Australia Victoria records just 14 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours
Lancashire expected to be placed under tighter lockdown measures
Lancashire is to be the latest part of the UK to face strict coronavirus lockdown rules - with drastic new curbs being introduced this weekend, Sky News understands. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told senior MPs from the county that he will announce the clampdown in the morning and the rules will come into force on Saturday.The coronavirus restrictions, similar to those being introduced in North East England, will cover the whole of Lancashire with the exception of two thirds of the seaside resort of Blackpool.
Victoria has recorded just 14 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, marking the lowest overnight rise in three months.
An additional five people have died, taking the state's death toll to 762.
For metropolitan Melbourne, the 14-day rolling average has dropped to 36.2.
Just 52 active cases between September 4 and September 17 currently have an unknown source.
More protests planned
Anti-lockdown protesters are vowing to take to the streets of Melbourne for the second day in a row, despite 16 arrests yesterday.
Europe imposes fresh curbs as global cases top 30 million
Large parts of Europe on Friday geared up for broad new restrictions to stop the coronavirus and Israel became the first developed country to enforce a second nationwide shutdown, as infections worldwide topped the 30-million mark. Spain was set to unveil a raft of restrictions as officials in Madrid warned the capital had been overwhelmed by the virus and called for "decisive" action from central government. Santiago Usoz, a medic working at accident and emergency in Madrid's October 12 hospital, told AFP there was a lack of both beds and staff."Intensive care units are overwhelmed with Covid patients," he said.
The protests are expected to take place at 1pm today, but the location is yet to be announced.
It is believed the location will be released via an encrypted messaging app about half an hour before the protest kicks off.
People are urged to stay at home, as police are deployed at several locations across the CBD.
Police say they are frustrated and have labelled protesters as selfish for putting the lives of fellow Victorians at risk.
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Victoria records 14 new COVID-19 cases as easing of restrictions nears .
Victoria has recorded 14 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths in the past 24 hours, as the state moves closer to the easing of restrictions. The number of cases originating from an unknown source are down from Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services said on Friday morning. Despite the drop in cases Melbourne will not take 'massive steps' out of its lingering lockdown as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews moved to temper expectations ahead of a much-anticipated announcement on Sunday.