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    Spirit contractor tests positive

    A Spirit of Tasmania contractor based in Melbourne has tested positive for COVID-19. TT-Line says the result was returned on Wednesday but a review has found the person did not come into contact with passengers while infectious during their last 4 hour shift…
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    Vic COVID slow down to hit food supply -sharenews

    Australia could face some food shortages due to Victoria's stage four coronavirus restrictions. Large swathes of manufacturing will have to close under the lockdown measures taking effect from Thursday and other plants will have to scale back production. Food…
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    Infected Qld man was a security contractor -sharenews

    A man claiming diplomatic status who returned to Queensland and was subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19 was a security contractor, reinforcing the state government's call for a review of travel exemptions. The man had permission to fly to the Sunshine Coast…
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    Two Sydney schools closed due to COVID -sharenews

    A high school and primary school in south-western Sydney are closed due after three students were diagnosed with COVID-19. Bonnyrigg High School and Greenway Park Public School are both closed on Tuesday for deep cleaning and contact tracing and students have…
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    Retail hit hard amid Vic virus measures -sharenews

    Melbourne's retail sector will take a hammering as the government confirms a widespread business shutdown to curt the coronavirus outbreak. The three-tiered system was announced on Monday as Victoria recorded 429 new cases of coronavirus and 13 more deaths.…
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    Vic Stage 4 business closures, changes -sharenews

    STAGE FOUR BUSINESS CLOSURES AND CHANGES FOR MELBOURNE OPEN FOR ON-SITE WORK WITH COVID SAFE PLAN: * Supermarkets and grocery stores including liquor shops * Fuel retailers * Pharmacies * Post offices * Hardware, building an garden supplies for trade *…
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    Bubble burst: Tasmania's borders to stay shut

    Tasmania's hard border restrictions are to remain in place until at least August 31st. Premier Peter Gutwein has announced the proposed travel bubble with South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory from this Friday will not go ahead as…
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    State of disaster for virus-hit Victoria -sharenews

    A state of disaster has been declared in Victoria as the state tightens COVID-19 restrictions and implements a nightly curfew in Melbourne. Premier Daniel Andrews warned that from 6pm on Sunday police will have additional powers to make sure people are…
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    "We will throw the book at you" - warning to COVID liars

    Premier Peter Gutwein provides a media update on Tasmania's COVID-19 situation (AAP Image/Rob Blakers) The Premier is vowing to go after anyone not being honest with health authorities when trying to enter Tasmania, following two teenagers in Queensland…
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    One in four not isolating, 627 Vic cases -selected

    An alarming number of Victorians who have tested positive for coronavirus are not staying home, with more than 100 referred to police, as the state recorded 627 more cases and another eight deaths. Premier Daniel Andrews said Australian Defence Force…
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    Medical experts explore NZ lockdown in Vic -selected

    Medical experts are weighing up harsh New Zealand-style restrictions to combat the Victorian coronavirus outbreak, which is fuelling a rising national death toll. Eight more people have died from the disease, taking the national tally to 197. Victoria…
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    Vic records 627 COVID cases, eight deaths -selected

    Victoria has recorded 627 more COVID-19 cases and another eight people have died. Premier Daniel Andrews on Friday said the latest fatalities were two men in their 50s, two men aged in their 70s, three men in their 80s and one woman in her 70s. Four of the…
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    Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston had COVID -selected

    Brian Cranston in the press room during the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Press Room at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.(AAP Image/Graylock.com) Emmy-winning Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has disclosed he has…
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    Hotel quarantine fears

    The Tasmanian Government is playing down Opposition concerns about a potential infection risk at a Hobart quarantine hotel. The Travelodge on Macquarie Street has been housing people from interstate before they're cleared to enter the community, next door to…
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    Aged care workers to get pandemic leave -selected

    Casual aged care workers will be eligible for paid pandemic leave after a Fair Work Commission decision to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The variations will take effect from Wednesday and will remain in effect for three months, the commission said in…
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    Hope virus has reached its peak in Vic -selected

    Victoria's second coronavirus wave could be close to its peak, but it may take months before case numbers return to single digits. Modelling by health authorities suggests Monday's record 532 new cases could mark the peak of the crisis. But VicHealth chief…
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    Travel bubble with WA, SA and NT

    Tasmania's borders will reopen to South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Premier Peter Gutwein has announced a travel bubble with the three mainland jurisdictions would be set up from August 7. Mr Gutwein says borders with the…
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    Vic records six deaths, 300 COVID-19 cases -sharenews

    A record six Victorians have died from coronavirus, as the state clocks another 300 new cases as hundreds more flout restrictions. Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed on Friday the deaths were all connected to aged care facilities, with three victims in their…
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    Gov hints at forced testing

    Tasmania will bring in voluntary coronavirus testing for those being held in the state's nine quarantine hotels as of Wednesday. Premier Peter Gutwein says while testing's already available for around 700 people being detained, it'll now be "strongly…
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    Tasmanians still stranded overseas

    A Hobart family remains stuck in the Philippines after their latest booked return flight fell through on the weekend. Brett Riseley says the Australian Government's advice to return home was issued two days AFTER the lockdown in the Philippines where his…

Melburnians start stay-at-home lockdown -sharenews

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Melburnians are back in stay-at-home lockdown for six weeks in a bid to contain a second wave of coronavirus cases in the state.

Residents in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, north of the city, can only leave their homes to get food and supplies, receive or provide care, exercise, and study or work.

Premier Daniel Andrews says it's crucial Melburnians don't breach the rules and head into regional Victoria, which is largely coronavirus free.

"We are doing the hard work to look at options to accelerate opening up in regional Victoria, that comes with significant economic benefit, for them and therefore the whole state," he said on Wednesday.

"That is only possible if we continue to safeguard the very low COVID or COVID-free status of large parts of regional and country Victoria."

Testing revealed infection protocol breaches by security guards working in hotel quarantine prompted the second wave of the virus in the state.

Victoria registered another 134 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the second-highest daily total after a record 191 cases on Tuesday.

Of the state's fresh cases, just 11 were linked to known outbreaks while 123 were under investigation on Wednesday.

More than 850 cases remain active, an increase of nearly 800 in a month. Victoria has a total of 2942 COVID-19 cases.

Seven hundred police officers and 264 Australian Defence Force members will enforce the stage three lockdown, with booze bus-type checks in place.

"We're going to be checking people. We're going to be making sure they're adhering to those guidelines," Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said.

"If you don't have a reason to leave, you will be turned back around."

Police can issue on-the-spot fines of up to $1652 to individuals flouting the rules and slap businesses with a $9913 fine.

"We've done this before in restrictions we've been through. People know what to do. They know what to expect," Mr Patton said.

Police have done 92,215 random checks since March to ensure people were at home and businesses were abiding by the rules.

Meanwhile, cases linked to the nine public housing towers in Flemington and North Melbourne in hard lockdown slowed to two new infections on Wednesday, with the cluster now totalling 75.

Testing of all 3000 residents has been completed, the health department said in a statement.

One million Victorians have been tested for COVID-19 since the start of the year, with a record of 29,424 tests conducted on Tuesday.

Twenty-two people have died in Victoria from the virus.

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