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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

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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…

Retail hit hard amid Vic virus measures -sharenews

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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.

As the state started its six-week hard lockdown, the deaths brought the state toll to 136 and the national toll to 221.

It equals last Thursday as the state's worst day for fatalities.

The business shutdown will be divided into three groups, with the first group to stay open.

This includes supermarkets, groceries and post offices.

But the second group, including retail, some manufacturing and administration, must stop onsite operations as of midnight on Wednesday.

Retail stores can operate contactless "click and collect" and delivery services under strict guidelines, while hardware stores will only stay open for tradespeople.

The third group, including meatworks, will stay open - but under much stricter conditions.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the strict measures were essential to help curb the state's ongoing second outbreak.

"It is very, very challenging," he said.

"I never thought I'd find myself in a position where I'd have to ask people not to go work.

"Retail will look very different than it has ever looked."

Of the 13 deaths announced on Monday, eight were linked to outbreaks in aged care facilities.

They include a man in his 60s, two men and a woman in their 70s, two men in their 80s and five women and two men in their 90s.

There are 1089 active cases relating to aged care facilities and 706 actives cases among healthcare workers.

The latest grim figures come as the state begins a six-week lockdown, which is expected to run until at least September 13.

Under the new restrictions, residents of metropolitan Melbourne must follow an 8pm-5am curfew and can't travel more than 5km from home for shopping or exercise.

Meanwhile, regional Victoria has moved to stage three restrictions, with restaurants, cafes, bars and gyms to shut from midnight on Wednesday.

Mitchell Shire, north of Melbourne, has been reclassified as a regional municipality, meaning it will remain under stage three rules.

Meanwhile, Victoria's lower house has been suspended due to the escalating COVID-19 crisis in the state.

Both houses of parliament were due to sit from August 4 to August 6 and then from August 18 to 20 but members of the Legislative Assembly have been told they won't be back until at least September 1.

© AAP 2020

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews arrives at a press conference in Melbourne, Monday, August 3, 2020. (AAP Image/James Ross)

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