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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

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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 -sharenews

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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…

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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