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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

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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…

Vic border and visitor restrictions eased

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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 6pm on Friday, with the exception of Cumberland.

People travelling to Victoria from an orange zone will need to apply for a permit online, get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their arrival and isolate until they receive a negative result.

People from Cumberland will only be able to travel into Victoria if they have an exemption or essential worker permit, although Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton is confident the restrictions will change soon.

"The fact that you've got consecutive days with no new cases and the previous cases really being in known close contacts is all encouraging," he said.

"It might only be a matter of days before there's a change to that status."

Greater Brisbane and regional NSW, with the exception of Wollongong and the Blue Mountains, will shift from orange to green at 6pm, allowing for unrestricted travel.

From 11.59pm, the visitor cap in Victoria will also increase from 15 to 30.

The smaller limit on home gatherings had been introduced on New Year's Eve, as the state recorded a number of new cases linked to a Black Rock Thai restaurant.

The premier said the cluster has been "run to the ground".

The state recorded a 16th consecutive day without a new locally-acquired case on Friday, although Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa has tested positive in hotel quarantine.

"I'm feeling unwell and have some symptoms, but I'll try to recover as soon as possible listening to the doctors," the world No.67 tweeted.

"I've been taken to a health hotel to self-isolate and be monitored. Thanks for your support. We'll be back stronger."

It has been reported the 23-year-old travelled to Melbourne on the same flight from Abu Dhabi as the coach of US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, Sylvain Bruneau.

Bruneau was the first person on a tournament charter flight to test positive, with infections later detected on flights from Doha and Los Angeles.

The cases forced 72 players into hard lockdown, unable to leave their rooms for two weeks.

Badosa was among players who complained about the strict quarantine.

"At the beginning the rule was the positive section of the plane who was with that person had to quarantine. Not the whole plane," she wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted.

"Not fair to change the rules at the last moment. And to have to stay in a room with no windows and no air."

Professor Sutton said Badosa's infection "proved" the need for strict measures.

"You need to manage each and every case with a great deal of precaution," he said.

The health department on Friday confirmed there was a new case in hotel quarantine, but it is unclear if it is Badosa or another person.

There are 31 active cases in the state, three fewer than Thursday.

Meanwhile, Victoria will receive 1500 seasonal farm workers from the Pacific Islands, who will quarantine in Tasmania before travelling to the mainland.

The Tasmanian government has committed to the program for the first half of 2021, with the cost of the farm worker quarantine shared by the Victorian government and the agricultural industry.

In return, 330 Tasmanians who are stranded overseas will undergo 14-day quarantine in Victoria's hotel quarantine system, paid for by the Tasmanian government.

© AAP 2021

Photo: Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton (AAP Image/James Ross)

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