The Newest: Australia media say restrictions to be tightened

The Latest: Australia media say restrictions to be tightened




The "Oilworkers" sculpture by Beatriz Blanco is reflected in the sunglasses of a woman wearing a stylized protective face mask as a precaution against the new coronavirus, on Sabana Grande boulevard in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)


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The “Oilworkers” sculpture by Beatriz Blanco is mirrored within the sun shades of a girl carrying a stylized protecting face masks as a precaution in opposition to the brand new coronavirus, on Sabana Grande boulevard in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (AP Picture/Matias Delacroix)

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian media are reporting that coronavirus-forced restrictions in Melbourne may very well be tightened from subsequent week as authorities attempt to stem the unfold of COVID-19.

The Sunday Age reported town could also be positioned underneath a six-week interval of extra stringent constraints, together with the virtually full shutdown of Melbourne’s public transport community, ranging from Wednesday.



A man walks his dog as the sun sets in Asuncion, Paraguay, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)


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A person walks his canine because the solar units in Asuncion, Paraguay, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, amid the brand new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Picture/Jorge Saenz)

The Sunday Herald Solar experiences Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews will announce the brand new measures over the following two days. Additionally they embrace limiting the gap residents might journey from their houses and the closure of extra companies promoting non-essential items.

It comes as Australia’s COVID-19 demise toll rose to 201, with Victoria state leaders contemplating New Zealand-style lockdowns to get group transmission underneath management. Victoria on Saturday reported the deaths of a person and two ladies aged of their 80s and 90s, and 397 new circumstances.

The state’s chief well being officer, Brett Sutton, stated stricter lockdowns like these enforced in New Zealand had been being thought of. Underneath the New Zealand mannequin, all companies would shut down aside from important companies.



The Staatsphilharmonie plays a concert on the lake stage on the Gro'er Dutzendteich in front of spectators who watch the concert on their own boats, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Nuremberg, Germany. Due to the musical events Bardentreffen, Klassik Open Air and Stars in Luitpoldhain, which were cancelled due to the coronavirus, the project office in the Culture Division of the City of Nuremberg has organized three different concerts with an open-air concert weekend on the banks of the Dutzendteich. (Daniel Karmann/dpa via AP)


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The Staatsphilharmonie performs a live performance on the lake stage on the Gro’er Dutzendteich in entrance of spectators who watch the live performance on their very own boats, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Nuremberg, Germany. As a result of musical occasions Bardentreffen, Klassik Open Air and Stars in Luitpoldhain, which had been cancelled as a result of coronavirus, the mission workplace within the Tradition Division of the Metropolis of Nuremberg has organized three totally different live shows with an open-air live performance weekend on the banks of the Dutzendteich. (Daniel Karmann/dpa through AP)

On Sunday, New South Wales confirmed its first coronavirus-related demise in additional than a month as authorities sought to suppress numerous rising clusters at a lodge and several other eating places in Sydney.



FILE- In this May 13, 2020, file photo, registered nurse Stephanie Mundo conducts a COVID-19 test at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. New York broke a COVID-19 testing record Friday, July 31, 2020, by conducting 82,737 tests, the highest number ever conducted in a single day in the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday in a written statement. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)


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FILE- On this Might 13, 2020, file picture, registered nurse Stephanie Mundo conducts a COVID-19 take a look at on the Abyssinian Baptist Church within the Harlem neighborhood of New York. New York broke a COVID-19 testing document Friday, July 31, 2020, by conducting 82,737 checks, the best quantity ever carried out in a single day within the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced on Saturday in a written assertion. (AP Picture/Mary Altaffer, File)

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— 1000’s have converged in Berlin to protest Germany’s coronavirus restrictions at an indication proclaiming “the top of the pandemic” has arrived. The protest comes as German authorities are voicing growing considerations about an uptick in new infections.



FILE- In this July 8, 2020 file photo, Eric Antosh has a nasal swab taken by a nurse at a COVID-19 testing site in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York broke a COVID-19 testing record Friday, July 31, 2020, by conducting 82,737 tests, the highest number ever conducted in a single day in the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday in a written statement. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)


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FILE- On this July 8, 2020 file picture, Eric Antosh has a nasal swab taken by a nurse at a COVID-19 testing web site within the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York broke a COVID-19 testing document Friday, July 31, 2020, by conducting 82,737 checks, the best quantity ever carried out in a single day within the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced on Saturday in a written assertion. (AP Picture/Mark Lennihan, File)

— Vacationers getting into France from 16 international locations the place the coronavirus is circulating extensively are having to bear virus checks upon arrival at French airports and ports.



A shoeshiner, wearing a protective face mask, brushes a shoe on Sabana Grande boulevard in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)


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A shoeshiner, carrying a protecting face masks, brushes a shoe on Sabana Grande boulevard in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, amid the brand new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Picture/Matias Delacroix)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he’s suspending some deliberate measures to ease the lockdown as a result of the variety of new coronavirus circumstances within the nation is on the rise.



House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., walk from Pelosi's office following a meeting at the Capitol with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on a COVID-19 relief bill, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)


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Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer of N.Y., stroll from Pelosi’s workplace following a gathering on the Capitol with White Home chief of employees Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on a COVID-19 aid invoice, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Picture/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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JOHANNESBURG — South Africa on Saturday surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 circumstances, representing greater than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa’s 54 international locations.

Well being Minister Zwelini Mkhize introduced 10,107 new circumstances Saturday night time, bringing the nation’s cumulative whole to 503,290, together with 8,153 deaths.

South Africa, with a inhabitants of about 58 million, has the fifth-highest variety of circumstances on the planet, behind the U.S., Brazil, Russia and India, all international locations with considerably increased populations, based on a tally by Johns Hopkins College. Specialists say the true toll of the pandemic worldwide is way increased than confirmed circumstances, resulting from restricted testing and different causes.

South Africa’s Gauteng province — which incorporates Johannesburg, the nation’s largest metropolis and Pretoria, the capital — is the nation’s epicenter with greater than 35% of its confirmed circumstances. Native hospitals have been struggling to manage, and well being specialists say the nation might attain the height of its outbreak in late August or early September.

Cape City, a metropolis beloved by worldwide vacationers on the nation’s southern tip, was the primary epicenter and reached its peak final month, based on well being specialists.

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona says he has the coronavirus.

The Democrat says he examined constructive for the coronavirus days after he sat shut to a different member, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, who introduced a constructive take a look at this week.

The 72-year-old Grivalva is at the very least the 11th member of Congress recognized to have examined constructive for the virus.

Gohmert, a Republican, has questioned the usage of masks and sometimes walked across the Capitol with out one.

Grijalva launched a press release, saying partly: “This week has proven that there are some members of Congress who fail to take this disaster significantly. Quite a few Republican members routinely strut across the Capitol with no masks to selfishly make a political assertion on the expense of their colleagues, employees, and their households.”

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ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities say there have been 110 new confirmed coronavirus circumstances previously 24 hours, the fourth-highest day by day determine and highest since April.

Authorities say 23 of the circumstances involved staff at a meat processing manufacturing facility within the northern metropolis of Kavala. Exams on all 140 staff are nonetheless ongoing. One other 10 circumstances concerned individuals who attended a marriage within the northern metropolis of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest.

Solely 9 of the circumstances concerned incoming vacationers.

Greece has 4,587 whole confirmed circumstances and 206 deaths, with no deaths reported Saturday.

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HEREBATON ROUGE, La. — Two Louisiana federal judges have refused to instantly cease enforcement of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ coronavirus order prohibiting bars from letting clients drink onsite.

U.S. District Decide Robert Summerhays in Lafayette on Friday denied the non permanent restraining order requested by 11 Acadiana space bar house owners who filed a lawsuit difficult Edwards’ resolution limiting bars to takeout and supply.

U.S. District Decide Martin Feldman in New Orleans rejected an identical restraining order sought by 22 southeast Louisiana bar house owners who filed the identical lawsuit of their regional federal courtroom.

Feldman set an Aug. 14 listening to to think about additional arguments within the New Orleans case. Summerhays set an Aug. 17 Lafayette listening to.

The bar house owners argue the Democratic governor’s restrictions are unconstitutional, unlawfully concentrating on one enterprise sector with out sufficient proof to again up Edwards’ assertion that bars are driving the unfold of the COVID-19 illness greater than every other companies.

The governor and his well being advisers say bars have proven to be particularly problematic as a result of folks are inclined to huddle carefully collectively inside with out masks whereas ingesting and lapse of their virus precautions the extra alcohol they devour.

The White Home coronavirus process pressure beneficial Louisiana shut bars to scale back public well being dangers and reduce the unfold of the virus.’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida well being officers have reported 179 new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the state’s whole to greater than 7,000.

The most recent numbers got here Saturday as Hurricane Isaias threatened Florida’s jap coast, however no evacuations had been instantly introduced. The Nationwide Hurricane Heart’s newest prediction had the storm scraping previous Florida however not making landfall.

Hospitalizations for the coronavirus have been declining for the previous week and a half, with fewer than 8,000 handled for the coronavirus on Saturday. That’s down from highs of greater than 9,500 final week.

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WASHINGTON — Talks on an enormous coronavirus aid measure resumed on Saturday, centered on restoring a newly expired $600-per-week supplemental unemployment profit and a whole lot of billions of {dollars} in different assist to states, companies and the poor.

The Trump administration is keen to increase the $600 jobless profit, at the very least within the brief time period. Nevertheless it’s balking at different calls for of Democratic negotiators like assist for state and native governments, meals stamp will increase, and help to renters and householders.

Unemployment insurance coverage is a principal ingredient of the COVID-19 aid invoice, which is predicted to develop significantly from a $1 trillion-plus GOP draft launched this week.

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ROME — Italy’s day by day coronavirus infections has dipped underneath 300 circumstances for the primary time in three days, after a latest flurry of clusters all through the nation raised concern amongst well being specialists.

The Well being Ministry says Italy registered 295 circumstances within the final 24 hours, elevating the whole to 247,832.

The ministry’s weekly report says there have been 123 clusters of an infection all through Italy within the earlier seven days.

In the meantime, Well being Minister Roberto Speranza ordered the railways to renew leaving empty seats so passengers could be at the very least one meter (three ½ toes) aside throughout summer time journey.

With 5 extra deaths, the whole confirmed deaths in Italy reached greater than 35,000 on Saturday.

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MIAMI — Hurricane Isaias is heading towards the Florida coast, the place officers say they had been closing coronavirus testing facilities and navigating security measures for evacuation services.

Officers in Miami have 20 evacuation facilities on standby with social distancing in thoughts.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says the state was “absolutely ready for this and any future storm throughout this hurricane season,” with stockpiles of private protecting gear, mills, bottled water and meals able to be distributed.

The U.S. Nationwide Hurricane Heart in Miami says Isaias had most sustained winds of 85 mph Saturday morning and a few strengthening was doable later within the day.

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LONDON — A scientist advising the British authorities on the coronavirus pandemic says pubs in England might have to shut to permit faculties to reopen in September.

Graham Medley, a member of the federal government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, informed the BBC that there might should be a “commerce off” between the opening of faculties — which he says is taken into account a precedence by most individuals — and actions like going to pubs.

His feedback on Saturday got here after chief medical officer Chris Whitty warned the nation was “close to the boundaries” of loosening restrictions launched to curb the unfold of the coronavirus.

On Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced that some measures to ease the lockdown, such because the reopening of casinos and bowling alleys and followers at sporting occasions, can be delayed due to a rise in virus circumstances. ___

ROME — A number of small boats crammed with Tunisian migrants have reached a tiny Italian island that has run out of room to quarantine them as required by Italy’s anti-coronavirus measures.

Lampedusa Mayor Toto’ Martello says the island is ready for the federal government to ship a chartered ferry the place the migrants could be held for 14 days to meet the nation’s quarantine requirement.

The island’s migrant holding middle was constructed for a most capability of 95 folks and was already holding 950 when the newest passengers arrived, Martello says within the Sicilian day by day newspaper Giornale di Sicilia.

The 250 who arrived between Friday night time and Saturday should keep on the dock for now, till the promised ferry arrives or another resolution is discovered.



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