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Vic goes into lockdown to stop third wave

Victoria will enter a "short, sharp circuit-breaker" lockdown for five days amid fears the highly infectious UK strain of coronavirus has spread in the community.

Vic Holiday Inn outbreak cases and sites

MELBOURNE AIRPORT HOLIDAY INN OUTBREAK* Thirteen COVID-19 cases have been linked to the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport, with hundreds of close contacts in isolation* Genetic testing has confirmed the virus is the highly-infectious B.1.1.7 UK variant* Anyone who visited Jetstar (Terminal 4) at Melbourne Airport on Tuesday between 4.45am...

WSL to return to Bells Beach from 2022

The cancellation of this year's World Surf League stop at Bells Beach has been offset by confirmation the famed Victorian break will host the event for at least three more years beyond that.

Capitol video may change some minds: Biden

President Joe Biden says he has watched coverage of Donald Trump's impeachment trial and thinks "some minds may have been changed" after prosecutors showed gripping and graphic video of the January 6 siege of the US Capitol.

Aust, NZ cancel tsunami alerts after quake

A 7.7 magnitude undersea earthquake has struck the South Pacific region, triggering a brief tsunami warning for Australia and New Zealand that was cancelled, with no immediate reports of damage.

SA Festival, Fringe and tennis to go ahead

South Australia will push ahead with important arts and sporting events over the coming weeks despite closing the border with Victoria in response to a growing cluster of COVID-19 cases in Melbourne.

Melbourne hotel outbreak grows to 8 cases

A third worker and second released guest of Melbourne's Holiday Inn quarantine hotel have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases linked to the outbreak to eight.