Coronavirus Australia live update: regional Victoria restrictions easing but Melbourne lockdown remains; more NSW hotspots

Talks continue between the state and the federal government on financial assistance as Melbourne faces second week in lockdown. Follow the latest news

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4.02am BST

Australia has chipped in $50m to the global Covax fund – which is providing vaccine doses to developing nations.

Save the Children’s Sarah Carter says there is more to be done though:

There is an urgent need to ensure vaccination coverage is truly global because it is the only way to help bring an end to this pandemic.

Vaccines are vital, not just to save lives but also to help make societies safe again for children.

3.57am BST

Victoria’s press conference ends – we are just waiting for Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg now.

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