‘Landlords don’t just wake up and think, “I want to evict my tenants today.”’ – National Residential Landlords Association’s Ben Beadle

The ban on evicting tenants which was put in place because of the pandemic runs out in England and Wales today.

The ban was introduced in March to help people who were struggling financially during the lockdown.

It has been extended twice and there have been calls from housing charities and the Labour Party to extend it further.

The Scottish government has said it intends to keep the ban in place until next March. English and Welsh courts will be able restart eviction hearings from tomorrow.

Nichola McClean has lived in her rented flat for over a decade – but has been asked to leave by mid-October.

We spoke to Ben Beadle from the National Residential Landlords Association, and Dan Wilson Craw from the tenants campaign group Generation Rent.

We began by asking Dan what his concerns were with the eviction ban being lifted.

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What we know today, Monday September 21

Welcome to your serving of the day’s breaking news from South Australia, the nation and abroad. Follow this post for live updates through the day.

UK at virus second wave ‘tipping point’

Britain is at a tipping point on COVID-19, health minister Matt Hancock has said, warning that a second national lockdown could be imposed if people don’t follow government rules designed to stop the spread of the virus.

COVID-19 cases have risen sharply in recent weeks to more than 4000 per day. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called it a second wave and stricter lockdown measures have been introduced in areas across the country – with London possibly next in line.

“The nation faces a tipping point and we have a choice,” Hancock told Sky News on Sunday. “The choice is either that everybody follows the rules … or we will have to take more measures.”

Hancock later told the BBC that a second national lockdown was a possible option.

“I don’t rule it out, I don’t want to see it,” he said.

Johnson announced fines of up to 10,000 pounds ($A17,700) on Saturday for people in England who break new rules requiring them to self-isolate if they have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19.

In addition to tighter rules on social gatherings across the country, several cities and regions in Britain have had ‘local lockdowns’ imposed, limiting even more strictly when, where and how many people can meet up socially.

The UK has recorded almost 42,000 coronavirus deaths and about 400,000 cases since the pandemic began.

Biden slams Trump’s Ginsberg replacement plan

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has urged Senate Republicans not to vote on any candidate nominated to the Supreme Court as the November election approaches, calling Donald Trump’s plan an “exercise in raw political power.”

Biden was speaking on Sunday, the day that a second Senate Republican voiced objections to Trump’s plan to vote quickly on a replacement to liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday.

Such an appointment by the president, if approved by the Senate, would cement a 6-3 conservative majority that could influence American law and life for decades.

“Voters of this country should be heard … they’re the ones who this Constitution envisions should decide who has the power to make this appointment,” Biden said overnight.

“To jam this nomination through the Senate is just an exercise of raw political power.”

Biden said that if he wins the November 3 election, he should have the chance to nominate the next Supreme Court justice.

The former vice-president rejected the idea of releasing the names of potential nominees, saying that doing so, as Trump did, could improperly influence those candidates’ decisions in their current court roles as well as subject them to “unrelenting political attacks.”

He reiterated his pledge to nominate an African-American woman to the court, which would be a historic first, if he has the opportunity.

Trump on Saturday said he will make his nomination this week and named Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th Circuit and Barbara Lagoa of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit as possible candidates to fill the vacancy.

Woman killed in highway crash

A young Adelaide woman has died after the car she was driving was involved in a crash with a semi-trailer in the state’s Mid North last night.

Police were called to the intersection of Warnertown Road and Augusta Highway after reports of a crash between a Toyota sedan and a semi-trailer about 8.10pm last night.

The driver of the Toyota, a 21-year-old Magill woman died at the scene. Her passenger, a 20-year-year old man from Glynde, was taken to Port Pirie hospital before being airlifted to the Flinders Medical Centre.

His injuries are not considered life-threatening. The truck driver was not injured.

Major Crash Investigators attended the scene to examine the circumstances surrounding the crash. The Augusta Highway was reopened to traffic at about 6am this morning.

The woman’s death is the 67th life lost on SA roads this year compared with 80 at the same time last year.

Winning Adelaide Fringe design revealed

A jauntily moustachioed chap astride a penny-farthing is the winner of the 2021 Adelaide Fringe poster competition.

Adelaide-based freelance digital illustrator Polina Tsymbal, 30, announced as the winner today, moved to Australia from Russia in 2015 and has won the competition at her first attempt.

She said her poster – titled Frederique Fringe – encapsulates the joyfully bold spirit of the Adelaide Fringe.

As part of her prize, Tsymbal won $3,000 and free event registration to present her own exhibition as part of the Adelaide Fringe 2021.

Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall said the judging panel was overwhelmed by the incredible designs submitted by over 350 Australian and international artists.

Read the full story here

Easing infections give hope to Victorians

Melburnians should be optimistic after Victoria recorded its lowest daily COVID-19 case figure since the start of the second wave, the premier says.

The state reported just 14 new infections on Sunday along with a further five deaths, taking its toll to 761 and the national count to 849.

Premier Daniel Andrews declared the result a “cause for great optimism and positivity right across metropolitan Melbourne”.
“That is proof positive beyond any question that this strategy is working,” he said on Sunday.

It pushed Melbourne’s 14-day average down to 36.2, well below the city’s target of 50 to lift some virus restrictions later this month.

Andrews said the path towards easing rules would be constantly reviewed, but he’s standing by his “safe and steady” approach.
“There’s no good opening up too early. There’s no good letting our frustrations get the better of us,” he said.

“All that will mean is that everything metropolitan Melbourne has given, everything that everyone has done to produce these low, but still not low enough, numbers will count for nothing.”

Despite the premier’s upbeat tone, frustrations were evident on Sunday as anti-lockdown protests continued in Melbourne. More than a dozen protesters illegally gathered at Chadstone Shopping Centre and belted out a rendition of John Farnham’s You’re The Voice before police intervened.

Two people were arrested and six were issued fines, adding to Saturday’s 16 arrests and 21 fines after up to 100 people rallied in Melbourne’s inner beachside suburb of Elwood.

Porte secures podium finish as Pogacar claims Tour de France

Tadej Pogacar became the first Slovenian to win the Tour de France overnight and the youngest winner in more than a century as Australian Richie Porte also climbed onto the podium in third.

Pogacar retained the yellow jersey in the 21st stage on the 122-km ride into Paris on Sunday, a day after he pulled off a major coup to take the overall lead.

Irish cyclist Sam Bennett won the final stage to secure the sprint title but the day belonged to Team UAE Emirates rider Pogacar, who will celebrate his 22nd birthday on Monday and is the youngest man to win the race since Henri Cornet in 1904.

Pogacar, who claimed the yellow jersey from a stunned Primoz Roglic with a monumental performance in Saturday’s time trial, also won the white jersey for the best Under-25 rider and the polka dot jersey for the mountain classification.

Roglic ended up second, 59 seconds behind, with Australian Richie Porte taking third place, 3:30 off the pace.

Pogacar also won three stages in one of the most brilliant individual performances in recent Tour history.

An ecstatic Richie Porte said his brilliant time trial ride to all but claim third spot on the penultimate day of Tour de France felt as good as winning the race.

Porte’s third in the tour is the best finish by an Australian since Cadel Evans won in 2011. The Tasmanian is also only the second Australian to secure a podium finish in the famous event.

Bennett became the first Irishman since Sean Kelly in 1989 to win the green jersey for the points classification, ahead of Peter Sagan who was looking to claim it for a record-extending eighth time.

Bennett was the strongest at the end of the 122-km ride from Mantes-la Jolie on Sunday, beating world champion Mads Pedersen, with Sagan coming home third.

It was an anti-climatic finale on the Champs-Elysees as only 5,000 fans were allowed on the famous avenue as a precaution against the coronavirus.

France reported 13,498 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours on Saturday, setting another record in daily additional infections since the start of the epidemic.

Reaching the Champs-Elysees was, however, a relief for organisers, who had imposed strict sanitary rules to protect the race ‘bubble’.

The bubble did not burst as only four team staff members tested positive and were removed from the race, preventing a spread that could have stopped the Tour.

No rider tested positive

Power one win away from AFL minor premiership

Port Adelaide can seal the AFL minor premiership with a win over Collingwood in Brisbane tonight but coach Ken Hinkley says it is not the “be-all and end-all” ahead of a tough finals campaign.

Regardless of the result against Collingwood, the Power will finish in the top two and take the reward of an initial home final.

The Magpies, with a win, could rise to sixth spot and have recalled forward Jaidyn Stephenson at the expense of Callum Brown.

“It would be nice … but it’s not the be-all and end-all,” Hinkley told reporters on Sunday.

“If you ask me do I want it? Yeah, I do want the team to get some recognition.

“It’s a pretty big honour … but there’s bigger stuff to get on with after this week.”

Port made two changes with defender Tom Clurey (hamstring) and Kane Farrell (dropped), replaced by Boyd Woodcock and Jarrod Lienert.

The Power have held top spot at the completion of every round this season – only seven teams have kept top billing throughout an entire home-and-away season in VFL/AFL history.

But, again, Hinkley said taking that slice of history was secondary.

“We want to beat Collingwood,” he said.

“Simple: if we beat Collingwood, we will end up on top of the ladder, so that will take care of itself.

“It’s just part of the journey that we have been on this year.

“It has been a remarkable season for the AFL and it has been a remarkable season for us.

“It would be nice to get to the end of the home-and-away season in good shape and on top of the ladder but we’re one or two (position) regardless.”

 – with AAP and Reuters

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What we know today, Sunday September 20

Welcome to your serving of the day’s breaking news from South Australia, the nation and abroad. Follow this post for live updates through the day.

SA man detained over suburban crime spree

A man has been detained over a crime spree north of Adelaide which included a carjacking, forcing other vehicles from the road, and breaking into a home to ask for a blanket.

The spree began on Saturday night with police called to a disturbance at Freeling, but finding the suspect had fled before they arrived.

Just after 9pm, a family in a ute travelling on the Horrocks Highway just north of Tarlee reported being forced from the road by a silver Rodeo, causing their vehicle to roll several times.

The 30-year-old man, 32-year-old woman and 10-week-old baby girl all received minor injuries in the crash.

About 10 minutes later, a family travelling in a Mitsubishi four-wheel-drive reported having their car stolen, after a silver Rodeo on the wrong side of the road crashed into them.

The man driving the Rodeo allegedly assaulted the male driver before stealing the car.

It’s also alleged he bit a woman on the arm several times before making his escape.

The woman managed to remove her four-month-old baby from the car just before he drove off.

The stolen Mitsubishi was found abandoned in a paddock north of Stockport but an extensive search of the area failed to find the suspect.

Early on Sunday, a woman then reported a man had entered her home asking for a blanket to keep warm.

The 22-year-old was arrested there without further incident and has been taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for a mental health assessment.

Police say he’s expected to be charged with a string of offences including aggravated robbery, several counts of acts to endanger life and assault causing harm.

Vine project to boost wine industry

A $2 million seed bank project to future-proof the Australian wine industry will be developed in South Australia’s Barossa Valley.

Yalumba Family Winemakers have won a grant from the state government’s $12 million regional growth fund to deliver the project, which will provide high-quality and disease-free vine material that can been accessed by other grape producers.

Chief viticulturist Robin Nettelbeck said the company would establish an extensive and intensively managed high-health grapevine collection and a large-scale grapevine nursery.

“This project will establish the highest health and most genetically diverse commercial collection of grapevine material in Australia, while establishing the most hygienic and productive field nursery site to propagate best performing vines for the Australian viticultural industry,” Mr Nettelbeck said.

“Australia and in particular South Australia has some of the oldest vines in the world and during last summer’s bushfires, it was devastating to see how quickly some of these were destroyed.

“Our project can effectively act as a seed bank and contribute to the future-proofing of the $45 billion Australian wine industry and provide valuable support to the growing domestic table grape industry.”

Primary Industries Minister David Basham said the vine project was among 16 to get money from the regional growth fund that would create up to 1000 jobs.

“This has been a tough year for South Australians and our regions have been hit particularly hard firstly with drought, then bushfires and now the coronavirus pandemic,” Mr Basham said.

Victoria cases on track for ‘COVID normal’

Victoria’s latest coronavirus numbers are cause for great optimism as the state heads towards new a COVID-19 normal, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says.

Victoria reported just 14 new infections on Sunday along with a further five deaths, taking the state toll to 761 and the national count to 849.

One earlier death has been reclassified.

The 14 cases – the smallest number since the start of the state’s second wave – also pushed Metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day average down to 36.2, well below the state’s target of 50 to lift some virus restrictions later this month.

“That is proof positive beyond any question that this strategy is working. These numbers are coming down thanks to the hard work of every single Victorian,” Mr Andrews said on Sunday.

“We will continue to see them come down in accordance with our roadmap to COVID normal.

“Ultimately these numbers are a cause for great optimism and positivity right across metropolitan Melbourne.”

The latest figures revealed no new virus cases in regional Victoria where the 14-day rolling average is now down to just 1.8 cases.

There are only 26 active infections across regional areas while the number of active cases in Melbourne has fallen to 743.

Mr Andrews urged people to stay the course and cautioned against any push to lift restrictions ahead of schedule.

“There’s no good opening up too early. There’s no good letting our frustrations get the better of us.

“All that will mean is that every metropolitan has given, everything that everyone has done to produce these low, but still not low enough, numbers will count for nothing.

“Because we’ll be open, yes, but not open for very long.

“This is a good day though. A day Victorians can be proud.”

The next step on Melbourne’s roadmap out of lockdown is from September 28 when some on-site work will return, child care will reopen and some school students will be allowed back into the classroom.

In South Australia, no new cases were recorded on Sunday. The state has now undertaken over 443,000 tests.

PM on road to nowhere on climate: Albanese

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese says Prime Minister Scott Morrison is on a road to nowhere on climate policy after the prime minister declined to commit to a net-zero emissions target by 2050, while saying it was achievable.

Ahead of the government’s release of its long-flagged technology roadmap this week, Mr Morrison said zero emissions would certainly be achieved in the second half of this century.

In a pre-recorded interview with ABC television’s Insiders program, the prime minister said it was about the technology the nation invests in when considering how to make such targets happen.

“I’m more interested in the doing,” Mr Morrison said.

“I know people get very focused on the politics of these commitments but what I’m focused on is on the technology that delivers lower emissions, lower costs and more jobs.”

Pressed several times by Insiders’ host David Speers about a commitment to a 2050 zero target, Mr Morrison said: “We are committed to investing in the technology which reduces emissions in this country.”

Labor, business groups, farmers and all the Australian the states and territories want to pursue a net-zero emissions target by 2050.

“The government says they are going to have a roadmap but to a destination that they don’t have,” Mr Albanese told reporters in Sydney.

“A roadmap without a destination is a road to nowhere … it’s only ideology that is standing in the way.”

South Australians remain opposed to open borders

A new poll finds South Australians remain strongly opposed to opening borders to states with COVID-19 transmission.

The Sunday Mail-YouGov poll of 810 people from September 10-16 indicates almost two-thirds oppose the easing of restrictions to states experiencing community transmission of the virus.

The survey comes ahead of a likely easing of border restrictions with New South Wales next week, and after SA lifted the quarantine requirement for people travelling from the ACT to Adelaide by air last Wednesday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is pushing for a hotspot system, which would restrict movement from a metropolitan area with a rolling three-day average of 10 locally acquired cases per day rather than border bans for entire states.

The border debate comes as the Marshall government unveils an offer of $4m in travel vouchers to encourage South Australians to travel within the state.

Vouchers of up to $100 per booking for ‘staycations’ at select CBD hotels and $50 for regional and suburban accommodation providers will be available from October.

They can be used from October 15 to December 11, excluding Saturday nights.

Labor criticised the offer for not including smaller providers with fewer than 10 rooms, campsites and shared accommodation.

Driver arrested after Adelaide hit-run incident

Police have arrested a driver allegedly involved in a hit-run crash with a pedestrian on North Terrace.

A 21-year-old man was reportedly struck by a sedan near the Railway Station at about 4.20am on Saturday 19 September.

He was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for scans, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

The driver of the blue Holden Commodore was involved in an assault in Morphett Street just before the crash.

Police are investigating whether the crash is linked to the prior incident.

Eastern District detectives arrested and charged the alleged driver this afternoon, a 24-year-old man from Elizabeth North, however the blue Holden Commodore is yet to be found.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation or knows the whereabouts of the vehicle involved is asked to contact Crime Stoppers .

It comes after an alleged drunk driver spotted speeding off by police after crashing into a shop front was found nearly seven hours later asleep in his car in the middle of a paddock, this time having taken out a fence.

The 25-year-old Victorian came to the attention of patrol officers in South Australia’s Bordertown after they heard someone doing burnouts and then a loud crash about 11.30pm on Friday.

They followed the noise and spotted a damaged pergola on a cafe in Scott Street along with a silver car being driven erratically.

The officers declined to pursue the vehicle but shortly before 6am responded to reports a car had crashed into a paddock fence on nearby Tatiara Terrace.

The driver allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading more than double the legal limit and has also been charged with several other offences including breaching cross border community restrictions.

He has had his licence suspended for six months and car impounded for 28 days, and will face Bordertown Magistrates Court on October 29.

Crows players are seen after the Round 18 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval. Photo: AAP/David Mariuz

Crows handed wooden spoon after Richmond defeat

Adelaide has finished the AFL season in last place, after being defeated by 44 points by Richmond on Saturday.

The result means the Tigers will finish third and meet Brisbane or Port Adelaide in a qualifying final.

Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks now turns his mind to building his squad after Crows finished last for the first time since the club’s 1991 inception.

“It needs to sting,” Nicks said.

The first-year coach will meet next week with all players, including free agent Brad Crouch who is weighing offers from rival clubs.

“I don’t expect an answer next week,” Nicks said.

“That will be something Brad will work through in his own time.”

Nicks will also meet with ex-captain Taylor Walker, who is contracted for next season but uncertain to continue.

Walker on Saturday became Adelaide’s all-time leading goalscorer, passing Tony Modra’s 440-goal tally with a first-term major.

Walker achieved the feat in his 203rd AFL game while Modra took just 118 games from 1992-98.

But his record-breaker was his sole goal for the game as Adelaide were held to their lowest-ever score against Richmond.

Trump ready to appoint Ginsburg successor

A fierce political battle has shaped up over the future of the US Supreme Court, with President Donald Trump saying he’d quickly name a successor to liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a move that would tip the court further to the right.

“We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices,” Trump said on Twitter.

“We have this obligation, without delay!”

Ginsburg, the senior liberal justice, died on Friday night at age 87 of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer after 27 years on the court.

Her death gives Trump, who is seeking re-election on November 3, a chance to expand the court’s conservative majority to 6-3 at a time of a gaping political divide in America.

Trump’s short list of potential nominees includes two women jurists: Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa, according to a source close to the White House.

Democrats are still seething over the Republican Senate’s refusal to act on Democratic President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016 after conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died 10 months before that election.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2016 said the Senate should not act on a court nominee during an election year, a stance he has since reversed.

Obama called on Senate Republicans to honour what he called that “invented” 2016 principle.

Republicans control 53 of the Senate’s 100 seats and McConnell, who has made confirmation of Trump’s federal judicial nominees a top priority, said the chamber would vote on any Trump nominee.

The news comes as US officials have intercepted an envelope addressed to the White House that contained the poison ricin.

The letter believed to have come from Canada was intercepted at a government facility that screens mail addressed to the White House and President Donald Trump.

Protesters rally against Thailand govt

Anti-government protesters calling for new elections and reforms to Thailand’s monarchy gathered on Saturday for a rally that developed into one of the largest the country has seen in years.

By nightfall, around 200,000 people had arrived at Sanam Luang, an open field near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, according to an estimate by organisers.

Police estimated the turnout to be much smaller, around 20,000.

Demonstrators sat in front of an erected stage where speakers discussed Thai politics and criticised the ruling regime with interludes of musical performances.

The demonstration, which is set to take place through to Sunday, is a culmination of almost daily protests across the country that have called on the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down.

Prayuth, a former army chief, has led the country since he seized power from an elected government in a 2014 coup.

Saturday’s protest leaders also called for reforms to the monarchy, a subject conventionally viewed as taboo in Thai society.

In August, leader Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul had delivered a statement with 10 demands that called for radical changes to the monarchy, such as revoking laws that protect the king against litigation and defamation.

Thailand’s monarchy is protected by strict lese-majesty laws where critical commentary of the king, queen, heir, or regent is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

 – with AAP and Reuters

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What we know today, Thursday September 17

Welcome to your serving of the day’s breaking news from South Australia, the nation and abroad. Follow this post for live updates through the day.

Support split for Eyre Peninsula nuclear dump

South Australians are evenly divided in their support for a plan to establish a federal nuclear waste storage facility on Eyre Peninsula, according to a poll by The Australia Institute.

The survey, published today, asked a sample of 510 South Australians about Federal Government plans to establish a low and intermediate level nuclear waste storage facility near the regional South Australian town of Kimba.

Two in five respondents (40 per cent) support the plan while the same number were opposed and 20 per cent did not know.

Two-thirds said the traditional custodians of the Eyre Peninsula, the Barngarla people, should be consulted via a ballot before the proposal goes ahead and 60 per cent said the whole state should be consulted via a ballot before the plan is allowed to proceed.

The survey was conducted between July 23 and 27.

In a March 2020 poll, The Australia Institute asked respondents whether they supported the potential use of the Whyalla shipping port and South Australian roads to transport the intermediate level nuclear waste to Kimba. More than a third (34 per cent) supported the transport proposal while just over half were opposed (51 per cent).

Greens voters were the most heavily opposed to the plan (55 per cent oppose) and 54 per cent of coalition voters supported it. Respondents who identified as Labor voters were evenly split on the issue – 42 per cent for and 44 per cent against.

Adelaide Oval crowd boost for finals

Crowds of up to 25,000 will be allowed at Adelaide Oval matches from this weekend under relaxed coronavirus rules.

The increased capacity will begin when in-form Adelaide takes on Richmond on Saturday.

Port Adelaide are guaranteed a top-two finish, meaning they will play two home finals.

The AFL has also announced it will impose a price freeze on ticket prices, meaning fans will be able to buy tickets at 2019 prices

The SANFL has also announced its final series will also be played at Adelaide Oval during October, with the local league’s Grand Final to be played in front of up to 25,000 fans on October 18.

Social distancing will continue to apply for all spectators at Adelaide Oval, with one vacant seat space between all issued tickets.

All finals will be televised live and free on Channel 7 and 7plus.

SA lifts cap for quarantining travellers

South Australia is looking to take more travellers returning from overseas after the latest move to ease the state’s COVID-19 border restrictions.

The increase comes as the federal government calls on states to boost caps on international arrivals from 4000 to 6000 in a bid to rescue more of the 25,000 people stranded abroad.

SA has advised the Commonwealth that it will increase its hotel quarantine capacity from 500 to 800 in coming weeks.

That will be split across three areas with 600 places for returning travellers, 100 for high-risk domestic arrivals and 100 to isolate locals impacted by any community outbreaks of the coronavirus.

In a statement, the government said taking 600 international arrivals each week would double the current capacity.

“South Australia is pleased to be able to assist with supporting more Australians to return home,” the statement said.

“We will continue to look at options to further increase our medi-hotel capacity.”

The change comes after SA also lifted its border restrictions with the ACT on Wednesday, providing a boost to Australia’s domestic aviation sector.

Travellers who fly into SA from Canberra will no longer be required to quarantine for 14 days.

However, the quarantine arrangements will continue for people from NSW amid continuing concern over community transmission of the virus in that state.

South Australia reported no new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, leaving the state’s total since the start of the pandemic at 466.

There are no active infections.

Unemployment tipped to reach 21st Century high

Economists expect the August job figures to be released this morning will show the unemployment rate to its highest level in 22 years as a result of the restrictions put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The latest official jobs figures will mark the final major data release heading into next month’s federal budget and are tipped to reached 7.7 per cent nationally.

The jobless rate has already jumped from 5.1 per cent in February to 7.5 per cent in July as the coronavirus pandemic forced the economy into recession for the first time since the early 1990s.

The number of people in employment as of August is expected to fall by around 35,000, ending two months of exceptionally strong increases as restrictions were unwound nationally.

The second COVID-19 wave in Victoria and the triggering of a harsh lockdown has set back that positive trend.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ most recent weekly payrolls data – a special series introduced during the pandemic – showed jobs fell by 0.4 per cent nationally over the month to August 22.

However, the breakdown of the figures showed while payroll jobs fell by two per cent in Victoria, the rest of Australia saw jobs rise 0.1 per cent.

The Reserve Bank and Treasury expect the unemployment rate will rise to 10 per cent by the end of the year with a further 400,000 people joining the dole queue.

The number of people unemployed topped one million for the first time in July.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will hand down the budget on October 6, later than the traditional May release because of the pandemic.

NSW declared free of COVID-19 hotspots

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has declared the state free of COVID-19 hotspots, despite reporting another 10 cases of the illness yesterday.

Four of the state’s new virus cases detected in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday were community transmissions linked to existing cases or clusters, while six were returned travellers who are in hotel quarantine.

This led Berejiklian to declare on Wednesday that the Queensland border should no longer be closed.

“If you look at any proposed definition of hotspot, technically there aren’t any hotspots in NSW, so I’d be arguing there’s no reason to keep the border closed today,” she told reporters.

Queensland is reportedly considering a rule change that will require NSW to go just 14 days, rather than the current 28 days, without community transmission of COVID-19 before the northern state reopens its border.

The change would bring it in line with South Australia’s policy on the NSW re-opening.

“There’s really no basis to have the Queensland border shut. I would argue that even the 14-day limit is potentially unrealistic,” Berejiklian said.

Record partnership helps Aussies to miraculous series win over England

Centuries to South Australia’s Alex Carey and Victorian Glenn Maxwell have helped Australia to an unlikely win and a cherished series victory in its ODI cricket match against England this morning.

Set 303 for victory in Manchester, Australia looked dead and buried at 5-73 – the lowest score Australia’s fifth wicket has fallen at in an ODI against England since 1977 – when Maxwell joined Carey at the crease.

The record partnership of 212 brought Australia within sight of victory before Maxwell (108) and then Carey (106) were dismissed with just 10 runs needed from the last over.

Pace bowler Mitchell Starc bookended an excellent match, hitting 11 runs from three balls to seal the win with three wickets in hand and two balls to spare.

Earlier in the day, Starc took wickets with the first two balls of the match, dismissing Jason Roy and Joe Root for golden ducks.

England recovered to score 7-302 thanks to Jonny Bairstow’s 112 and 57 from Sam Billings and Chris Woakes’ unbeaten 53.

The turning point of the match happened in the 20th over when Jofra Archer thought he had Carey caught at third man for nine, only for video review to show he had overstepped the mark to deliver the first no ball of his ODI career.

Buoyed by that reprieve at 5-95, the pair set about rebuilding the tourists’ innings and then stepped up a gear to attack the English attack in the final 25 overs to haul in a competitive target.

Australia’s 2-1 series win is the first one-day series defeat for world champion England on home soil for five years.

Star batsman Steve Smith sat out for a third successive match after being struck on the side of the helmet at training last week.

Oxford University says vaccine ‘unlikely’ to be cause of trial health scare

A health scare that led to a pause in trials of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine candidate may not have been associated with the vaccine itself, according to a document posted online by Oxford University.

Enrolment in the British drug maker’s global trials of the vaccine, which it is developing with researchers at Oxford University, was paused on September 6 after a participant in the UK had a serious side effect thought to be a rare spinal inflammatory disorder called transverse myelitis.

Safety reviews were conducted when volunteers in the trials for testing the vaccine candidate, called AZD1222 or ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, developed unexplained neurological symptoms including changed sensation or limb weakness.

“After independent review, these illnesses were either considered unlikely to be associated with the vaccine or there was insufficient evidence to say for certain that the illnesses were or were not related to the vaccine,” the document said.

The vaccine trials have resumed in Britain, Brazil and South Africa but not yet in the United States.

Meanwhile, the United States government has outlined a sweeping plan to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to everyone in the country.

In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or possibly later this year, eventually ramping up to reach any person who wants a shot.

The Pentagon is involved with the distribution of vaccines but civilian health workers will be the ones giving shots.

States and local communities will need to devise precise plans for receiving and locally distributing vaccines, some of which will require special handling such as refrigeration or freezing.

States and cities have a month to submit plans.

Distribution is happening under the umbrella of Operation Warp Speed, a White House-backed initiative to have millions of doses ready to ship once a vaccine is given what’s expected to be an emergency use approval by the Food and Drug Administration.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday reported 6,571,867 cases of the coronavirus, an increase of 34,240 cases from a day earlier, and said the number of deaths had risen by 961 to 195,053.

US charges seven over Chinese hacking claim

The US Justice Department says it has charged five Chinese residents and two Malaysian businessmen in a wide-ranging hacking effort.

Federal prosecutors said five Chinese citizens had been charged with hacking more than 100 companies in the United States and abroad, including software development companies, computer manufacturers, telecommunications providers, social media companies, video game companies, non-profit organisations, universities, think tanks as well as foreign governments and pro-democracy politicians and activists in Hong Kong.

The US government also said two Malaysian businessmen were charged with conspiring with two of the Chinese hackers to profit from computer intrusions targeting the video game industry.

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What we know today, Sunday, September 13

Welcome to your serving of the day’s breaking news from South Australia, the nation and abroad. Follow this post for live updates through the day.

Dozens of breaches in SA hotel quarantine

SA Health has recorded 62 breaches in the state’s COVID-19 hotel quarantine system since it was established in late April.

Some of the breaches were aired in state parliament last week after questions from SA-Best Upper House MP Frank Pangallo, showing MSS Security was involved in 22 errors up to July 10.

Figures obtained by the Sunday Mail detail 40 more mistakes since then.

SA Health claim none of the breaches were “high risk” and did not result in further transmission of the virus.

The mistakes included 17 staff members not abiding by protective equipment rules; and 33 breaches by guards using mobile phones, listening to music, or engaging in “miscommunication”.

“It is fortunate we have avoided the catastrophic consequences that occurred in Melbourne,” Pangallo said.

There were no new virus cases reported in SA on Saturday, leaving the total diagnosed since the start of the pandemic at 466.

Australian cricketers to quarantine in SA

Australian cricketers returning from England will be allowed to train but do little else as they quarantine in Adelaide ahead of this summer’s competition.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall says an arrangement has been struck with Cricket Australia for the players to isolate at the new Adelaide Oval Hotel after they arrive on Friday.

The players coming to Adelaide will be allowed to train once they return a negative coronavirus test but will be limited to small groups.

They will then be tested again on day 12.

Mr Marshall said the move puts Adelaide in a good position to host more major cricket fixtures this year, with negotiations underway with Cricket Australia regarding the Sheffield Shield competition and this summer’s Test series against India.

The quarantine arrangements in Adelaide could also be applied to the visiting Indian team due to arrive in Australia in mid-November.

Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Emily Kirkpatrick said a bio-secure zone would be created around the oval hotel to ensure the cricketers would meet all the usual isolation measures for people arriving from overseas.

They will be allowed to train, and have access to the Adelaide Oval number two ground, a gymnasium and will use dedicated vehicles to ferry them around the facilities.

South Australian Cricket Association chief executive Keith Bradshaw said contingency plans had also been put in place to host the Boxing Day Test should it not be played in Melbourne.

Police are seen at the Shrine of Remembrance before a planned anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Saturday. Photo: AAP/Erik Anderson

Regional Victoria restrictions on track to ease

Regional Victorian restrictions are set to ease in coming days, with Premier Daniel Andrews  saying road checkpoints may be stepped up to make sure Melburnians don’t escape to the country.

This will mean, among other things, that regional residents would very soon be able to go out for a coffee or meal.

Andrews said he wasn’t worried about Melbourne residents trying to get to regional areas because travel limits of 5km are still in place in the city, but noted police checkpoints on key roads out of Melbourne could be bolstered.

“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.

Active cases in the regions had by Saturday fallen to 58.

Small anti-lockdown protests happened in Melbourne on Saturday and more are expected on Sunday.

Police arrested 14 people and fined at least 50 for breaching health directions.

Peaceful protesters at the Tan running track in Melbourne were vastly outnumbered by police.

Meanwhile, the strain of lockdown on young Victorians is visible in hospital and mental health helpline statistics when compared to the same period in 2019.

Young people presenting to emergency for intentional self-harm and suicidal ideation is higher than the same period last year by 27 per cent.

Mental health support via telephone has risen by 31 per cent.

The figures are a little lower however, than those reported by the government in early August.

The state recorded 37 new COVID-19 infections and nine deaths on Saturday – the lowest daily number of diagnoses since June 26.

NSW recorded six new cases and Queensland registered three.

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Port Adelaide ends Essendon finals push

Port Adelaide’ has killed off Essendon’s finals chances with a 11.13 (79) to 4.5 (29) victory at a rain-soaked Adelaide Oval.

The Power defied constant rain to unleash a match-defining second quarter blitz of five unanswered goals.

Port led 6.7 to 2.1 at halftime and the result was effectively decided before the home side booted five goals to two in a second-half slog.

“It was as good as we have been for a little while,” Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley said.

Power spearhead Dixon finished the game with 2.3, marring his display with a series of missed early shots.

Port’s midfield was led by Tom Rockliff (30 disposals), Ollie Wines (28 touches) and Travis Boak (26 possessions) – and the trio booted one goal each.

Essendon needed a mathematical miracle – and a win – to remain in finals contention.

But they’re now out of the running despite the best efforts of Darcy Parish (20 touches, nine clearances), Jordan Ridley (23 disposals) and Devon Smith (26 touches).

Adelaide take on Carlton today at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast.

Friends jog in support of academic jailed in Iran

Friends and colleagues of an Australian academic jailed in Iran will meet up and run through her NSW home town in a show of support.

Sunday is two years since University of Melbourne lecturer Kylie Moore-Gilbert was arrested at Tehran Airport after attending a conference.

She was later convicted of espionage but denies the charges.

Dr Moore-Gilbert is understood to be serving a sentence of 10 years and was in July transferred to Qarchak prison, which is infamous for killings and torture.

Her Australia-based support group says Dr Moore-Gilbert has been doing laps of the small jail exercise yard in her only footwear, prison-issued slippers.

They will gather in Bathurst on Sunday morning and show their support by running.

“Running with Kylie sends a message of love and support to Kylie and her family,” Dr Jessie Moritz, friend and colleague from the Australian National University, said.

“She may be 12,000 kilometres away, but this way she’ll know that she’s not alone when she runs.”

Foreign Minister Marise Payne says securing Dr Moore-Gilbert’s release remains an absolute priority and the federal government does not accept her charges.

Oxford, AstraZeneca resume vaccine trial

Oxford University has announced it is resuming a trial for a coronavirus vaccine it is developing with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, a move that comes days after the study was suspended following a reported side-effect in a UK patient.

In a statement on Saturday, the university confirmed the restart across all of its UK clinical trial sites after regulators gave the go-ahead following the pause on Sunday.

“The independent review process has concluded and following the recommendations of both the independent safety review committee and the UK regulator, the MHRA, the trials will recommence in the UK,” it said.

The vaccine being developed by Oxford and AstraZeneca is widely perceived to be one of the strongest contenders among the dozens of coronavirus vaccines in various stages of testing around the world.

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock welcomed the restart, saying in a tweet that it was “good news for everyone” that the trial is “back up and running.”

The university said in large trials such as this “it is expected that some participants will become unwell and every case must be carefully evaluated to ensure careful assessment of safety.”

It said globally some 18,000 people have received its vaccine so far. Volunteers from some of the worst affected countries – Britain, Brazil, South Africa and the US – are taking part in the trial.

Although Oxford would not disclose information about the patient’s illness due to participant confidentiality, an AstraZeneca spokesman said earlier this week that a woman had developed severe neurological symptoms that prompted the pause.

Specifically, the woman is said to have developed symptoms consistent with transverse myelitis, a rare inflammation of the spinal cord.

IOC shocked by execution of Iran wrestler

The International Olympic Committee has described the execution of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari as “deeply upsetting” amid mounting calls for sporting sanctions.

Iranian state media said on Saturday that Afkari, a national champion who was sentenced to death over the murder of a security guard during 2018 anti-government protests, had been executed.

Afkari’s death comes despite the attempted intervention of the IOC and the sport’s world governing body, United World Wrestling, with IOC president Thomas Bach having said on Wednesday that he was trying to “facilitate a solution”.

Last week Australia’s Brendan Schwab, the executive director of the World Players Association, had insisted that, in executing Afkari, Iran would be “forfeiting its right to be a part of sport’s universal community”.

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The Dutch public health institute says that 1,270 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the highest number since mid-April.

The rise Friday marks the second time this week that Dutch daily infections have topped 1,000 and are the latest sign that the virus is making a resurgence in the Netherlands.

The increase comes despite a bottleneck at testing stations around the country due to delays at laboratories that process the tests.

People wear facemasks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus walk through Amsterdam, Wednesday August 5, 2020 (AP)

More than 6,200 people are confirmed to have died in the pandemic in the Netherlands, though the true number is higher because not everybody who died of suspected COVID-19 was tested.

On Tuesday, the public health institute reported that 5,427 people tested positive in the previous week, an increase of 1,830 compared to the week earlier.

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Election Live Updates: Biden, Harris and Pence to Make Labor Day Visits Today

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During a Labor Day news conference outside of the White House, President Trump launched into a personal screed against his rival for president, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., calling him a “stupid person” and dismissing Senator Kamala Harris, Mr. Biden’s running mate, as “not a competent person” whom he predicted would never serve as president.

Mr. Trump, who has been hoping that an October announcement of a vaccine to treat the coronavirus could help his electoral chances in November, said that Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris were spreading “reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric” because they have raised questions about his political motivations for an accelerated timeline.

“Contrary to all of the lies, Biden wants to surrender our country to the virus,” Mr. Trump claimed. “He wants to surrender our families to the violent left-wing mob, and he wants to surrender our jobs to China. Our jobs and economic well-being.”

“Biden doesn’t have a clue,” he said. “You know he doesn’t have a clue. In prime time he wasn’t good, and now it is not prime time.”




Trump ‘Undermining Public Confidence,’ on Vaccine, Biden Says

Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee for president, pushed for full transparency on a vaccine for the coronavirus and said that President Trump’s approach was unhelpful.

Reporter: “Would you take the the Covid vaccine if the Trump administration offered it before the election?” “I would want to see what the scientists said.” “Do you trust Fauci and the F.D.A., sir?” “I would want full transparency on the vaccine. One of the problems with the way he’s playing with policy, is he’s said so many things that aren’t true, I’m worried if we do have really good vaccine, people are going to be reluctant to take it. So he’s undermining public confidence. But pray God we have it. If I could get a vaccine tomorrow I’d do it. If it cost me the election, I’d do it. We need a vaccine. We need it now.”

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Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee for president, pushed for full transparency on a vaccine for the coronavirus and said that President Trump’s approach was unhelpful.CreditCredit…Hannah Yoon for The New York Times

Mr. Biden, for his part, said Monday that he would get a vaccine tomorrow if scientists said it was safe and effective, but that Mr. Trump had politicized the process.

“One of the problems with playing with politics is he’s said so many things that aren’t true, I’m worried if we do have a really good vaccine, people are going to be reluctant to take it,” he said. “He’s undermining public confidence. But pray God, we have it — if I could get a vaccine tomorrow, I’d do it. If it cost me the election, I’d do it. We need a vaccine and we need it now.”

At the Republican National Convention, Mr. Trump’s advisers made it clear that the attack line against Mr. Biden they wanted to drive home was portraying him as a “Trojan Horse” of the left. But Mr. Trump on Monday resuscitated a more personal attack from the primaries, noting that he liked to call Hunter Biden, Mr. Biden’s son, “Where’s Hunter,” claiming he benefited from his father’s government position to enrich himself and his business.

“Biden is a stupid person, you know that,” he later claimed.

Mr. Trump said of Ms. Harris, “she will never be president,” and accused her of “disparaging a vaccine so that people don’t think the achievement was a great achievement.”

During the news conference, Mr. Trump lauded a reporter who removed his mask to ask a question, noting “you sound so clear as opposed to everyone else where they refuse” to remove them to speak.

Mr. Trump also defended himself against allegations that he had privately referred to American troops killed in combat as “losers” and “suckers.”

“I’m not saying the military is in love with me, the soldiers are,” he said. “The top people in the Pentagon probably aren’t because they want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs, who make the planes, and make everything else stay happy.”

President Trump said on Monday that he would support an investigation of the postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, for reportedly pressuring employees at his former company to donate to Republican candidates and then reimbursing them through bonuses.

“Let the investigations go,” Mr. Trump said when asked during a Labor Day news conference at the White House if he would support an inquiry into the practice, which was first reported by The Washington Post.

Mr. DeJoy, through a spokesman, told The Washington Post that he “believes that he has always followed campaign fund-raising laws and regulations.”

The arrangement at New Breed Logistics, Mr. DeJoy’s former company, was described to The Times by three former employees, who said that workers would receive bonuses if they donated to candidates he supported, and that it was expected that managers would participate. A fourth employee confirmed that managers at the company were routinely solicited to make donations. The four former employees spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of professional retaliation.

Monty Hagler, a spokesman for Mr. DeJoy, told The Times in a statement that Mr. DeJoy “was never notified” of any pressure employees might have felt to make a political contribution, and “regrets if any employee felt uncomfortable for any reason.”

Mr. Hagler added that Mr. DeJoy had consulted with the former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission on election laws “to ensure that he, New Breed Logistics and any person affiliated with New Breed fully complied with any and all laws.”

Mr. Trump defended Mr. DeJoy, a former top campaign donor he tapped to serve as postmaster general last May, as a “very respected man.” He said that he was only vaguely familiar with the report about the illegal fund-raising practice.

“I think he’s a very honest guy, but we will see,” Mr. Trump said. When asked whether Mr. DeJoy should lose his job if the campaign finance scheme he was running was proved to be illegal, Mr. Trump said he was open to it. “If something could be proven that he did something wrong, always.”

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In a meeting with union members in Pennsylvania on Monday, Joseph R. Biden Jr. condemned President Trump’s job and trade policies and cast the president as an enemy of working Americans.

Mr. Biden, sitting in a supporter’s back yard in Lancaster with four local union members, said that Mr. Trump only cared about the stock market and criticized him for not meeting with congressional leaders on a new relief package for people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

He argued that strengthening unions would help the country recover from the current recession, and said that, if elected, he would be “the best friend labor has ever had in the White House.”

It was a message that stood in stark contrast to that of the Trump administration, which has scaled back some worker protections and supported efforts to limit collective bargaining. Patricia Bowermaster, a member of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1156, said the president’s executive orders had gutted unions’ ability to represent workers.

Three of the union members who attended the event with Mr. Biden were also Army veterans, and Mr. Biden asked them about the disparaging remarks Mr. Trump has been accused of making about service members who were killed in combat.

“Do you think most of those guys are ‘suckers’?” he asked Howard Nash, a veteran and member of a pipe fitters’ union.

“No,” Mr. Nash said.

Later in the day, Mr. Biden will travel to the Pennsylvania A.F.L.-C.I.O. headquarters in Harrisburg for a virtual event with the union’s president and members.

In her first excursion to a battleground state since she became the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, Senator Kamala Harris met privately in Wisconsin on Monday with the family of Jacob Blake, a Black man shot repeatedly in the back by police officers.

Family members at the meeting included Mr. Blake’s father and sisters; his mother and Mr. Blake himself participated by phone.

“They’re carrying the weight of a lot of voices on their shoulders,” Ms. Harris told reporters afterward, adding that she had wanted “to express concern for their well-being and, of course, for their brother and their son’s well-being, and to let them know that they have support.”

The police shooting of Mr. Blake in Kenosha, Wis., last month set off major protests there, which President Trump has seized on to support his exaggerated claims that the country is being consumed by violence. Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic presidential nominee, responded by condemning looting and rioting while expressing support for peaceful racial-justice protesters.

Mr. Biden met with Mr. Blake’s family and legal team on Thursday. He also spoke by phone with Mr. Blake himself, who is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the shooting.

While she was in the Milwaukee area on Monday, Ms. Harris also toured an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers training center and met with union members.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. — Vice President Mike Pence used a Labor Day visit to one of the most crucial battleground states to attack Joseph R. Biden Jr. for criticizing law enforcement, claiming that Mr. Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, would perpetuate “polices that have literally led to violence in our major American cities.”

Appearing in western Wisconsin less than a week after President Trump visited Kenosha, Wis., which has endured arson and looting after the police shooting of Jacob Blake, Mr. Pence scorned Mr. Biden for not criticizing Democratic mayors or mentioning Antifa by name in his condemnation of violence.

The vice president said Mr. Trump had “quelled the violence” by sending in federal troops to assist local law enforcement.

While acknowledging that the police use of force should be “thoroughly investigated,” Mr. Pence did not mention Mr. Blake and instead focused on the violent aftermath of his shooting.

“Rioting and looting is not peaceful protest, burning businesses is not free speech,” he said, vowing that those who do so “will be prosecuted to fullest extent of the law.”

Republicans have sought to elevate the issue of law an order to make up ground against Mr. Biden, who has enjoyed a steady lead in the polls in Wisconsin, a state that Mr. Trump carried by less than a point in 2016. Mr. Biden has responded by airing a commercial, here, and in other swing states, that features footage of him from his speech in Pittsburgh, in which he spoke out against violence.

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Four days after The Atlantic published a report about how President Trump had privately referred to American troops killed in combat as “losers” and “suckers” during a 2018 trip to France, a former deputy White House chief of staff released a carefully worded statement in which he claimed he was not a source for the story. But he did not dismiss the comments outright.

“You can put me on the record denying that I spoke with The Atlantic!” Zachary D. Fuentes, the former deputy White House chief of staff, on Monday said in a statement he sent to multiple news outlets. Mr. Fuentes served as deputy to John F. Kelly, the former White House chief of staff. At the time, Mr. Fuentes was said to be responsible for making the decision not to fly Marine One to visit Belleau Wood, a cemetery for American soldiers killed in World War I, because of bad weather, and other officials said he had assured Mr. Trump it was fine for him to miss the ceremony there. The Atlantic article cited “four people with firsthand knowledge of the discussion that day.”

In his statement released Monday, Mr. Fuentes said he did not hear the president call anyone “losers when I told him about the weather” and claimed that Mr. Kelly, a former four-star Marine general, would not have “stood by and let ANYONE call fallen Marines losers.”

“Whoever the sources are,” Mr. Fuentes said, “they are unlikely first hand accounts, and they are conflating stories.”

Before contacting The Times, Mr. Fuentes first sent a similar statement to Breitbart News, a right-wing website, saying that the sources for The Atlantic story were likely “conflating those people from something the day after.” His statement to The Times, however, did not make any mention of any conversations occurring “the day after,” and Mr. Fuentes did not respond to a follow-up question seeking clarification.

In his statement, Mr. Fuentes also said he was “disappointed” that Mr. Trump was critical of Mr. Kelly, who so far has declined on the record interviews about the trip, and has told associates he doesn’t want to become a lightning rod for Trump supporters by speaking out about the president.

At a news conference on Labor Day, Mr. Trump, who has been enraged by The Atlantic report since it came out last week, said he was “very heartened to see Zach Fuentes came out with the statement he did last night that it was not true.”

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Labor Day is the traditional kickoff to the fall campaign season, but this year the holiday represents something more: the first time both candidates for vice president will be on the trail on the same day in the same state.

Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris on Monday will be on opposite ends of Wisconsin, a battleground that’s increasingly essential to President Trump’s electoral map.

Why Wisconsin is so important

While Democrats would relish reclaiming Wisconsin after Hillary Clinton’s narrow loss there in 2016, it’s more imperative for Mr. Trump to keep it in his column. If he holds every other state he captured in 2016, the president must win at least one of the three pivotal Big Ten states to claim re-election: Michigan, Pennsylvania or Wisconsin. With his campaign increasingly concerned about his ability to win again in Michigan, where it has cut its advertising, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania loom even larger. And if Mr. Biden can run just slightly stronger in the state of his birth and early childhood than Mrs. Clinton did and win Pennsylvania, Mr. Trump’s hopes may rest entirely on Wisconsin.

Pence and Harris will visit very different parts of the state

The vice president is speaking to employees at the Dairyland Power Cooperative in La Crosse, a heavily white city at the western edge of the state. Ms. Harris is visiting with union workers and leaders as well as African-American businesspeople and pastors in Milwaukee, the Black hub of the state. They are both expected to focus on the economy.

Yet their political missions are different. The vice president is hoping to appeal to voters in a historically Democratic part of Wisconsin, where Mr. Trump outperformed his Republican predecessors, in hopes they abandon their political roots again. Ms. Harris, for her part, is hoping to rouse Black Democrats in a city where far fewer of them showed up in 2016 than in former President Barack Obama’s two winning campaigns.

Harris makes a swing-state debut

Ms. Harris’s trip on Monday will be the first time she has appeared with battleground state voters and, really, the first time she has been in any sort of spontaneous setting since she was chosen. Such forums are not her forte — she’s better working from prepared remarks — so Mr. Biden’s top aides will be keeping a close eye on how closely she sticks to her talking points. That could help shape the nature of the events she does in the final stretch of the campaign.

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The presidential campaign, long muffled by the coronavirus pandemic, will burst into a newly intense and public phase after Labor Day, with Joseph R. Biden Jr. moving aggressively to defend his polling lead against a ferocious onslaught by President Trump aimed chiefly at white voters in the Midwest.

Private polls conducted for both parties during and after their August conventions found the race largely stable but tightening slightly in some states, with Mr. Trump recovering some support from conservative-leaning rural voters who had drifted away over the summer.

But Mr. Biden continues to enjoy advantages with nearly every other group, especially in populous areas where the virus remains at the forefront for voters, according to people briefed on the data.

No president has entered Labor Day weekend — the traditional kickoff of the fall campaign — as such a clear underdog since George H.W. Bush in 1992. Mr. Trump has not led in public polls in such must-win states as Florida since Mr. Biden claimed the nomination in April, and there has been little fluctuation in the race.

Still, the president’s surprise win in 2016 weighs heavily in the thinking of nervous Democrats and hopeful Republicans alike.

Mr. Trump’s effort to revive his candidacy by blaming Mr. Biden’s party for scenes of looting and arson in American cities has jolted Mr. Biden into a more proactive posture, one that some Democrats have long urged him to adopt.

The former vice president spent last week pushing back forcefully on Mr. Trump’s often false attacks, after encouragement from allies including former Secretary of State John F. Kerry, whose 2004 presidential campaign faltered in the face of a concerted smear campaign about his Vietnam War service.

Both parties see Mr. Trump with a narrow path to re-election that runs through heavily white states like Wisconsin and Minnesota, where his strategy of racial division could help him catch Mr. Biden. But the president is also on defense in diverse Southern and Western states he carried in 2016, including Florida, North Carolina, Arizona and Georgia.

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President Trump has made it clear over the last few days that, in his view, the country’s real race problem is bias against white Americans.

Just days after returning from Kenosha, Wis., where he staunchly backed law enforcement and did not mention the name of Jacob Blake, the Black man shot seven times in the back by the police, Mr. Trump issued an order on Friday to purge the federal government of racial sensitivity training that his White House called “divisive, anti-American propaganda.”

The president then spent much of the weekend tweeting about his action, presenting himself as a warrior against identity politics. “This is a sickness that cannot be allowed to continue,” he wrote of such programs. “Please report any sightings so we can quickly extinguish!” He reposted a tweet from a conservative outlet hailing his order: “Sorry liberals! How to be Anti-White 101 is permanently cancelled!”

Not in generations has a sitting president so overtly declared himself the candidate of white America.

While Mr. Trump’s campaign sought to temper the culture war messaging at the Republican National Convention last month by showcasing Black and Hispanic supporters who denied that he is a racist, the president himself has increasingly made appeals to the grievances of white supporters a centerpiece of his campaign to win a second term.

The message appears designed to galvanize supporters who have cheered what they see as a defiant stand against political correctness since the days when he kicked off his last presidential campaign in 2015 by denouncing, without evidence, Mexicans crossing the border as “rapists.”

While he initially voiced concern over the killing of George Floyd under the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis this spring, which touched off nationwide protests, he has focused since then almost entirely on defending the police and condemning demonstrations during which there have been outbreaks of looting and violence.

“Trump is the most extreme, and he has done something that is beyond the bounds of anything we have seen,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “Playing with racism is a dangerous game. It’s not that you can do it a little bit or do it slyly or do it with a dog whistle. It’s all dangerous, and it’s all potentially violent.”

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President Trump routinely referred to Black leaders of foreign nations with racist insults. He had an abiding admiration for President Vladimir V. Putin’s willingness to treat Russia like a personal business. And he was consumed with hatred for President Barack Obama.

Those are the descriptions that Michael D. Cohen, a former personal lawyer and self-described fixer for Mr. Trump, lays out in his book, “Disloyal: A Memoir,” which paints the president as a sordid, moblike figure willing to engage in underhanded tactics against anyone opposing him.

“As a rule, Trump expressed low opinions of all Black folks, from music to culture and politics,” Mr. Cohen writes in the book, to be released Tuesday. He describes Mr. Trump calling Nelson Mandela, who led the emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule, “no leader.”

“Tell me one country run by a Black person that isn’t a shithole,” Mr. Cohen quotes Mr. Trump as saying. He also alleges that Mr. Trump called Kwame Jackson, a Black contestant on his reality TV show “The Apprentice,” a homophobic slur, and that he had deep disgust with Black leaders in addition to celebrities and sports figures.

He also was obsessed with Mr. Obama, Mr. Cohen writes. The book describes Mr. Trump hiring “a Faux-Bama, or fake Obama, to record a video where Trump ritualistically belittled the first Black president and then fired him, a kind of fantasy fulfillment that it was hard to imagine any adult would spend serious money living out — until he did the functional equivalent in the real world.”

The video Mr. Cohen describes appears to be a recording that was supposed to be shown the first night of the Republican National Convention in 2012, when Mr. Trump had endorsed the party’s presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, and insisted on having time during the programming.

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President Trump was proudly litigious before his victory in 2016 and has remained so in the White House. But one big factor has changed: He has drawn on campaign donations as a piggy bank for his legal expenses to a degree far greater than any of his predecessors.

In New York, Mr. Trump dispatched a team of lawyers to seek damages of more than $1 million from a former campaign worker after she claimed she had been the target of sexual discrimination and harassment by another aide. The lawyers have been paid $1.5 million by the Trump campaign for work on the case and others related to the president.

In Washington, Mr. Trump and his campaign affiliates hired lawyers to assist members of his staff and family — including a onetime bodyguard, his oldest son and his son-in-law — as they were pulled into investigations related to Russia and Ukraine. The Republican National Committee has paid at least $2.5 million in legal bills to the firms that did this and other legal work.

In California, Mr. Trump sued to block a law that would have forced him to release his taxes if he wanted to run for re-election. The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee have paid the law firm handling this case, among others, $1.8 million.

Mr. Trump’s tendency to turn to the courts — and the legal issues that have stemmed from norm-breaking characteristics of his presidency — helps explain how he and his affiliated political entities have spent at least $58.4 million in donations on legal and compliance work since 2015, according to a tally by The New York Times and the nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute.

By comparison, President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee spent $10.7 million on legal and compliance expenses during the equivalent period starting in 2007. President George W. Bush also spent much less, even taking into account his legal spending on the recount fight that went to the Supreme Court, records show.

The spending on behalf of Mr. Trump covers not only legal work that would be relatively routine for any president or candidate and some of the costs related to the Russia inquiry and his impeachment, but also cases in which he has a personal stake, including attempts to enforce nondisclosure agreements and protect his business interests.

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What we know today, Sunday September 6

Welcome to your serving of the day’s breaking news from South Australia, the nation and abroad. Follow this post for live updates through the day.

South Australia establishes rapid-response team

A team of nurses is being established with the goal of providing rapid responses to community outbreaks of COVID-19 outside of hospitals in South Australia, as well as other medical needs.

Up to 150 nurses and midwives will be recruited to the team.

Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, Adjunct Associate Professor Jenny Hurley, on Sunday said the move would ensure South Australia is better placed to respond to outbreaks.

“As part of these nursing/midwifery teams, we are recruiting for additional infection control nurses who will ensure our strong infection control protocols and practices relating to PPE, hand hygiene, environmental cleaning, linen, and waste management are being implemented,” she said.

It comes as an SA Pathology mobile COVID-19 testing clinic opened on Sunday at Angaston Hospital to provide easier access to testing for those in the local community.

South Australia recorded no new cases on Sunday, with more than 400,000 tests undertaken.

Australia’s national death toll is now 753 after Victoria recorded 63 new cases and five more deaths on Sunday, taking the number of state fatalities to 666.

Daily case numbers in the southern state have been tracking steadily down in recent weeks and are now frequently below 100.

NSW recorded 10 new coronavirus cases, including two year 7 students from a prestigious Sydney Catholic school.

Queensland has recorded two more infections while more than 200 hospital staff are in quarantine after being linked to the growing Brisbane Youth Detention Centre and Queensland Corrective Services cluster.

Melbourne curfew remains until October 26

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed some COVID-19 restrictions will soon be eased but Melbourne’s curfew will remain until at least October 26.

Andrews says stage four restrictions will remain in place but from September 14, the nightly curfew will start an hour later at 9pm, instead of 8pm, and run until 5am.

People living alone can nominate a friend or family member who can visit them and two hours of daily exercise will be allowed, including “social interactions” such as having a picnic at a local park or reading a book at the beach.

Further restrictions could be eased from September 28 and the government will consider lifting the curfew entirely from October 26.

“We can’t run out of lockdown. We have to take steady and safe steps out of lockdown to find that COVID normal,” Andrews said on Sunday.

Victorians were warned earlier on Sunday that daily coronavirus cases might not be low enough by mid-September, raising the prospect of more months under lockdown.

University of Melbourne modelling says based on current levels of social distancing, the 14-day case average was likely to be around 63 cases by September 17.

“With so many cases in the community, re-opening at this point will risk a resurgence, undoing all of the gains achieved from lockdown,” the modelling released by the state government overnight on Saturday concluded.

If that happened, restrictions could be “reimposed and last much longer”.

“Keeping Stage 4 restrictions until case numbers are low enough to safely reopen will enable all Victorians to get back to COVID-normal, faster,” the modelling said.

On Friday, Victoria’s 14-day case average was 116.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday warned the Victorian government’s decision to extend it harsh lockdown will come at a cost to both the state and national economy, with further job loses expected.

 The Australian Industry Group has condemned the roadmap, saying it only prolongs the pain.

“Today’s so-called Victorian roadmap to recovery is a document of despair for industry and their employees,” Ai Group chief executive Innes Willox said.

Rival groups square off at Kentucky Derby

Armed supporters of police and anti-racism protesters have squared off near the famed Kentucky Derby horse race, as duelling demonstrations over racial justice and policing continue to grind on across US cities.

A large group of protesters marched toward the Churchill Downs track chanting “No Justice, No Derby” – a nod to an earlier call by activists for the historic Louisville race to be cancelled.

It was being held without spectators to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

As preliminary events got underway, about 200 members of NFAC – a militia group which has protested against police killings of black people – gathered at a park just outside and were inspecting their weapons.

Louisville has emerged as one flashpoint in a summer of unrest due to the death of Breonna Taylor, a black 26-year-old killed when police burst into her apartment with a “no-knock” arrest warrant in March.

Earlier on Saturday, some of the counterprotesters outside Churchill Downs, brandishing pistols and long guns, squared off with a group of Black Lives Matter protesters and got into shoving matches.

The counter-protesters included about 250 pro-police demonstrators including Dylan Stevens, the leader of a group who goes by the nickname “The Angry Viking.”

In Portland, Oregon – another flashpoint – police arrested 27 people overnight, mostly on charges of interfering with law enforcement or disorderly conduct.

Expanded testing of SA wastewater

Testing of South Australian wastewater will be expanded, after evidence of coronavirus was discovered at two treatment plants.

One of the positive sewerage tests came from a treatment plant at Bolivar, which has a catchment of 700,000 properties, including Adelaide’s CBD where virus patients have been kept in hotels.

The other positive test came from Angaston in the Barossa Valley, covering about 2000 properties.

Prof Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier on Saturday said the results did not necessarily point to community transmission, and further wastewater testing will be carried in days to come.

“We can’t trace that back and say there is definitely people in these areas with COVID-19,” she said.

“It doesn’t mean we have an infectious case out there but we certainly couldn’t rule that out.”

The virus was excreted in faeces for a “prolonged period” after someone tested positive, she said.

Authorities will ramp up testing at Bolivar and Angaston to try and determine the cause of the positive results.

Spurrier added wastewater is being tested in three communities in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.

Testing is also underway at a number of SA Water’s other sewage treatment plants.

It comes as restrictions further eased on Saturday, with up to 150 people now allowed to attend weddings and funerals, and restrictions at bars further relaxed.

About 200 people rallied in Adelaide to protest against government coronavirus restrictions, a possible vaccine and privacy breaches.

The peaceful protest, part of a national wave of anti-lockdown marches, started in Rundle Park and from East Terrace along North Terrace to South Australia’s Parliament House.

South Australia records first case in 12 days

South Australia on Saturday registered a new COVID-19 case for the first time in 12 days.

A Victorian woman in her 20s who tried to travel through Adelaide Airport to Alice Springs without correct permission tested positive in hotel quarantine late on Friday.

She had arrived from Melbourne on a Jetstar flight on Thursday along with four of her young cousins.

“We were not expecting this person to be coming into South Australia,” Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier told reporters on Saturday.

“In fact, our normal procedure would have been to book a flight and send her back to Victoria but given she had four young people with her, we elected to put her in a medi-hotel.”

The woman had no virus symptoms and further testing was being done to determine if it was an old infection, Professor Spurrier said, saying the woman likely had no close contacts.

Tough Father’s Day under restrictions

Father’s Day will be quieter for many Australian families this year as tough restrictions across Victoria, gathering limits in other states, and border closures hamper traditions.

Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd on Saturday said today would be a hard Father’s Day for many who would be separated from their dads because of health measures.

NSW Health advised against visiting fathers in aged care homes in Sydney, Blue Mountains or Central Coast on Sunday.

“We understand this will be difficult for many families on Father’s Day, however our priority is to prevent the spread of the virus into the most vulnerable people in the community,” Dr Christine Selvey said.

Travis Boak of the Power kicks during the Round 16 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and Port Adelaide Power at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast. Photo: AAP/Dave Hunt

Trouble for Port pair after big AFL win

AFL ladder leaders Port Adelaide have lost Ryan Burton to injury after what could prove to be a costly 36-point win over North Melbourne.

In his second game back from a quadriceps injury, Burton went down with the same issue before quarter-time at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night, where Port Adelaide notched a comfortable 11.12 (78) to 6.6 (42) victory .

The Power may pay an additional price for the win, with Zak Butters to face match review scrutiny following a high bump on North’s Jy Simpkin during the third quarter.

Simpkin was ordered to the bench and played no further part in the match.

The Kangaroos showed fight and scrapped to stay with Port in the first half.

But the Power’s better ball movement and efficiency in attack were telling as Ollie Wines, Travis Boak and Tom Rockliff controlled the midfield battle.

Wines and key forward Charlie Dixon kicked two goals apiece as Port spread the scoring load.

Toll rises from Bangladesh mosque explosion

The death toll from a suspected gas explosion and fire at a mosque outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka has risen to 20.

The explosion on Friday night hit as Muslim worshippers were about to end their evening prayers at the Baitus Salat Jame mosque in Narayanganj district, nearly 25km south of Dhaka.

Thirty-seven victims with severe wounds were taken to Dhaka’s specialist burn and plastic surgery institute.

Among those to die at hospital was the mosque’s imam, doctor Partha Sankar Paul told reporters, adding the death toll could rise further.

Doctors say seven-year-old boy who had burns on nearly 95 per cent of his body died hours after he was admitted to the hospital.

Authorities suspect a gas leak might have caused the explosion.

“Primarily, we are suspecting that gas accumulated from a line beneath the mosque might have caused the explosion,” said Abdullah Al Arefin from the fire service.

Six air conditioners inside the mosque also exploded, he said.

A police bomb disposal unit has collected evidence from the scene to examine the cause of the blast.

The state-run gas transmission and distribution agency, Titas, and the district administration have launched separate probes into the accident.

Second typhoon halts cattle ship search

Japan’s coastguard has suspended its search for crew missing from a cattle ship in the East China Sea due to bad weather from a typhoon.

A third crewman from the Gulf Livestock 1 that capsized in a storm off Japan with a crew of 43, including two Australians and two New Zealanders, and a cargo of nearly 6000 cattle, was found alive on Friday.

The search continued through noon Japan time, without finding more crew but vessels, planes and divers were pulled out due to bad weather, Junpei Sakaguchi, an officer at search and rescue division at the 10th regional maritime safety headquarters of Japan Coast Guard told Reuters by phone.

“We plan to resume the search when sea and weather conditions improve but we don’t know when that would be as it will depend on weather,” he said.

The powerful Typhoon Haishen is approaching southwestern Japan, with weather forecasters warning of heavy rain, huge waves and high tides.

The Gulf Livestock 1 was transporting cattle from New Zealand to China when it sent a distress call from the west of Amami Oshima island in southwestern Japan on Wednesday as Typhoon Maysak lashed the area with strong winds and heavy seas.

The third rescued crewman, 30-year-old Filipino Jay-nel Rosals, was found on a life raft waving for help 2km off Kodakarajima, a small island in Japan’s southern Kagoshima prefecture.

Rescuers also found an overturned orange lifeboat floating off Kodakarajima but no one was found on that boat.

Rosals’ rescue came hours after another crewman died after being pulled unconscious from the water by the coastguard.

– with AAP and Reuters

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Victoria’s coronavirus roadmap out of stage 4 lockdown restrictions will be released by Daniel Andrews today. Here’s what we know

It’s the plan we have all been waiting to see.

Today Premier Daniel Andrews will reveal just how Victoria plans to ease its way out of coronavirus restrictions and find a new “COVID normal”.

But some roadmap details have already been released — here is what we know so far.

There will be different rules for regional areas

The Premier confirmed on Tuesday there would be two separate plans — one for Melbourne, where the majority of COVID-19 infections have occurred, and one for regional Victoria, where there have been far fewer cases.

Regional Victoria is expected to be allowed to ease some restrictions faster than metropolitan Melbourne.

“It will be a series of rules, a series of phases that will be different because the virus is different in regional Victoria,” Mr Andrews said.

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Regional Victoria and Melbourne to have different ‘roadmaps’ out of restrictions

The roadmap won’t be based on specific dates

The Premier has said the roadmaps won’t have specific dates attached to the easing of each restriction.

“It won’t contain absolutely certain commitments for all of October, November, December.”

He said data on virus transmission would determine the dates on which restrictions would be eased.

“We will have to add to that [roadmap] and fill in some of the detail, not based on what we hope, but based on what the data tells us as we get case numbers each day, each week, right throughout the rest of the year,” he said.

It’s likely to include a ‘traffic light system’

Documents shown to businesses earlier this week show the Victorian Government was considering using a traffic light system for workplaces, to show the risk, and level of restrictions, faced by different sectors.

Under that system a red rating would mean businesses must remain closed, an orange rating would allow heavily restricted sectors, a yellow rating would mean fewer restrictions and a green rating would mean operating with a COVID-safe plan.

A sector’s rating would be determined by factors including its estimated level of risk, recent compliance levels and the economic return of reopening.

University of New South Wales epidemiology professor Mary-Louise McLaws previously told the ABC such a system could be based on the number of new infections over a two-week period.

Her idea would see restriction levels change in line with the colour-coded alert levels.

Professor McLaws said a clear and defined number of cases for red, amber and green levels would be needed to help people understand why restrictions were being applied.

A man in a suit crosses the road while wearing a surgical mask, and holding a morning coffee
Many Victorians have not been able to work in their usual office or at all during lockdown. The state’s roadmap will include new workplace rules and details about businesses reopening.(ABC News: Simon Winter)

Workplaces will look different when staff can return

The Victorian Government will encourage workplaces to create “bubbles” where possible, which will limit the number of people staff have close contact with.

This could be done through rostering people into groups that do not come into contact with one another, or restricting the number of sites a person works across.

Workplaces will also be asked to run meetings and breaks outdoors where possible, and to open windows and doors for airflow.

The Premier said cafes, bars, restaurants, retail and personal care industries would be among those covered by the roadmap announcement.

Info on physical distancing, masks, hygiene, if staff get sick, avoid interactions in enclosed spaces and workplace bubbles
The Victorian Government released this fact sheet outlining the six things all businesses should fix to keep COVID-safe.(Supplied: Victorian Government)

A draft plan was published, but the Government says it’s out-of-date

Documents leaked to the Herald Sun newspaper earlier in the week suggested Melbourne’s stage 4 lockdown would be extended by a fortnight but people would be allowed to increase their daily outdoor exercise to two hours, and single people and parents would be given the right to have a nominated visitor at home.

The documents also said the state would only see a phased reopening of schools for term four.

The documents showed many restrictions would begin to ease at the end of September, with plans for the nighttime curfew to be lifted and outdoor socialising allowed for up to five people.

But Mr Andrews said the documents published were out-of-date and had “no status”.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng told media at the time that the “internal working document” did not “represent any decisions that have been made”.

He said he had seen dozens of plans since the document that was published was created.

A group of four sit around a table outside at a cafe with takeaway coffee on a bright morning.
Victorian cafes have only been able to offer take-away service, with operators keen to find out when they can open dine-in options.(ABC News: Ron Ekkel)

Localised lockdowns are unlikely

On Thursday, Professor Cheng said it was unlikely Melbourne would return to localised lockdowns, where tightened restrictions were reimposed on areas where transmission is higher.

“I don’t think that that will probably be possible,” he said.

“Mobility within Melbourne is fairly high. And at the moment we are still seeing, even in [local government areas] that don’t have many cases, we’re still seeing some cases.”

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