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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…

Victoria dumps mandatory outdoor masks

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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 required inside in all settings, they will not be required while outside," he told reporters.

"However you need to carry the mask with you because you will have to wear the mask outside if you can't socially distance."

Melburnians have been required to wear compulsory face masks outdoors since mid-July, as the city was struck by its deadly second wave of coronavirus.

As cases leaked out of the city, the mask rules were implemented for regional Victorians in early August.

Other new rule tweaks from Monday include 15 home visitors per day, up from two, while outdoor public gatherings can have up to 50 people.

The latest changes to social restrictions were unveiled as the state extended its streak without a new COVID-19 infection to 23 straight days. There remains only one active case in Victoria.

Mr Andrews outlined additional moves back to normality, including up to 30 home visitors per day from December 13 - just in time for Christmas.

"That is not 30 for lunch and 30 for dinner, it is 30 across the course of the day," he said.

"I know that will be a large enough number for some families, and for others they will need to do some juggling."

A fourth of Victoria's workforce will be permitted back in workplaces from November 30, while the rest will have to continue working from home.

Public sector workers are not part of the 25 per cent cap, allowing more private sector businesses to benefit.

The premier flagged the next set of COVID-19 rule changes - likely the last before the end of the year - would be announced on December 6.

"I want to get to a situation where in the next couple of weeks we can lock in the rules and then people will know and have certainty that they are there for the whole summer," Mr Andrews said.

It came as Victoria reopened to South Australia after a brief "hard border" was replaced overnight by a permit system.

SA residents can get a permit via the Services Victoria website but Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said not everyone would be eligible.

"For people from South Australia who are exposed to the South Australian government's defined high-risk sites, you will not be granted a permit," he said.

Communities in a 70km bubble around the interstate border can continue using the SA government-issued permit they used for months previously.

Those receiving or providing emergency medical care or services or who reside on a property that straddles the border are exempt from the permit requirement.

NSW and the ACT are due to open their borders to Victoria on Monday.

© AAP 2020

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

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