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‘I Rise’ – Residents of Melbourne emerge from world’s longest lockdown

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After 262 days, residents in the world’s most lockdown city are waking up to their very own Freedom Day today, with Covid restrictions in Melbourne finally eased

At 12.01 early this morning, cheers were heard throughout the city as people took to their balconies and the streets to celebrate: take a look

For 77 days, residents have been subjected to strict stay-at-home orders, with a curfew imposed between 9pm and 5am daily, and only five reasons to leave your home… whilst retail, hospitality and entertainment sectors were largely brought to a grinding halt.

There have been violent protests, following the construction industry shutting down for two weeks, with Covid vaccines being mandated for the workforce.

What changes?

From today, restrictions on Melbournians leaving their homes will be lifted, private gatherings are allowed, restaurants, bars and cafes will re-open for seated service and life will slowly return to normal.

In this footage, you can hear excited residents singing Madonna’s “I Rise”

The city has endured six lockdowns in total, with the first totalling 43 days between March 30 and May 12, 2020.

The second lockdown was the longest, with 112 days of stay-at-home orders, between July 8 and October 27 2020.

Lockdowns three, four and five were all relatively short, and lockdown six ends today… after 77 days from August 5 to 11:59pm on October 21.

Prior to Melbourne’s extensive and extended stay-at-home orders, the city held the title of the world’s most liveable city for seven years in a row and was the fastest-growing urban area in Australia.

But as many other major cities right around the world began to open up and move back to normality, Melbourne’s retail, hospitality and entertainment sectors remained shut and the city lost its spark.

Meanwhile, countless festivals, shows, events, weddings, birthdays and dinners have been either canceled or postponed.

This is Chapel Street in the popular suburb of South Yarra when excited residents emerged from lockdown at 11.59pm Thursday night.

Today’s easing comes as the state of Victoria reaches its first major vaccine milestone, with 70 per cent of all eligible residents now double dosed against Covid-19.

Since the state government’s first declaration of a state of emergency on March 16 in 2020, more than 71,000 people have contracted the virus and over 990 have died.

“This is for you Melbourne”

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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Why Australia is becoming the new home of the Hollywood blockbuster

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Australia’s multimillion-dollar campaign to attract Hollywood productions to its shores appears to be paying off.

The allure of Australia lies not only in its picturesque locations but also in its competitive financial incentives.

The government offers generous rebates and tax breaks to international productions, making it an attractive proposition for filmmakers looking to maximise their budgets.

Despite the recent intake of Hollywood productions down under such as ‘The Fall Guy’ and ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’, Aussie independents are still finding the space to carve their own creative path.

Rob Fantozzi joined the program to discuss the latest in Hollywood, and showcased his own upcoming project – ‘Omerta‘. #featured

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Portal between countries shut down after international flashing

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An international video portal has been forced to shut down after an OnlyFans model reportedly flashed passersby from across the globe.

On this episode of Ahron and Mike Live – Which would you prefer; pay rise or work perks, an international portal closes, the military reveal a submarine stingray and are you on a top or bottom burger bun?

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured #trending

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U.S. home prices surge 47%

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American home prices are rising at faster pace now than in the last 20-years.

A recent analysis reveals a jaw dropping surge in the cost of American homes.

Since the start of 2020, U.S. home prices have surged 47% easily outstripping the gains seen in recent decades.

On top of that, home price growth so far this decade is on the verge of surpassing all the growth seen in the 2000s.

Many experts believe this decade’s housing market frenzy was ignited by a perfect storm — the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic triggering an unprecedented rush among buyers.

Tom Hutchens, the Executive Vice President of Production at Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

#IN AMERICA TODAY #economy #housing #housingmarket #homeprices #homesales #inflation #trending

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