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    946 new cases, debate on restrictions

    The Premier is resisting calls to tighten up restrictions and mask rules in Tasmania, in response to the latest COVID numbers. Another 946 cases were reported in the latest 24-hour period, while 21 people are being treated specifically for the coronavirus in…
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    LGH pressure, no new COVID deaths

    Tasmania has recorded a second straight day without any COVID-related deaths. 899 new cases have been reported in the latest figures from Public Health, down from 913 on Tuesday. There are now 51 COVID-positive cases in hospital, but only 22 of them are being…
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    913 new cases, hospital numbers steady

    Tasmania has recorded 913 new cases of coronavirus, according to the latest figures from the Department of Health. It's an increase on yesterday's number of 723. No new COVID-related deaths have been reported in that 24-hour period, while 26 people are still…
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    Pandemic death toll up to 71

    A woman in her late 80s in the state's north is the latest Tasmanian to fall victim to coronavirus. Her death takes the overall number of pandemic fatalities here to 71. Public Health has recorded 723 new cases on Monday, with active infections now sitting…
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    New death, 1179 new cases

    Another Tasmanian has lost their life to COVID-19, taking the state's pandemic death toll to 67. Wednesday's update from the Department of Health showed 1179 new cases, down slightly from 1216 on Tuesday. The number of patients in hospital being treated…
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    Tas COVID toll rises to 56

    A man in his 70s has died with COVID-19 at the Royal Hobart Hospital, taking the state's pandemic toll to 56. 1078 new cases have been recorded, a slight decrease on yesterday. There are 50 COVID-positive patients in Tasmanian hospitals, 24 of those being…
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    New death, cases trend up

    Another Tasmanian has died from coronavirus, taking the state's pandemic toll to 55. Premier Jeremy Rockliff has confirmed a man in his late 70s has passed away at a residential aged care facility in the south. 1096 new cases were recorded in the latest daily…
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    Three new COVID-related deaths

    Tasmania's pandemic death toll has risen to 54. Three new COVID-related fatalities have been confirmed from the weekend in the latest figures from public health. "These persons, whose deaths were caused or contributed to by COVID-19, were two men and one…
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    Pandemic death toll up to 33

    Tasmania's pandemic death toll has risen to 33 on the death of a man aged in his 90s with coronavirus at the Royal Hobart Hospital. 1885 new cases were added to the state's tally in the latest figures from Public Health, with 1963 recovered and released from…
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    New death and highest infection rates in nation

    The Department of Health has revealed Tasmania has one of the highest per-capita rates of COVID infection in the country. 2408 new cases and a new death were recorded in Wednesday's numbers, taking the state's pandemic toll to 32. Health Minister Jeremy…
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    Daily cases remain inflated amid subvariant wave

    The state's daily COVID infection count remains high in the latest 24-hour reporting period. 1779 new cases were recorded across Tasmania and the active case count has surged further from around 8500 to 9105, the highest since the pandemic began. The number…
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    853 new cases, vax rules ease

    Tasmania has recorded 853 new cases of coronavirus in the latest data form Public Health. It's a similar figure to the previous day, while active infections are now up to nearly 4300. 12 people are in hospital with COVID, two more than yesterday, but only 3…
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    Free rapid tests for Vic childcare kids

    Children aged three to five will be able to take free rapid antigen tests, with Victoria expanding its voluntary school COVID-19 testing program to early childhood services. While Victorian primary and secondary students have been asked to take twice-weekly…
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    Vic to manufacture 50m rapid tests a year

    A manufacturing plant to produce rapid antigen tests will be set up in Melbourne, with the capacity to make 50 million of the sought-after test kits per year. RATs have been in scant supply in the state, with the lack of tests for COVID-19 leading to…
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    Omicron has peaked in some states: Hunt

    The health minister has declared the Omicron wave of COVID-19 cases has peaked in several jurisdictions. Greg Hunt said the peak of infections had passed in NSW, Victoria, the ACT and South Australia. It comes as Australia's leading advisory group on vaccines…
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    Back-to-school RATs for Tasmanian children

    Tasmania will give students a back-to-school pack containing two coronavirus rapid antigen tests as part of the plan for returning to the classroom on February 9. Students should only be tested if symptomatic and further rapid tests would be provided to…
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    Vic drops booster interval to three months

    Victorians can now get their COVID-19 booster shot sooner, with the government shortening the interval from the second dose down to three months at state hubs. The state recorded 20,769 new COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths on Wednesday, 10,726 from PCR tests and…
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    Restrictions return after Omicron surge

    Multiple states and territories have brought back in some pandemic restrictions in a bid to suppress the spread of the infectious Omicron variant. As case numbers continue to climb across the country, NSW has moved to suspend elective surgery, while singing…
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    New rules as Vic records 21,997 new cases

    Restrictions on the number of people allowed in cafes, bars and restaurants are returning to Victoria after the state recorded 21,997 new COVID-19 cases. Density limits will be reintroduced from Friday, Health Minister Martin Foley announced on Thursday. The…
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    South Aust posts spike in COVID-19 cases

    South Australia has reported 25 new COVID-19 cases, its highest daily figure for more than 18 months, amid concerns over delays in naming exposure sites. Premier Steven Marshall revealed the new cases on Wednesday, the highest daily number since April last…

Vic roadmap unveiled, 7 day lockdown for Geelong

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Melbourne's controversial curfew will be scrapped, with people able to travel up to 25 kilometres and have a beer outside the pub once 70 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

But the most substantial changes to the state's restrictions won't be made until 80 per cent of people are immunised, which is forecast to occur about November 5.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday unveiled Victoria's "cautious" roadmap out of lockdown, as the state recorded 507 new virus cases and another death, bringing the toll from the latest outbreak to 11.

He also announced Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire will enter a seven-day lockdown from 11.59pm on Sunday, meaning the regions will be under the same restrictions as Melbourne and Ballarat.

According to the roadmap, when 80 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 have received a single vaccine dose, outdoor tennis and golf can return.

Once 70 per cent of Victorians are double vaccinated, which is forecast for October 26,metropolitan Melbourne's 9pm-5am curfew will be lifted and the 10km travel limit will be increased to 25km.

Pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to open outdoors, with a limit of 50 fully vaccinated people.

Hairdressing can return for the fully vaccinated with a maximum of five people in a salon at a time.

Outdoor gatherings can increase to a maximum of 10 fully vaccinated people or five unvaccinated, while outdoor pools, community facilities and sport can return with a cap of 50 vaccinated people.

Outdoor religious gatherings can also take place for up to 50 vaccinated people and 20 unvaccinated, though for weddings only 10 unvaccinated people can attend.

Year 12 students can go back to face-to-face learning for the start of term four on October 6, with a staggered return of other years starting with Prep to Year 2s on October 18.

The remaining year levels will be able to return on October 26 but only Year 7 and Year 11s will be able to attend five days per week.

Once 80 per cent of eligible Victorians are vaccinated, retail, hairdressing and beauty services, and childcare can reopen for the fully-vaccinated, with strict density limits, and hospitality can return indoors.

People will be able to have private gatherings of up to 10 vaccinated people, while at Christmas it is expected that will increase to 30.

Late last week, about 120,000 doctors, nurses, paramedics and allied health workers urged the state government to prioritise the health system and its workforce over easing restrictions.

Through their unions, the health workers called for "accurate modelling" on expected ambulance demand, hospitalisations, intensive care patients and deaths.

Burnett Institute modelling commissioned by the Victorian government forecasts the state will reach a peak of between 1400 to 2900 daily COVID-19 cases between October 19 and 31, based on current numbers.

This would lead to a peak of between 1200 to 2500 Victorians requiring hospitalisation, including between 260 and 550 requiring an intensive care bed.

The modelling found a significant easing of restrictions once 80 per cent of people are fully vaccinated means an almost two-in-three chance of a second epidemic peak in mid-December, which would push hospitalisations over 2500.

High rates of symptomatic testing in vaccinated people would reduce the risk to a one-in-three chance.

The state government's roadmap out of lockdown goes further than the restrictions modelled.

As of Saturday, there more than 200 Victorians are in hospital with the virus, 56 in intensive care and 40 on ventilators to breathe.

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Photo: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews addresses the media during a press conference in Melbourne, Wednesday, September 15, 2021. (AAP Image/James Ross)

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