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Melbourne in lockdown limbo: state locked down with no end in sight



Sydney and Melbourne will both remain in lockdown this week amid a growing number of new Covid-19 infections

Victorian state premier Daniel Andrews has announced that Covid-19 lockdown will not end tomorrow night.

Twelve million Australians are now in Covid-19 lockdown, with hundreds of new cases. In New South Wales, authorities recorded 111 new cases in the previous 24 hours, up from 97 the day before. Around 80% of these infections are from three areas in Sydney.

The state government has banned more than 600,000 people from these hotspot areas from leaving their districts, even for work. Workers in the health or emergency sector are exempt, but need to be tested every three days. These restrictions will stay in place until at least the end of the month.

It follows the New South Wales Premier, Gladys Berejiklian saying it may take up to five more days before the impact of the state’s tougher restrictions become clear.

Premier extends Melbourne lockdown

Just last weekend, Melbourne recorded its 11th-straight day of zero new Covid-19 infections. Now, the city is days into a snap lockdown, which the government planned to end tomorrow.

State Premier Daniel Andrews says ending the lockdown would “not be the right thing to do”. There will be no further advice as to when the lockdown will end until tomorrow.

People wait in line outside a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia, July 14, 2021. REUTERS/Jane Wardell

Australia’s vaccination roll-out

As many Australians go into lockdown, some good news is on the horizon. Amid the lockdowns, Australia’s lacklustre vaccination rollout program will get a much needed boost. One million new Pfizer Covid vaccination doses will arrive in Australia today.

The nation’s Covid-19 Taskforce Commander hopes to see an acceleration in vaccination rates. He says every Australian who wants a jab will have one by the end of the year.

Australia now has 13 per cent of the population fully vaccinated, with 10 million doses now administered. Australia has recorded 31,632 coronavirus cases and 913 deaths since the pandemic began.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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There’s a 50/50 chance of a 2024 recession



The economy has been remarkably resilient despite massive pressures – but is that about to change in 2024?

The US economy is in for a sharp slowdown in 2024 as a closely watched survey of top economists foresees stubbornly high inflation, a rise in unemployment and a 50% chance of recession.

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Tesla insurance sued for ‘inflated’ premiums, judge rules



A judge has ruled that Tesla’s insurance unit must face a lawsuit alleging “inflated” premiums.

The decision comes after policyholders claimed the electric car company’s insurance division overcharged them for coverage.

The lawsuit, which was filed by a group of Tesla policyholders, alleges that the premiums charged by Tesla’s insurance unit were significantly higher than market rates for similar coverage.

The plaintiffs argue that Tesla’s insurance division engaged in unfair pricing practices, leading to overpayment by policyholders.

Tesla has not yet commented on the judge’s decision, but the lawsuit raises questions about the transparency and fairness of the company’s insurance pricing.

It also highlights the growing scrutiny on how tech companies enter and compete in traditional industries like insurance.

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Elon Musk mocks Paris Hilton’s cookware ad



Tech mogul Elon Musk couldn’t resist poking fun at Paris Hilton’s recent cookware ad campaign after her company suspended a mysterious “X” deal.

In a tweet that quickly went viral, Musk quipped that the ad “wasn’t super convincing.”

The tweet came shortly after Paris Hilton’s company, Hilton Home Collection, announced the suspension of an undisclosed partnership, leaving fans and followers speculating about the nature of the collaboration. While the reasons for the suspension remain unknown, Musk’s tweet added a humorous twist to the situation.

Musk’s lighthearted remark sparked a flurry of reactions on social media, with some users joining in on the jest and others expressing curiosity about the nature of the suspended deal. Meanwhile, Paris Hilton herself has yet to respond to Musk’s comment, leaving many wondering if there’s more to the story than meets the eye.

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