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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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Authorities are rushing to investigate three coronavirus cases in NSW as Australians look for interstate travel certainty ahead of Christmas.

NSW was on Wednesday given 48 hours by Queensland authorities to investigate the source of three new mystery cases, which are likely to threaten the state's 12-day run of no community transmission.

NSW needs 28 days of no community transmission before Queensland reopens the borders.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has again urged her Queensland counterpart to reconsider the "unrealistic" stance.

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said there was reason to be concerned the border countdown would be reset.

"But we will monitor very closely whether NSW can link those cases to existing clusters," he told reporters on Wednesday.

Community transmission is preventing Western Australia from opening its borders, with the state remaining closed until 28 days without community spread in eastern states.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the government was confident domestic borders would open by the end of the year, apart from WA, which he expects to open in April.

"Closed borders cost jobs, so the quicker those borders are open in a COVID-safe way, the better, not just for those local communities and those particular states but across the country," he said.

"Queensland has a very dynamic and large tourism sector and that tourism sector is being hurt by those border restrictions."

WA Premier Mark McGowan says the federal government's expectation of an April border reopening is simply an assumption.

Victoria recorded another six new cases on Wednesday, with two of those being investigated to identify the mystery source.

There are ongoing concerns over a case cluster at Chadstone in Melbourne, with a spread from there to the regional town of Kilmore.

Another two people have died from the virus in Victoria, taking the national toll to 897.

There are now 16 Victorians being treated in hospital for COVID-19.

Premier Dan Andrews is urging people to get tested for the virus as a shopping centre outbreak continues to grow.

Melbourne's rolling 14-day new case average has decreased to 9.9, with the city needing it to drop to five, with no more than five mystery cases during the same period, before restrictions can ease further on October 19.

From Thursday, South Australia will extend its buffer zone with Victoria, easing COVID-19 restrictions on border communities.

The zone will increase from 40km to 70km on each side of the border, allowing more people to travel into SA or return from trips into Victoria without the need to quarantine.

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

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