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    1 year on from Tassie's first COVID case

    Tuesday marks a year since Tasmania's first coronavirus case was identified, and we're being assured the vaccine rollout is proceeding as planned. 1159 Tasmanian front line workers have received their first dose of the Pfizer jab. Health Minister Sarah…
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    Slow rollout for Victoria COVID vaccines -sharenews

    Victoria's COVID-19 vaccinations are rolling out slowly, with less than a third of the supplied doses being administered. According to federal figures, only 30 per cent of Victoria's doses were injected in the first week of the vaccination program. It comes…
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    More than 10,000 NSW residents vaccinated -sharenews

    In just a week more than 10,000 people in NSW have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Phase 1a of the nation-wide vaccination program began last Monday, with healthcare and border workers the first to be jabbed with the Pfizer vaccine. "NSW…
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    Mask, gathering rules relaxed in Victoria -sharenews

    Victoria's mask rules and social gathering restrictions will be eased and workers can return to the office, as the Holiday Inn outbreak is declared under control. Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed that from 11.59pm on Friday, up to 30 visitors will be…
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    Vic high risk declaration removed despite new cases

    Victoria has broken its six-day run of no cases of coronavirus with two new locally acquired infections. The people are primary close contacts of pre-existing cases, and are already in quarantine. About 16,500 test results have been received in the past 24…
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    Vic records fifth day with no COVID cases -sharenews

    The Health Department confirmed there were no new local or overseas acquired cases recorded on Wednesday, following 20,201 tests. There remain 20 active cases of COVID-19 in the state, a decrease in five since Tuesday. Thousands, however, remain in…
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    Bells toll as US reaches 500k COVID deaths -sharenews

    The United States has crossed the staggering milestone of 500,000 COVID-19 deaths just more than a year since the coronavirus pandemic claimed its first known victim in Santa Clara County, California. In a proclamation honouring the dead, President Joe Biden…
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    Snap five-day Vic lockdown to end on time -sharenews

    Victoria's five-day lockdown will end on time, with authorities confident the "circuit breaker" has contained the Holiday Inn outbreak. Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the snap lockdown would lift at 11.59pm on Wednesday as planned, after the state recorded…
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    Mix of virus vaccines for people over 70 -sharenews

    A combination of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines will be used on Australians aged over 70 who don't live in residential aged care. Australia has access to enough Pfizer doses for 10 million people, with aged care and disability residents among the first…
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    Clinic hours extended, more high-risk venues

    Tasmania's list of high-risk locations across Melbourne continues to grow. The number of potentially exposed venues, including tram routes and an airport bus link, has risen to 33. Recently-arrived Victorians have been urged to check the list on…
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    No new cases as Vic awaits lockdown call -sharenews

    Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus, emboldening hopes of the state's snap five-day lockdown ending. The Health Department on Wednesday confirmed the state reported no new COVID-19 cases on the final day of its five-day "circuit breaker"…
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    AstraZeneca vaccine approved in Australia -sharenews

    Australia's medical regulator has approved a second coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for millions of jabs to be administered in coming months. The Therapeutic Goods Administration on Tuesday approved the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged 18 and over,…
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    Exposure sites key to ending Vic lockdown -sharenews

    The lifting of Victoria's five-day "circuit breaker" lockdown in the wake of a coronavirus outbreak will depend on how many more exposure sites emerge, state health authorities say. Overnight on Monday, two more sites were revealed. They include Sacca's Fruit…
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    Victoria records two coronavirus cases -sharenews

    Victoria has recorded two new cases of coronavirus on the third day of its "circuit breaker" lockdown. The Health Department on Monday confirmed one of the cases is locally acquired, while the other is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine. The total…
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    Victoria lockdown new rules and exposure sites -sharenews

    VICTORIA LOCKDOWN NEW RULES * From 11.59pm Friday all of Victoria will lock down, going to stage 4 restrictions until 11.59pm Wednesday. * During the five day lockdown there will only be four reasons to leave home - shopping for essentials, caregiving,…
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    Victoria in 5-day lockdown from 11.59pm -sharenews

    Victoria will enter a five-day lockdown in an effort to contain the Holiday Inn coronavirus outbreak, which now totals 13 cases. Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the state will enter the lockdown at 11.59pm on Friday. People will only be able to leave their…
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    Victoria's Holiday Inn cluster grows to 13 -sharenews

    There are fears Victoria's COVID-19 outbreak could spread interstate after an infected person spent more than eight hours at an airport cafe. The Brunetti cafe in Terminal 4 at Melbourne Airport was listed as an exposure site early Friday morning, after being…
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    Victorian pinged for no mask at NW airport

    A Victorian man has been fined for not wearing a mask at Burnie Airport. Police were undertaking COVID compliance duties on Monday at about 8:30am when they spotted the 51-year-old enter the terminal without using a mask or face covering. Officers say he was…
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    SA locks out greater Melbourne residents -sharenews

    South Australia has locked out travellers from greater Melbourne after further COVID-19 cases were linked to a hotel quarantine outbreak in Victoria. The lockout came into effect from 12.01am on Thursday, South Australian time. Returning SA residents, people…
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    Medical device may have caused Vic cluster -sharenews

    A medical device could be to blame for a COVID-19 outbreak at the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport, which now totals three cases. The two latest cases confirmed on Tuesday are a returned traveller, who tested positive after completing 14 days quarantine at…

Victoria eases borders for parts of Sydney -sharenews

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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 would be downgraded from "red" to "orange" zones from 6pm.

The Blue Mountains and Wollongong will also move from red to orange, while 16 local government areas along the NSW-Victoria border will be downgraded from orange to green, permitting unrestricted entry.

People travelling from an orange zone will need to apply for a permit online and get tested within 72 hours of their arrival in Victoria and isolate until they receive a negative result.

It follows the downgrading of Greater Brisbane from red to orange at the weekend.

Mr Andrews said Sydney local government areas Blacktown, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Inner West, Liverpool, Parramatta and Strathfield would remain red zones for now.

He said the 10 areas were all linked to Sydney's Berala cluster, now totalling 35 cases.

"They will be designated red for not a moment longer than they need to be. We won't wait for all 10 to be orange. It may be that some of them come off in a few days. Others may take longer," Mr Andrews said.

"I know that's frustrating and very challenging not to be able to provide a definite answer on that but you've got to be guided by the best public health advice."

Victoria on Monday recorded a 12th consecutive day without a local coronavirus case, with almost 14,000 tests processed in the previous 24 hours.

However a tennis player and three staff members have tested positive to COVID-19 in hotel quarantine. It brings the total number of active cases in the state to 33.

A total of 72 players in town for the Australian Open are now isolating in their hotel rooms after three charter flights into Melbourne were linked to positive COVID-19 cases.

Some took to social media to complain about being unable to train, while world No.1 Novak Djokovic reportedly wrote to the Australian Open tournament boss with a number of demands.

"People are free to provide lists of demands but the answer is no," Mr Andrews said of Djokovic's letter.

The premier said the players were aware of the rules before arriving in Melbourne.

"I know that there's been a bit of chatter from a number of players about the rules. The rules apply to them as they apply to everybody else and they were all briefed on that before they came, and that was the condition on which they came," Mr Andrews said

"There's no special treatment here."

Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien said he supported the strong quarantine arrangements.

"We welcome international stars coming to this state but they need to understand what we've been through and they need to make sure that they comply with those obligations," he said.

Meanwhile, a nurse and a police officer working at a medi-hotel in Melbourne's CBD tested negative to the virus after initially returning "weak positive" results.

The positive saliva swabs led to 41 other workers at the Holiday Inn on Flinders Street being stood down.

"Saliva tests are very reliable with negative results but can return occasional false positives," a spokesman from COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria said.

© AAP 2021

Photo: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (AAP Image/Erik Anderson)

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