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Melbourne takes Buenos Aires’ lockdown crown

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Australia’s second biggest city, Melbourne has officially become the most locked-down city in the world

The title previously held by Buenos Aires, now means Melbourne has endured over 245 days of stay at home restrictions.

Melbourne was once renowned for being the world’s most liveable city, with the title becoming a key attraction for travellers eager to visit.

But the new world record is now damaging the city’s reputation, according to many whom live and work in the city.

Police and army in Melbourne
Melbourne economy taking a $700 million hit weekly.

Where to from here?

By October 26, it’s hoped 70 per cent of the state’s over 15’s will be fully vaccinated and will trigger a relaxation of restrictions for those protected.

By that time, Melburnians will have racked up more than 260 days at home since the COVID pandemic hit last year.

It’s a bitter milestone to pass as Victoria regularly records more than 1000 new cases a day two months into Melbourne’s sixth lockdown —  significantly higher than even the worst day of last year’s 112-day confinement.

The Delta variant has proven seemingly impossible to eradicate since it took hold in Sydney, which has itself just marked 100 days of stay-at-home orders, in June.

Melbourne’s record-breaking lockdown is costing the state economy $700 million a week.

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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