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COVID-19 death as ‘critical point’ in NSW, Victorian virus defence

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COVID-19 death as 'critical point' in NSW, Victorian virus defence

A man in his 90s has died of COVID-19 and Victoria has recorded 216 new cases, putting NSW health authorities on high alert during the first critical days of the border closure between the two states.

With COVID-19 hospitalisations expected to rise, the national medicines regulator approved the anti-viral drug remdesivir to treat seriously ill cases in Australia. People line up in their cars to be tested for coronavirus at the pop-up civic testing clinic at the Crossroads Hotel in Casula on Saturday morning.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer In Sydney’s south-east, cars queued at the entrance to the Crossroads Hotel car park in Casula, where healthcare workers at a pop-up clinic are swabbing locals in an attempt to contain a new cluster linked to the pub.

On Saturday Victoria recorded its second consecutive single-day increase of more than 200 positive test results, as the state contends with 1249 active COVID-19 cases.

Just 30 of the new cases were linked to known outbreaks and 186 were under investigation.

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The passing of a coronavirus-positive Victorian man takes Australia’s COVID-19 death toll to 107.

"This is not an ordinary weekend," Mr Andrews said, directing all Victorians not to leave their homes for reasons other than essential groceries, exercise, working, learning or care-giving.

"It is the simple stuff, the common sense, just doing the right thing, the smart thing. That’s how we will get to the other side of this," he said.Victorian hospitals are treating 49 COVID-19 patients, including 15 in intensive care units. Health authorities have repeatedly warned hospitalisations will worsen as case numbers continue to rise.On Saturday night, the Therapeutic Goods Administration approved the drug remdesivir as a COVID-19 treatment […]

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