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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…

More COVID cases linked to Australian Open -sharenews

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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 announced on Tuesday are connected to the Open.

Some 72 players and support staffers are in a 14-day lockdown in Melbourne after arriving on 17 charter flights in the past five days.

Andrews says some of the nine tennis cases may be reclassified as non-infectious shedding, which could allow players to leave their lockdown hotel rooms to train.

"If you've got say 30 people who are deemed a close contact because they've been on a plane with a case, and the case is no longer an active case but a historic shedding, well that would release those people from that hard lockdown," Andrews told reporters on Tuesday.

But Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton warned the virus could still be incubating in some of the 1200 people who have arrived in Melbourne for the Open.

Cases have been linked to three charter flights from Abu Dhabi, Doha and Los Angeles.

The fresh cases come as Open boss Tiley said organisers always expected some positive COVID-19 tests among arrivals.

"There was going to be an expectation to have several positive cases," Tiley told the Nine Network on Tuesday.

Tiley said the lockdown for some players meant preparations for the grand slam starting on February 8 was "not an even playing field".

Players in lockdown are prevented from training while another group of competitors, including world No.1 Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, are in Adelaide where restrictions don't prevent them practising.

"We're going to play our part to try to even it up as much as possible," Tiley said.

But he rejected calls from some men's players to reduce Open matches to best of three sets instead of best of five.

"We're a grand slam at the end of the day," he said.

"Right now, three out of five sets for the men and two out of three sets for the women is the position we plan on sticking to."

Some players have used social media to detail their perceived hardships of being in lockdown.

"These are high performing athletes and it is hard to keep a high performing athlete in a room," Tiley said.

"This is the contribution that they have to make in order to get the privilege of when they do come out to compete for $80 million in prize money.

"We will turn the corner on those few that don't have the right approach to this."

Tiley defended Djokovic for appealing to Open organisers to ease restrictions in a wishlist reported on Monday, including a request to shift as many players as possible in Melbourne to private residences with tennis courts.

Djokovic's requests were refused by Victorian hierarchy.

"In the case of Novak, he wrote a note, these weren't demands, they were suggestions," Tiley said.

"But he too is understanding what two weeks of lockdown means ... every player coming down knew that if they were going to be close contacts or test positive that these were going to be the conditions."

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