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    Vic records 13 new virus cases, 4 deaths

    Victoria has recorded 13 new coronavirus cases and four more deaths, bringing the state's death toll to 798 and the national figure to 886. The new cases, confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday, bring Melbourne's 14-day average…
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    Aust firm developing 15-minute virus test -sharenews

    A 15-minute COVID-19 which could be quicker than a pregnancy test is being developed by researchers in Queensland. Biotechnology firm Xing Technologies is working on the test, called XavTrap, after being allocated $1.5 million in Queensland government funding…
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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…

Infected Qld man was a security contractor -sharenews

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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 from NSW on Friday without having to go into quarantine.

But on Sunday he tested positive and is now in self-isolation with his wife in Maroochydore as health officials race to contact trace people who sat near him on the Jetstar flight from Sydney.

Queensland Health said the man was given an exemption to enter the state under arrangements agreed nationally in June by Australia's national cabinet of federal, state and territory leaders.

It's now been revealed he was not a consular staff member and was in fact a security contractor who had recently returned from Kabul, Afghanistan.

"The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade wrote to confirm the man was 'travelling on essential Australian government business'," Queensland Health said in a statement released late on Monday.

"He confirmed he held a diplomatic passport and provided his passport number."

But, the department said, this turned out to be not quite correct.

"We are concerned with the number of overall exemptions and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee is reviewing criteria and will provide advice to national cabinet," it said.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said the exemption issue needs to be reviewed.

"I'm going to raise this at national cabinet," she told reporters on Monday.

"There have been some exemptions. I don't think the time is right now for those exemptions."

"If we can close off any of those loopholes, it will keep everyone safe."

Ms Palaszczuk said all overseas travellers should be required to go into mandatory hotel quarantine.

There were no new cases recorded in Queensland on Monday.

Despite this, authorities remain on high alert, with health officials urging people with symptoms to get tested.

Authorities are also continuing to trace people who may have had contact with three women who returned to Queensland from Victoria more than a week ago.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said it was likely more cases related to the women would be diagnosed.

"It's now eight days since those first two cases who went to Melbourne ... have been out in the community," Dr Young said.

A private school in Brisbane's south will remain closed until next week, with about 850 students and staff to undergo another round of testing.

Teachers and children from Parklands Christian College were meant to return to the classroom on Wednesday but have been asked to remain at home under quarantine.

Metro Health South said as virus symptoms could take 14 days to develop, all staff and students were asked to undertake a test from day 10 onwards of their quarantine period before returning to school.

Queensland has 12 active cases, with seven people being treated in hospital.

All 105 residents at the Bolton Clarke aged care facility in Brisbane's southwest tested negative for the disease following fears an infected staff member may have spread the virus.

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