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COVID-19 curbs Kiwis returning home – Australian Associated Press

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Mounting pressure on New Zealand’s COVID-19 border regime has forced the government to ration places for Kiwis entering the country.

Jacinda Ardern’s government has struck a deal with Air New Zealand to limit international arrivals, given the strain on compulsory isolation facilities.

On Tuesday, Housing Minister Megan Woods said the bookings ban would initially run for three weeks.

The move will be contentious, as New Zealand’s Bill of Rights gives Kiwi…



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England resumes lockdown easing – Australian Associated Press

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered the reopening of the economy in England to resume as data showed a recent rise in COVID-19 infections had now levelled off.

The move highlights the government’s delicate balance between protecting the economy and preventing the virus’s spread, coming at the same time as the announcement of quarantine on arrivals from France and tougher penalties for those refusing to wear masks.

Last month, amid rising case…



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Swans youngster suspended for season, club fined for COVID-19 breach – The Age

Elijah Taylor has been banned for the rest of the AFL season with his club fined $50,000 – half of which is suspended – for breaching COVID-19 protocols.

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Though Taylor’s partner had completed her self-quarantine after arriving from NSW 14 days earlier she was not authorised to enter the resort under AFL protocols and the WA quarantine directions for the Swans.
The $25,000 fine will be included in the club’s soft cap for 2021 at a time when the league is looking to reduce football department spend in the wake of the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.
The Swans stood down club great Tadhg Kennelly this year after the AFL imposed a 37 per c…

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Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact – Australian Associated Press

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* Victoria recorded 372 new cases and 14 deaths on Friday, bringing its death toll to 289 and the national figure to 375.

* A man in his 20s became Australia’s youngest COVID-19 fatality. 

* Infections in Victorian aged care continue to rise, with 2034 active cases across 119 facilities from a total 7877 active cases statewide.

* Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton is confident the state has passed its second wave peak, with the effect of…



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