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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.…

NSW still trying to link 14 COVID cases -sharenews

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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 of two new cases - one on the northern beaches and one in Blacktown - are so far unknown.

All up, 12 cases found since December 16 are still being investigated by NSW contact tracers, including three detected before Christmas.

A further two cases - from the Canterbury-Bankstown and Lane Cove council areas - have been fully investigated without any link found.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was unlikely any restrictions in Greater Sydney would be eased this week, and mandatory mask usage would not change in the near future.

"We're still seeing community transmission," she told reporters on Tuesday.

"Even though in most instances, (they are) household contacts or people already in isolation, but we have had a couple of examples where they're still unlinked, and that's always a concern."

She again backed her state's contact tracing teams, saying their work enabled the government to make decisions that didn't place "unnecessary burdens" on residents, such as keeping interstate borders open.

She also said the search to identify the case that sparked the northern beaches outbreak would not cease.

"We never give up the hunt in NSW," she said.

"Sometimes it might take us hours, sometimes days, or sometimes weeks, but we always get to the bottom of what we think happened, and I'm confident we'll get there.

"But we also have to give our experts time to make those connections."

Testing numbers reported on Tuesday were again below that of the day before, concerning NSW officials.

Daily testing figures fell as low as 6173 before the northern beaches outbreak was discovered.

"We need 25,000-plus tests a day and we particularly need to see testing in places such as the northern beaches, such as western Sydney where we've seen cases recently," NSW Health's Jeremy McAnulty said.

NSW has more than 200 active coronavirus cases, including one person who is in hospital in intensive care.

Alerts remain out for dozens of hotspots, including a shopping centre in Warriewood, a post office in Hurlstone Park and a workers club in Blacktown.

A casual-contact alert was on Tuesday evening also issued for The Groomsmen Barber Shop on January 6, which is inside the Warriewood shopping centre already subject to health alerts.

Meanwhile, the ACT and Northern Territory have lifted travel restrictions for the Central Coast, Wollongong and some parts of Greater Sydney.

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