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New virus cases in northwest Tas cluster

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Tasmania's coronavirus tally has reached 200, with five new cases confirmed in the state's north west amid an outbreak in the region.

All of the cases are women, four aged in their 50s and one in their 80s, it was confirmed on Monday night.

The northwest has recorded 126 cases with at least 107 linked to the outbreak which has closed Burnie's public and private hospitals and infected 70 healthcare workers and 20 inpatients.

Health Minister Sarah Courtney has urged residents in the region to remain vigilant and call the public health hotline or their GP if they have symptoms.

Authorities are keeping close watch on the health of elderly residents at three aged care homes in the northwest.

All residents and staff, about 500 people in total, completed testing at the weekend after it was revealed a virus-infected worker worked shifts at the three facilities.

Just one resident, a 79-year-old woman at the Melaleuca Aged Care facility in East Devonport, returned a positive test but health authorities on Monday said people will be retested if they show virus symptoms.

Eight people have died from coronavirus in Tasmania, while 71 have recovered.

© AAP 2020

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