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(AUSTRALIA) Melbourne Magistrates Court Report: Man faces court over the murder of Maryam Hamka in Brighton on Apr.11: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.28: A man has faced court over the murder of Melbourne woman Maryam Hamka: Ms Hamka, 36, was last seen on April 10 as she was leaving a supermarket on Albert Street, Brunswick at 5:30pm: Her family reported her missing five days later……

#AceNewsDesk reports that a man faces court over the murder of Melbourne woman Maryam Hamka: Toby Loughnane, 41, from Brighton, faced a short hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, charged with murder: Court documents show Mr Loughnane is accused of murdering Ms Hamka in Brighton on April 11.

Missing woman Maryam Hamka
Maryam Hamka was reported missing five days after she was last seen.(Supplied: Victoria Police)

The court heard Mr Loughnane is charged with separate family violence offences against Ms Hamka, which his lawyer, Sam Norton, described as “serious allegations of violence”.

He said those charges “have a nasty element to them”.

Mr Norton applied for those charges to be suppressed, but the request was denied.

Mr Loughnane did not apply for bail and is due back in court in December.

Missing Person Squad detectives on Wednesday have charged a man following the suspicious disappearance of Brunswick woman Maryam Hamka.

A 41-year-old Brighton man has been charged with one count of murder.

He will face Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 27 August.

Maryam was last seen leaving a Woolworths store in Albert Street, Brunswick at 5.30pm on Saturday 10 April.

She is described as being 165cm tall, with a thin build and long black hair, brown eyes and an olive complexion.

The 36-year-old was last seen wearing a black dress and had told family she was intending to visit a friend in Brighton.

Maryam was reported missing to police on the Thursday 15 April.

She is yet to be located and the investigation remains ongoing.

Police are also continuing to appeal for information in relation to a red 2015 Mazda 3 hatchback with distinctive damage to the front left guard.

The vehicle has been seized by investigators, however police are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the car between Tuesday, 13 April through to Thursday, 15 April 2021.

Investigators believe that during this period, the vehicle made a number of trips to and from the Brighton area and was being driven by a sole male occupant during this time.

An image of a similar vehicle, as well as photos of Maryam, have also been re-released.

Detectives are appealing to anyone with information about the vehicle or regarding Maryam’s whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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Reviewed 25 August 2021

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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Report: MELBOURNE: The Prime Minister has warned state and territory leaders they must not be afraid of #COVID19 cases rising once enough of the population is vaccinated against the virus #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.24: But the growing outbreak in Sydney has some leaders concerned, and they say even once that target is reached, they may continue to use lockdowns as a tool to suppress the growth of #COVID19 cases.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says Federal, state and territory governments agreed to a national plan last month to begin reopening the country and end large-scale lockdowns once 80 per cent of the eligible population was vaccinated.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the states must be prepared to allow COVID-19 cases to rise.

“Once you get to 70 per cent of your country that is eligible for the vaccine and 80 per cent, the plan sets out that we have to move forward, we cannot hold back,” he said.

“We must adjust our mindset. Cases will not be the issue … dealing with serious illness, hospitalisation, ICU capabilities, our ability to respond in those circumstances, that will be our goal.”

Mr Morrison said the scientific modelling provided to government suggested lockdowns did more harm than good once vaccination goals were reached.

However, he stopped short of setting a ‘freedom day’ similar to the UK.

“A day is not going to change it — 70 per cent is going to change it, 80 per cent is going to change it. That is the day you get to.”

WA Premier calls for new vaccine target modelling after Sydney outbreak

WA Premier Mark McGowan has been one of the most vocal leaders reserving his right to continue lockdowns even once agreed vaccination targets are reached.Sydney divided in COVID-19 lockdown Sydney’s second lockdown has widened the gap between those who struggle and those who don’t. It’s a tough reality for a city being told “we’re all in it together”.Read more

“We still reserve the right to lock down in specific locations if absolutely necessary,” he said following the national agreement.

He is also one of several leaders who has expressed a desire to continue pursuing zero COVID cases, even with 80 per cent of the country vaccinated.

Responding to the Prime Minister’s comments this morning, Mr McGowan said his approach was in line with the national plan, which allowed for targeted lockdowns.

“We still agree with the plan,” he said.

But he said the modelling that established the 70 and 80 per cent vaccination targets was out of date, and needed to be updated following Sydney’s outbreak.

“There’s thousands if not tens of thousands of cases out there and so therefore the modelling needs to be redone,” he said.

Modelling not out of date, expert says

The director of the Doherty Institute, which did the modelling for the vaccination targets, said even with a larger outbreak, the targets remain unchanged.

But Sharon Lewin acknowledged more people would die from COVID-19 if states and territories began to ease restrictions and open up while they still had high case numbers.

The modelling found that if restrictions were eased when 70 per cent of the population was vaccinated, 16 people would die from the disease within six months if testing and tracing was also maintained.

“If you open up with more cases, you reach that peak quicker,” she said.

“If you open up at tens of cases versus hundreds of cases, we will reach many, many cases of COVID, hundreds of thousands of cases, and some deaths, similar to what we would see with flu … meaning hundreds of deaths over a six month period.

“What we’re trying to avoid are thousands of deaths, or tens of thousands of deaths.”

NSW, meanwhile, is mulling easing restrictions as it approaches 6 million vaccinations across the state.Here’s what will change once the vaccine targets are metThe Prime Minister says 70 per cent of eligible Australians will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the country to begin reopening and returning to normal, and 80 per cent to end lockdowns.Read more

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the focus needed to shift from fluctuating case numbers toward vaccination rates.

Mr Morrison said it was “highly unlikely” Australia could ever return to ‘COVID-zero’.

Professor Lewin also said the original modelling did take into consideration the Delta strain and the impact of vaccinating children aged 12 to 15.

“The modelling looked specifically at the benefits on transmission and on hospitalisations and deaths of targeting adults in the range of 16 to 39-year-olds,” she said.

“[Vaccination rates] had a very significant impact in reducing transmission, hospitalisations and deaths by getting higher rates in that group.

“The additional benefit from vaccination of 12 to 15-year-olds was much lower. That doesn’t mean there’s no vaccination of that group, but that can come later and it won’t make a big difference to the modelling based on vaccinating eligible adults.”

Financial support on the line for states that break agreement

The Prime Minister said the country must be prepared to live with COVID-19 as it lives with other infectious diseases.

“We should not fear it, we should embrace it and we should move forward together,” he said.

The government has warned it will not continue to provide the same levels of financial support to states and territories if they continue to lockdown once vaccination targets are reached.

Earlier on Monday, government frontbencher Amanda Stoker said financial support was being made in good faith but that might not continue if states refused to honour the national plan.

“I think it’s fair to say that the Prime Minister and the federal government have played a really cooperative, Team Australia kind of approach to dealing with this problem,” Ms Stoker said.

“That is something that won’t be able to be sustained if the states aren’t acting in the interests of Australians.”

Ms Stoker said anti-lockdown protests at the weekend were evidence Australians were growing tired of heavy restrictions and wanted a pathway out.

Shadow health minister Mark Butler criticised the government’s threat to remove funding from states that break from the national agreement.

“The Australian people want our nation’s leaders to come to a plan which all of us can agree,” he said.

“It’s not going to help to have Scott Morrison sending his ministers out, threatening the Australian people with a withdrawal of support.”

30 per cent of Australians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Report: Cases rise across the states as NSW records 830, with Victoria 65, and ACT records 19 as numbers keep rising see details for your area below #AceHealthDesk report

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says #COVID19 Latest News: NSW records its worst day of the COVID-19 pandemic so far against a backdrop of curfews, police and protests with 830 new local cases, Victoria records 65 cases so if you want tokeep upto date with all the coronavirus case numbers updates check back here ….

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New South Wales has recorded 830 new cases with at least 69 people were in the community during their infectious periods and Health Minister Brad Hazzard confirmed three more COVID-related deaths.

A man in his 60s died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, a man in his 80s also died, and a woman aged in her 80s died at Wollongong Hospital: NSW has delivered 750,000 doses of the vaccine in the past seven days.

Another 65 cases for locked-down Victoria as the numbers include 21 cases in the Shepparton area as the Shepparton outbreak sparked the lockdown of regional Victoria yesterday afternoon.

The new cases were identified from 44,147 test results received yesterday.

Fifty-five of the new cases are linked, 10 are under investigation.

There were 26,149 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites.

Zero-case day in Queensland and they have recorded another day of zero community COVID cases, and no cases in hotel quarantine. Just 39 cases remain active and in 24 hours, 9,918 tests were completed across the state.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said 2,715 vehicles were intercepted under new border restrictions requiring essential workers to have at least one vaccine dose before entering from New South Wales: He said 142 vehicles were turned away, 12 of those were essential workers who had not received a vaccination.

ACT records 19 new locally acquired cases and six of the new cases were infectious in the community and 17 cases are linked with the Territory having 121 active COVID-19 cases.

A cluster of 10 to 12 cases has been identified in the Territory’s disability community, which includes people with disabilities and disability support workers.

Delta outbreak grows in New Zealand and has recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19, as the Delta outbreak linked to a traveller from Sydney continues to grow with new cases bringing the country’s total number of active cases to 72 with one million New Zealanders having now been fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the nationwide lockdown, due to end on Tuesday night, will probably have to be extended. 

WA has reported no new cases however a cargo ship carrying 16 crew members suspected to be infected with COVID-19 is due to arrive in Perth tomorrow.

The grain carrier, which was last at port in Thailand, is due to arrive at Cockburn Sound off the cost of Perth at 1:00am. 

“The authorities have instructed the ship to sail for Cockburn Sound where we can do a better analysis of the people,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said.

He said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority wanted the ship to stay for “a period of time”.

Tasmania will reopen to all of the NT from midnight tonight following the lifting of the lockdown in Darwin, Palmerston and Katherine as no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in either Tasmania or the NT today.

Tasmania has now designated the NT a low-risk area: Tasmania’s border will remain closed to all of New South Wales, Victoria, the ACT and New Zealand.

South Australia records no new cases and there are just two active cases remaining in the state with a total of 4,502 tests were conducted in SA yesterday.

PROTEST NEWS: Eight arrested as 1,000 gather on NSW-Queensland border to protest #COVID19 restrictions

New South Wales Police say eight people were arrested and more than 50 infringement notices issued during a protest on the NSW-Queensland border on Sunday.

Those who crossed the border between Tweed Heads and Coolangatta were likely to be charged, police said.

Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliot said most NSW residents were “sick and tired of the abhorrent actions of the minority”.

“We have seen this sort of behaviour result in further lockdowns — the very thing these individuals are protesting against,” he said.

“There is no doubt in my mind that we risk seeing lockdowns extended, affecting the entirety of NSW, because of actions such as what we’ve seen this afternoon.

“This is such a critical time for communities to adhere to the health orders and to limit movement.

“Actions like what we have seen this afternoon pose a significant risk to the community.”

A man gestures as he rides a white horse through a seaside town.
Anger and confusion has been ramping up since the Delta strain sent NSW into lockdown.(ABC North Coast: Hannah Ross)

The ABC estimated that about 1,000 people attended the Tweed Heads protest, including a man riding a horse, in the latest of a series of mass, anti-lockdown gatherings in the country’s south-east.

Tweed/Byron Police District Commander Superintendent David Roptell said police were “taking the threat of unauthorised protest activity extremely seriously”.

“It is disappointing that people in our community continue to put others’ lives in danger by attending mass gatherings in the current climate,” he said.

“It is in the best interest of the health and safety of everyone across the state and around Australia, to comply with the Public Health Orders, so we may see the end of lockdown.

“Further inquiries will be made to identify those who were in attendance at today’s protest and appropriate action will be taken.”

People on bikes, or holding baskets and signs walk along a street.
About 1,000 people gathered at Tweed Heads and Coolangatta to protest COVID restrictions.(Supplied: Kimberley Bernard)

‘Direct attack on my freedom’

Up to 50 police were monitoring the mostly peaceful protest, few in the crowd were wearing masks and many were seen hugging and kissing.

Mark Westley from the Tweed area was among the crowd and said the public health directives were a “disgrace”.

“It’s a direct attack on my freedom of liberty, freedom to move,” he said.

“It’s affecting people’s businesses and social lives.”

A large crowd of protesters stand facing a line of police on a sunny day in NSW.
Hundreds have taken to the streets to protest border restrictions in northern NSW.(ABC North Coast: Hannah Ross)

Mr Westley said it was a “direct challenge” to the fabric of Australia.

“This will be the break-up of the Commonwealth of Australia, it will be the fragmentation of Australia into disparate, fighting, disputing groups and the end of democracy as we know it,” he said.

John from West Tweed said crossing the border was part of daily life in his community.

“To stop people being able to do that — particularly in the situation where there’s no cases in our area — is hypocrisy,” he said.

There are no active cases listed for northern NSW but a man and his two teenage children tested positive in Byron Bay after travelling there from Sydney last month.

COVID was detected in the Byron Bay sewage system on Tuesday but no new cases have been found.

Police officers stand in front of a large crowd of protesters.
Scores of police are at the protest.(ABC North Coast: Hannah Ross)

‘Really, really distressing’

Kelsey from Pottsville said the border restrictions meant she could no longer provide for her family.

“I was working [across the border] and now my source of income has been cut off, so I’m forced to be dependent on the government,” she said.

“It’s really, really distressing and we’re angry — we’re angry about our government.”

She said a border bubble was the ideal solution.

“They did it initially, we should be doing it now,” she said.

A man rides a horse through a large crowd in a seaside area.
Protesters say COVID-19 restrictions are causing deep divisions.(ABC North Coast: Hannah Ross)

‘Riskiest place right now’

The protest follows demonstrations in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne over the past few days and comes against the backdrop of NSW’s worst day so far with 830 locally acquired cases — the highest number recorded by any Australian jurisdiction in a 24-hour period.

Queensland’s Deputy Premier Steven Miles says the protests are “shameful and reckless”.

“That’s not the kind of behaviour Queenslanders do, it’s very un-Queensland like,” he said.

“We’ve gotten through this because Queenslanders have done the right thing, we’ve kept each other safe,” he said.Catch up on the main COVID-19 news from August 22 with a look back at our blog

The Deputy Premier said the border was at the most risk of infection due to the worsening situation in NSW.

“The border is our riskiest place right now,” he said.

“By having a protest there, we make the jobs of our police harder, they put their own safety at risk as well as the safety of the community and I’m frankly pretty disgusted.”

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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus ACT Report: Restrictions seemed to be working with 8 new #COVID19 cases recorded in past day but with dozens of protests in Melbourne & Sydney taking place it wont be long before they increase #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.22: We will keep you up to date with coronavirus updates and this story will be updated, so if you don’t see your state or territory yet, check back later on here……

The protesters were met with pepper spray outside Flinders Street Station.(AAP: James Ross)

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says #COVID19 Latest News: With NSW breaks national record for daily cases; of 825 all of Victoria in lockdown and Queensland cove closed with shops & restaurants: Only 149 were linked to known cases or clusters: The isolation status of 637 cases remains under investigation, while 58 were infectious in the community….

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NSW has recorded another 825 new local cases

It’s the highest number ever recorded by an Australian jurisdiction in a 24-hour period.

Three people have also died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths during the state’s Delta outbreak to 68.

All of Victoria is now in lockdown

Under Victoria’s restrictions, people are only allowed to exercise outside with one other person, within 5 kilometres of their homes.(AAP: James Ross)

Regional Victoria has gone into lockdown in response to a growing number of cases emerging in Shepparton.Victoria exposure sitesMore exposure sites in Shepparton linked to the city’s COVID-19 outbreak are identified.

There are now just over 500 exposure sites across Victoria.

Victoria has recorded 61 new cases of COVID-19, including a number of cases in Shepparton already announced on Friday.

The Health Department said an additional 16 cases were recorded on a rapid PCR testing platform and would be reported in Sunday’s numbers.

Several new exposure sites in Shepparton were listed on the health department’s website last night, including a 24-hour gym.

Childcare centres will also be restricted to essential workers after a number of cases at centres over the past week, including 27 cases at the MyCentre Child Care venue at Broadmeadows in just two days.

Queensland introduces vaccine rules on border

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews announces regional lockdown amid 77 new coronavirus casesLaw and border: how Queensland’s harsh rules are creating hardshipVaccination rate of 70% won’t end lockdowns if Covid case numbers are too high, expert saysNSW hotspots; NSW restrictions; border restrictionsVictoria’s restrictions; Victorian hotspotsVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe entire state of Victoria has entered lockdown as authorities scramble to contain a rapidly growing cluster of Covid-19 centred on the regional city of Shepparton.The premier, Daniel Andrews, said all of regional Victoria was at risk and a statewide lockdown was the only option to head off a scenario like the one playing out in New South Wales: The Guardian https://ift.tt/3y4SxE2

No new locally acquired cases were recorded in Queensland overnight, although there were two cases in hotel quarantine.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young is encouraging Queenslanders aged 16 years or older to come forward to receive their vaccine.

A “no jab, no entry” rule has now taken effect for essential border zone workers wanting to come into Queensland. 

Only border zone workers who health authorities consider “genuinely necessary” to the function of Queensland are allowed in.

They will need to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or they will be sent back by police.

Those who apply for exemptions will have their circumstances closely assessed by a relevant government department.

ACT Government says restrictions appear to be working 

The ACT has recorded eight new COVID-19 cases in the past day, all of which are linked to existing infections.

More than a week into Canberra’s lockdown, none of the new cases were infectious while they were in the community.

The ACT now has 102 active cases of the disease.

Of these, 100 are now linked to known cases or coronavirus exposure sites.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said this morning the city’s restrictions appeared to be working, but warned of ongoing risks.

“The lockdown has significantly reduced the risk around exposure sites, but there will be some,” he said.

NT declares all of Victoria a COVID hotspot

A spokesperson for the Northern Territory Chief Minister says the entire state of Victoria will be declared a COVID hotspot.

Greater Melbourne has been a declared hotpot since August 5 and Greater Shepparton became a hotspot on Friday.

But as the number of new infections continue to rise, the NT government has made the decision to place all of Victoria under the border restriction.

The NT recorded no new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.

Western Australia records zero new cases

There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in Western Australia on Saturday.

WA Health said there were four active cases in the state, while 1339 people were tested in state-run clinics on Friday.

New Zealand records 21 new cases as Delta variant spreads across the country

There were 21 new locally acquired cases announced in New Zealand on Saturday. 

Director of Public Health Caroline McElnay said 18 of the new cases were detected in Auckland and three were in Wellington, the capital.

The new infections brought the total number of coronavirus cases in New Zealand to 51, she said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the additional cases were unsurprising given the infectiousness of the Delta variant.

She said cases could be expected to increase into next week.

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Tracking Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout(ABC News)

#COVID19 UPDATES: NSW police block transport into Sydney CBD to avoid repeat of lockdown protests — as it happened

Police arrest a man in central Sydney during an anti-lockdown protest.(Supplied: Christopher Lynch)

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says the state’s health system is stretched and healthcare workers are being put in a precarious position by COVID restriction rule-breakers.

Here are the key events from Saturday:

Today’s case numbers and press conference times

This section will be updated throughout the day. If you don’t see your state or territory yet, don’t worry — press conference times may not be confirmed yet (or there may not be one), and case numbers often filter in through the day.

Victoria

Case numbers: 61 new local cases, 48 linked to known outbreaks, 22 in isolation while infectious. Press conference: Rewatch this morning’s press conference

Queensland

Case numbers: Zero new local cases. Press conference: Rewatch this morning’s press conference

New South Wales

Case numbers: 825 new local cases, three deaths. Press conference: Rewatch this morning’s press conference

Northern Territory

Case numbers: Zero new local cases

Australian Capital Territory

Case numbers: Eight new local cases.

Western Australia

Case numbers: Zero new local cases.

Tasmania 

Case numbers: No announcement

South Australia

Case numbers: Zero new local cases. 

New Zealand

Case numbers: 21 new local cases.

That is all for the blog today 

We have been given our cue to close the blog.

Another big day of news with plenty of press conferences. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us on the blog today. 

Until next time, stay safe and be well. 

‘Epic fail’: Protesters disheartened by poor turnout in Sydney

As arrests were being made in Sydney, those using the encrypted messaging apps which organised the protests were expressing their frustration.

One person called it an “epic fail” while another asked where the protest organisers were.

“Where are our leaders?!” one Sydney user wrote into the group.

“Where the f*** are people who promised to lead it?”

South Australia records zero cases

Indigenous leaders commended for efforts during the vaccine rollout

Professor Kidd made special mention of the work of leaders in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities during the vaccine rollout. 

He said their work had been vital in getting Australia’s Indigenous population vaccinated. 

Currently, any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island person aged 12 and over is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

More than 51 per cent of eligible Australians have had their first vaccine dose

Australia’s deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd says 16.8 million doses have been administered in Australia since the start of the rollout. 

He said 51.8 per cent of eligible Australians have had their first dose. 

Professor Michael Kidd is now speaking in Canberra

Melbourne protest has simmered down

There are still plenty of people on the street, but since the earlier flashpoint they have dissipated heavily. Still a heavy police presence in the CBD too.

Over in Sydney, any signs of protest were pretty quickly quelled by police. You can read more about that one here.

Small protest held in Darwin

ABC News: Kate Ashton

More than 100 protesters have gathered in the Darwin city centre as part of nationwide rallies against government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some attendees wore masks while police attempted to hand out disposable masks to those without them.

Greater Darwin is no longer in lockdown but restrictions remain including mandatory masks where there is not enough room to safely distance.

NT Police have been contacted for comment

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Protesters clash with police in Melbourne.

Thousands attend Brisbane protests

ABC News: Jim Malo

More than 2,000 anti-lockdown protesters gathered in Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens before a planned march through the city.

Protesters held signs opposing vaccination and the government.

Some rounded on the media, yelling “fake news”. A sign in the crowd read, “the truth variant is here”.

No one was wearing a mask except for reporters and police who stood on the perimeter of the crowd.

Restrictions on mask-wearing in Greater Brisbane eased on Friday afternoon.

Masks are not required to be worn outdoors, unless people can’t put 1.5 metres between themselves and others.

Queensland didn’t record any new cases of COVID-19 in the community on Saturday, as health authorities urged people to get vaccinated.

Reporting by Jess Rendall and Jim Malo

Pepper spray used as protesters charge police line in Melbourne

A number of people engaged with the first line of police physically, leading to a pretty significant scuffle and copious amounts of pepper spray being unleashed.

FYI: As some have pointed out in a previous image we had in this post, the News Channel super was changing at the exact moment the screenshot was taken, leading to a rather unfortunate combination of two titles.

Protesters approaching lines of police on Flinders St

Some are throwing flares at and confronting the police.

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Protesters in Melbourne clash with police.

WA records zero new cases today

There are still four active cases in the state, according to WA Health. 

NT will declare all of Victoria a COVID hotspot

The Northern Territory will declare all of Victoria as a COVID-19 hotspot from 2:00pm ACST today, the Chief Minister’s office says.

Currently, Greater Melbourne and Greater Shepparton are the only parts of Victoria considered hotspots.

Approved travellers arriving in the NT from declared hotspots are required to undertake 14 days of supervised quarantine.

Northern Territory records zero new cases

There has been no change to NT COVID-19 case numbers.

Zero new cases have been reported in the past 24 hours, according to the government’s website. 

Melbourne protesters charge through the police line

ABC News

After a standoff between a line of police and protesters there was a charge at police, footage from the ABC shows.

Police horses were startled as a line of protesters ran with their arms linked towards the police. 

This broke the police line which led to several protesters storming through and down the street. 

Police making arrests at anti-lockdown protests in Sydney

Melbourne anti-lockdown protest getting heated

Protesters are clashing with police in Melbourne’s streets as we speak. You can watch live on News Channel.

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