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    Coronavirus milestone

    The number of active Covid-19 cases in Tasmania dropped back into the single figures for the first time since mid-March on Tuesday. Health department figures list 8 active cases remaining in Tasmania's northwest, after the north followed the south in…
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    Cygnet Folk Festival cancelled

    Another major event in Tasmania has been cancelled due to coronavirus. Organisers of the Cygnet Folk Festival in the state's south say the 6000 attendees brought to the township every January posed an "unacceptable health risk". It was also thought the basic…
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    Expanded testing criteria

    Tasmania has now gone 8 days without recording a new case of coronavirus. As of 12pm Sunday, there were only 11 active cases across the state: 10 from the North West and 1 from the North. Nearly 25,000 COVID-19 tests have been carried out here, but the state…
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    Taste hangs in the balance

    A decision is imminent on whether there'll be a one-off cancellation of the Taste of Tasmania. Due to doubts over the future for large gatherings because of coronavirus and crashing revenue, Hobart City Council staff advice is to drop the summer spectacle…
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    Roads to be upgraded in council funding boost

    Tasmanian councils will share in over $16 million from the federal government to upgrade local roads and infrastructure in the post-COVID-19 economy. Canberra is injecting $500 million into local government coffers as part of the new Local Road and Community…
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    New police fine powers

    Tasmania Police are now able to dish out on-the-spot fines for those flouting pandemic restrictions. Previously, flagrant offenders could only be arrested or issued with a court summons. Police, ADF and SES personnel have been busy conducting 13,400…
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    Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact 21/5/20 -sharenews

    The latest snapshot of COVID-19 cases, measures and impacts as of 0730 AEST on May 21. CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS * Australia has recorded 7079 cases, with only 635 active cases remaining. SA and the ACT have no active cases, the NT has one. * The national death…
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    Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact 20/5/20 -sharenews

    The latest snapshot of COVID-19 cases, measures and impacts as of 0730 AEST on May 20. CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS * Australia has recorded about 7068 cases, with under 700 active cases. * The national death toll is 100 - NSW 49, Victoria 18, Tasmania 13, WA 9,…
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    Regional NSW travel to recommence June 1 -sharenews

    NSW residents will be able to head to the state's regions for holidays in less than a fortnight under a relaxation of COVID-19 travel restrictions. Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday announced recreational regional travel within the state will be allowed…
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    Qld govt cash splash to heal sick economy -sharenews

    Queensland will spend billions of dollars to revive the state's ailing economy and get people back into work following the coronavirus lockdown. The stimulus package, including $400 million for roads, bridges and footpaths, was announced in Parliament House…
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    Infected children may be less contagious -sharenews

    There are tentative signs children may not spread the novel coronavirus as much as adults, two top epidemiologists say. However they said the bad news was that human immunity may not last that long. As many countries start to return to work after lockdowns…
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    Virus forces 17pc drop in global emissions -sharenews

    Restrictions in place because of coronavirus resulted in global emissions declining by 17 per cent in April, a new study reveals. The preliminary analysis was published in Nature Climate Change on Wednesday and is the effort of a global team including…
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    WHO members agree on COVID-19 strategy -sharenews

    Any future vaccine and medication for the novel coronavirus must be made available cheaply to the world "as a global priority," World Health Organization members (WHO) agreed on Tuesday in a meeting that was overshadowed by US threats to leave the agency. In…
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    Tas renters receive help

    $2,000 or four weeks rent is being offered by the state government to Tasmanian tenants facing extreme hardship. The COVID19 Rent Relief Fund is eligible for those with less than $5,000 in savings and who pay more than 30 per cent of their income in rent.…
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    Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact 19/5/20 -sharenews

    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,…
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    States urged to open borders for tourists -sharenews

    Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham has urged state and territory governments to open borders to domestic holiday-makers when safe. Queensland has flagged border closures with southern states until at least September, prompting despair from tourism groups. WA…
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    Qld feared tide of cases from sick nurse -sharenews

    Authorities feared thousands of coronavirus infections would emerge every day after a sick nurse continued to work at a Queensland nursing home. Health Minister Stephen Miles has revealed the scale of the emergency authorities were braced for in North…
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    Virus vaccine from Moderna shows promise (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) Moderna Inc's experimental COVID-19 vaccine, the first to be tested in the US, has produced protective antibodies in a small group of healthy volunteers, according to very early data…
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    Coroner to probe deaths

    Two deaths at Burnie's North West Regional Hospital have been referred to the coroner. Health authorities say a man died on Sunday morning and a woman early on Monday. Both were aged in their 60s. The pair had previously tested positive to Covid-19 but also…
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    WHO agrees to virus probe after Aust push -sharenews

    World Health Organisation agrees to virus probe after Australia push (Bigstock) 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…

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

Coronavirus latest news2

The latest snapshot of COVID-19 cases, measures and impacts as of 0730 AEST on May 20.


* Australia has recorded about 7068 cases, with under 700 active cases.

* The national death toll is 100 - NSW 49, 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).

* A 93-year-old woman from Newmarch House has become the 17th virus-linked death at the NSW aged care facility.

* Nearly 5.9 million of an estimated 16 million people have registered for the federal government's COVIDSafe tracing app since April 26.



* 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 will return to full-time classes on May 25. A staged return to school classrooms has begun in Queensland. 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 reinstated compulsory school attendance from May 18. Tasmanian schools to start reopening from May 25.

* NSW restrictions on outdoor gatherings and recreational activities, cafes, restaurants, clubs and pubs eased. Maximum of 10 people in a gathering and social distancing maintained. Working from home encouraged while public transport changes mean 12 people on two-door buses in Sydney, 32 commuters per train carriage and 245 people on the Manly ferry. Regional travel within the state permitted from June 1.

* 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 Queensland and NSW border 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 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. Premier Peter Gutwein is hopeful of making a call to reopen borders in July.

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



* 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.



* Four nursing homes in Melbourne have gone into lockdown after a resident from each were tested for the virus.

* One in eight Australians erroneously believe Microsoft founder Bill Gates is somehow responsible for the coronavirus and the 5G wireless network is to blame for spreading the disease.

* Global emissions dropped by 17 per cent in April due to coronavirus restrictions.



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

* The referees union will head for arbitration with the NRL later this week over the league's decision to revert to one referee for the rest of the season.

* The International Cricket Council is set to update regulations prohibiting the using spit to polish cricket balls while Cricket Australia is considering reducing the Women's Big Bash League by 16 matches this summer as part of virus cost cuts.



* The federal government's current free childcare plan is costing about $131 million a week.

* The local private health insurance industry lost nearly $300 million in income in the March quarter.



* Cases: at least 4,881,619

* Deaths: at least 322,457

* Recovered: at least 1,672,406

Data current as of 0730 AEST May 20, taking in federal government and state/territory government updates. Johns Hopkins virus tracker.

© AAP 2020

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