Tasmania records ninth COVID-19 death

A 79-year-old woman has become the ninth person to die of COVID-19 in Tasmania as the state records no new virus cases for the first time in a month.

Tasmania records ninth COVID-19 death

A ninth person has died from coronavirus in Tasmania, an elderly woman at a hospital in the state's north.

The 79-year-old, who was from the northwest, died in the Launceston General Hospital, Premier Peter Gutwein said on Friday morning.

"To the woman's family, friends, and loved ones - I'm sorry. I extend our condolences and sympathies to you all," he said.

The death has lifted the national COVID-19 toll to 77.

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Mr Gutwein announced that tough retail restrictions in the state's northwest, where an outbreak has shut two hospitals, would be extended for another week.

The constraints will now be in place until at least May 3.

It also mean schools in the northwest will be closed for the first four days of term two, which will resume elsewhere on April 28.

"It's not a decision that is taken lightly. I know many in the northwest will be unhappy about this," Mr Gutwein said.

"But we need to get on top of this. We need to stamp this out. We need to crush this virus."

There have been 205 confirmed virus cases in Tasmania, with 130 of those in the northwest.

For the first time this month, the state on Thursday recorded no new virus cases.

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Porsche driver accused of making vile comment as officer lay dying

An accused drug-driver allegedly told one of four police officers killed in a Melbourne freeway crash "amazing, absolutely amazing" as she groaned for help.

Porsche driver accused of making vile comment as officer lay dying

An accused drug-driver allegedly told one of four police officers killed in a Melbourne freeway crash "amazing, absolutely amazing" as she groaned for help.

Richard Pusey, 41, was pulled over for allegedly speeding at 140km/h and police say he tested positive to ice and cannabis on the Eastern Freeway on Wednesday.

He was urinating on the side of the freeway when a truck driver smashed into four officers impounding his Porsche 911.

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One of them, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, could be heard calling for help before Mr Pusey began filming the crash.

He allegedly walked up to her and said: "There you go. Amazing, absolutely amazing".

"All I wanted was to go home and have my sushi and now you've "f----- my f------ car," Mr Pusey allegedly said as Senior Constable Lynette Taylor continued to groan for help, the Melbourne Magistrates Court was told today.

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https://twitter.com/LanaMurphy/status/1253494991814418432Kevin King, Joshua Prestney, Lynette Taylor and Glen Humphris were all killed in the line of duty.

The officer and three of her colleagues, Senior Constable Kevin King and Constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney, died at the scene, with Mr Pusey allegedly running away.

He is accused of asking a witness for a ride to his home suburb of Fitzroy before being arrested the next day.

Mr Pusey did not apply for bail when he appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with offences including dangerous driving, reckless conduct endangering life, failing to render assistance, drug possession and the destruction of evidence.

The truck driver suffered a medical episode after the crash, blacked out and remains in hospital under police guard.

He remained unfit to be interviewed last night.

- reported with AAP

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