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WA records 2 past cases, changes reporting – Australian Associated Press

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Western Australia has reported two historical coronavirus cases and announced such cases will no longer be part of the state’s total. 

Historical cases are people who contracted COVID-19 in the past and who have fully recovered, posing no infection threat to the community.

The WA Department of Health on Saturday said the two latest historical cases, revealed through blood tests, brought the state’s overall cases to 668. 

Of these, 28 are historical and…



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Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact – Australian Associated Press

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LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

* Victoria recorded 322 new cases on Monday, the lowest daily number since July 29.

* However, the state also recorded 19 new deaths, bringing the state’s toll to 228 and the national figure to 313. It was Australia’s deadliest day of the pandemic.

* The latest deaths include one man in his 50s, one woman in her 60s, two men in their 70s, one man and six women in their 80s, and one man and seven women in their 90s.

* Fourteen of…



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Study to examine long-term virus recovery – Australian Associated Press

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New research led by an ICU specialist working at the epicentre of the Victorian outbreak will examine how Australia’s most seriously-ill COVID-19 cases recover from the virus long-term.

While most patients fully recover, there is concern over the growing number of patients whose serious health symptoms persist long after they have been discharged from hospital.

Carol Hodgson, a Monash University professor and ICU physiotherapist at Melbourne’s Alfred…



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Virus ‘starkly exposed’ aged care flaws – Australian Associated Press

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Federal heath authorities failed to develop a coronavirus plan for aged care homes, with the pandemic leaving flaws in the sector “starkly exposed”, a royal commission has been told. 

Australia’s virus aged care death rate is among the highest in the world, at 68 per cent, counsel assisting the commission Peter Rozen QC said on Monday.

As of Sunday, 203 of the nation’s almost 300 deaths had been in aged care. 

He said while much had been done to…



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