The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has announced tough new stage four coronavirus restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne, including an overnight curfew
Stage four restrictions have been introduced across metropolitan Melbourne from Sunday 2 August for six weeks.
Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, said the restrictions have been brought in to get community transmission – cases where the source of the transmission cannot be determined – under control. Andrews said government modelling showed that without these measures, stage three restrictions would need to last six months.
Acoustic remix of Miel Pops Russian cereal jingle becomes a strange anthem for a stranger time
There are only two types of people in this world. Those who are obsessed with a CGI llama dancing to an acoustic remix of a 2010 Russian cereal commercial jingle, and those over the age of 23.
In the first part of our Politics Weekly series, Jonathan Freedland speaks to Peter Mandelson, the former Labour cabinet minister and EU commissioner. The pair discuss Britain’s future relationship with Europe and the battle Sir Keir Starmer faces to get Labour back into power
The two great projects of Peter Mandelson’s life have centred on Britain’s role in Europe and Labour’s election success. In the past few years, both have been shattered.
Jonathan Freedland speaks to the former cabinet minister and EU commissioner, who is now the president of the international thinktank Policy Network, about why he believes Sir Keir Starmer is the right person to lead Labour to election victory.
Residents of Beirut have described the major explosion that has left dozens dead in the Lebanese capital. Footage from the blast zone showed extensive damage, with residents moving through rubble and cleaning up broken glass and overturned furniture in their homes. Hospitals in the city were also overflowing with patients and people searching for loved ones
The US president Donald Trump says an explosion that killed dozens of people in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, looks like an attack. ‘We will be there to help. It looks like a terrible attack,’ he said at a press briefing. Trump was later asked why he called the explosion an attack, not an accident, saying he met with generals who felt it was ‘a bomb of some kind’
Rajapaksa expected to dominate elections held five months after president Gotabaya Rajapaksa sacked parliamentary assembly
Sri Lankans have begun voting in parliamentary elections twice delayed by the coronavirus, with results expected to further entrench the Rajapaksa family’s dominance of the island’s politics.
Voters have been asked to observe social distancing and bring their own pens to the polls – with special booths set up for those who are quarantining – for a contest that will end months of constitutional limbo in Sri Lanka.
Guardian Australia analysis and map shows how the pattern of Covid-19 has changed by region and throughout Sydney. Live data updates will track the numbers throughout New South Wales
A Guardian Australia analysis of coronavirus cases in NSW shows where Covid-19 infections have been increasing, and where cases are on the decline.
Using data from New South Wales Health we calculate the number of new, locally-acquired cases a day for every local government area (LGA) in NSW.
Three New Zealanders among dead after avalanche hits Gapyeong holiday cottages
Fourteen people have been killed and more than 1,000 forced from their homes as 42 consecutive days of rain, South Korea’s longest monsoon in seven years, triggered floods and landslides.
Heavy rain, which has also battered China, Thailand, Myanmar and India, inundated farmland and flooded parts of major highways and bridges in the capital, Seoul.