Victoria and NSW Covid lockdown protests: violent clashes as police arrest demonstrators | Victoria

Victoria police clashed with anti-lockdown protesters in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, as the Australian state recorded another 535 new coronavirus cases and one death.Around 1,000 protesters gathered in the north-eastern suburbs of Richmond and Hawthorne, forced to make a last-minute change of location after 2,000 police officers formed a “ring of steel” around the Melbourne … Read more

Victoria records 510 local COVID cases and one death ahead of slight ease in restrictions

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Victoria has recorded 510 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and one death, as the state prepares for a slight easing of restrictions.Key points:Of the new cases, 386 are yet to be linked to known outbreaksFully vaccinated people in Melbourne and Ballarat will get slightly more freedoms when restrictions ease tomorrowThe ninth COVID-19 death of the current … Read more

Victoria records 514 new COVID cases as state on cusp of vaccination milestone

Victoria records 514 new COVID cases as state on cusp of vaccination milestone

Victoria has recorded 514 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, as regional communities in the state transition in and out of lockdown.Contact tracers have linked just 148 of the new cases to known outbreaks.There were 61,961 test results received on Tuesday, and 41,758 doses of vaccine were administered at state-run sites.Around 68.3 per cent of Victorians … Read more

Victoria records 423 new COVID cases and two deaths, as public transport shutdown planned

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Police will suspend part of Melbourne’s public transport system for six hours on Saturday in an attempt to thwart planned anti-lockdown protests.Key points:The bulk of Victoria’s 423 new cases are not yet linked to existing outbreaksA roadmap will be unveiled on Sunday, detailing a plan to ease restrictions over the next few monthsUnion leaders say they … Read more

Live Breaking News: NSW, Victoria lockdown easing restrictions and rising Covid cases

Live Breaking News: NSW, Victoria lockdown easing restrictions and rising Covid cases

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a surprise eased restriction as a reward for NSW reaching a major vaccine milestone.Hello and welcome to Wednesday’s live Covid coverage.NSW hospitality leaders are calling on Premier Gladys Berejiklian to provide more guidance around the plan to reopen pubs and restaurants to vaccinated residents, with fears owners could be exposed … Read more

Victoria records 450 COVID cases as outbreaks in Melbourne’s north and west grow

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Victoria has recorded 450 new cases of COVID-19.Key points:Victoria has 2,793 active cases of COVID-19More than 1,000 exposure sites remain, including new sites in regional areas40 per cent of adults in the state have had two vaccine dosesThe positive cases were detected from 42,765 test results and contact tracers have only been able to link 75 to existing cases.Authorities … Read more