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Victoria records just ONE new coronavirus cases – the state’s lowest number in three months

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Australia’s coronavirus capital Victoria has recorded just one new case of the disease, just 24 hours before state leaders decide whether to ease lockdown.

No deaths were recorded on Saturday and Melbourne’s rolling 14-day average is now down to 8.1, but is still above the target needed for a widespread easing of restrictions.

The state had just two new infections on Friday with Premier Daniel Andrews expected to announce a raft of eased restrictions on Sunday.  

‘The fact that we as a community… city and country… have been as stubborn as this virus in our resolve to defeat it, we are well placed to take significant steps on Sunday,’ he said on Friday.

‘On Sunday, I very much look forward to giving people a sense of what the coming weeks will look like.’ 

The last time infection numbers were so low was on June 9 when Victoria recorded no new cases. 

Victoria has recorded just one new coronavirus case with Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) expected to announce an easing of some restrictions on Sunday

Victoria has recorded just one new coronavirus case with Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) expected to announce an easing of some restrictions on Sunday

Victoria has recorded just one new coronavirus case with Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) expected to announce an easing of some restrictions on Sunday

Within Victoria, there are currently 17 infections with an unknown source (pictured, residents in Melbourne run through the Royal Botanic Gardens on Friday)

Within Victoria, there are currently 17 infections with an unknown source (pictured, residents in Melbourne run through the Royal Botanic Gardens on Friday)

Within Victoria, there are currently 17 infections with an unknown source (pictured, residents in Melbourne run through the Royal Botanic Gardens on Friday)

State leaders had initially hoped the rolling average for Melbourne would have fallen to five before easing restrictions, including reopening shops, bars and restaurants. 

Melburnians have spent more than 100 days under the state’s strict lockdown with the city hoping to gain some freedom from Sunday. 

It is understood one of the restrictions eased would be increasing Melbourne’s 5km limit up to 10km or 20km.

But Mr Andrews said the tough border between Melbourne and regional Victoria would remain.

The changes are expected to be more social rather than economic with pubs and bars to remain closed, with locals instead to be given bigger freedoms to met up with friends and family.

‘It will not be everything that everyone wants because it’s not safe to take all of those steps that were outlined in stage three,’ Mr Andrews said. 

A man wearing a face mask crosses the tram tracks on Bourke Street in the Melbourne CBD. (pictured). The mandatory wearing of masks in Melbourne and regional Victoria shows no signs of being lifted

A man wearing a face mask crosses the tram tracks on Bourke Street in the Melbourne CBD. (pictured). The mandatory wearing of masks in Melbourne and regional Victoria shows no signs of being lifted

A man wearing a face mask crosses the tram tracks on Bourke Street in the Melbourne CBD. (pictured). The mandatory wearing of masks in Melbourne and regional Victoria shows no signs of being lifted

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A drive-through COVID-19 testing facility in Shepparton, Victoria. People in regional Victoria have no limits on how far they can travel but Melburnians are only allowed to travel within a 5km radius. This is set to increase to 20km on Sunday

There is currently a limit of five people from a maximum of two households for outdoor public gatherings in Melbourne.

Meanwhile in regional Victoria, ten people are allowed to meet outdoors.

Since regional Victoria has already moved to allowing ten people, it’s likely that Melbourne could follow suit on Sunday.  

Residents in both Melbourne and regional Victoria can form a ‘household bubble’ with one other household and have five guests over from said household.  

There are multiple possibilities for how Victoria could ease restrictions in this regard.

One possibility is the five-person limit could remain but the two-household bubble could be removed, allowing for multiple households to visit each other.

Melburnians sunbake on grassland next to St Kilda Beach. A maximum of five people from a maximum of two households can gather outside in Melbourne, while 10 can gather in public in regional Victoria. This limit is tipped to increase on Sunday

Melburnians sunbake on grassland next to St Kilda Beach. A maximum of five people from a maximum of two households can gather outside in Melbourne, while 10 can gather in public in regional Victoria. This limit is tipped to increase on Sunday

Melburnians sunbake on grassland next to St Kilda Beach. A maximum of five people from a maximum of two households can gather outside in Melbourne, while 10 can gather in public in regional Victoria. This limit is tipped to increase on Sunday

People line up at the Goulburn Valley Health COVID-19 testing clinic this week

People line up at the Goulburn Valley Health COVID-19 testing clinic this week

People line up at the Goulburn Valley Health COVID-19 testing clinic this week

No deaths were recorded on Saturday and Melbourne's rolling 14-day average is now down to 8.1 (pictured residents walk through Melbourne's Albert Park this week)

No deaths were recorded on Saturday and Melbourne's rolling 14-day average is now down to 8.1 (pictured residents walk through Melbourne's Albert Park this week)

No deaths were recorded on Saturday and Melbourne’s rolling 14-day average is now down to 8.1 (pictured residents walk through Melbourne’s Albert Park this week)

Secondly, the two-household bubble could remain but the limit could increase or thirdly, both the bubble and the limit could change in some way.   

The mandatory wearing of masks in Melbourne and regional Victoria shows no signs of being lifted. 

Bans on retail, real estate auctions and contact and non-contact sport for both adults and minors may remain in place, although children’s sport will likely resume earlier. 

Restrictions on accomodation and outdoor entertainment venues will also likely remain in place.  

Victoria currently has 158 active cases of COVID-19, significantly lower numbers than in the horror second and third waves gripping Europe and America.

There has been 816 deaths due to the global health crisis within the state.  

MELBOURNE’S ROADMAP OUT OF COVID-19 LOCKDOWN – WHAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DO AND WHEN:

Step one: Came into effect on September 14 

Step two: Came into effect on September 28 

Step three: When there is a daily statewide average of five new cases over the past 14 days. The original aim was for October 26, brought forward to October 19 after the 14-day average of new cases fell below initial expectations, but again put on hold after new case numbers plateaued.

This has now been revamped to be a series of ‘mini-steps’ and more gradual easings as the numbers proved difficult to shift.

Step four: The move to step four will come when there have been no new COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days. The aim is for this to come into place on November 23 

COVID Normal: After 28 days of no new COVID-19 cases, things will return to normal. 

FREEDOMS YOU GET AT EACH STEP OF EASING 

Step one – came into effect September 14 

Curfew has been eased to 9pm-5am

People can still only leave home for the four reasons (shopping, exercise, work and care or medical attention)

Public gatherings increased to two people, or a household, for a maximum of two hours

 Singles can have one nominated person to their home as part of the ‘singles social bubble’ 

Childcare and early educators to remain closed

Schools will continue to learn remotely unless they have exemptions

 Adult education to continue to be done remotely, unless they have exemption

 Only go to work if you are in a permitted industry 

– Cafes and restaurants will continue with take away only

– Retail businesses will remain open for essential shopping, with others only operating with click and collect

– Only one person per household can do the essential shopping 

Step two – came into effect September 28

 Melbourne’s curfew lifted

– Public gatherings increase again to five people from a maximum of two households

Childcare and early educators can re-open

Schools to continue with remote learning, but Prep to Grade Two and Year 11 and Year 12 students will gradually return to class in Term 4 

 There will be an increase to permitted workplaces

Step three – originally expected October 26, brought forward to October 19 

There are no restrictions on leaving home

Public gatherings increase to 10 people together outdoors

 A ‘household bubble’ will be introduced, so five people from one house can visit another 

Remote learning to continue, but Grades 3 to Year 11 can gradually return to class

– Adult education to continue to be done remotely, but hands on classes will see a phased return to onsite 

 Work from home is encouraged

– Up to 10 people can eat together at restaurants and cafes, with the majority of tables outdoor

– Retail shops to reopen, with hairdresses operating under safety measures but beauty stores to remain closed

– Real estate agents can conduct private inspections by appointment

– The one person per household limit on shopping is to be revoked 

Step four – expected in November, dependent on new case numbers:

Public gatherings to increase to 50 people outdoors

 Up to 20 visitors can attend a home at any one time

 All adult education will return to onsite with safety measures in place

– Groups limited to 20 indoors and a maximum of 50 patrons per venue

– All retail stores to reopen, while real estate agents can operate with safety measures and by keeping a record of attendants

Step five – COVID normal:

Public gatherings have no restriction

 There will also be no restriction on visitors to homes

– Phased return to onsite work for work from home workers

  Schools to reopen as normal

– Restrictions on hospitality removed, but venues to continue keeping records 

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New Perth Mayor Basil Zempilas apologises for offensive comments against LGBT community

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TV star-turned Perth Lord Mayor, Basil Zempilas, has been forced to apologise for his ‘insensitive’ jibe insulting transgender people.

The breakfast host, 49, who was elected just two weeks ago, told listeners of his radio show on Wednesday that it was ‘wrong’ for a person to identify as a gender that was not the same as their physical anatomy.

‘If you’ve got a penis mate, you’re a bloke. If you’ve got a vagina, you’re a woman. Game over,’ he said.

Mr Zempilas also offered a $100 voucher to any ‘woman with a penis who called in and when asked how he would handle meeting transgender voters joked ‘handle the penis?’ 

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Basil Zempilas (pictured with his wife), who was elected into office in mid-October, told listeners of his radio show on Wednesday that it was 'wrong' for a person to identify as a gender which is in opposition to their physical anatomy

Basil Zempilas (pictured with his wife), who was elected into office in mid-October, told listeners of his radio show on Wednesday that it was 'wrong' for a person to identify as a gender which is in opposition to their physical anatomy

Basil Zempilas (pictured with his wife), who was elected into office in mid-October, told listeners of his radio show on Wednesday that it was ‘wrong’ for a person to identify as a gender which is in opposition to their physical anatomy

Mr Zempilas (pictured, on the campaign trail) apologised on Thursday for his insensitive comments against the transgender community

Mr Zempilas (pictured, on the campaign trail) apologised on Thursday for his insensitive comments against the transgender community

Mr Zempilas (pictured, on the campaign trail) apologised on Thursday for his insensitive comments against the transgender community

By Thursday, he admitted he’d made a mistake and apologised to anybody who took offence to his comments.   

‘For a brief moment, at 25 minutes past 5am yesterday, I forgot that I was the Lord Mayor of the City of Perth. That was my mistake. It’s my job to be better than that and it won’t happen again,’ he said. 

He said the comments do not ‘accurately reflect his values’ and that it was a ‘stupid, bad broadcasting moment’ that would not happen again. 

‘Transgender people should be allowed to live their lives the way that they wish to,’ he said.

‘It’s a moment that I would prefer to take back, obviously. I’m not proud of those comments and I have apologised for those comments.

‘They were comments unbefitting of me and my values and certainly unbefitting of the values of the organisations that I work for, my colleagues and certainly not in-keeping with the values of the City of Perth.’

The City of Perth has long been an ally to the LGBTQIA community, many of whom were outraged with the statement. 

Mr Zempilas, a former Weekend Sunrise host, was encouraged to undergo transgender awareness training to assist in his role serving the broader community. 

Hunter Gurevich, who chairs TransFolk WA, described the comments as unacceptable and ‘repugnant’.  

The City of Perth has long been an ally to the LGBTQI community, many of whom were outraged with the statement

The City of Perth has long been an ally to the LGBTQI community, many of whom were outraged with the statement

The City of Perth has long been an ally to the LGBTQI community, many of whom were outraged with the statement

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Curtis Ward, from Pride WA, suggested Mr Zempilas hadn’t quite grasped the difference between sex and gender. Pictured: Participants in the Mardi Gras parade

‘These comments are repugnant, bigoted, narrow minded, parochial and fundamentally deny contemporary science,’ he said. 

‘Further, it puts LGBTQIA+ people at increased risk of harm, when we are already a vulnerable group in society.

‘It is especially disappointing when The City of Perth has long supported the LGBTQIA+ community of Perth.

‘For Mr Zempilas to now betray not only the community, but our relationship with the city, is beyond inexcusable.’

Mr Gurevich already said it would be difficult for members of the community to accept the apology.

‘No apology will be accepted until Mr Zempilas confronts the damage his comments can and have done,’ he said.

Curtis Ward, from Pride WA, suggested Mr Zempilas hadn’t quite grasped the difference between sex and gender. 

‘It is possible to appear one way and feel another and when someone says they’re transgender, they are simply saying they feel differently to how they appear,’ he said. 

Mr Zempilas (pictured with his wife), a former Weekend Sunrise host, has been encouraged to undergo transgender awareness training to assist in his role serving the broader community

Mr Zempilas (pictured with his wife), a former Weekend Sunrise host, has been encouraged to undergo transgender awareness training to assist in his role serving the broader community

Mr Zempilas (pictured with his wife), a former Weekend Sunrise host, has been encouraged to undergo transgender awareness training to assist in his role serving the broader community

Zempilas' comments only fueled stigma surrounding the LGBTQIA community and perpetuated misinformed, hurtful and damaging opinions, according to one expert in the community

Zempilas' comments only fueled stigma surrounding the LGBTQIA community and perpetuated misinformed, hurtful and damaging opinions, according to one expert in the community

Zempilas’ comments only fueled stigma surrounding the LGBTQIA community and perpetuated misinformed, hurtful and damaging opinions, according to one expert in the community

‘[That is] sex being your physical appearance and your biology whereas gender is how you identify psychologically, whether you’re feminine or masculine.’

Mr Ward said Zempilas’ comments only fueled stigma surrounding the LGBTQIA community and perpetuated misinformed, hurtful and damaging opinions.  

‘I think people need to be educating themselves about what they’re speaking about and if they do have that stage, and they are commanding such a large audience, they should be making educated statements,’ he said.

During the segment, Mr Zempilas encouraged ‘any women with a penis’ to ring the radio station to win a $100 voucher.     

He will quit his presenting role on the radio show at the end of the year after stepping into the role of Lord Mayor. 

The latest controversy came after he wrote in a column piece in August that he would ‘forcibly’ remove homeless people from the city centre if he was elected.

‘I make no apologies for this, the homeless need to be moved out of the Hay and Murray Street malls and the surrounding areas,’ he wrote.

Zempilas' campaign trail hit a snag after he wrote in a column piece in August that he would 'forcibly' remove homeless people from the city centre 'if that's what it takes'

Zempilas' campaign trail hit a snag after he wrote in a column piece in August that he would 'forcibly' remove homeless people from the city centre 'if that's what it takes'

Zempilas’ campaign trail hit a snag after he wrote in a column piece in August that he would ‘forcibly’ remove homeless people from the city centre ‘if that’s what it takes’

Channel Seven star Basil Zempilas (pictured, with Sam Armytage) was elected the Lord Mayor of the City of Perth two weeks ago

Channel Seven star Basil Zempilas (pictured, with Sam Armytage) was elected the Lord Mayor of the City of Perth two weeks ago

Channel Seven star Basil Zempilas (pictured, with Sam Armytage) was elected the Lord Mayor of the City of Perth two weeks ago

‘Forcibly, if that’s what it takes. I’m sick of being told by people who don’t live and work in the city like I do that it’s not that bad — actually, it’s worse. 

‘The look, the smell, the language, the fights — it’s disgusting. A blight on our city.’

Mr Zempilas was forced to apologise after copping widespread backlash over the comments, with critics accusing him of being ‘disconnected from the city’.

‘Those comments were made in frustration over nine months ago after an incident with my wife and my six year old daughter and a man exposing himself at 11am on a Sunday,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘But the comments weren’t appropriate and I have apologised.

‘I’ve spent a good deal of the last six months educating myself by speaking with people who are homeless, trying to understand their situation better and by speaking with service providers. ‘

Mr Zempilas is a famous face in West Australia, and in March 2018, he was co-host of Weekend Sunrise, replacing Andrew O’Keefe.

In September 2019, he stepped down as regular host of Weekend Sunrise, however continued to appear as a fill-in presenter.

The TV star is has been married to longtime partner Amy Graham since 2009, with the pair tying the knot in Greece. They share two daughters and a son.  

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Gucci is slammed for selling RIPPED tights for £146

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Italian Fashion House Gucci has been slammed for selling ripped tights that look like they’ve been ‘clawed by a cat’ for a £146.

The luxury label was branded ‘out of touch’ for selling the expensive stretch mesh tights, which have the designer’s label etched into the waistband which horrified social media users.

Among the critics was Instagram account Diet Prada, which serves as a fashion industry watchdog. 

Italian Fashion House Gucci has been slammed for selling ripped tights that look like they've been 'clawed by a cat' for a £146.

Italian Fashion House Gucci has been slammed for selling ripped tights that look like they've been 'clawed by a cat' for a £146.

The luxury label was branded 'out of touch' for selling the expensive stretch mesh tights, which have the designer's label etched into the waistband which horrified social media users.

The luxury label was branded 'out of touch' for selling the expensive stretch mesh tights, which have the designer's label etched into the waistband which horrified social media users.

Italian Fashion House Gucci has been slammed for selling ripped tights that look like they’ve been ‘clawed by a cat’ for a £146.

Among the critics was Instagram account Diet Prada , which serves as a fashion industry watchdog. 'To whoever paid $190 for these @gucci pre-ripped tights... r u ok? #RippedInItaly' they wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of the distressed leg coverings.

Among the critics was Instagram account Diet Prada , which serves as a fashion industry watchdog. 'To whoever paid $190 for these @gucci pre-ripped tights... r u ok? #RippedInItaly' they wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of the distressed leg coverings.

Among the critics was Instagram account Diet Prada , which serves as a fashion industry watchdog. ‘To whoever paid $190 for these @gucci pre-ripped tights… r u ok? #RippedInItaly’ they wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of the distressed leg coverings.

‘To whoever paid $190 (£146) for these @gucci pre-ripped tights… r u ok? #RippedInItaly’ they wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of the distressed leg coverings.

The tights, which are marked as sold out by various third party sellers, are described by Gucci as ‘High-rise’ and ‘distressing throughout’  with a  ‘woven logo at elasticised waistband’.

Diet Prada’s post gathered hundreds of comments from confused social media users , with some joking they would sell their own old tights for the same price. 

‘I have so many pairs like this. Gonna claim mine are Gucci, like thanks for making my broke a**look rich. Cool cool cool,’ said one. 

‘No words,’ added another. 

‘Googles DIY ripped Gucci tights on YouTube,’ said a third. 

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Diet Prada's post gathered hundreds of comments from confused social media users with some joking they would sell their own old tights for the same price.

Diet Prada's post gathered hundreds of comments from confused social media users with some joking they would sell their own old tights for the same price.

Diet Prada’s post gathered hundreds of comments from confused social media users with some joking they would sell their own old tights for the same price.

‘This isn’t even a flex. It’s just concerning,’ wrote a fourth.

‘Lmaooo clearly 2020 is getting to everyone and making them LOSE their minds,’ a fifth joked.

‘Lol these brands are so out of touch,’ said another.

‘Mine looked like this after they were clawed by my cat,’ wrote one.  

But Haute Couture designer Natalia Fender who is best known for her unorthodox use of metal textiles in knitting defended the brand, adding: ‘Haha, to be fair they had to program the knitting machine to make it looked ‘ripped’, so I’m assuming it’s knit this way and will not run any further, etc. Similar to t-shirts that have this look.’

Ralph Lauren has left fans baffled by advertising a pair of £620 overalls covered that are covered in fake paint stains

Ralph Lauren has left fans baffled by advertising a pair of £620 overalls covered that are covered in fake paint stains

The blue cotton boiler suit has white and red splatters all over it and worn marks on the knees

The blue cotton boiler suit has white and red splatters all over it and worn marks on the knees

It comes just weeks after fellow designer Ralph Lauren left fans baffled by advertising a pair of £620 overalls that are covered in fake paint stains. 

It comes just weeks after fellow designer Ralph Lauren left fans baffled by advertising a pair of £620 overalls that are covered in fake paint stains.

The blue cotton boiler suit has white and red splatters all over it and worn marks on the knees.

It is kept together by gold zip and looks like something that could be worn by a painter-decorator.

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Couple who are STEP-SIBLINGS divide TikTok with their bizarre videos

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Step-siblings who are in a romantic relationship have divided social media users with their bizarre TikTok videos 

Diana Camila Avila and Jordie Vena claim they met six years ago through their parents and started dating in 2017 after realizing they were attracted to each other. 

Posting under the joint account alphafamilia, the couple, from the US, have built up a 600,000-strong following with videos showing them kissing, role-playing and acting out different trends. 

Diana Camila Avila and Jordie Vena claim they met six years ago through their parents and started dating in 2017 after realizing they were attracted to each other

Diana Camila Avila and Jordie Vena claim they met six years ago through their parents and started dating in 2017 after realizing they were attracted to each other

Diana Camila Avila and Jordie Vena claim they met six years ago through their parents and started dating in 2017 after realizing they were attracted to each other

In one recent clip Diana and Jordie reenacted their first kiss, which they claimed happened during a family movie night. The couple receive mixed comments on TikTok

In one recent clip Diana and Jordie reenacted their first kiss, which they claimed happened during a family movie night. The couple receive mixed comments on TikTok

In one recent clip Diana and Jordie reenacted their first kiss, which they claimed happened during a family movie night. The couple receive mixed comments on TikTok

In one recent clip Diana and Jordie reenacted their first kiss, which they claimed happened during a family movie night. 

In another they justify their relationship by saying ‘siblings are often attracted to each other’. 

Speaking to LadBible, Diana said it was ‘love at first sight’ but they initially kept their feelings from each other because of the unusual circumstances.  

She continued: People are very negative about our relationship. We get negativity daily.

Posting under the joint account alphafamilia , the couple, from the US, have built up a 600,000-strong following with videos showing them kissing and role-playing

Posting under the joint account alphafamilia , the couple, from the US, have built up a 600,000-strong following with videos showing them kissing and role-playing

Posting under the joint account alphafamilia , the couple, from the US, have built up a 600,000-strong following with videos showing them kissing and role-playing

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TikTok users are divided with critics saying 'it's not normal' while fans say 'there's nothing wrong'

TikTok users are divided with critics saying 'it's not normal' while fans say 'there's nothing wrong'

TikTok users are divided with critics saying ‘it’s not normal’ while fans say ‘there’s nothing wrong’

‘It’s hard for people to understand our relationship, but love is love. It’s hard to know who you’re going to fall in love with.’

Their videos often show Diana dressed in provocative costumes including a maid, ‘sexy’ clown, and a police woman in short shorts.  

TikTok users are divided, with one critic saying: ‘I’m going to ask TikTok to remove the video so you can’t hurt anyone else with this.’ 

But fans have jumped to their defense, saying: ‘I don’t understand why they get hate. I love both of them so much.’

Their videos often show Diana dressed in provocative costumes including a maid (pictured), 'sexy' clown, and a police woman in short shorts

Their videos often show Diana dressed in provocative costumes including a maid (pictured), 'sexy' clown, and a police woman in short shorts

Their videos often show Diana dressed in provocative costumes including a maid (pictured), ‘sexy’ clown, and a police woman in short shorts

One recent video shows Diana dancing (pictured) while Jordie relaxes in the hotel bed behind

One recent video shows Diana dancing (pictured) while Jordie relaxes in the hotel bed behind

One recent video shows Diana dancing (pictured) while Jordie relaxes in the hotel bed behind

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