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Banned care provider 'gone' in SA: premier

A care provider in South Australia "is gone" after being shut down by authorities over the death of cerebral palsy sufferer Ann Marie Smith, Premier Steven Marshall says.

Regional Vic set for virus testing blitz

Victoria will embark on a testing blitz to combat a worrying trend of new coronavirus cases in regional cities and avoid a potential move to stage four lockdown.

Uniting workers to be back-paid $3.3m

More than 9500 aged care and disability support workers will be back-paid $3.3 million after one of NSW's biggest providers admitted underpaying them over seven years.

NZ lockdown threatens trans-Tasman clashes

COVID-19 restrictions have disrupted New Zealand's national rugby and netball competitions, underlining how the health crisis could yet affect trans-Tasman fixtures.

Aged home residents 'second class people'

Aged care staff on the coronavirus front line are battling grief and personal protective equipment shortages while residents are treated as second-class citizens, a royal commission has heard.

Auckland locked down as COVID hunt begins

As Auckland returned to lockdown, New Zealand's "rapid response" contact tracing swung into gear in a mad dash to contain the country's first COVID-19 outbreak in three months.

War of words rages over hotel quarantine

Victoria has recorded another 21 coronavirus deaths as the state and federal governments play tit-for-tat over defence force assistance for hotel quarantine.