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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…
  • coronavirus update

    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…

Back-to-school RATs for Tasmanian children

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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 schools to distribute as required, Premier Peter Gutwein said.

Students or teachers won't be considered a close contact and required to isolate if there are a "small number" of infections in a classroom.

If there are five or more cases in a classroom within a week, the scenario will be managed as an outbreak.

Students will still be required to abide by the household close contact rules, which require people to quarantine for seven days if they've visited the house of a case for more than four hours.

"The public health advice is really clear, and that is schools are safe. The best place for children to learn is in a school," Mr Gutwein told reporters.

Masks are mandatory for teachers and for high school students, but not for primary school students or in early education.

Lunch breaks will be staggered under the plan, which is in place for at least five weeks.

State Health Commander Kathrine Morgan-Wicks said it was "critically important" children have a least one vaccine dose before returning to school.

Some 4600 kids aged 12 to 15 are not vaccinated and 44 per cent of children aged 5 to 11 have not been booked in for a first dose, she said.

Deputy Public Health Director Scott McKeown said household and classroom close contacts are being managed differently because of different risk levels.

"When a single case, or a small number of cases, occur within a classroom, they will be identified," he said.

"The education department will inform the carers and parents of those children and any staff in that learning group of a case.

"They will be advised to monitor their child or their student or as a staff member very closely for symptoms and get tested ... if any develop."

Tasmania recorded 927 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with the number of people in intensive care increasing from two to three. Two of them are on ventilators.

Thirty-one people with the virus are in hospital, with 14 of those being treated specifically for virus symptoms.

An outbreak in a medical ward at Mersey Community Hospital in the state's northwest has forced the facility to move to level three of its COVID-19 management escalation plan.

The outbreak, described by health authorities as "contained", increased by one case on Thursday to 11 and includes nine patients and two staff

The medical ward is not admitting new patients and is not allowing visitors or transfers. Overnight elective surgery at the hospital will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Staff are being requested to reconsider taking leave and all non-critical meetings have been cancelled.

Tasmania has 6127 active infections, a drop from Wednesday's figure of 6323.

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