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    Pfizer vaccine coming for 40-49s in NSW -sharenews

    Around a million people in NSW aged between 40 and 49 could get a Pfizer COVID-19 jab at the new purpose-built vaccination hub at Sydney Olympic Park within weeks. Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the "exciting" development at the opening of the…
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    Vic plane passengers wait for test results -sharenews

    About 15,000 people are isolating in Victoria, including 38 in hotel quarantine, as the state continues to deal with the fallout from Western Australia's coronavirus outbreak. Victoria's testing commander Jeroen Weimar has revealed it took more than half a…
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    Bubble not burst yet

    Tasmanian and New Zealand Health officials will meet on Wednesday to discuss any possible implications of a new coronavirus case at Auckland airport. It comes only a day before the first direct flights between Hobart and Auckland begin again after 20 years.…
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    US reviews J&J COVID-19 vaccine -sharenews

    The United States is reviewing reports of a handful of potential cases of severe side effects among people who received Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, as well as those that led to a pause in its use, a top US public health official says. US health…
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    National cabinet meets to discuss vaccine -sharenews

    The meeting of the national cabinet will aim to get the nation's vaccine program back on track and discuss ways to ease international border restrictions, perhaps later in the year. One route in and out of the country has already eased, after restrictions on…
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    PM, premier urge calm after NSW clot death -sharenews

    Scott Morrison and Gladys Berejiklian have warned against rushing to conclusions after the death of a NSW woman who developed blood clots a day after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. The NSW premier also reiterated her enthusiasm to receive her second…
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    COVID-19 found in Brisbane hospital ward -sharenews

    Engineering consultants are inspecting a Brisbane hospital's infectious diseases ward after traces of coronavirus turned up in testing there, one week after it was deep cleaned. The Princess Alexandra Hospital's Ward 5D was shut from March 30 and deep cleaned…
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    Qld man aged in his 80s dies from COVID-19 -sharenews

    Australia has recorded its first COVID-19 death for 2021 after a man in his 80s died in a Brisbane hospital. Health minister Yvette D'Ath said the Australian man succumbed to the disease on Monday night after returning from the Philippines. It follows the…
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    Second case of rare blood clots identified -sharenews

    Australia's medicine regulator has identified a second case of rare blood clots believed to be linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Therapeutic Goods Administration released a safety alert announcing the possible link on Tuesday. The blood clots affected a…
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    US breaks daily vaccine record with 4.6m -sharenews

    The US continues to make rapid strides with its vaccination programme, announcing that health care workers have carried out more than 4.6 million vaccinations in one day. "A new record," Cyrus Shahpar, the person responsible for vaccination data at the White…
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    Under-50s AstraZeneca jabs on hold in Tas -sharenews

    Tasmania has halted first-dose injections of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for people aged under 50 years, following federal health advice. The decision comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison late on Thursday received recommendations from the Australian…
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    Australia's vaccine rollout plans in chaos -sharenews

    Australia is facing a major delay in its coronavirus vaccine rollout after new bombshell advice plunged the program into chaos. Health supremos have recommended not administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to people under 50 because of an extremely rare but…
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    Aus monitoring AstraZeneca concerns

    The Morrison Government is now considering next steps in regard to the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine rollout, after the UK began offering people aged under 30 an alternative formula. It comes after the European Medicines Agency confirmed the jab can cause…
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    SA moves to ease some virus measures -sharenews

    South Australia has eased some COVID-19 restrictions despite the growing virus outbreak in Queensland. SA has declared the greater Brisbane area a coronavirus hotspot, preventing people travelling from the region unless they are a returning resident or…
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    Brisbane locations deemed high risk

    Queensland has recorded one new locally acquired case of coronavirus. A man from the Moreton Bay region is a close contact of a 26-year-old Brisbane man, who has also tested positive. Results from genomic sequencing have confirmed ties to a hospital doctor…
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    Vaccine rollout hits GP clinics

    Dozens of Tasmanian GP clinics are among more than 1100 around the country set to deliver coronavirus vaccines in five days' time. The Morrison Government has announced six million Australians are able book appointments for phase 1b of the vaccine rollout…
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    SA to get first AstraZeneca virus vaccines -sharenews

    South Australians will be the first in the nation to get the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine option. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed the batches that arrived from overseas recently have been tested and given the tick of approval. They are being…
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    1 year on from Tassie's first COVID case

    Tuesday marks a year since Tasmania's first coronavirus case was identified, and we're being assured the vaccine rollout is proceeding as planned. 1159 Tasmanian front line workers have received their first dose of the Pfizer jab. Health Minister Sarah…
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    Slow rollout for Victoria COVID vaccines -sharenews

    Victoria's COVID-19 vaccinations are rolling out slowly, with less than a third of the supplied doses being administered. According to federal figures, only 30 per cent of Victoria's doses were injected in the first week of the vaccination program. It comes…
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    More than 10,000 NSW residents vaccinated -sharenews

    In just a week more than 10,000 people in NSW have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Phase 1a of the nation-wide vaccination program began last Monday, with healthcare and border workers the first to be jabbed with the Pfizer vaccine. "NSW…

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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 recorded 627 new cases on Friday amid concern stay-at-home orders in place for the past three weeks across greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire aren't doing enough.

Premier Daniel Andrews has been in crisis talks with Prime Minister Scott Morrison about the next steps in stopping the deadly spread.

Mr Andrews said experts would spend the next two days analysing infection data from the first half of the six-week lockdown.

"The best advice may well come to me that we need to take further steps, that the steps we've taken are not enough to pull this up," he told reporters in Melbourne on Friday.

The state's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton confirmed a New Zealand-style lockdown, which saw all businesses except for essential services closed, was being explored.

"There are really significant consequences in what you do in terms of increased restrictions, it has to be focused on the data," he said.

Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann is bracing for harsher measures.

"I certainly expect restrictions will be further tightened to ensure we ring-fence the areas of outbreak," he said.

Alarmingly, more than 130 of 500 people with coronavirus visited by the Australian Defence Force and health authorities on Thursday were not at home.

They have been referred to police.

The premier and the prime minister are urging Muslims not to gather in large groups during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Mr Morrison, who is a devout Christian, said he and wife Jenny had not been to church in months.

"I just want to encourage everyone to make positive decisions when it comes to how they choose to celebrate their faith over this important time for that community," he told 2GB radio.

NSW has granted an exemption for 400 people to gather at a mosque in western Sydney to celebrate Eid, which takes place this weekend.

NSW recorded 21 new cases, sparking the closure of four more Sydney venues for deep cleaning and contact tracing after being linked to coronavirus infections.

In Queensland, one new case has been detected in a man whose family visited a restaurant at the same time as an infected woman charged with illegally entering the state.

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