5 per cent from Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Australia's COVID-19 death toll stands at 99 after a NSW man in his 60s with underlying health conditions died after contracting the disease from a close personal contact.

Debate is also continuing over when to reopen state borders after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian hit out at her Queensland counterpart Annastacia Palaszczuk, who admitted their joint border may not reopen until September.

Ms Berejiklian said the sooner people could travel to other parts of Australia, the quicker the economy would recover.

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan and South Australian Premier Steven Marshall backed Queensland, saying their borders will remain closed until it's safe to reopen.

However Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham urged the states to lift their borders.

Despite only nine cases being reported nationally on Monday, concerns about the spread of the virus continue.

McDonald's closed 12 outlets across Melbourne after a delivery driver tested positive to the disease.

A Domino's outlet has been shut for cleaning after a worker contracted the virus, while the Victorian abattoir linked to 99 cases is beginning to reopen.

© AAP 2020

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