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  • Homebuilding

    Home builders boost

    Homeowners will be offered grants of up to $25,000 under a federal government plan to prop up the construction sector during the Covid-19 downturn. The "HomeBuilder" scheme is designed to help those building a new home or undertaking substantial renovations.…
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    Festival of Voices goes virtual

    Hobart's much-loved Festival of Voices is moving online for this year, as a result of coronavirus restrictions on gatherings. Jackie Wilson's 1967 classic 'Higher and Higher' will be used for The Big Sing, normally conducted around a campfire in Salamanca.…
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    Early mark on restrictions welcomed

    Peter Gutwein's early mark on easing Stage 2 restrictions from Friday afternoon is being broadly welcomed. The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry says businesses are breathing a sigh of relief at the news. "The Premier has listened to the business…
  • coronavirus update

    Hospital visits returning

    Restrictions on visitations at Tasmanian hospitals will be eased from Monday. It comes as the state notches up a 14th straight day of no new confirmed coronavirus cases, leaving our tally at 226 with only 6 active infections - 2 of those in hospital but not…
  • Coronavirus latest news2

    Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact - Wednesday 27 May 2020

    The latest snapshot of COVID-19 cases, measures and impacts as of 0730 AEST May 27. CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS * Australia has recorded 7133 cases. There are 478 active cases. SA has recorded its first case in three weeks while the ACT and NT have no active cases. *…
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    Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact - Tuesday 26 May 2020

    The latest snapshot of COVID-19 cases, measures and impacts as of 0730 AEST May 26. CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS * Australia has recorded 7118 cases. There are 485 active cases. SA, ACT and NT have no active cases. * The national death toll is 102 - NSW 50, Victoria…
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    Coronavirus milestone

    The number of active Covid-19 cases in Tasmania dropped back into the single figures for the first time since mid-March on Tuesday. Health department figures list 8 active cases remaining in Tasmania's northwest, after the north followed the south in…
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    WHO-led hydroxychloroquine trials halted

    Tests of hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19 patients have been halted following a recent report that the anti-malarial drug could increase the mortality in coronavirus patients, the World Health Organisation says. The tests were part of the WHO-led international…
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    NSW govt encourages COVID-19 testing

    The NSW government is urging anyone feeling unwell with even the mildest of symptoms to get tested for COVID-19 in an attempt to rapidly identify community transmission. Premier Gladys Berejiklian says early testing is crucial as people begin to move around…
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    Aussies stashing cash during pandemic

    Australians weren't just stockpiling toilet paper during the COVID-19 crisis - they have also been hoarding crisp new banknotes. While consumer spending has fallen after the panic-buying splurge in March, and many retailers are refusing cash payments for…
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    Cygnet Folk Festival cancelled

    Another major event in Tasmania has been cancelled due to coronavirus. Organisers of the Cygnet Folk Festival in the state's south say the 6000 attendees brought to the township every January posed an "unacceptable health risk". It was also thought the basic…
  • Coronavirus latest news2

    Expanded testing criteria

    Tasmania has now gone 8 days without recording a new case of coronavirus. As of 12pm Sunday, there were only 11 active cases across the state: 10 from the North West and 1 from the North. Nearly 25,000 COVID-19 tests have been carried out here, but the state…
  • Taste

    Taste hangs in the balance

    A decision is imminent on whether there'll be a one-off cancellation of the Taste of Tasmania. Due to doubts over the future for large gatherings because of coronavirus and crashing revenue, Hobart City Council staff advice is to drop the summer spectacle…
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    Roads to be upgraded in council funding boost

    Tasmanian councils will share in over $16 million from the federal government to upgrade local roads and infrastructure in the post-COVID-19 economy. Canberra is injecting $500 million into local government coffers as part of the new Local Road and Community…
  • Moneys

    New police fine powers

    Tasmania Police are now able to dish out on-the-spot fines for those flouting pandemic restrictions. Previously, flagrant offenders could only be arrested or issued with a court summons. Police, ADF and SES personnel have been busy conducting 13,400…
  • Coronavirus latest news2

    Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact 21/5/20

    The latest snapshot of COVID-19 cases, measures and impacts as of 0730 AEST on May 21. CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS * Australia has recorded 7079 cases, with only 635 active cases remaining. SA and the ACT have no active cases, the NT has one. * The national death…
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    Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact 20/5/20

    The latest snapshot of COVID-19 cases, measures and impacts as of 0730 AEST on May 20. CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS * Australia has recorded about 7068 cases, with under 700 active cases. * The national death toll is 100 - NSW 49, Victoria 18, Tasmania 13, WA 9,…
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    Regional NSW travel to recommence June 1

    NSW residents will be able to head to the state's regions for holidays in less than a fortnight under a relaxation of COVID-19 travel restrictions. Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday announced recreational regional travel within the state will be allowed…
  • money unsplash

    Qld govt cash splash to heal sick economy

    Queensland will spend billions of dollars to revive the state's ailing economy and get people back into work following the coronavirus lockdown. The stimulus package, including $400 million for roads, bridges and footpaths, was announced in Parliament House…
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    Infected children may be less contagious

    There are tentative signs children may not spread the novel coronavirus as much as adults, two top epidemiologists say. However they said the bad news was that human immunity may not last that long. As many countries start to return to work after lockdowns…