LIVE: Health Minister makes important announcement

Refresh the page here to watch the livestream due to start at 12.15pm.From 4pm on Tuesday, Tasmania declared the state of South Australia as high risk, joining Victoria and New South Wales in being locked out of Tasmania due to increasing community-transmission cases of Covid.Around 3,000 people who have arrived in Tasmania from South Australia since July 8 will be required to wear a mask in public for 14 days after their arrival.As reported in today’s Mercury, the state government has ramped up its Covid vaccine promotion after increasing numbers of Tasmanians failed to keep the appointment for their second shots.Twenty-two weeks into vaccination program more than 279,000 doses have been administered: 143,000 in state clinics, 15,000 by the federal government program and 121,000 by general practitioners.Read more about this story here.Mercury digital subscription follow David Killick

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