12.45am BST

Still in Victoria, here is the link to the News Corp story I mentioned a couple of posts ago about a woman being “ripped out” of her car by police at a checkpoint.

It comes after the state premier, Daniel Andrews, said police checkpoints on key roads out of Melbourne could be bolstered to ensure that people are not leaving the city for regional areas ahead of the lifting of some restrictions in the country. The relaxation of rules would mean people could go out for a meal or visit a cafe.

“It may go to a new level to make sure that only those who absolutely need to be travelling into country Victoria are doing that,” he said.

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Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown

Victoria officially begins it’s “roadmap” out of the pandemic tomorrow, with Melbourne entering the “first step” on the multi-month plan to ease restrictions, writes my colleague Matilda Boseley.

A number of small changes will come into effect at midnight tonight in Australia’s second biggest city, including the curfew being pushed back from 8pm to 9pm.

Exercise time will also be extended to two hours. Previously only two people were allowed outside together, this has now reverted back to either a whole household or a maximum of two people from different households.

An anti-lockdown protester is led away by police in Melbourne on Saturday. Photograph: Erik Anderson/EPA

You will also technically be able to meet a person from another household outside for recreational reasons rather than just exercise. (Essentially you can sit on opposite ends of a park bench with a friend rather than just going for a walk).

Single parents and those living alone can also begin to visit their nominated households from tomorrow.

At the same time, regional Victoria will enter the “second step” where childcare and hairdressers will reopen, and retail can continue with density restrictions.

Five people form a maximum of two households will also now be allowed to meet outside from recreational reasons.

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12.20am BST

Australian diplomats have been sent to Heathrow in London to help stranded Australian citizens forced to camp at the airport until they can get a flight home.

Thousands are stuck overseas because the number of people allowed to enter Australia has been capped in order to manage quarantine arrangements.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, there are now more than 25,000 Australians overseas who have registered an intention to return home, but who cannot access flights due to the government’s strict international arrival caps.

Here’s the full story from my colleague Elias Visontay:

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12.10am BST

Young people in England – and maybe some older ones – have not universally heeded government warnings about not going out and partying in big groups ahead of the new restrictions on gatherings.

Pictures from Leicester Square in central London showed people in large groups enjoying the city’s nightlife.

People sing and dance as they watch a street performer in Leicester Square. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Here’s our story with that government warning:

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12.02am BST

Those latest figures from Victoria for the past 24 hours take the state’s death toll to 723 and the national count to 810 since the start of the pandemic.

The state capital, Melbourne, is still under hard lockdown but the restrictions could ease by the end of the month if cases continue to fall. Regional areas of the state are expected to ease its restrictions within days.

Police in Melbourne on Saturday. Photograph: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

They come after another day of protests in Melbourne on Saturday amid growing discontent with the curbs on normal life.

Premier Daniel Andrews said road checkpoints may be stepped up to make sure Melburnians don’t escape to the country.

On Sunday, News Corp media outlets released footage of a woman being dragged from her car by a police officer at a vehicle checkpoint about 45km north of Melbourne.

The footage suggests she had refused to give her name to the officer and was subsequently forcibly removed from the car after refusing to get out herself, saying she felt unsafe.

11.50pm BST

Victoria records 41 new cases and seven more deaths

The worst-hit Australian state has just released its daily coronavirus numbers.


#COVID19VicData for 13 September, 2020.
Yesterday there were 41 new cases reported and 7 lives lost. Our thoughts go out to all those affected.
More information will be available later today. pic.twitter.com/xylZ2wnfcp

September 12, 2020

11.49pm BST

Good morning/afternoon/evening wherever you are reading this latest edition of our coronavirus live coverage.

French health authorities reported 10,561 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, a new daily record as the number topped 10,000 for the first time.The latest daily count highlights a resurgence of the disease in France.
Victoria has recorded 41 new cases and seven deaths on Sunday. The Australian state continues to be in hard lockdown with Melbourne under nightly curfew.
Oxford University says clinical trials of its vaccine are to resume in the UK. Trials of the treatment under development with the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca halted last Sunday when a participant fell ill.
Daily coronavirus cases in Scotland have hit a four-month high, after a total of 221 people have tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours.
Oxygen supply has grown scarce in parts of India that are particularly hard-hit by coronavirus.
The Netherlands has reported 1,231 new cases of coronavirus, as well as one further death.
Athens has become the centre of what senior government officials are calling a “troubling” surge in cases in Greece.
In England, people have been urged not to have a “party weekend” before the government’s “rule of six” restrictions come into force on Monday.
Russia reported 5,488 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the tally to 1,057,362, the fourth largest in the world.

11.48pm BST

Victoria records 41 new cases and seven deaths

The worst-hit Australian state has released its latest daily figure for new cases.


#COVID19VicData for 13 September, 2020.
Yesterday there were 41 new cases reported and 7 lives lost. Our thoughts go out to all those affected.
More information will be available later today. pic.twitter.com/xylZ2wnfcp

September 12, 2020

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