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    New quarantine deal for Tas/Vic

    The Tasmanian and Victorian governments have arranged a quarantine-swap deal. Tasmania has agreed to quarantine farm workers heading for the Victorian harvest, while Victoria will provide quarantine facilities for overseas Tasmanians wanting to return home.…
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    Vic border and visitor restrictions eased

    More Victorians stranded interstate will be able to return home after the state government further eased border restrictions. Premier Daniel Andrews announced all of Greater Sydney's local government areas currently deemed red zones will become orange as of…
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    NSW premier teases easing of restrictions -sharenews

    NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has promised eased COVID-19 restrictions in a week's time, if all goes well, after the community heeded her call to drive up testing numbers. Almost 20,000 people were tested for coronavirus in NSW in the latest reporting…
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    More COVID cases linked to Australian Open -sharenews

    Australian Open boss Craig Tiley has rejected calls to shorten men's matches at the grand slam as the number of coronavirus cases linked to the tournament rises to nine. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says three of four new COVID-19 cases in the state…
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    US, China clash at WHO over Wuhan mission -sharenews

    The United States has called on China to allow an expert team from the World Health Organisation to interview "care givers, former patients and lab workers" in the central city of Wuhan, drawing a rebuke from Beijing officials. The team of WHO-led independent…
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    Easing restrictions for Greater Brisbane

    The Tasmanian Government has moved to allow people from Greater Brisbane to travel here. Travellers from the region are now able to come to Tasmania but must still quarantine when they arrive into the state, effective immediately. Premier Peter Gutwein says…
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    Victoria eases borders for parts of Sydney -sharenews

    Thousands of stranded Victorians will be able to return home following the easing of border restrictions with the NSW Blue Mountains, Wollongong and parts of Sydney. Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Monday that 25 of Sydney's 35 local government areas…
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    Overseas travel remains unlikely this year -sharenews

    The head of Australia's health department believes it is unlikely international borders will substantially reopen this year, even if most people are vaccinated against coronavirus. Brendan Murphy downplayed the prospect of a widespread easing of border…
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    Vaccine may be ticket to NSW venue entry -sharenews

    The NSW premier says her government will consider permitting venues to ban entry to those who decline to take the COVID-19 vaccine. NSW reported six new local cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, five of which were household contacts of a previously-confirmed case in…
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    Tas tracing done from Brisbane hotel cluster

    All Tasmanian arrivals who completed their international quarantine at Brisbane's Grand Chancellor Hotel since December 30 have been tracked down by state health authorities. 14 travellers are in isolation and being tested again for coronavirus, despite…
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    Vic workplaces to return, mask rules eased -sharenews

    Victorian workers can start returning to offices from Monday as mask rules are also eased. But Premier Daniel Andrews says 18 people have returned to the state after they were quarantined in Brisbane's Grand Chancellor Hotel. They are being contacted and are…
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    Chief medic calms concerns about vaccine -sharenews

    Australia's chief medical officer has rejected calls to pause the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine, insisting it is completely effective in preventing serious illness and death from coronavirus. Some doctors are concerned about the vaccine's efficacy rate,…
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    NSW issues virus alert for Brisbane hotel -sharenews

    NSW has issued an alert for anyone who has been at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane, fearing a highly contagious strain of coronavirus may have spread across the border. The quarantine hotel is linked to six cases of the UK variant of COVID-19 and has…
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    US coronavirus deaths hit new daily high -sharenews

    Coronavirus deaths in the US have hit another one-day high at more than 4300. The country's overall death toll from coronavirus has eclipsed 380,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. The US recorded 4327 deaths on Tuesday, with Arizona and California…
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    NSW still trying to link 14 COVID cases -sharenews

    Four weeks on from discovering the northern beaches outbreak, NSW Health is still trying to link 14 recent coronavirus cases to known clusters. Five locally-acquired coronavirus cases were reported on Tuesday in NSW from just under 15,000 tests. The origins…
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    Numbers cut on three repatriation flights -sharenews

    Australians stranded overseas have been dealt another blow, with passenger numbers halved on three repatriation flights because of new caps on international arrivals. There are also reports some commercial flights have been abruptly cancelled without…
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    Aust Open qualifying hit by coronavirus -sharenews

    American Denis Kudla has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Australian Open qualifying tournament in Doha and has been sent to a quarantine hotel. Fourth-seeded Kudla downed Moroccan Elliot Benchetrit 6-4 6-3 but the match ended in controversy. The positive…
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    Virus cases low as states clash on borders -sharenews

    Border closures have sparked fresh tensions between state governments after the end of Brisbane's mini-lockdown led to more travel restriction tweaks. A snap shutdown ended on Monday night after three days aimed at stopping a highly contagious coronavirus…
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    Victoria introduces new traffic light system for interstate travel

    Victoria will reopen to regional NSW, with the introduction of a new "traffic light" system for interstate travel. Permits designating regions in other parts of Australia green, orange or red zones depending on coronavirus risk were to go live from 6pm…
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    Some Brisbane arrivals free to leave isolation

    Anyone who arrived in Tasmania from Greater Brisbane prior to 9am on January 8th can now leave quarantine. "...because they have not been identified as a close or casual contact of the [original] case," Health Minister Sarah Courtney said on Monday afternoon.…

Vic case attended Test, Boxing Day sales

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A Melbourne man infected with coronavirus attended the Boxing Day sales at Chadstone Shopping Centre and day two of the Australia-India cricket Test at the MCG.

Just where the man acquired his infection is a mystery.

Acting Premier Jacinta Allan said health authorities don't believe the man in his 30s was infectious during his visit to the MCG on December 27.

But people seated in the Great Southern Stand's zone 5 between 12.30pm to 3.30pm have been asked to get tested and self-isolate.

"Anyone who was seated within that zone 5 bubble will be receiving a text message in the next couple of hours, advising them of the situation," Ms Allan said on Wednesday.

A day before, the man attended the Boxing Day sales at Chadstone Shopping Centre from 6am to 2pm.

He developed symptoms on December 30 and contact tracing has revealed he had stayed home and self-isolated since New Year's Eve.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng said it was a mystery case.

Both the MCG and Chadstone Shopping Centre have now been listed as potential exposure sites.

Testing boss Jeroen Weimar estimates this will affect the 7000 to 8000 fans who attended the Test and the "thousands" of people at the busy Chadstone Boxing Day sales.

Victoria recorded three new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, with just one coming from a local source and the other two acquired overseas.

It takes the number of active cases in the state to 41.

Testing lifted for a third straight day, with 37,509 swabs processed on Tuesday.

Victoria's list of exposure sites has almost hit 100, with two clothes retailers and a Sri Lankan restaurant in Melbourne added late on Tuesday.

A known case shopped at the Nike Company in South Melbourneon December 30 from 12:00pm to 12:45pm. Anyone in the store at this time must get tested and quarantine for 14 days.

Other health alerts have been issued for anyone at Melbourne's Culture Kings store on Russell Street and Tamarind 8 in Narre Warren at specific times.

They are asked to monitor for symptoms and get tested if they develop.

The Victorian government also announced on Wednesday that the return-to-work plan for the public service will be paused for a week.

The current outbreak linked to a Black Rock restaurant in bayside Melbourne, seeded from outbreaks in NSW, prompted the call for a review on Tuesday night.

The public service was due to move into the next phase of return to work from Monday - increasing office capacity to 25 per cent, ahead of a jump to 50 per cent on February 8.

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Photo: Acting Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan (AAP Image/James Ross)

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