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    SA to get first AstraZeneca virus vaccines -sharenews

    South Australians will be the first in the nation to get the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine option. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed the batches that arrived from overseas recently have been tested and given the tick of approval. They are being…
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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…

Exposure sites key to ending Vic lockdown -sharenews

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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 World at Broadmeadows and the fruit and meat section of Broadmeadows Central shopping centre, both in Melbourne's north.

Anyone who has visited the first site between 12.15pm and 1.15pm on Tuesday February 9 has been told to isolate and get tested.

Anyone who visited the second site between 12.30pm and 1pm on the same day is being told to monitor for symptoms.

Authorities are yet to rule out an extension to the shutdown due to end on Wednesday after Melbourne's Holiday Inn hotel outbreak grew to 17 cases on Monday.

With the state now more than halfway through the lockdown, Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton is waiting to see more data.

He concedes further cases stemming from the Melbourne Airport quarantine hotel cluster are reasonably likely to arise in the coming days.

But he indicated they won't necessarily sink Victoria's chances if they are linked to the more than 3000 Victorians who are contacts of confirmed cases and are now isolating.

"We're hoping that all of those would occur in people that have already been identified, already been quarantined and would not generate any more exposure sites," Prof Sutton said on Monday.

"That's the critical thing. We don't want new cases to emerge where we hear that they've been to multiple public areas or gatherings.

"That's, in essence, the reason for this five-day short, sharp lockdown."

Premier Daniel Andrews says while he's not yet in a position to confirm the lockdown will end as planned on Wednesday the state was "well placed".

"However, I've never been one to try and make bold predictions. We just have to take this one hour at a time, one day at a time," he said on Monday.

Meanwhile, about 150 people have been identified as close contacts of a woman who attended a function at a Coburg venue with an infectious hotel quarantine worker on February 6.

A psychiatric unit at The Alfred hospital and psychiatric wards at Broadmeadows Hospital and the Northern Hospital in Epping, where the woman worked, have been locked down.

Her close contacts across the three hospitals, including a "small number" of patients, have been tested and will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

The woman's three-year-old child also attended the event and has since tested positive.

The child attended Glenroy Central Kinder and Goodstart Early Learning Centre in Glenroy for three days last week.

More than 100 close contacts have been identified and a dedicated testing site has been set up at one of the facilities.

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