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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…

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 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 for its research.

Researcher Dr Yadveer Grewal explained how the test works.

A cheap and simple baker's yeast is coated with hook-like particles to trap the virus just like velcro.

That yeast is then combined with strip technology used in pregnancy tests to rapidly determine whether a person has the virus.

"That way someone could have a nasal swab taken, apply it to a strip and within five to 15 minutes, depending on how infectious they are, get a result then and there," he told Nine's Today program.

Currently, there's a risk high-quality nasal swab lab tests can produce double negatives.

But Dr Yadveer said his test, called XavTrap, could still be effective even though it was less sensitive.

The United States Food and Drug Administration, which is also backing the project with $US1 million, believes the sensitivity and price of tests can be lowered if people using them get tested more frequently, he added.

Dr Yadveer used the example of doctors and nurses using Xing's test every time they started a hospital shift and getting a fast result.

"Testing yourself every couple of days is about equivalent to having a once-off high-quality specific test from a lab," he said.

Another difference between XavTrap and other tests is that it discriminates between live and dead viruses, so it's less likely to result in false-positives.

Xing Technologies is hoping to have its new COVID-19 test on the market by the end of 2020 and also eventually hopes to use XavTrap to test for other infectious viruses like dengue fever, and even cancer

"Ideally then, we are able to manufacture immediately by the end of the year and distribute it," Dr Yadveer said.

"Because of our technology is easily programmable we have other lead candidates we are exploring, and they can come online early next year."

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