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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…
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    Victoria braces for Omicron COVID-19 spike

    Authorities are warning Victorians to brace for a "significant increase" in Omicron COVID-19 cases, but are going ahead with relaxing some of the state's mandatory vaccination rules. From 11.59pm on Wednesday, shoppers will no longer need to prove they are…
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    Qld to open to virus hotspots on Dec 13

    The Queensland border will open to interstate COVID-19 hotspots several days early as health authorities prepare for an influx of travellers from next Monday. The re-opening date had been slated for December 17, but it has been brought forward to December 13…
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    Health workers rush to get jabbed ahead of deadline

    Tasmania's Health Minister has declared 97 percent of workers in his sector have now met the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. That equates to 14,534 public health employees across the state who are jabbed, booked in to get the shot, or have an adequate exemption.…
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    Australia approves COVID-19 booster shot

    Aged care residents are expected to be the first people to receive a coronavirus vaccine booster shot after the medical regulator gave the green light. The Therapeutic Goods Administration on Wednesday gave provisional approval for Australians 18 and over to…
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    Vic on the fast track to COVID freedoms

    Victoria is on track to reach its next major vaccination target ahead of schedule as Melbourne prepares to exit lockdown, meaning more freedoms are fewer than two weeks away. The city will emerge from its sixth shutdown at 11:59pm on Thursday, five days…
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    Victoria ends lockdown five days early

    Victoria will end its sixth long-running lockdown five days earlier than planned, as the state races to its 70 per cent fully vaccinated target. Premier Daniel Andrews made the announcement on Sunday, saying now was the time for Victorians to celebrate. "As…
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    "Not out of the woods yet", 51 casual contacts of infected teen

    The number of casual contacts linked to the COVID-positive Launceston teenager who breached quarantine has risen to 51. "They're mostly people who were at the airport at the same time as the case, or at the IGA. Those numbers have come up a little bit since…
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    COVID case breached home quarantine without mask

    Investigations have revealed a COVID positive Launceston teenager left home quarantine without a mask to go to a local supermarket with his cousin. The IGA at Newnham between 2:20pm and 2:45pm on Saturday October 2 has been declared an exposure site. Anyone…
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    New Vic restrictions as Gutwein dismisses Flight Centre legal threat

    The Premier isn't fazed at threats of legal action from the Flight Centre boss about ongoing state border closures. Graham Turner has flagged suing lockout states including Tasmania if they don't reveal "reasonable" reopening plans in coming weeks Peter…
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    Vic roadmap unveiled, 7 day lockdown for Geelong

    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…
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    Regional Victoria exits COVID-19 lockdown

    A Lockdown will be lifted in regional Victoria, with the exception of the town of Shepparton which is still battling a coronavirus outbreak. The state has recorded 221 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, but most are in Melbourne. "Regional…
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    Virus 'ripping families apart': Syd nurse

    An intensive care nurse working in one of NSW's worst COVID-19 hotspots says the virus is "ripping families apart" and taking an enormous physical and emotional toll on healthcare workers. More than 870 COVID-19 patients are in hospital in NSW, with 143 in…
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    SA names sites linked to infected truckies

    South Australian authorities have identified petrol stations linked to truck drivers who travelled through three states in WA, before testing positive to COVID-19. The two drivers were tested as part of routine surveillance in NSW on Wednesday, but being…
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    Regional Victoria to return to lockdown

    Regional Victorians will re-enter lockdown at 1pm on Saturday as authorities scramble to contain a COVID-19 outbreak centred on the city of Shepparton. Victoria recorded 61 new locally acquired virus cases on Saturday, including 39 in the community while…
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    Launceston "clear" of COVID scare

    Tasmania's Director of Public Health says the coronavirus scare in Lauceston earlier this month is now well and truly behind us. A traveller from Sydney, who came without a border pass via Melbourne, tested positive in hotel quarantine at Peppers Seaport then…

South Aust posts spike in COVID-19 cases

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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 year and more than double the number of new infections from the previous day.

Mr Marshall said with the state entering the suppression phase of the disease, new infections could be expected every day.

"We've been pretty open and transparent about the way that we moved from the elimination strategy to the suppression strategy," he said.

"If you go back two months, we didn't want to have a single case of community transmission.

"We're at suppression now. We're going to have cases every day going forward. But it is still important we don't let it just run through our state."

The premier also reported there had been no positive cases detected in the state's Indigenous APY lands despite earlier concerns when COVID-19 was found in wastewater sampling.

SA Health said the new infections on Wednesday included 17 people who were fully vaccinated, three who were unvaccinated and five people whose vaccination status was unknown.

The new cases took the number of active infections to 92.

Mr Marshall said he remained convinced the government had done everything possible to be prepared for the rise in coronavirus cases.

However, the Labor opposition questioned the ability of contact tracers to keep up after new Adelaide exposure sites were revealed on Tuesday night, 10 days after the exposure occurred.

That meant some affected people were already beyond their one-week quarantine requirement.

"When there's repeated reports of contact tracing delays, at the same time as the government is trying to hire more staff, it shows the systems were not prepared," Opposition Health Spokesman Chris Picton said.

Mr Marshall said the release of the exposure sites remained the public health protocol, even if they were identified late, and there was still a requirement on people to get tested.

SA currently has multiple exposure sites with about 1400 people in quarantine.

But the state has reduced the quarantine period for returned international travellers from 14 to seven days.

At the same time, it will maintain testing rules for travellers, including the extra "speed bumps" for people from NSW, Victoria and the ACT, who must have a test before arriving and another on arrival.

Wednesday's infection spike also came amid a scare for 22 Adelaide nursing homes after it was confirmed two health workers who visited the sites had tested positive.

UnitingSA said three of its centres - at West Lakes, Seaton and Grange - were involved, with both West Lakes and Seaton closed to visitors.

Double-vaccinated visitors are still allowed at the Grange centre.

The organisation said an infected person came into contact with a very limited number of staff and residents.

"UnitingSA is pleased to advise that all residents who came into contact with the medical practitioner have returned negative test results as part of the initial round of testing," it said in a statement.

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Photo: South Australian Premier Steven Marshall (AAP Image/Kelly Barnes)

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