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Georgia state Sen. Brandon Beach. Photo: Georgia state Senate.

All Georgia state Senate members and employees have been "asked to self-quarantine" for 14 days after a senator tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the legislature confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

Details: Sen. Brandon Beach said he was tested Saturday after seeking medical attention for a cough and mild fever, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He turned up to vote Monday after feeling better, and his COVID-19 result came back Wednesday.

What they're saying: "The diagnosis I was given was not coronavirus, but I did get tested for it on Saturday," Beach said, per the Marietta Daily Journal. "With medication, I felt better by Monday and thought I was in the clear. Today, however, my test came back positive."

"For now, I’m at home. I continue to suffer from a fever and cough, but I’m following doctor’s orders, including the admonition to stay away from the hospital unless it becomes difficult to breathe. I know many Georgians are praying hard as we weather this crisis together, and frankly, I’d ask that they pray for me, as well as all the others in our state who are going through this right now — and those who soon will."
  • Fellow Republican and state Rep. Scot Turner expressed his anger at the situation in a Facebook post.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details, more context and to correct that Turner is a state representative, not a senator.

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Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne spent longer under lockdown than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.

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