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Victoria records 357 new coronavirus cases and another six deaths

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Victoria is expected to record 357 new coronavirus cases and another six deaths on Saturday.   

The deaths mark the state’s second deadliest day since the outbreak began, after seven people were reported dead on Friday.

There are now fears that the deadly respiratory virus will cause a catastrophic crisis in aged care homes, as another centre in Box Hill reported an infection.  

Victoria is expended to announced 357 new coronavirus cases on Saturday after a nursing home in Box Hill reported an outbreak (medical staff at a nursing home in Fawkner pictured)

Victoria is expended to announced 357 new coronavirus cases on Saturday after a nursing home in Box Hill reported an outbreak (medical staff at a nursing home in Fawkner pictured)

Victoria is expended to announced 357 new coronavirus cases on Saturday after a nursing home in Box Hill reported an outbreak (medical staff at a nursing home in Fawkner pictured) 

The state is also expected to report six new deaths after recording seven deaths on Friday (medical staff transporting patients away from an east Melbourne facility pictured)

The state is also expected to report six new deaths after recording seven deaths on Friday (medical staff transporting patients away from an east Melbourne facility pictured)

The state is also expected to report six new deaths after recording seven deaths on Friday (medical staff transporting patients away from an east Melbourne facility pictured) 

Victoria is expected to announce 357 new coronavirus cases (pictured) after clusters in aged care facilities continue to grow at an alarming rate

Victoria is expected to announce 357 new coronavirus cases (pictured) after clusters in aged care facilities continue to grow at an alarming rate

Victoria is expected to announce 357 new coronavirus cases (pictured) after clusters in aged care facilities continue to grow at an alarming rate 

The St Basil's Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, north Melbourne, has recorded 73 coronavirus cases and emergency services have begun removing patients on a case-by-case basis

The St Basil's Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, north Melbourne, has recorded 73 coronavirus cases and emergency services have begun removing patients on a case-by-case basis

The St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, north Melbourne, has recorded 73 coronavirus cases and emergency services have begun removing patients on a case-by-case basis 

An employee at a facility in Box Hill, east Melbourne has tested positive.

Uniting AgeWell Box Hill is conducting a deep clean after a staff member who last worked on July 17 tested positive for the virus, the Herald Sun reported.     

The employee was wearing a mask and had not been in direct contact with any of the residents. 

Chief executive officer Andrew Kinnersly said the centre was deep cleaning two wings and staff areas in a letter to the facility’s families. 

He said the risk to residents was relatively low and all staff and residents would be tested for coronavirus.  

‘We know that you will be understandably concerned and anxious on hearing this news.  

‘We have been in contact with the Department of Health and the Public Health Unit and have requested COVID-19 testing be undertaken for all residents and staff as a precautionary measure,’ the letter read.    

The aged care home will remain closed to all visitors pending the results. 

‘All infection control measures will remain in place until test results are known,’ Mr Kinnersly said. 

The news comes after five coronavirus patients linked to aged care clusters in Victoria died on Friday.  

St Basil’s Home for the Aged in Fawkner, north Melbourne, has been inundated by 73 cases and residents were shifted out by emergency teams on a case-by-case basis on Saturday.  

Medical staff are seen preparing to transport people from the St Basil's Home for the Aged Care in Fawkner on Saturday (pictured)

Medical staff are seen preparing to transport people from the St Basil's Home for the Aged Care in Fawkner on Saturday (pictured)

Medical staff are seen preparing to transport people from the St Basil’s Home for the Aged Care in Fawkner on Saturday (pictured) 

On Thursday, the DHHS said there were 447 cases linked to 35 aged care sites that have active cases (St Basil's Home for the Aged Care in Fawkner pictured)

On Thursday, the DHHS said there were 447 cases linked to 35 aged care sites that have active cases (St Basil's Home for the Aged Care in Fawkner pictured)

On Thursday, the DHHS said there were 447 cases linked to 35 aged care sites that have active cases (St Basil’s Home for the Aged Care in Fawkner pictured) 

Victoria Police and members of the army have been deployed around Melbourne (pictured at the Royal Botanical Gardens) to enforce the mandatory mask rule

Victoria Police and members of the army have been deployed around Melbourne (pictured at the Royal Botanical Gardens) to enforce the mandatory mask rule

Victoria Police and members of the army have been deployed around Melbourne (pictured at the Royal Botanical Gardens) to enforce the mandatory mask rule 

Pictured: Signage at the entrance at the front of the Glendale Aged care facility in Werribee. There are currently 44 COVID-19 cases linked to the facility

Pictured: Signage at the entrance at the front of the Glendale Aged care facility in Werribee. There are currently 44 COVID-19 cases linked to the facility

Pictured: Signage at the entrance at the front of the Glendale Aged care facility in Werribee. There are currently 44 COVID-19 cases linked to the facility

There have also been 68 cases of coronavirus linked to Estia Health home in Ardeer, 44 cases connected to Glendale Aged Care in Werribee and 37 linked to Arcare Aged Care in ­Craigieburn. 

Victoria recorded 300 new COVID-19 cases on Friday as well as a total of seven deaths.  

A top-level meeting was held with nursing home operators on Friday night, amid growing concern for the health of older Australians during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The need for a national response to safeguard elderly Victorians was highlighted after it was revealed eight of the 12 fatalities in the state on Thursday and Friday were aged care residents.     

Metropolitan Melbourne is currently in a stage 3 coronavirus lockdown and residents may only leave their homes for essential reasons (Medical staff in Fawkner pictured)

Metropolitan Melbourne is currently in a stage 3 coronavirus lockdown and residents may only leave their homes for essential reasons (Medical staff in Fawkner pictured)

Metropolitan Melbourne is currently in a stage 3 coronavirus lockdown and residents may only leave their homes for essential reasons (Medical staff in Fawkner pictured) 

It is mandatory to wear a mask outdoors in Metropolitan Melbourne (staff at Fawkner pictured)

It is mandatory to wear a mask outdoors in Metropolitan Melbourne (staff at Fawkner pictured)

It is mandatory to wear a mask outdoors in Metropolitan Melbourne (staff at Fawkner pictured)

The exceptions for not wearing a mask include exercise and medical conditions such as asthma

The exceptions for not wearing a mask include exercise and medical conditions such as asthma

The exceptions for not wearing a mask include exercise and medical conditions such as asthma 

People are seen wearing masks as they walk along the Morell Bridge in Melbourne on Friday

People are seen wearing masks as they walk along the Morell Bridge in Melbourne on Friday

People are seen wearing masks as they walk along the Morell Bridge in Melbourne on Friday

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said coronavirus cases were also identified at five new aged case facilities on Friday.

These include: Outlook Gardens aged care facility in Dandenong North; BlueCross Riverlea in Avondale Heights; Villa Maria Catholic Homes St Bernadette’s Aged Care Residence in Sunshine North; Fronditha Care in St Albans; and Japara Yarra West in Yarraville.   

On Thursday, the DHHS said there were 447 cases linked to 35 aged care sites that have active cases. 

Metropolitan Melbourne is currently in a strict stage three lockdown where residents may only leave their homes for essential reasons. 

These include exercise, proving care and purchasing supplies. 

It is also mandatory to wear a mask outdoors in Melbourne unless you are exercising or have a valid medical condition. 

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Donald Trump criticized for saying ‘1917’ Spanish Flu pandemic ended World War Two

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The U.S. President has been criticized for claiming the ‘1917’ Spanish Flu pandemic ended World War Two, which did not begin until 1939. 

Donald Trump once again referenced the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic in comparison to the coronavirus crisis during a White House press briefing on Monday. 

He accidentally connected it to World War II which began more than two decades later.

President Trump said the 'great pandemic' of 1917 'probably ended the second World War, all the soldiers were sick'

President Trump said the 'great pandemic' of 1917 'probably ended the second World War, all the soldiers were sick'

President Trump said the ‘great pandemic’ of 1917 ‘probably ended the second World War, all the soldiers were sick’

‘The closest thing is in 1917 they say, right? The great pandemic, certainly as a terrible thing,’ Trump said. 

Then he said it ‘probably ended the Second World War, all the soldiers were sick.’ 

The Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 flu pandemic, lasted from February 1918 to April 1920.

It infected an estimated 500 million people – about a third of the world’s population at the time – in four successive waves. 

The death toll is typically estimated to have been somewhere between 17 million and 50 million. 

New York City celebrating VJ Day at the end of World War Two in Japan 1945. Trump connected the flu pandemic of 1918 to the end of the war

New York City celebrating VJ Day at the end of World War Two in Japan 1945. Trump connected the flu pandemic of 1918 to the end of the war

New York City celebrating VJ Day at the end of World War Two in Japan 1945. Trump connected the flu pandemic of 1918 to the end of the war

A White House official clarified to USA Today that Trump was referring to World War I. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the deployment of troops during WWI could have helped contribute to the spread of the Spanish Flu.

World War I ended after Germany surrendered on November 11, 1918. On June 28, 1919, Germany and the Allied Nations, including Britain, France, Italy and Russia, signed the Treaty of Versailles, formally ending the war.

Some took to Twitter to point out the President’s blunder. Actress and activist Sophia Bush tweeted:  ‘The Second World War ended in … 1945.

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‘So to recap things we’ve learned since 2016 … 45 hasn’t read the Constitution, hasn’t read the Bible (but likes to hold one upside down), and clearly never took a US History class. Or … math? Cool cool, very cool.’ 

Rep. Eric Swalwell wrote: ‘The Second World War ended in 1945. It’s cruel for @DonaldJTrumpJr and family to let @realDonaldTrump stand out there like this.’ 

Star Trek actor George Takei warned against ‘distorting history’. He wrote: ‘The president thinks the Spanish Flu probably ended World War Two (!) because “all the soldiers were sick.” 

‘The atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki fell 75 years ago yesterday, bringing a long and devastating war to a shattering, violent end. Remember history. Don’t distort it.’ 

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Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton emerges as a ‘sex symbol’ of the coronavirus crisis

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Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer has emerged as an unexpected sex symbol of the coronavirus pandemic.

Professor Brett Sutton has amassed thousands of female followers since the pandemic took hold, with one photo in particular setting tongues wagging.    

Fans of Prof Sutton, who has fronted near-daily press conferences during the crisis, call themselves ‘Sutttonettes’. 

Victoria's Chief Medical Officer Professor Brett Sutton (pictured) has emerged as an unexpected sex symbol of the nation's coronavirus pandemic

Victoria's Chief Medical Officer Professor Brett Sutton (pictured) has emerged as an unexpected sex symbol of the nation's coronavirus pandemic

Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Brett Sutton (pictured) has emerged as an unexpected sex symbol of the nation’s coronavirus pandemic

Sutton's (pictured left with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews) as made almost daily appearance in press conferences

Sutton's (pictured left with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews) as made almost daily appearance in press conferences

Sutton’s (pictured left with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews) as made almost daily appearance in press conferences

He is known to these women as ‘Sexysutton’, ‘Chief Swoon officer’, ‘Dr Brett McHun’k and ‘CHOttie’.

The past few weeks fans have come together on social media to offer support for the hardworking professor, from Facebook to Twitter and even TikTok. 

One Facebook group, ‘Brett Sutton is Hot’, has more than 9,000 followers, while the less popular ‘Brett Sutton Fan Club’ has 2,000 members and growing.   

Some fans were so besotted with the medical officer they designed a line of kitchenware, linen and t-shirts with his face on them. 

The highly respected Professor is known to his female fans as 'Sexysutton', 'Chief Swoon officer', 'Dr Brett McHun'k and 'CHOttie'

The highly respected Professor is known to his female fans as 'Sexysutton', 'Chief Swoon officer', 'Dr Brett McHun'k and 'CHOttie'

The highly respected Professor is known to his female fans as ‘Sexysutton’, ‘Chief Swoon officer’, ‘Dr Brett McHun’k and ‘CHOttie’

Across the fan pages women are sharing photographs and video clips of Professor Sutton, with one particular photo from his past emerging time and time again

Across the fan pages women are sharing photographs and video clips of Professor Sutton, with one particular photo from his past emerging time and time again

Across the fan pages women are sharing photographs and video clips of Professor Sutton, with one particular photo from his past emerging time and time again

Another photo of him in 2005 wearing an earring is also proving particularly popular

Another photo of him in 2005 wearing an earring is also proving particularly popular

Another photo of him in 2005 wearing an earring is also proving particularly popular

Across the fan pages women share photographs and video clips of Prof Sutton, with one image from his past emerging time and time again.

The photograph features a young Prof Sutton in a sleeveless shirt with flowing shoulder-length hair staring directly into the camera.

Some fans likened the young medical professional to Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder or Australian rock legend Michael Hutchence in his heyday.

‘Ok, I’m sold! I was always wondering why I found Prof Brett Sutton alluringly familiar… there’s a bit of Eddie there,’ one woman wrote. 

‘Let’s clone him,’ another swooned. 

‘Take me back to 1991.’

Victoria’s top medical adviser was only 20 at the time, working in Zanzibar in 1991 as part of an overseas stint before returning to Australia. 

Another photo of him in 2005 wearing an earring has proved particularly popular. 

While his good looks are the driving force behind his new cult status, his calm demeanour and handling of the crisis haven’t gone unnoticed. 

One woman described his ‘sultry soothing tones’ while another spoke of his ‘wonderfully calming face’ which made her ‘feel really safe listening to him.’

When false rumours swirled last week Prof Sutton had resigned, fans went into meltdown. 

Dozens of memes have been inspired by the clinician since his raise to fame during the COVID-19 crisis

Dozens of memes have been inspired by the clinician since his raise to fame during the COVID-19 crisis

Dozens of memes have been inspired by the clinician since his raise to fame during the COVID-19 crisis 

While his good looks are the driving force behind his new cult status, his calm demeanour and handling of the crisis haven't gone unnoticed

While his good looks are the driving force behind his new cult status, his calm demeanour and handling of the crisis haven't gone unnoticed

While his good looks are the driving force behind his new cult status, his calm demeanour and handling of the crisis haven’t gone unnoticed

‘There will mayhem on the streets of Victoria if he does.. women will protest… it will be ANARCHY I tell you!’ one woman wrote.

‘Seriously, he can’t leave we depend on him, we need him!’

But fans were pleased to discover Prof Sutton was simply taking a two-day reprieve from his role as the state’s top medical adviser. 

Some fans were so besotted with the medical officer they designed a line of homewares including kitchenware, linen and t-shirts with his face on them

Some fans were so besotted with the medical officer they designed a line of homewares including kitchenware, linen and t-shirts with his face on them

Some fans were so besotted with the medical officer they designed a line of homewares including kitchenware, linen and t-shirts with his face on them

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Ghislaine Maxwell moans about conditions at ‘hell-hole’ Brooklyn jail

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Ghislaine Maxwell is complaining about conditions inside the ‘hell-hole’ Brooklyn jail where she is being kept ahead of her sex crimes trial. 

The 58-year-old British socialite is being subjected to multiple searches each day and is under constant watch of the guards, her lawyers said, despite recently being taken off suicide watch.

The searches and surveillance should be stopped, her lawyers said, while requesting that she be be taken out of solitary confinement and placed in with other prisoners.

Ghislaine Maxwell is complaining about being kept in solitary confinement and under constant surveillance at a 'hell-hole' Brooklyn jail (seen in a recent court sketch)

Ghislaine Maxwell is complaining about being kept in solitary confinement and under constant surveillance at a 'hell-hole' Brooklyn jail (seen in a recent court sketch)

Ghislaine Maxwell is complaining about being kept in solitary confinement and under constant surveillance at a ‘hell-hole’ Brooklyn jail (seen in a recent court sketch)

Maxwell wants to be moved into general population and allowed more computer time so she can prepare a defense to claims she helped friend Jeffrey Epstein traffick girls for sex (file)

Maxwell wants to be moved into general population and allowed more computer time so she can prepare a defense to claims she helped friend Jeffrey Epstein traffick girls for sex (file)

Maxwell wants to be moved into general population and allowed more computer time so she can prepare a defense to claims she helped friend Jeffrey Epstein traffick girls for sex (file)

Her legal team say she is only being subjected to the ‘onerous’ conditions because friend Jeffrey Epstein died while awaiting trial, in what was ruled a suicide.

They argue that she ‘has never been suicidal and was never diagnosed as exhibiting risk factors for suicide,’ but is still woken up every few hours during the night and forced to wear special clothing.

She has also been forced to undergo body scans, lawyer Chris Everdell wrote in a letter seen by the New York Post, and is observed even while calling her attorneys.

‘Ms. Maxwell is being treated worse than other similarly situated pretrial detainees, which significantly impacts her ability to prepare a defense,’ he said. 

His letter asks that Maxwell ‘be released to the general population and be granted the privileges given to other pretrial detainees’.

Everdell also requested for her to be given more computer time in order to review the reams of documents relating to her case.

Further, his team are asking that she be given the names of three anonymous women who are accusing her of grooming an abusing them.

‘Maxwell cannot prepare for or receive a fair trial without this information,’ her lawyers argued.

Maxwell's lawyers say she is being subjected to 'onerous' conditions at Brooklyn's MDC (pictured) because Epstein died behind bars, and not because of any risk she poses

Maxwell's lawyers say she is being subjected to 'onerous' conditions at Brooklyn's MDC (pictured) because Epstein died behind bars, and not because of any risk she poses

Maxwell’s lawyers say she is being subjected to ‘onerous’ conditions at Brooklyn’s MDC (pictured) because Epstein died behind bars, and not because of any risk she poses

Jeffrey Epstein was initially charged with sex trafficking in Florida in 2006, before being hit with a 53-page FBI indictment the following year.

In 2008, he was offered a controversial plea deal that saw him sentenced to 18 months in prison for soliciting underage prostitutes.

He was then rearrested in July 2019 and charged with sex trafficking, when he was moved to a maximum security jail in Manhattan.

On August 10 he was found unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck and later died in what was officially ruled a suicide. 

Epstein had been on suicide watch but was taken off just days before his death, on the condition that he be placed with a cellmate and constantly monitored.

But the day before his body was found his cellmate was moved out and not replaced, and guards failed to carry out checks on him.

Maxwell, who is accused of acting as Epstein’s ‘madam’ by finding him young women to abuse and then ‘training’ them to comply with his desires, was arrested on July 2 at a mansion she owned in New Hampshire.

She was transferred to Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Centre on July 6, and has been held in solitary confinement since then. 

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