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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,…

Infected children may be less contagious -sharenews

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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 imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19, world leaders are trying to work out when it is safe for children and students to get back to their studies.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine infectious disease modeller Dr Rosalind Eggo said she had seen some indications from research that children may not spread the novel coronavirus as much as adults.

"There are hints that children are less infectious but it is not certain," said Eggo, who sits on a panel that advises the British government about transmission of COVID-19 among children and within schools.

"We need more studies to really pin this down as it is so important," she told the science committee of the British parliament's upper house, the House of Lords.

Eggo said her research had shown there was a much lower level of symptomatic infection in those under 20 years-old - perhaps as little as 20 per cent of infections showing clinical symptoms.

"We think that children are less likely to get it so far but it is not certain," she said on Tuesday.

"We are very certain that children are less likely to have severe outcomes."

John Edmunds, a member of Britain's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), told the same science committee hearing it was striking how children did not seem to easily spread the novel coronavirus.

"It is unusual that children don't seem to play much of a role in transmission because for most respiratory viruses and bacteria they play a central role, but in this they don't seem to," said Edmunds, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

"There is only one documented outbreak associated with a school - which is amazing; you would normally expect most of the outbreaks to be associated with schools but yet in global literature there is only one documented study," Edmunds said, citing a study of a French secondary school. "It is pretty remarkable."

But he added there was potentially bad news - that human immunity to the novel coronavirus may not last long.

"Antibody responses decline over time from survivors of SARS so after a couple of years their antibodies have declined quite significantly," Edmunds said, referring to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which is also caused by a type of coronavirus.

"We can also see from other coronaviruses - the ones that cause coughs and colds - that individuals again do seem to not have particularly long-term immunity to many of those viruses and so allowing them to be infected later.

"So that's potentially bad news for us: that immunity may not last that long against this virus," he said.

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