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    Global virus increase a single-day record -sharenews

    Global coronavirus cases have risen by more than 500,000 for the first time, a record one-day increase as countries across the Northern Hemisphere report daily spikes. Global daily COVID-19 cases have risen by nearly 25 per cent in less than two weeks as the…
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    Melbourne positive case sparks test blitz

    A new coronavirus case in suburban Melbourne has sparked a major contact tracing blitz, with more than 90 people affected. A young girl who attended the Goodstart Early Learning Centre in Bundoora is a confirmed positive case. She is linked to the ongoing…
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    SA cautious on Vic virus restrictions

    South Australia will look for an extended period of no mystery community transmission of COVID-19 in Victoria before relaxing border restrictions. Police Commissioner Grant Stevens, who also heads up the state's transition committee, says that may involve up…
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    Half a million US virus cases in past week -sharenews

    Nearly half a million people in the United States have contracted COVID-19 in the past seven days as cases and hospitalisations set fresh records. More than 5600 people died from the virus nationwide in the past week, with hospitalisations shooting up 13 per…
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    Border to open to NSW on Nov 6

    Tasmania's border will open to New South Wales on Friday, November 6. Pending no major coronavirus outbreaks there, arrivals from NSW won't have to quarantine from that date. It'll join WA, South Australia, Queensland, the NT, ACT and New Zealand in being…
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    Virus jab may not be suitable for elderly -sharenews

    Elderly Australians may not be able to get a coronavirus vaccine if the medicine has not been trialled on such an age group. Department of Health secretary Brendan Murphy said older Australians were considered the most vulnerable and they would be the…
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    Andrews outlines Vic home visit rules

    Home visits in Melbourne will be restricted to one per day as the city emerges from its lockdown. The day after announcing a widespread easing of the city's restrictions, Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed on Tuesday how its residents can visit each other in…
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    Victoria makes major restriction changes -sharenews

    Melbourne retail and hospitality businesses can finally reopen amid a major easing of the city's coronavirus restrictions. Premier Daniel Andrews, his voice croaking with emotion, has announced a raft of changes that will come into effect from midnight on…
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    Emotional scenes as families reunited

    Emily Myors hadn't seen her two young nieces Sadie and Nina for a year. But today she was reunited with them in a beautiful moment at Hobart Airport, as Tasmania has relaxed its hard border to all states and territories except NSW and Victoria. This morning's…
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    Pressure on as Victoria records zero cases

    Federal politicians on both sides of the aisle are applying pressure on the Victorian premier to lift coronavirus restrictions. Victoria recorded no new cases and no further deaths on Monday for the first time since early June. The number of mystery cases has…
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    US sees highest number of new virus cases -sharenews

    The United States has seen its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the past two days, keeping the pandemic a top election issue as Vice President Mike Pence travels the country to campaign despite close aides testing positive. The US reported 79,852 new…
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    Summer events to go ahead under new framework

    The Tasmanian Government has released a new plan aimed at allowing various events to go ahead over coming months. Speaking after National Cabinet on Friday, Premier Peter Gutwein said it's hoped the three-step framework will permit harness racing cups, the…
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    Vic records 5 new cases, suburbs on alert

    Victoria has recorded five new cases of coronavirus and no deaths as authorities work to contain an outbreak in Melbourne's north. The cases, confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, bring Melbourne's 14-day rolling average to…
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    AstraZeneca vaccine trial volunteer dies -sharenews

    Brazilian health authority Anvisa says a volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University has died but adds that the trial will continue. Oxford confirmed the plan to keep testing, saying in a statement that…
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    Nearly 300,000 US deaths during pandemic -sharenews

    The United States has seen nearly 300,000 more deaths than expected in a typical year since early January, indicating an undercount in deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a government study. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,…
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    Vic set to open up earlier than planned

    Premier Daniel Andrews says Victoria will open up earlier than planned after the state recorded a single case of coronavirus, which may be removed from the tally. Authorities are investigating whether the case recorded on Tuesday is active or if the person is…
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    SA opens border to travellers from NZ

    People travelling from New Zealand will be allowed to come to South Australia with no need to quarantine under revised COVID-19 measures. The state's transition committee on Tuesday decided to clear the way for direct flights from New Zealand and for…
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    Swiss tighten measures amid new virus wave -sharenews

    Switzerland has announced tighter restrictions to tackle a second coronavirus wave hitting the country, including a nation-wide obligation to wear masks and a ban on large scale public gatherings. Gatherings of more than 15 people in public places will be…
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    Victoria's route out of COVID restrictions

    VICTORIA'S PATHWAY OUT OF LOCKDOWN: The state government has mapped a new pathway out of lockdown for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria that depends on stamping out COVID-19 cases in the community which have an unknown source. METROPOLITAN…
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    Victoria's lowest coronavirus new cases number since June 9 -sharenews

    Victoria has had only two new coronavirus cases and no deaths, leaving the state toll on 816 and the national figure at 904. It is the lowest number of new cases in the state since June 9, when there were none. And in another promising sign ahead of Sunday's…

Vic records 13 new virus cases, 4 deaths

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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 down to 16.4.

There remain 21 mystery cases between September 14-27, all in Melbourne.

Melbourne's 14-day average needs to drop below five and there must be fewer than five mystery cases for a fortnight before the state eases restrictions further.

Premier Daniel Andrews has said this isn't likely to happen until October 19.

The premier on Tuesday clarified a bevy of rules after the city moved to "step two" of its roadmap on Monday.

Under the latest restrictions, L-platers can recommence supervised driving practice but only when heading out for one of the four permitted reasons.

Victorians are also allowed to travel across metro borders for child care but will be subject to "step two" rules like local residents.

Other clarifications made were that Melbourne dog groomers must only operate from retail stores, painters are allowed to carry out emergency repairs at occupied properties, and public cricket nets can also be used if facilities aren't required.

The premier defended three senior public servants after the hotel quarantine inquiry heard they failed to brief ministers on major problems in the program.

Lawyers assisting the inquiry on Monday said the botched program was to blame for the state's second wave of coronavirus, which has infected 18,000 people and claimed more than 750 lives.

Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary Chris Eccles, Department of Health and Human Services secretary Kym Peake and Department of Jobs secretary Simon Phemister were singled out for failing to bring "significant issues" to their ministers' attention.

Asked if the trio were now briefing ministers, Mr Andrews said on Tuesday: "Yes, I believe they are."

"I'm confident that those three public servants - indeed all public servants - are acting appropriately."

Mr Andrews later confirmed former trade union leader and upper house MP Ingrid Stitt would join his reshuffled ministry following the resignation of Jenny Mikakos.

Ms Mikakos quit parliament and her role as health minister after the premier told the inquiry her department was ultimately responsible for the botched quarantine program.

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