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    No new virus infections in South Australia

    South Australia will end its COVID-19 lockdown on schedule after reporting no new virus infections. Premier Steven Marshall says the result is a "huge relief" and will allow the shutdown to end at one minute past midnight on Wednesday. "So a massive thank you…
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    List of Vic restrictions as lockdown ends

    VICTORIA'S EASED RESTRICTIONS FROM 11:59PM ON TUESDAY: * The 5km travel limit will be removed as well as the stay-at -home requirement. * Movement between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will be unrestricted. * Masks will be required everywhere…
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    South Australia set to end lockdown

    South Australia will likely end its week-long COVID-19 lockdown on time after reporting one new virus infection linked to the Modbury cluster, Premier Steven Marshall says. The premier says the shutdown will end at one minute past midnight on Wednesday…
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    Victoria to spend another week in lockdown

    Victoria's lockdown will be extended for a further seven days as authorities work to "extinguish" an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant. The lockdown was initially due to end on Tuesday night, but Premier Daniel Andrews announced…
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    SA to lock down after fifth virus case

    South Australia is moving into a full seven-day lockdown after a cluster of local COVID-19 cases grew to five. The fifth case, a man in his 60s, is someone who dined at a restaurant in Adelaide where previously infected people were also present on Saturday…
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    SA COVID restrictions after virus cases

    South Australia has imposed widespread coronavirus restrictions, including closing all non-essential retail outlets, following the discovery of a second COVID-19 case. The daughter of an 81-year-old man has now tested positive along with her father after the…
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    All of NSW barred from Tassie

    More than half of Australia's population is now banned from entering Tasmania, after the high risk classification of Greater Sydney by public health officials here was expanded to include all of NSW. That state recorded over 100 new cases of coronavirus on…
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    SA tightens Victoria border amid outbreak

    South Australia will enforce tough border restrictions for Victoria and strengthen local COVID-19 rules as interstate case numbers continue to rise. From midnight on Thursday, South Australians returning home from Greater Melbourne, Geelong and Bacchus Marsh…
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    Snap lockdown for Vic to contain outbreak

    Victoria will enter a five-day lockdown in an effort to contain a growing outbreak of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in the state. Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the lockdown will begin at 11.59pm on Thursday, with people only able to leave home for five…
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    SA has new virus cases but no lockdown

    South Australia has reported five local COVID-19 infections, all involving the family of a miner who recently returned from the Northern Territory. But Premier Steven Marshall says the state will not be going into lockdown. The new cases involve the miner,…
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    SA beefs up local virus rules

    South Australia has imposed a range of new local COVID-19 restrictions in response to the growing number of virus cases around the country. From midnight on Monday masks will be mandatory in high-risk settings, including aged care facilities and hospitals and…
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    On the first day of Tasmania reopening to Greater Melbourne, there have been no new covid infections in Victoria's community. There are still 58 high risk sites in Melbourne on the Tasmanian government website which do entail a ban on entry here. Authorities…
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    Returned Tassie traveller from Vic dodges quarantine

    A construction worker at Hobart's Derwent Entertainment Centre who skipped home quarantine having been in Victoria, has escaped with just a caution. His Tas e-Travel application stated he had simply transitted through the COVID "high-risk" state, when in fact…
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    Vic scramble to find Delta virus link

    A man who was infected with the Delta COVID-19 strain mistakenly opened his room door soon after entering hotel quarantine in Melbourne. But Emma Cassar, the head of COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria, says this incident is unlikely to be the reason for the Delta…
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    NSW locations declared "high-risk" by Tas Health

    Victoria's coronavirus cluster is now threatening to impact New South Wales, after confirmation an infected person with the highly infectious Indian variant visited several sites in the state's south. It's prompted a swift high-risk declaration of five…
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    Ardern, Morrison writing COVID rules in NZ

    The Australian and New Zealand leaders say they'll write new pages in the COVID-19 rulebook when they meet for formal talks on Monday. Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern are in Queenstown for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders Forum. Mr Morrison is…
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    Victoria to enter 7 day circuit breaker lockdown from midnight

    Victoria will begin a seven-day lockdown from midnight, in an effort to contain a COVID-19 outbreak in the northern suburbs that has grown to 26 cases. One of those infected people is in intensive care and Acting Premier James Merlino said they are "not in a…
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    Melbourne set to learn COVID lockdown fate

    Melbourne residents are about to find out if a growing coronavirus cluster in the city's north will trigger another lockdown in the Victorian capital. Acting Premier James Merlino raised the prospect of a shutdown on Wednesday after the so-called Whittlesea…
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    Victorian outbreak sparks vaccine calls

    All eligible Australians are being urged to get vaccinated against coronavirus as a fresh outbreak threatens to spread across Melbourne. Victoria's cluster of cases has climbed to 15, with authorities naming dozens of exposure sites including the MCG where an…
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    Pfizer vaccine coming for 40-49s in NSW

    Around a million people in NSW aged between 40 and 49 could get a Pfizer COVID-19 jab at the new purpose-built vaccination hub at Sydney Olympic Park within weeks. Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the "exciting" development at the opening of the…

Most Australians plan to get virus vaccine

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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 six per cent definitely won't and another seven per cent probably won't.

The survey of 3000 adults in August found females, people living in disadvantaged areas, those with more populist views and stronger religious beliefs were more likely to be hesitant to get vaccinated.

A separate survey of 1000 Australians found the same amount - six per cent - wouldn't get the vaccine.

The Dynata data also shows one in three would get the vaccine immediately after it's available while the same number would wait to speak to their doctor and only take it if recommended.

The Australian government has four vaccine deals on the table as well as access to 25 potential vaccines through an international agreement.

Health Minister Greg Hunt says all up, it would be enough to vaccinate Australia three times over.

"Our expectation remains that the first vaccines will be provided to health workers and subject to approvals, to the elderly in March and then we'll progressively rollout around the country," he told Adelaide radio 5AA on Thursday.

The government's goal is to have all Australians who choose to be vaccinated to have the jab by the end of next year.

It comes as Adelaide's Parafield cluster was revised down to 22 infections late on Thursday, the state's first day of its strict six-day lockdown.

One case previously linked to the cluster had since been excluded from state's coronavirus numbers, SA Health said.

Another 17 people are suspected to have the disease and are waiting for test results.

It is believed the cluster began from the hotel quarantine system after a cleaner caught the virus from a surface and infected her family members.

Melbourne's deadly outbreak also spread after the virus escaped from hotel quarantine.

Moves are in place to ensure hotel quarantine workers are tested weekly.

Western Australia's government is finalising legal directions to enforce mandatory virus testing for hotel quarantine workers but has no plans to stop security guards from taking up other jobs.

Victoria has flagged that its revamped hotel quarantine program will require all workers to either work for the government or be exclusively contracted to facilities.

An inquiry into Victoria's regime recommended people not work across multiple environments.

The state has closed its border with South Australia for 48 hours, after fragments of COVID-19 were detected in wastewater along freight corridors.

A permit system will then come into effect from Sunday.

Queensland, WA, Tasmania and the NT have also restricted travel by South Australians.

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