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Australia says daily COVID-19 cases fall to three-month low

17 Sep 2020

SYDNEY Australia on Thursday reported its lowest one-day rise in new COVID-19 cases in nearly three months, as states said restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the virus will be further relaxed. | Video

Australia's COVID-19 hotspot on track for easing curbs, faces three lawsuits

16 Sep 2020

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE Australia's Victoria state on Wednesday said the daily rise in infections in its coronavirus hot spot of Melbourne has eased further, putting it on course to relax an extended hard lockdown in the city by the end of the month.

Australia proposes paying oil refiners billions to stay open

14 Sep 2020

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE Australia on Monday proposed offering incentives worth A$2.3 billion ($1.67 billion) over 10 years to keep the country's four remaining oil refineries open and said it would invest in building fuel storage as part of a long-term fuel security plan.

UPDATE 2-Australia proposes paying oil refiners billions to stay open

14 Sep 2020

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Australia state leaders defend COVID-19 curbs as cases ease

11 Sep 2020

SYDNEY Australia's state leaders on Friday defended regional shutdowns and internal border closures against increased federal government pressure for restrictive coronavirus measures to be lifted as new case numbers ease.

'Koala war' throws Australian state into political chaos

10 Sep 2020

SYDNEY A dispute over policies to protect koalas has split the governing coalition in the Australian state of New South Wales in a political drama dubbed the "koala war". | Video

Australia's government squabbles with states over easing restrictions as virus cases decline

10 Sep 2020

SYDNEY Australia's conservative government clashed with state lawmakers on Thursday over how fast to relax social distancing restrictions, as the number of new COVID-19 cases showed a steady decline.

Australia says not worried about AstraZeneca's suspension of COVID vaccine trials

09 Sep 2020

SYDNEY AstraZeneca Plc's suspension of its COVID-19 vaccine trials after a participant's unexplained illness did not mean the vaccine had been scrapped and showed safety standards were being adhered to, Australia's deputy chief medical officer said on Wednesday.

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