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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…

Vic keeps border open, as SA locks down

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Victoria's border with South Australia will stay open for now, as SA enters a six-day lockdown to deal with its virus outbreak.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has asked South Australians to cancel all non-essential travel to the state.

"Unless you have got an urgent reason, a really pressing reason to visit Victoria, now is not the time to come to Victoria," he said.

SA will lock down for six days as the state deals with an outbreak of the virus in Adelaide.

Following Melbourne's extended lockdown, Mr Andrews has flagged changes to Victoria's mask rules as early as Sunday.

"I think on Sunday you will see some changes to mask policy, that will be principally I think when you're outside and when you're away from others," he said.

"No one enjoys wearing a mask and no one enjoys them as the weather gets warmer."

Meanwhile, Victoria is setting up rapid coronavirus testing for truck drivers crossing the SA border at the town of Nhill.

And travellers arriving in Melbourne or Mildura by plane from metropolitan Adelaide will have to undergo a coronavirus test, even if they don't have symptoms.

Any truck driver who refuses to take a coronavirus test at the SA border will be sent back, while plane arrivals who refuse to be tested will be subject to a public health order requiring them to quarantine for 14 days.

Victoria's Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng says travellers who have been in metropolitan Adelaide are being told to isolate until they get their results.

"We're giving them strict instructions and telling them that wherever they're going, to quarantine in that location, it's a legal requirement," he said.

"But as soon as the test results are back, then they can leave.

"Clearly we're getting some flashbacks to the situation in Victoria," he said, but noted the SA cases were all linked so far.

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said the SA border status was being reviewed hourly.

"We have no plans to close our borders, but we are monitoring literally on an hourly basis the situation in SA," Mr Foley told the Nine Network on Wednesday morning.

"Of course, we reserve the right to take further measures if the advice changes."

Mr Andrews says he has offered assistance to South Australia's government, including lab capacity for coronavirus testing.

"I think we can all be confident that they'll be able to bring this under fundamental control," he said.

The developments come as Australia's chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel has given evidence at a parliamentary inquiry into Victoria's contact tracing system.

He told the inquiry Victoria's system was easily overwhelmed during the second wave of the virus, because it was only designed to deal with low case numbers.

Victoria on Wednesday reached 19 days without any deaths or new cases.

There are three active cases in the state, with 17,354 people tested in the previous 24 hours.

The state's virus death toll stands at 819, with the national figure 907.

© AAP 2020

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

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