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Tasmania reports 1129 new virus cases

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More than 500 Tasmanians already identified as COVID-19 cases, were told they were 'close contacts'. Photo: AAP
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Tasmania has recorded 1129 new coronavirus cases, a slight drop from 24 hours earlier, as the island state prepares to wind back mask restrictions.

Friday’s new infections come after 1167 on Thursday, 1109 on Wednesday, 1051 on Tuesday and 784 on Monday.

Documented active cases have risen to 6192, continuing an upward trend since a dip to 3033 in mid-February.

There are 16 people with the virus in hospital, with eight of those being treated for COVID-19. Four patients are in intensive care, a drop of one from Thursday.

Tasmania is removing mask requirements in several settings from 5pm on Friday, following the decision last week to drop the mandate for retail customers.

Masks will no longer be mandatory for customers in seated restaurants and cafes, at large outdoor events of more than 1000 people and in offices and workplaces.

The state has recorded 13 virus deaths since reopening borders in mid-December and 26 in total.