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.
© Getty MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Pedestrians wearing masks outside Flinders Street station on September 25, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Victoria has recorded 14 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths in the past 24 hours. Metropolitan Melbourne remains under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, with people only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. The majority of retail businesses are also closed. Other Victorian regions are in stage 3 lockdown. The restrictions, which came into effect from 2 August, were introduced by the Victorian government as health authorities worked to respond to a second wave of community COVID-19 transmissions across the state. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
Victoria has recorded 13 more COVID - 19 deaths and 182 new cases as Melbourne remains subject to strict lockdown measures including an 8pm Victoria ' s COVID - 19 numbers for august 22. * 182 new cases. * 13 more deaths, taking the state toll to 398 and the national figure to 485.
Victoria has recorded 51 new COVID - 19 cases and seven more deaths, taking the state's death toll to 701 and the national figure to 788. Victoria ' s COVID - 19 numbers for september 10. * 51 new cases.
New local lockdown rules announced in parts of North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire
Parts of the North West, West Yorkshire and the Midlands have been placed under further localised coronavirus restrictions. The new measures, prompted by a fast rise in COVID-19 cases, have been confirmed by the Department for Health following consultation with local councils and MPs.
Victoria has recorded 43 new COVID - 19 cases and nine more deaths, taking the state's death toll to 710 and the national figure to 797. Victoria ' s COVID - 19 numbers for september 11. * 43 new cases, the eighth straight day in double digits.
Victoria has recorded 76 new COVID - 19 cases and 11 more deaths, taking the state's death toll to 661 and the national figure to 748. Victoria ' s COVID - 19 numbers for september 5. * 76 new cases.
VICTORIA'S COVID-19 NUMBERS FOR SEPTEMBER 25
* One death, taking the state's toll to 782 and national figure to 870
* The woman was aged in her 80s
* The death is linked to aged care
* 12 new cases, five linked to known outbreaks and seven under investigation
* 14-day rolling case average is 23.6 for Melbourne and 0.8 for regional Victoria
* Cases with an unknown source from September 10 to 23 are 31 for Melbourne and zero for regional Victoria
* 444 active cases in Victoria, including 10 in regional areas
* 53 people in hospital, with nine in ICU including five on ventilators
* 72 active cases involving healthcare workers
* 231 active cases linked to aged care
* Four active cases linked to disability accommodation, all are staff
Thousands fined for breaking 'unclear' lockdown rules, MPs warn
Britons are being fined for breaches of coronavirus lockdown regulations that are "unclear and ambiguous", a parliamentary committee has warned. The Joint Committee on Human Rights said it was "unacceptable" that "many thousands" were receiving fixed penalty notices (FPNs) despite evidence the police did not fully understand their powers.It added that the way regulations were being enforced by the police was having a "disproportionate impact" on young men from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.
Victoria ' s COVID - 19 numbers for august 29. * 94 new cases, the lowest number of daily diagnoses since July 5. * Victoria ' s death toll stands at 513 and the national figure is 600. * Latest deaths include a woman in her 60s, a woman and two men in their 70s, four women and five men in
Victoria has reported five COVID - 19 deaths, taking the state toll to 750 and the national figure to 837, with 45 new cases. Victoria ' s COVID - 19 numbers for september 18. * 5 deaths, taking the state's toll to 750 and national figure to 837. * All are aged-care related, two happened before Thursday.
* 4270 cases have an unknown source, up two from Friday
* About 2.65 million test results have been returned, an increase of 16,027 since Friday
* 82 fines in the past 24 hours, including 26 for curfew breaches, eight for failing to wear a face covering and 10 at vehicle checkpoints
* Stage four across metropolitan Melbourne, including a 9pm-5am curfew, 5km travel limit, two-hour outdoor exercise limit, widespread workforce shutdowns
* People in Melbourne who live alone can nominate a friend or family member to visit
* Measures in regional Victoria allow residents to leave home without restriction and all shops to reopen. Also allowed are outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, up to five visitors to a home, and an opening up of hospitality and entertainment venues with density limits
* Melbourne drivers who try to leave the city without a valid reason risk a $4957 fine. Melbourne residents can travel to regional Victoria for work.
10pm pub curfew comes into force in England - this is how the first night went
The first night of a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants has passed largely without incident in England - but some venues are warning that the absence of late-night drinkers could put their future into jeopardy. In London, there was a small police presence on the streets of Soho last night, but no problems were reported.Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick joined a patrol in Shoreditch, a fashionable area in the capital's east, to remind the public of the measures they need to follow to stop coronavirus from spreading.
Victoria has recorded 17 more COVID - 19 deaths and 208 new cases as Melbourne remains subject to strict lockdown measures including a curfew. Victoria ' s COVID - 19 numbers for august 23. * 208 new cases. * 17 more deaths, taking the state toll to 415 and the national figure to 502.
Victoria has reported 11 new cases of COVID - 19 , which is the lowest number of daily cases since June 16. Victoria ' s COVID - 19 numbers for september 21. * Two deaths, taking the state's toll to 763 and national figure to 851.
A sudden surge has been reported in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases from Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney. In a bid to control the outbreak, authorities announced on July 7 that Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in the state of Victoria will return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions for six weeks, from 11:59 p.m. on July 8. Wearing of face masks was made compulsory in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire starting 11:59 p.m. on July 22. A $200 fine will be charged from those who fail to do so. Starting Aug. 2, a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. was imposed in Melbourne. Additionally, metropolitan Melbourne was placed under Stage 4 restrictions starting from 6 p.m. on Aug. 2 and will continue till Sept. 28. Metropolitan Melbourne's lockdown restrictions were eased slightly from 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 13, with the curfew changed to 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. From 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 16, regional Victoria took the third step out of COVID-19 restrictions. On Sept. 26, Jenny Mikakos, the health minister for Victoria, resigned from her post over the bungled COVID-19 hotel quarantine scheme for which Premier Daniel Andrews partially blamed her.
'The buck stops with me': Victoria Health Minister resigns
Jenny Mikakos says she will step aside from her duties as minister and will also resign from the Parliament in the wake of the hotel quarantine inquiry.There had been mounting calls for her to step aside after her appearance at an inquiry into the program.
Victoria ' s coronavirus numbers for august 13: * 278 new cases, the lowest daily figure since July 20. * Eight new deaths, bringing the state's toll to 275 and the national figure to 361. Will Wearing A Face Mask For Covid - 19 Also Protect You From The Flu? HuffPost.
Victoria ' s COVID - 19 numbers for august 30. * 114 new cases. * 11 more deaths, including nine linked to aged care facilities. * Victoria ' s death toll stands at 524 and the national figure is 611. * Latest deaths include a man in his 70s, five women and one man in their 80s and three women and
Meanwhile, for the first time in a 100 years, the border between Victoria and NSW – two of the nation's most populous states – has been closed to curb the outbreak. Other states, too, have imposed border restrictions. In a National Cabinet meeting held on Sept. 4, all states except Western Australia agreed on a plan to open the borders by Christmas. Western Australia has stated that until the community transmission of COVID-19 ends along the east coast, its borders will remain closed to the rest of the country.
Here's a look at the ongoing situation in pictures.
(Pictured) Children play football in Queens Park in Sydney on Sept. 26.
A pedestrian walks along a street in the Docklands precinct in Melbourne on Sept. 25.
A closed sign is seen outside a pub in Melbourne on Sept. 25.
A pedestrian is seen walking his dog along a usually busy bridge connecting Flinders Street Station to Southbank in Melbourne on Sept. 25.
A relatively empty Wellington Parade is seen in Melbourne on Sept. 25.
A Qantas crew member checks passengers onboard a flight from Sydney to Adelaide at Sydney Airport on Sept. 24. Flights between the two cities resumed after the South Australian government's decision to lift COVID-19 travel restrictions for NSW residents. From Sept. 24, travelers from New South Wales are able to enter South Australia without having to go into a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
COVID-19 takes a toll on public transport, speed camera revenue in Qld
The lockdown in March dragged annual revenue down as people stayed home and avoided public transport.Queensland's public transport network recorded a drop in patronage of almost 20 per cent over the past year, costing more than $71 million in fare revenue.
Social distancing sign on the floor for passengers waiting to board a flight from Sydney to Adelaide at Sydney Airport on Sept. 24.
Passengers wait to board a flight from Sydney to Adelaide at Sydney Airport on Sept. 24.
Passengers and crew are seen onboard flight from Sydney to Adelaide at Sydney Airport on Sept. 24.
Mental Health Minister Martin Foley speaks during a press conference in Melbourne on Sept. 23.
Deputy Health Minister Allen Cheng speaks during a press conference in Melbourne on Sept. 23.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks during a press conference in Melbourne on Sept. 23.
A general view of an outdoor photography exhibition on healthcare workers in Melbourne on Sept. 22.
Police patrol the CBD in Melbourne on Sept. 21.
Greggs warns of tough times for 'foreseeable future' as it plans cuts
Greggs has warned that trading will remain "below normal for the foreseeable future" as it plans cost-cutting measures that could see jobs go. The high street bakery chain said sales were recovering but were still almost 25% below last year's levels in recent weeks, following an even tougher August.It confirmed that it had launched a consultation with employee and union representatives, first revealed earlier this month, but would seek "minimise the risk of job losses" by instead reducing hours in shops. Coventry, UK - November 3, 2018: Greggs is the largest bakery chain in the United Kingdom.
Two women, wearing face masks, carry their shopping bags in Melbourne on Sept. 21.
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A man with a suitcase waits for traffic before he crosses the street in Melbourne on Sept. 21.
A parking Inspector is seen relaxing in Melbourne on Sept. 21.
Two girls, wearing face masks, walk through Footscray Market in Melbourne on Sept. 20.
Police patrol through a shopping centre after an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Sept. 20.
Public Order Response Teams arrive at Chadstone Shopping Centre as they respond to a small group pf protesters in Melbourne on Sept. 20.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks at the daily briefing in Melbourne on Sept. 20.
Kids on scooters are seen enjoying the warm weather at Elwood Beach in Melbourne on Sept. 19.
Police patrol Elwood Beach during an anti-lockdown protest on Sept. 19.
A healthcare working in protective gear works at a COVID-19 testing facility in Melbourne on Sept. 18.
A general view of Melbourne on Sept. 18.
A deserted view of a shopping mall in Melbourne on Sept. 18.
An empty street in Melbourne on Sept. 18.
A COVID-19 testing facility in Melbourne on Sept. 18.
A woman passes a sign at Melbourne's Flinders Street station on Sept. 17.
Rain disrupts commuters at a road block in Little River, Geelong, on Sept. 17.
Restrictions signs for COVID-19 are displayed at the entrance to an exhibition titled Van Gogh Alive during a media preview at the Royal Hall of Industries in Sydney on Sept. 17.
A man pushes an empty trolley along a street in Melbourne on Sept. 17.
People are seen walking at the Eastern Beach in Geelong on Sept. 17. Regional Victoria has moved to step three in the state government's road map out of COVID-19 restrictions.
Diners are seen seated inside a restaurant in Geelong on Sept. 17.
People are seen in a small gathering in Geelong on Sept. 17.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian attends a press conference at Parliament House in Sydney on Sept. 16. Berejiklian said NSW is free of COVID-19 hotspots and the state is "holding the line well."
Locals wearing face masks walk along a beach in Melbourne on Sept. 14.
People enjoy a sunny day at Elwood Beach in Melbourne on Sept. 14.
A man wearing a mask walks past street art in Melbourne on Sept. 14.
Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton leaves after speaking to the media during a press conference in Melbourne on Sept. 14.
A man refuses to wear a mask issued to him by Victoria Police at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne on Sept. 13.
People walk near a sign that says "Stay Safe, Social Distance," in a park in the suburb of Rhodes in Sydney on Sept. 12.
A protester wears a face shield with an image of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on it as he speaks to police during an anti-lockdown rally in Melbourne on Sept. 12.
Police stand guard in front of the Shrine of Remembrance during an anti-lockdown rally in Melbourne on Sept. 12.
Australian Defence Force (ADF) troops disembark an Australian Air Force plane at Avalon Airport on Sept. 11. The ADF troops have been deployed to Victoria as part of Operation COVID-19 Assist, part of the Australia government's coronavirus response.
A staff member wipes down tables at the Opera Bar at Sydney Opera House on Sept. 10.
A couple takes a selfie in front of the Sydney Opera House on Sept. 10.
Women wearing masks are seen carrying coffee cups in Sydney on Sept 10.
Police continue to patrol Melbourne streets looking for anyone breaking the rules, on Sept. 9.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian speaks during a press conference in Sydney on Sept. 9.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference regarding the coronavirus pandemic at Parliament House in Canberra on Sept. 7.
A health and safety signage is seen inside a retail complex in Melbourne on Sept. 7.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews looks on during a press conference in Melbourne on Sept. 6.
People are seen enjoying the sun at St. Kilda beach in Melbourne on Sept. 6.
Police patrol a street in Melbourne on Sept. 6.
A woman wearing a mask walks past a wall mural in Melbourne on Sept. 6.
People wearing face masks out shopping in the CBD in Sydney on Sept. 5.
A man wears a face mask as he crosses George Street in Sydney on Sept. 5.
Protesters gather at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne on Sept. 5 as part of the anti-lockdown 'Freedom Day' protests planned at various locations in the city.
People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing clinic in the city centre in Sydney on Sept. 4.
A woman wearing face mask waits for a bus in front of real estate up for lease in the city centre of Sydney on Sept. 4.
Protective services officers patrol along the St. Kilda Beach in Melbourne on Sept. 3.
A woman runs near a sculpture of a dog enjoying a coffee, along the St. Kilda Beach on Sept. 3.
People exercise along the St. Kilda Beach on Sept. 3.
A pedestrian walks past a shop display in a deserted Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne's central business district on Sept. 2.
Medical personnel are seen at a COVID-19 drive-through testing centre at the Bondi Beach in Sydney on Sept. 2.
A protective services officer walks past a sculpture in Melbourne's central business district on Sept. 2.
Surfers leave the water near a public health order posting at Bondi Beach on Sept. 2.
A food delivery worker waits to cross the street in Melbourne's central business district on Sept. 2.
Police on horseback patrol Melbourne's central business district on Sept. 1.
People exercise in Docklands, Melbourne, on Aug. 31.
A man is seen running in Docklands on Aug. 31.
A digital display warning beachgoers regarding COVID-19 is seen at Bondi Beach in Sydney on Aug. 30.
A couple wear face masks as they enjoy the sun on the Yarra banks in Melbourne on Aug. 29.
A "temporarily closed" sign is seen at a restaurant in South Wharf, Melbourne, on Aug. 29.
People are seen wearing protective face masks at a train station in Sydney on Aug. 28.
A closed entrance to platform one of Flinders Street station in Melbourne during curfew on Aug. 27.
An empty intersection of Toorak Road and Chapel Street in Melbourne on Aug. 26.
People wearing face masks walk along the Albert Park Lake in Melbourne on Aug. 26.
A sewing teacher at the Social Studio makes masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in Melbourne on Aug. 26.
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