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The tenants enduring Australia's toughest lockdown

But for 3,000 people living in public housing tower blocks, an even stricter lockdown was imposed on Saturday.

Unlike other Melburnians, residents of the nine towers cannot leave for any reason - they are subject to a police guard.

It's the toughest lockdown seen in Australia so far.

The "detention directions" in suburbs of Flemington and North Melbourne are designed to contain a cluster of infections found in some of the buildings.

Global cases rise to more than 12 million

The number of cases is triple that of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organization.

Many hard-hit countries are easing lockdowns put in place to slow the spread of the virus, while others, such as China and Australia, implement another round of shutdowns in response to a resurgence in infections. Experts say alterations to work and social life could last until a vaccine is available.

EU and Vanuatu sign EUR 6 million agreement to support food security of vulnerable populations

A smaller part of the programme will strengthen the technical capacity of the Government to better coordinate support by development partners.

This support comes at a time when Vanuatu faces economic consequences due to COVID-19 global pandemic, amplified by the disastrous impact of TC Harold. Ensuring food and nutrition security becomes more essential than ever. 

Three new cases in managed isolation in New Zealand today

The first case is a woman in her 20s who arrived in New Zealand on 3 July from India. She has been staying in isolation at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland.

The second is a man in his 30s who arrived in New Zealand on 4 July from Italy and who is at the Commodore Hotel in Christchurch. The third is a man in his 20s who arrived in New Zealand on 3 July from India, and has also been at the Stamford Plaza.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said it had now been 69 days since the last case of Covid-19 was acquired locally from an unknown source.

Vanuatu coalition Government and China Communist Party hold virtual seminar on COVID-19

The theme of the seminar was “Cooperation against COVID-19 and Working Together for Development.” 

The three political parties of the coalition government are Vanua’aku Pati, Union of Moderate Parties and National United Party 

Melbourne begins new shutdown

Melbourne's five million residents will be barred from leaving home for six weeks, except for essential reasons.

Police say they are setting up a "ring of steel" around the city, with "checkpoints anytime and anywhere" to enforce the measures.

Borders between Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, and neighbouring states closed on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid tribute to Melburnians' resilience on Wednesday.

Australia to consider limiting returning residents

It comes after New Zealand also said it would be looking at limiting the number of arrivals in the country via a booking system.

The prime minister said there were no plans to reimpose restrictions across the country, after Victoria enforced stay-at-home rules in metropolitan Melbourne and one regional area due to a spike in infections.

Morrison was asked about the issue of travel bubbles being set up with other countries and taxing travellers.

"We haven't even concluded in the arrangements with any other countries at the moment.

One new case of COVID-19 in NZ in isolation visited Auckland supermarket

Hipkins said the 32-year-old man, who arrived from India on 3 July, left his managed isolation last night to go to the Countdown supermarket on Victoria Street in central Auckland.

The man was outside the facility for 70 minutes.

Hipkins said after CCTV footage was viewed and the man was interviewed, the current assessment of the risk to the public was low.

"The person wore a mask although indicated that was removed for short periods of time."

In a statement, Countdown said the supermarket closed for cleaning at 8.15 this morning and will reopen tomorrow.

Trump moves to pull US out of World Health Organization

The president had made his intentions clear in late May, accusing the WHO of being under China's control in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite calls from the EU and others, he said he would pull out of the UN agency and redirect funds elsewhere.

He has now notified the UN and Congress of his intentions, although the process could take at least a year.

Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general, confirmed the US had notified it of its withdrawal, effective as of 6 July 2021.

Brazil's President Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19

The pandemic has killed more than 65,000 people in Brazil.

The right-wing populist told a group of television reporters that he had developed symptoms at the weekend.

"It started on Sunday with a certain malaise and became worse throughout the day on Monday, feeling poorly, exhaustion, a bit of muscle ache, fever hit 38 (degrees Celsius)," he said.

Finishing the interview, he stepped back and removed his mask to reveal a smile, adding: "You can see from my face that I'm well and I'm calm."