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    COVID claims another dozen lives in the Illawarra Shoalhaven

    The Illawarra Shoalhaven has recorded its deadliest week of Coronavirus since late May with 12 people dying from COVID-19 in the week ending July 16. The virus has claimed 40 local lives over the…
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    Illawarra Shoalhaven experiences deadliest COVID week in almost two months

    The Illawarra Shoalhaven's COVID-19 death toll has hit 157 since the start of January with 10 more people dying from the virus in the week ending July 9. NSW Health data shows 35 people have died in…
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    Illawarra Shoalhaven COVID death toll climbs as third Omicron wave arrives

    COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 30 people in the Illawarra Shoalhaven in the four weeks to June 25. NSW Health data shows nine more people from across the Local Health District died from the virus…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…