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Can Melbourne exit lockdown early amid record daily case numbers?

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Melbourne’s early release from world’s longest lockdown is on the line after the Australian state cracked the 2000 mark for daily Covid cases for the first time

Melbourne and the state of Victoria has recorded 2,297 new covid cases, marking a record daily increase for Australia

This follows authorities believing that daily case numbers were beginning to plateau.

The state is nearing its double dose vaccination target of 70 per cent with the city predicted to reopen once it reaches this milestone around October 22.

Will Melbourne open early despite case number surge?

It’s unclear whether or not this latest spike will delay the government’s planned reopening.

This all follows a recent surge in vaccination rates and the state’s deadliest day of its current Delta outbreak, with 13 people dying from the virus on Wednesday.

Victoria is on track to reach its 70 percent double-vaccination target on October 22 – which is four days ahead of the government’s road map date of October 26.

Premier Daniel Andrews has assured residents that restrictions will be eased on the day Victoria reaches this vaccination milestone.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 24: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media

Andrews says “I look forward to being able to give people absolute clarity about what next week looks like, and the week after, and as far out as he can”.

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Five former Trump staffers speak with House

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January 6 capital riots investigation continues

As the investigation into the January 6 capitol riots continues, new reports allege that at least five former Trump staffers have come forward to speak voluntarily with the House committee.

This comes as the committee’s lawyers continue to reach out to further Trump aides as to whether they would be interested in speaking at the hearing without the threat of SUPENA.

The committee has been tasked with investigating the actions of former President Donald Trump prior to the riots occurring.

This most recent outreach is not likely to signify that the committee believes the staffers had any involvement in sparking the riots… but rather they may have more context as to what was happening inside the White House that day.

It all comes as Trump continues his legal battle against the investigation… suing both the committee and the National Archives in an attempt to withhold documents.

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Queen Elizabeth not attending COP26 climate event

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Buckingham Palace says the Queen is accepting doctor’s advice to rest

Following a health scare just last week… Queen Elizabeth will not be attending the upcoming COP-26 climate event in Glasgow.

This comes as doctors advise the royal to rest and comes just hours after she carried out her first official engagements since being admitted to hospital.

On Tuesday, Elizabeth met virtually with the ambassador of Korea and Switzerland.

Last week, Buckingham Palace revealed the monarch spent a night in hospital for “preliminary investigations”… but returned home in “good spirits”.

Meanwhile, the Queen was due to attend an evening reception in Glasgow on Monday but will deliver a video message instead.

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Jeff Bezos unveils plans for commercial space station

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Jeff Bezos’ space tourism company, Blue Origin, has announced plans to launch a space station in Earth’s orbit.

The station will be named “Orbital Reef,” and is projected to be built and operational by the end of the decade.

The company says the station will be serve as a “mixed-use business park” in space and will host up to 10 people.

Promotional material released by the company revealed the 32-thousand square foot station will provide customers with an ideal location for “filmmaking in microgravity”, or “conducting cutting-edge research”.

It’s also speculated that the space station will include a “space hotel”.

The company will partner with Sierra Space and Boeing to build the outpost.

The announcement comes amid NASA efforts to find a proposal to replace the International Space Station (ISS), which is now more than 20 years old and in desperate need of repair.

This will include $400m in private contracts to space companies to help the agency replace the ageing outpost.

There is likely to be stiff competition for the funding, and Blue Origin is the latest firm to unveil their space station concept, joining space firms Nanoracks, Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin, who have teamed up to launch a station into low orbit by 2027.

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