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    Border reopening to SA after Adelaide scare

    Tasmania's border will reopen to South Australia at 12:01am Thursday. It'll be classified as a low-risk jurisdiction, meaning arrivals won't have to quarantine - unless they've been in a specific hotspot identified by South Australian Health as connected to…
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    SA drops quarantine for Vic travellers

    South Australia has opened its border to Victoria, clearing the way for people to cross the state line without needing to quarantine. The change comes as SA also reduces some local coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday that were imposed because of the latest…
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    Two vaccines available in US 'in weeks' -sharenews

    People in the US could have access to their first two vaccines against the coronavirus before Christmas, Health Secretary Alex Azar says. The Food and Drug Administration's outside advisers will meet on December 10 to consider authorising Pfizer Inc's…
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    SA looks to step back virus restrictions

    South Australia has revised a range of COVID-19 restrictions, including opening the border with Victoria, after reporting no new cases linked to the worrying Parafield cluster. The requirements for Victorians to quarantine when they come to SA will be…
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    No virus cases in Victoria for four weeks

    Once overrun with almost 8000 active cases, Victoria has officially eliminated COVID-19. Friday marks four weeks without a new case of coronavirus. Some 9828 Victorians were tested in the past 24 hours. Health authorities say 28 days with no new cases means…
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    New SA COVID case part of existing cluster

    A COVID-19 infection which has closed an Adelaide high school is thought linked to a cluster which prompted a shortlived lockdown in South Australia. The Woodville High School will remain closed until further notice as deep cleaning is conducted and while…
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    Tangled whale warning

    Those on the state's east coast are being urged to keep an eye out for an entangled whale calf. The baby humpback and its mother were spotted near Schouten Island on Tuesday heading south, the juvenile apparently trailing ropes and buoys. An extensive aerial…
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    WHO experts keen to visit Wuhan in China -sharenews

    Researchers led by the World Health Organisation would like to go back to a wholesale food market in Wuhan in China to follow up initial cases of COVID-19 which emerged in the city and investigate how the virus likely first spread from bats. Peter Ben…
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    Sweeping reforms to SA hotel quarantine system

    South Australia will make sweeping reforms to its hotel quarantine system after a cluster of COVID-19 cases was linked to one facility in Adelaide. Premier Steven Marshall says anyone who tests positive while in a medi-hotel will now be moved to a dedicated…
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    Queensland to open border to Vic on Dec 1

    Queensland is looking forward to welcoming Victorians back into the state on December 1, the same day NSW residents will be able to visit again without quarantining, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says. The premier announced the change on Wednesday after the…
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    Fish frenzy over escapees

    A fish farming campaigner wants a full EPA probe into yesterday morning's mass Huon Acquaculture salmon escape due to an electrical fire in one of its D'Entrecasteux Channel pens. Huon has spun the incident as good news for local fishers with minimal…
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    'Key' week for curbing SA virus cluster

    South Australia remains on track to ease coronavirus restrictions before Christmas but health officials say this week is crucial in combating a cluster of COVID-19 infections. One more case was added to the so-called Parafield cluster on Monday, taking the…
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    COVID-19 passports likely for travellers -sharenews

    Qantas is part of a push by world airlines to require international travellers to prove they've had the coronavirus vaccination before entering or leaving a country on a flight. A vaccination against COVID-19 could become available earlier in the new year,…
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    Victoria reaches no active cases milestone

    Victoria has hit another coronavirus milestone, with no active cases for the first time in nearly nine months. The state's last active case, a man in his 90s, was discharged from hospital on Monday. After its second wave ballooned to 7880 cases on August 11,…
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    NSW-Victoria border opens, flights resume

    The NSW-Victoria border is fully open for the first time in more than four months with flights between the states resuming. The border opened a minute after midnight, allowing Victorians to freely visit NSW for the first time since July 8 without having to go…
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    COVID-19 victims maintain immunity -sharenews

    Australian researchers have discovered that patients who've been infected with COVID-19 retain immunity against the virus and the disease for at least eight months. The research is the strongest evidence yet that vaccines against the virus will work for long…
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    Victoria dumps mandatory outdoor masks

    Victorians can breathe a sigh of relief, with months of compulsory face mask-wearing coming to an end as part of a further lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday announced the changes to take effect from midnight. "Masks will be…
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    SA COVID-19 close contact 'lied'

    A person closely linked to Adelaide's COVID-19 cluster lied to contact tracers in "completely and utterly unacceptable" conduct, Premier Steven Marshall says. But SA will ease the statewide lockdown immediately to allow family groups to exercise with…
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    Most Australians plan to get virus vaccine -sharenews

    Most Australians plan to get vaccinated against the coronavirus once it's available, but new surveys also show hesitancy in the community. Australian National University analysis released on Friday shows close to three-in-five people would get the jab, while…
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    Vic shuts border with SA

    Victoria will close its border with South Australia for 48 hours, after fragments of COVID-19 were detected in wastewater along freight corridors. Premier Daniel Andrews on Thursday announced a "hard border" will be in place from 11:59pm for 48 hours, before…

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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 Tuesday.

There will be a maximum of 20 people seated indoors for hospitality venues, with 10 per space, and 50 outdoors.

Beauty, personal services and tattoo parlours will also reopen.

People can visit other houses with much more freedom, although details will be revealed on Tuesday.

Asked about his emotion, the Mr Andrews said: "Look, it has been a very difficult year and Victorians have given a lot."

"I am proud of every single one of them," he said.

"Why it's emotional today is because people have given a lot, people have done amazing things."

He was also asked if it might be time to "get back on the beers" - a catchphrase he has used during his daily media briefings.

"I don't know I will be drinking a beer tonight - I might go a little higher on the shelf," he replied.

It is a landmark day in Victoria's fight against the virus, with no new cases and no deaths for the first time since June 9.

A second wave shut down the state, and 807 of the nation's 915 deaths have been in Victoria.

Mr Andrews and his government has been under intense pressure to ease restrictions.

"Fundamentally, this belongs to every single Victorian, every single Victorian who has followed the rules, stayed the course, worked with me and my team, to bring this second wave to an end," Mr Andrews said.

"But it is not over. This virus is not going away ... It is going to be a feature of our lives every day until a vaccine turns up. These are big steps."

Mr Andrews also announced the 25km travel limit and the "ring of steel" separating Melbourne from regional Victoria will go on November 8.

Monday's DHHS figures showed average daily diagnoses over the past fortnight down to 3.6 for Melbourne and seven mystery cases from October 10-23.

The corresponding figures for regional areas are 0.2 and zero.

Equally as important, a testing blitz confirmed an outbreak in the northern suburbs that delayed Monday's announcement by 24 hours appears to be under control.

Mr Andrews' daily media conference was delayed on Monday until mid-afternoon as the government awaited latest test results from the outbreak area.

More than 4000 tests across the affected area have all come back negative, Mr Andrews confirmed.

The Victorian government has been under intense pressure to ease restrictions.

All Victorian students are now back in the classroom, with 163,000 of them from Year 8-10 in Melbourne returning to on-site learning on Monday.

© AAP 2020

Photo: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (AAP Image/James Ross)

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