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Australia reinstates COVID-19 restrictions in Sydney after new ‘mysterious’ case

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

Australian officials reinstated social distancing measures in Sydney as New Zealand partially suspended the pair’s “travel bubble” on Thursday, amid fears an Indian variant case of COVID-19 could spur a significant outbreak. The swift action was taken a day after a 50-year-old man became the first reported local transmission …

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Growing COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open travel force players into quarantine – National

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Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has ruled out any change in the best-of-five set format for men’s singles matches at the season-opening tennis major as three more COVID-19 cases were reported among the international arrivals for the tournament. There are 72 players now in hard quarantine and unable …

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Sydney awaiting news on whether New Years parties will be allowed – National

Sydney awaiting news on whether New Years parties will be allowed - National

Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak continued on Sunday with more than a quarter-million people in lockdown as Australia’s largest city awaited word on whether any public New Year’s Eve celebrations will be allowed. Seven cases of the new coronavirus were reported in New South Wales state, six linked directly to the …

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Australia COVID-19 hotspot goes 28 days infection-free after long lockdown – National

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Australia’s second-largest state, Victoria, once the country’s COVID-19 hotspot, said on Friday it has gone 28 days without detecting any new infections, a benchmark widely cited as eliminating the virus from the community. The state also has zero active cases after the last COVID-19 patient was discharged from hospital …

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South Australia lockdown caused by ‘lie’ about pizza, will soon be lifted – National

South Australia lockdown caused by ‘lie’ about pizza, will soon be lifted - National

South Australia’s drastic six-day lockdown was triggered by a “lie” to contact tracers from a single individual and restrictions across the state would now be lifted much sooner than first planned, authorities said on Friday. The shock announcement came just two days after the state government ordered people to …

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After 111 days, Australia’s second-largest city relaxes coronavirus lockdown – National

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Coffee business owner Darren Silverman pulled his van over and wept when he heard on the radio that Melbourne’s coronavirus pandemic lockdown would be largely lifted on Wednesday after 111 days. Silverman was making a home delivery Monday when the announcement was made that restrictions in Australia’s second-largest city …

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Australia allows flights from New Zealand without quarantine as coronavirus cases fall – National

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Hundreds of New Zealand plane passengers started arriving in Sydney on Friday as part of a new trans-Tasman travel bubble amid a rapidly falling growth rate in cases at the epicentre of Australia’s coronavirus outbreak. In a tentative re-opening to international tourism, travellers on the approved flights won’t be …

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Coronavirus can survive up to 28 days on some surfaces — but heat makes a difference: study – National

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The novel coronavirus can survive for up to 28 days on common surfaces such as glass, stainless steel and banknotes, an Australian government research agency has found. The study said the items — chosen for their prevalence in public areas, such as hospital rooms and public transport, as well …

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Australia to allow more citizens abroad to return as coronavirus cases ease again – National

Australia to allow more citizens abroad to return as coronavirus cases ease again - National

Australia said on Friday it would increase the number of citizens allowed to return home each week to 6,000 as it manages to get new COVID-19 infections under control. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the cap on the number of people allowed into Australia each week would increase by …

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Australia expects to receive doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine early next year – National

Australia expects to receive doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine early next year - National

SYDNEY- Australia expects to receive its first batches of a potential COVID-19 vaccine in January, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, as the number of new daily infections in the country’s virus hotspot fell to a 10-week low. Morrison said his government has struck a deal with CSL …

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