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    Centrelink income test threshold boosted

    Australians applying for welfare can now get support if their partner earns about $79,000, the prime minister has announced. Scott Morrison says the government has boosted the threshold from about $48,000, which would allow more Australians to receive support…
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    Rapid COVID-19 testing coming to Aust

    Pinprick blood tests that detect COVID-19 in just minutes are coming to Australia within days. Melbourne diagnostic company Endo X and ASX-listed biotech company Cellmid are among several companies that have signed import agreements with Chinese manufacturers…
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    Pet fostering as Qld RSPCA fears lockdown

    Thousands of Queenslanders are offering a foster home to animals big and small as the RSPCA faces a potential lockdown of its care centres. The charity is combing through more than 3000 foster caring applications as it races to find homes for its animals.…
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    NY state surpasses 1000 coronavirus deaths

    New York state has surpassed a grim milestone, with its death toll from the coronavirus outbreak climbing above 1000, less than a month after the disease was first detected in the state. New York City reported on Sunday night its toll had risen to 776. The…
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    First coronavirus death in Tasmania

    An elderly woman has become the first person to die from coronavirus in Tasmania, as the state introduces tough policing of social gathering restrictions. The woman, aged in her 80s, died on Monday morning in the North West Regional Hospital in Burnie. "I…
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    Country singer dies of virus complications

    This Aug. 22, 2018 file photo shows Joe Diffie at the 12th annual ACM Honors in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP, File) Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles such as…
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    Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

    The latest snapshot of COVID-19 cases, measures and impacts as of March 30, 0730 AEDT. LATEST NEWS ABOUT COVID-19: -- NUMBERS * Australian deaths: 16 (eight in NSW, four in Vic, two in WA, two in Qld). * Confirmed cases in Australia: 3984. * NSW remains the…
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    Italy's virus death toll rises by 756

    Doctors wear protective clothing as they carry out checks on citizens in Naples, Italy. IPA Milestone Italy's coronavirus figures have pointed to a decreasing number of new infections, even as health officials raise the death toll by 756 to 10,779, the…
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    UK virus lockdown likely to last months

    In this handout photo provided by Number 10 Downing Street, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson chairs the morning Covid-19 Meeting remotely after self-isolating after testing positive for the coronavirus, at 10 Downing Street, London, Saturday, March 28,…
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    Norway to carry out random virus tests

    Norwegian health authorities say they are set to start performing random coronavirus tests, following the experiment Iceland has done. Citing officials at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norwegian public broadcaster NRK said on Sunday that such…
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    "Toughest quarantine measures in the country"

    Premier of Tasmania Peter Gutwein speaking to media ahead of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in Sydney, Friday, March 13, 2020. (AAP Image/James Gourley) Any non-essential arrival in Tasmania - including those returning home - will be placed into…
  • (L-R) Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos, Northern Territory Health Minister Natasha Fyles,  Australian Government Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy and Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt speak to the media after a conference of the federal and state and Territory Health Ministers at a COAG meeting in Melbourne, Friday, February 28, 2020. (AAP Image/David Crosling) NO ARCHIVING

    Virus now outside Darwin raising concerns

    NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles (middle) confirmed today that the first Northern Territory residents outside Darwin to test positive for coronavirus have been recorded (AAP Image/David Crosling) The first Northern Territory residents outside Darwin to test…
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    Hand sanitiser thieves

    Police are investigating the theft of hand sanitiser from the Mersey Community Hospital. Around 7pm on Wednesday night, two women were seen leaving the Mersey Community Hospital with bottles of hand sanitiser. “A review of CCTV from the hospital shows two…
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    Returning Aussies to be locked in hotels

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has today announced that Australians returning from overseas as the coronavirus pandemic worsens will now be quarantined in hotels and other facilities for two weeks (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) Australians returning from overseas as…
  • Travellers queuing to check in for their flights at the Sydney International Airport, Sydney, Friday, March 27, 2020. The Australia Federal Government have introduced strict social distancing rules in an effort to contain the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.(AAP Image/James Gourley) NO ARCHIVING

    Sydney Airport urges caution to slow virus

    People at Sydney Airport have been urged to adhere to social distancing rules amid reports of chaos and shoulder-to-shoulder interaction (AAP Image/James Gourley) People at Sydney Airport have been urged to inhibit COVID-19 by being responsible and adhering…
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    Endangered pangolins could be virus hosts

    Pangolins should be considered as possible hosts of coronavirus, scientists have said. Researchers in Hong Kong and China claim to have found viruses in the scaly mammals which are closely related to the one responsible for the Covid-19 outbreak. The team…
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    Covid-19 could kill 81000 in US: analysis

    The coronavirus pandemic could kill more than 81,000 people in the United States in the next four months and may not subside until June, according to a data analysis done by the University of Washington School of Medicine. The number of hospitalised patients…
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    Students to be kept at home if possible

    Parents and carers are being told to keep their children away from school, if they're able to do so, from Monday March 30th. Premier Peter Gutwein announced the new recommendations today, saying for emergency service personel and others unable to supervise…
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    Pack your own bags, Coles tells shoppers

    Coles has told shoppers to pack their own groceries to limit the spread of coronavirus (AAP Image/Joel Carrett) Coles has told shoppers to pack their own groceries to limit the spread of coronavirus. The supermarket giant has written to customers with a new…
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    Hundreds report NSW isolation disobedience

    Hundreds of concerned people have been dobbing in their neighbours for flouting coronavirus restrictions, with NSW Police receiving about 600 calls in just two days. Police from Thursday were given the power to hand out on-the-spot fines of $1000 to…