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10.17pm BST

The 5,000 fans attending the French Open semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been allowed to stay in the stadium despite the nationwide coronavirus curfew starting at 11pm in Paris.

After Djokovic moved ahead 2-1 on sets, a stadium announcement said that following talks with French authorities the fans would be allowed to stay until the end of the match.

10.02pm BST

Hours before Victorians came out of lockdown this week, the acting premier, James Merlino, announced a rule scheduled to end would instead remain in place.

Merlino said on Thursday that masks would still need to be worn outdoors.

Related: Melbourne’s mask rule: is there evidence Covid spreads outdoors and how does it occur?

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