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Coronavirus origin investigated by WHO led team in China – 7NEWS.com.au

Experts are investigating the origins of the novel coronavirus which sparked the global pandemic.

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An advance team from the World Health Organisation has left for China to organise an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus which sparked the global pandemic, a spokeswoman says.
The virus is believed to have emerged in a wholesale market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, since then closed, after jumping the species barrier from the animal kingdom to infect humans.
The two WHO experts, specialists in animal health and epidemiology, will work with Chinese scientists to determine the scope and itinerary of the investigation, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said, declining to name them.
They have gone, they are in the air now, they are the advance party that is to work out the scope, she told a briefing.
This would involve negotiations on issues including the composition of the full team, she added.
One of the big issues that everybody is interested in, and of course thats why were sending an animal health expert, is to look at whether or not it jumped from species to a human and what species it jumped from, Harris said.
We know its very, very similar to the virus in the bat, but did it go through an intermediate species? This is a question we all need answered, she said.

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Hospital worker among 10 NSW virus cases – Australian Associated Press

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A healthcare worker at a northern Sydney hospital has been diagnosed with COVID-19 after working a full shift in the emergency department.

The Hornsby Hospital staffer worked on August 6 from 11am to midnight while infectious, the Northern Sydney Local Health District said in a statement on Saturday night, but was wearing a mask at all times while in contact with patients.

The worker was asymptomatic at the time but became unwell after their shift.

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Cormann wants budget focus on tax settings – Australian Associated Press

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Company tax cuts could again be on the agenda when the federal government hands down its delayed budget on October 6.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says he will continue to focus on making it easier for businesses “to survive, to be viable, to be profitable” in what will be his final budget input before he retires from politics at the end of the year.

“That will include a focus on the appropriate tax policy settings,” Senator Cormann told ABC…



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Almost 270 fined for Vic virus breaches – Australian Associated Press

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Almost 270 Victorians have been fined for breaching coronavirus restrictions, including a man helping a friend to move a TV across Melbourne.

Victoria Police issued a total of 268 fines to individuals, including 77 for curfew breaches, 38 for failing to wear a face mask when leaving home and 13 for vehicle checkpoint violations.

One case involved a man who told police he was helping a friend move a television some 27 kilometres from Doncaster East to…



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