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TGA approves use of COVID drug remdesivir – Australian Associated Press

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The Therapeutic Goods Administration has given provisional approval to a drug that can improve the recovery time of the most seriously ill COVID-19 patients. 

The approval for remdesivir comes as Australia sees a sharp increase in coronavirus cases in Victoria, which has sparked fears the outbreak may spread across the country. 

Remdesivir has been provisionally approved for use in adults and adolescent patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms who have been…



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COVID-19 diagnosis shuts Sydney school – Australian Associated Press

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Another independent Catholic school in Sydney has been closed after a student tested positive to COVID-19.

St Vincent’s College in Potts Point will be closed on Friday for cleaning and to allow health authorities to contact trace after a student on Thursday tested positive to coronavirus.

It’s the third independent Catholic school to shut after being exposed to the virus with Our Lady of Mercy College in Parramatta closed until August 24 after three cases…



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UK to quarantine arrivals from France – Australian Associated Press

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Britain will impose a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France, the Netherlands, Malta and three other countries, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says, citing rising COVID-19 infection rates.

The British government, wary of a second wave of coronavirus, has been removing countries from its safe travel list during the past few weeks based on infection data.

“Data shows we need to remove France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos & Aruba from…



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Vic expands tests, ‘patient zero’ ID’d

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New COVID-19 testing sites will be opened in Victoria’s major regional centres as reports emerge over the identity of “patient zero” for the state’s deadly second wave.

The Age newspaper is reporting leaked emails identify a night duty manager at one of the quarantine hotels in Melbourne’s CBD reported coming down with coronavirus on May 25, presumably contracting it from a returned traveller.

The botched program that used private security guards has long been blamed for sparking the second…



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