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Coronavirus Australia live news: Victorian lockdowns likely to be extended for weeks - The Australian

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews walks into the daily briefing on September5.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews walks into the daily briefing on September5.

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Welcome to our rolling coverage of the continuing coronavirus pandemic. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is set to reveal his road map out of lockdown today as new modelling suggests weeks of tough restrictions are still ahead for the state. It follows protests in Melbourne and Sydney yesterday that saw dozens arrested.

Agencies 7.30am: Batman halts production as leading man tests positive

Filming in Britain for the latest Batman movie has been halted after its star Robert Pattinson reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus, just days after shooting had resumed.

“A member of ‘The Batman’ production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols,” Warner Bros. said in a statement to AFP.

“Filming is temporarily paused.” The studio did not name the person infected or indicate when filming would resume.

British actor Robert Pattinson has tested postive to coronavirus.
British actor Robert Pattinson has tested postive to coronavirus.

However a number of Hollywood trade publications, including Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, said they had confirmed that 34-year-old Pattinson was the sick cast member.

Pattinson’s representative could not be immediately reached for comment. Production for the new film — a dark, detective-style mystery take on the “Caped Crusader” — also had to shut down midway through production in March due to the pandemic.

Read the full story here.

Christine Kellett 7am: Hard lockdowns likely to be extended for weeks

Victoria will not be in a safe position to reopen by September 14, according to new modelling that points to up to six more weeks before restrictions are significantly eased.

The government had wanted to see daily case numbers drop to single digits before reopening the economy, the Herald Sun reports.

University of Melbourne modelling suggests case numbers will not be low enough for the government to safely lift restrictions without risking a third wave of the virus by Christmas, with cases on average halving every 18 days under stage four. On that trend, single-digit cases would not be a reality until November.

The government is due to release its road map out of lockdown later today.

Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday warned the government would only ease restrictions once the coronavirus second wave was “truly defeated”.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews walks into the daily briefing on September 5.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews walks into the daily briefing on September 5.

“To open up with those numbers would, of course, see the total number of coronavirus infections explode,” Mr Andrews said.

“It would see many, many hundreds, indeed thousands, of Victorians infected with this virus. So, as frustrating, as challenging as it is, we need to stay the course on this. That’s why tomorrow we will outline a road map to ease these important restrictions, to ease out of the second wave, once it’s appropriately and properly defeated. Truly defeated.”

READ MORE: ‘We can’t wait for virus to vanish’

Agencies 6.30am: Protests grip Italy over vaccination, masks

About 1,000 people demonstrated Saturday in the heart of Rome against the mandatory use of face masks for schoolchildren and compulsory vaccination for them.

More than 35,500 people have died in Italy -- one of the first countries in Europe to be hit. The country, where almost 276,000 cases have been reported, emerged in May from a strict two-month lockdown.

The crowd was composed of anti-vaccine activists and conspiracy theorists. “No masks, no social distancing,” a banner read. Others read “Personal freedom is inviolable” and “Long live liberty.” One protester carried a photo of Pope Francis with the word Satan written above it and the number 666 — considered a symbol of the devil.

People unfold a banner written in Italian and German as protesters from "No Mask" movements, Covid deniers movements, anti-5G movements and anti-vaccination movements gather for a protest against the government's health policy on September 5 in Rome. Picture: AFP
People unfold a banner written in Italian and German as protesters from "No Mask" movements, Covid deniers movements, anti-5G movements and anti-vaccination movements gather for a protest against the government's health policy on September 5 in Rome. Picture: AFP

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte reacted frostily saying: “More than 274,000 ill and 35,000 dead. Full stop.” He said there would be no new lockdown but only targeted confinements if needed.”

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Tom Whipple 6am: Russian vaccine passes early trials

Russia’s most advanced vaccine candidate has successfully passed its early stages of clinical trials, according to preliminary results.

Initial findings from a small study of 76 people showed that there were no severe side effects and the vaccine elicited an antibody response.

Vladimir Putin has promised to roll out the use of the country’s “Sputnik V” vaccine before any other country, claiming it as a victory in a global race to escape the pandemic.

Three weeks ago Mr Putin told a government meeting, when announcing the country was going to engage in mass vaccination: “This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin walks for a speech during the Moscow City Day celebrations on September 5.
Russian President Vladimir Putin walks for a speech during the Moscow City Day celebrations on September 5.

He added, “I know that it is quite effective, that it gives sustainable immunity.” At the time there was no published evidence of its efficacy.

The latest results, published in The Lancet, confirm that like several other vaccine candidates the Russian offering has cleared the early hurdles of human trials. The vaccine takes an approach similar to that used by the team at Oxford University, using a benign virus known as an adenovirus to transport coronavirus proteins into the body.

Read the full story here.

Courtney Walsh 12.35am: Swans respond to allegations against suspended player

First-year Sydney Swan Elijah Taylor at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Picture. Phil Hillyard
First-year Sydney Swan Elijah Taylor at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Picture. Phil Hillyard

Sydney has confirmed on Saturday night they are aware of assault allegations levelled against Swan Elijah Taylor on social media.

The Swans said they are taking the allegations made against Taylor by a woman seriously and have referred the matter to the AFL.

“The Sydney Swans are aware of allegations made on social media regarding first year player Elijah Taylor,” the statement reads.

The first year player is in Perth with his family while serving a suspension for a COVID-19 breach.

Read the full story here.

AFP 12.25am: More than a dozen anti-lockdown protesters arrested

Over a dozen anti-lockdown protesters were arrested on Saturday in Melbourne, as those deliberately flouting stay-at-home orders clashed with Australian police.

Ignoring official warnings and public health orders, several hundred people gathered at an illegal protest — promoted by several virus related conspiracy theory groups online — calling for an end to lockdown measures.

Police arrest a protester at the Albert Park Lake rally in Melbourne on Saturday. Picture: AFP
Police arrest a protester at the Albert Park Lake rally in Melbourne on Saturday. Picture: AFP

A huge police presence responded, arresting 17 as the crowd chanted “freedom” and “scam” towards lines of officers who repeatedly attempted to move people on.

Two protesters were seen raising their arms in a Nazi salute at officers and yelling “Heil Dan”, comparing the state of Victoria’s premier Daniel Andrews to Adolf Hitler, while standing on the forecourt of the Shrine of Remembrance — a war memorial which partly commemorates Australians killed fighting in World War II.

Demonstrators moved to a nearby park before being surrounded by police and eventually dispersing.

Officers said they issued 160 fines for breaching health orders and were expecting to hand out more in coming days.

Read the full story here.

Lee Hawkins 12.10am: Pandemic, air quality keeps New York City schools shut

The deal reached between New York City and the teachers union on a delayed reopening of schools still partly hinges on an issue that has been on the radar all summer: the coronavirus and air quality.

Ventilation, a complicated and potentially expensive issue, could create a barrier to reopening some city schools as inspection teams from the school district and the teachers union race to inspect buildings.

A mock outdoor lesson is held outside Patrick F. Daly public school in Brooklyn on behalf of New York City Schools. Picture: AFP
A mock outdoor lesson is held outside Patrick F. Daly public school in Brooklyn on behalf of New York City Schools. Picture: AFP

The United Federation of Teachers, which represents about 120,000 city Department of Education employees, deployed its own teams to inspect ventilation, fans and windows, mainly to double-check the DOE’s inspections. The DOE has already shut down some classrooms that it found unsafe, and the union said its involvement as a watchdog promises ventilation will be a key issue to reopening schools.

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Emily Ritchie, Rosie Lewis 12.05am: Road map reveals Victoria’s magic number

A leaked draft of Victoria’s road map out of lockdown suggests coronavirus restrictions will begin easing on September 14, with some of the first changes being lengthening exercise quotas to two hours and gradual increases in the number of people that can gather together outdoors.

The draft, seen by The Australian, details the different levels of lockdown (Stage 4 being the harshest and Stage 0 or ‘COVID Normal’ being the most relaxed) and outlines the thresholds for easing restrictions.

Pedestrians walks along a mostly-closed Swanston street during day one of the stage four lockdown in Melbourne. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Crosling
Pedestrians walks along a mostly-closed Swanston street during day one of the stage four lockdown in Melbourne. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Crosling

For the lockdown currently imposed on regional Victoria to be eased from Stage 3 (Stay at Home) to Stage 2 (Go Outside), the draft document says there would have to be an average daily increase in the number of COVID-19 cases over the past fortnight to be less than 5.

Under a summary of proposed lifting of restrictions, the document suggests two people or a household will be permitted to gather outside in Melbourne from September 14, single person or single-parent households will be permitted one house guest and exercise quotas will be lifted from one to two hours per day (split into a maximum of two sessions).

The changes on September 14 for regional Victoria would include additional exemptions to stay at home rules, including allowing up to five people from up to two houses to gather outside.

See the full story and draft here.

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