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Disease detectives baffled by mystery COVID-19 cases behind tough new lockdown – Sydney Morning Herald

Victoria’s disease detectives are trying to trace the origin of almost 800 mystery coronavirus cases amid warnings the number will rise.

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Australian National University infectious diseases physician Sanjaya Senanayake is hopeful the harsh new lockdown will be the circuit breaker needed to stop the rising number of mystery cases.
“Even just one case by itself is a concern,” Professor Senanayake said. “So 700-odd is a real problem because it means there is a source of infection out there who is potentially, unknowingly infecting others as we speak.”
The higher the number of community cases, the less likely contact tracing was feas…

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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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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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Biden calls for nationwide mask mandate – Australian Associated Press

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Joe Biden is calling for a nationwide protective mask mandate, citing health experts’ predictions that it could save 40,000 lives in the US over the next three months.

“Wearing the mask is less about you contracting the virus,” Biden said. “It’s about preventing other people from getting sick.”

The Democratic presidential candidate also responded to those who push back against such mandates.

“This is America. Be a patriot. Protect your fellow…



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