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Tasmania records zero new cases for fourth consecutive day


One Australian state has just recorded its fourth consecutive day of no new coronavirus cases. But that doesn’t mean the war on the disease has been won, authorities warn.

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May 4, 2020 10:40PM

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Last updated May 5, 2020 4:26AM AEST

Tasmania’s total coronavirus tally has remained unchanged for the fourth day in a row after no new cases were recorded on Monday but the government is urging against complacency.

It comes as a deadly cluster in the northwest was brought under control, with schools and big retailers in the region allowed to reopen on Monday after additional restrictions that had been in place for about three weeks were lifted.

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Australia has now recorded more than 6800 cases of COVID-19, with 3036 in New South Wales, 1406 in Victoria, 1038 in Queensland, 438 in South Australia, 551 in Western Australia, 223 in Tasmania, 107 in the Australian Capital Territory and 29 in the Northern Territory.

The death toll stands at 96.

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Tasmania’s total coronavirus tally has remained unchanged for the fourth day in a row after no new cases were recorded on Monday but the government is urging against complacency.
Of the state’s 223 cases, 158 have recovered and the rest remain active.

The promising news comes as a deadly cluster in the northwest was brought under control, with schools and big retailers in the region allowed to reopen on Monday after additional restrictions that had been in place for about three weeks were lifted.
Authorities are, however, paying close attention to another cluster in the region at Circular Head, with 34 people in isolation.
The northwest outbreak has resulted in 12 of the state’s 13 coronavirus deaths. The state will detail a road map out of other coronavirus restrictions on Friday following the national cabinet meeting, but none of them will come before Mother’s Day on Sunday.
Premier Peter Gutwein announced Tasmania will only lift bans on aged care homes visits next week.
The state government had banned all visits to aged care homes in early April except for compassionate or end-of-life care.
The reopening of parks, beaches and reserves is also listed as a top priority. As part of the road map, testing will be doubled to 2000 per day.
– AAP


Megan Palin

Victoria has recorded a jump in coronavirus cases at the start of a crucial week of deliberations on relaxing social distancing restrictions. With its state of emergency set to expire on May 11, Victoria recorded 22 coronavirus cases on Monday that brought the state’s total tally to 1406. Of the 22 new cases, 19 were linked to an outbreak in a meat-processing plant, with a total of 34 cases linked to the cluster.
Cedar Meats confirmed the outbreak at its Brooklyn factory in Melbourne’s west after Victorian authorities declined to name it.
Both the company and the state’s chief health officer assured the public the meat from the factory was safe to eat.

Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said the facility began moving towards a shutdown when the outbreak was identified and is now closed. “It’s not a risk to the general community and it’s not going to get out of control,” he said on Monday.
All 350 onsite staff were tested for COVID-19 by May 1.
Meanwhile, Victoria continues on track to achieve 100,000 tests within two weeks, with 55,000 people tested so far, including 13,000 on Sunday alone. Whether Victoria will follow other states and lift restrictions after May 11 will depend heavily on the results of the blitz testing.
– AAP





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