Australia live news update: Scott Morrison lands in Rome for G20; crowds to test eased Melbourne Covid restrictions

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Melbourne and Victoria’s regions were reunited aft coronavirus restrictions eased astatine 6pm past night, up of the authorities hitting its 80% afloat vaccination people this play weekend.

Masks are nary longer mandatory extracurricular and non-essential retail and gyms are reopening, with crowds to trial the state’s Covid-19 vaccination check-in strategy today.

A assemblage of 5,500 is expected done the gates of Flemington Racecourse for Derby Day today, marking the commencement of the four-day Melbourne Cup carnival.

Later, successful the bosom of the city, astir 4,000 euphony fans volition stitchery for a performance astatine the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and performances from Baker Boy, Amyl and the Sniffers, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Other smaller outdoor gigs affiliated with the Play connected Victoria bid volition besides beryllium held crossed determination Victoria implicit the weekend.

Victoria recorded 1,656 cases connected Friday and 10 deaths arsenic it was announced its regular Covid wellness briefings would end. NSW recorded 268 cases and 2 deaths, portion the ACT recorded 10 section cases.

More than 6,000 Covid cases person been reported successful Indigenous Australians, Senate estimates was told connected Friday. Just fractional of Indigenous Australians aged implicit 16 are afloat vaccinated.

The premier minister, Scott Morrison, arrived successful Italy connected Friday nighttime for a G20 meeting. Morrison told reporters Australia had “started the mode back” successful repairing diplomatic ties with France aft a telephone telephone with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, connected Thursday. The telephone followed Australia scrapping a $90bn submarine woody with Naval Group successful favour of an statement with the US and UK connected nuclear-powered subs.

US president Joe Biden met with Marcron astatine France’s Vatican embassy successful Rome connected Friday and acknowledged that the announcement of a information and exertion pact that blindsided France was a “clumsy” occurrence handled with a deficiency of grace.

Thousands of Victorian households are inactive without powerfulness after chaotic storms battered parts of the state.

Yesterday the quality was dominated by erstwhile NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian’s appearance earlier Icac, successful which she said she inactive wouldn’t person disclosed her adjacent idiosyncratic narration with Daryl Maguire to her ministerial colleagues if she had her clip again. Among the revelations was confirmation she secured much than $100m for a infirmary successful Maguire’s Wagga Wagga electorate.