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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…

Two in three want state borders reopened

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More than two thirds of Australians want state borders reopened by Christmas, as confidence in the public health response to coronavirus continues to increase.

States have begun to ease restrictions as Victoria's second wave is brought under control and infections in NSW slow to a trickle.

As more people endorse the public health response, support for state border restrictions to be eased continues to climb.

Some 67 per cent of respondents to a weekly survey by lobbying firm Newgate want border closures canned by Christmas, up from 63 per cent.

Victorians and NSW residents remain most supportive of open borders, while the majority of those in Western Australia want the state to remain shut.

Victoria recorded 15 new cases of coronavirus on Monday and one more death, taking the national toll to 895.

Melbourne's 14-day average, which is crucial to easing lockdown restrictions, has dropped to 10.6.

The average must be below five for restrictions to ease on October 19.

Newgate's survey continues to show a steady rise in community confidence about easing coronavirus restrictions.

There has been a significant increase in the proportion of people who agree governments are taking appropriate measures to protect people's health.

But Victorians remain least likely to agree restrictions are fair and reasonable, with discontent becoming more obvious in the past week.

Economic recovery has firmed as the number one concern of Australians, with worries about the coronavirus tracking downward to its lowest level since May, before the second wave.

A growing majority of people believe the spread of the virus will get better in coming months.

Predictions for the economy continue to improve, while concerns about job security fall.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has promised a jobs-focused budget on Tuesday to steer the economy out of the coronavirus-driven recession.

The budget will outline record deficits, growing debt and huge spending measures.

Personal income tax cuts, wage subsidies for young workers, investment allowances for businesses and lump sum cash payments for pensioners will all be outlined.

The climb out of recession will depend on virus numbers dropping and a vaccine being rolled out next year.

NSW has gone 10 days without a locally transmitted case of coronavirus.

The state's recent cases have been confined to returned overseas in hotel quarantine.

Control of community transmission is the key condition for NSW residents being able to enter Queensland from November 1.

People in regional Victoria could be allowed to travel to the Northern Territory from November 2 if their case numbers remain low.

But while Australia continues to recorded very few new cases of coronavirus, low test numbers are a concern.

© AAP 2020

Photo: The SA border 5kms east of Pinnaroo, South Australia. (AAP Image/Kelly Barnes)

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