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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Victoria records 76 cases, 11 deaths as national cabinet aims for open borders by December; Australian death toll stands at 748

Around 10 protesters have been arrested at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance on Saturday morning, with police thick on the ground.

One man was arrested by police after telling officers any fines would be “unlawful”. His white t-shirt sported black hand-written scrawl about Bill Gates.

“We’re trying to educate people, we’re trying to tell people what’s going on,” he said after police had him handcuffed.

Another woman toting a hand-painted sign which said ‘end the lockdown, end the suffering’ told the gathered media through tears she was “asking the world to help us”.

Police told the woman to move away, as she’d already received a fine for breaking the Chief Health Officer’s stay at home directions.

After chants of ‘Dictator Dan’ and ‘Let the kids live’, Police are now trying to move on protesters on from the Shrine this morning.

As anti-lockdown protesters people start to congregate in a larger mass, police horses and a line of hundreds of officers moved the group backwards out of the monument.

A line of police horses are now blacking the main entrance.

A man was dramatically arrested after shouting “Freedom!” to the assembled crowd, with his shirt ripped in the altercation with police when he was tackled to the ground.

One woman, who would not share her name but she was from France, told media “we’re not criminal, we’re not doing anything wrong”.

“Everyone here have families, they’re here with their friends, they don’t want to get arrested,” she said.

“There’s so many people who would love to be here today but they can’t.”

Members remaining at the mouth of the Shrine said they were planning to potentially gather again at Albert Park this afternoon.

Click here to read the breaking news story.

Queensland’s cluster of coronavirus cases has spread to the Moreton Bay Islands, with a woman on Russell Island testing positive on Saturday.

Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles issued a statement on social media on Saturday morning saying the new case was a woman aged in her 60s and it was believed to be linked to another case.

The new case brings Queensland’s active case tally to 26.

Metro South Health will set up a pop-up COVID-19 fever clinic on Russell Island, in Moreton Bay, on Saturday afternoon to operate for the coming days, he said.

“Contact tracing has commenced with the woman this morning and we will continue to assess the situation and provide the local community with the relevant advice,” Mr Miles said.

“I want to reassure the people of Russell Island and other islands in the area that we’ve been planning for situations like this and we’re well prepared to handle it.

“Metro South Health is in the process of arranging for the woman to be transferred to the mainland.”

More than 11,500 tests were conducted over the previous 24 hours.

Around 10 protesters have been arrested at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance on Saturday morning, with police thick on the ground.

One man was arrested by police after telling officers any fines would be “unlawful”. His white t-shirt sported black hand-written scrawl about Bill Gates.

“We’re trying to educate people, we’re trying to tell people what’s going on,” he said after police had him handcuffed.

Another woman toting a hand-painted sign which said ‘end the lockdown, end the suffering’ told the gathered media through tears she was “asking the world to help us”.

Police told the woman to move away, as she’d already received a fine for breaking the Chief Health Officer’s stay at home directions.

After chants of ‘Dictator Dan’ and ‘Let the kids live’, Police are now trying to move on protesters on from the Shrine this morning.

As anti-lockdown protesters people start to congregate in a larger mass, police horses and a line of hundreds of officers moved the group backwards out of the monument.

A line of police horses are now blacking the main entrance.

A man was dramatically arrested after shouting “Freedom!” to the assembled crowd, with his shirt ripped in the altercation with police when he was tackled to the ground.

One woman, who would not share her name but she was from France, told media “we’re not criminal, we’re not doing anything wrong”.

“Everyone here have families, they’re here with their friends, they don’t want to get arrested,” she said.

“There’s so many people who would love to be here today but they can’t.”

Members remaining at the mouth of the Shrine said they were planning to potentially gather again at Albert Park this afternoon.

Click here to read the breaking news story.

Victorian Chief Health Officer Professor Sutton said the government’s strategy was being driven by the principle that the current case load the tail end of the virus.

“That we are working to a future where this virus remains under control for the long-term, because we can’t afford it, no-one can afford it globally, to have a huge resurgence, so we need to keep it under wraps until a vaccine is available,” he said.

“There are over 30 [vaccines] are in those phase three trials with tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people around the world now going through phase three trials where we will see what a vaccine might be able to achieve, and if just one of those vaccines, and there will be probably three or four or more of those vaccines that show effectiveness, that are safe, and can be produced, that is what we are hanging out for, so if we can do that and hang on for those months ahead when a vaccine is available and can be provided across the population.”

At least 10 people have been arrested at the Shrine of Remembrance as police crackdown on anti-lockdown protests across the city.

A heavy police presence greeted protesters at the Shrine.

A heavy police presence greeted protesters at the Shrine. Credit:Zach Hope

About 100 police are in and around the Shrine, including the mounted unit, after people on Facebook touted planned protests in capital cities around the country on Saturday – including in Melbourne where stage four lockdown restrictions are in place – as “Freedom Day” rallies.

One man was arrested by police after telling officers any fines would be “unlawful”. His white t-shirt sported black hand-written scrawl about Bill Gates.

“We’re trying to educate people, we’re trying to tell people what’s going on,” he said after police had him handcuffed.

Click here to read the story.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said those who argued the virus was a risk only to the elderly were mistaken.

“But I will just say, there’s a bit of a tone out there that, well, these people are all very old and it’s only having the most tragic impacts amongst those who are very old,” Mr Andrews said.

“Well, again a make the point, if the health system is overrun, like it has been in New York, Paris, Spain, the list goes on, like it has been in so many parts of the US, then it’s not just COVID-19 patients who can’t get the care that they need, it is every patient who needs time critical care.

“They finish up going into a system that is overrun and overwhelmed. That’s just the fact of it. So we have all got a stake in this not getting away from us again and we have all got a big investment for sure, but also a big dividend if we can find that covert normal and the only way we can find it is to ease out of these restrictions in a steady and safe way.”

Professor Sutton said the government was putting a significant focus on aged-care.

“It’s also important to understand that the real epidemic in aged care followed the epidemic in the community,” he said.

“The number of new introductions in aged-care facilities happened at the height of community transmission… so getting on top of community transmission is protecting aged-care settings,” he said.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has batted away a suggestion that the national cabinet has “fractured” after consensus was not reached between states on several issues on Friday.

“From my point of view, I wouldn’t describe national cabinet in those terms, it has served us well and will continue to serve us well,” he said.

“There are some things that all of us need to put aside the things that sometimes occupy us, and instead of acting on those sort of interests, we act in what is undoubtedly the national interest, that is what has driven national cabinet, and I don’t see that changing.

“From my point of view, the outcome in relation to having freer movement of key agricultural workers and the process to improve those arrangements between South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales was a very important outcome,” he said.

Mr Andrews said he was not going to provide “gratuitous commentary” on the border closure policies of other states.

Around 10 protesters have been arrested at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance on Saturday morning, with police thick on the ground.

One man was arrested by police after telling officers any fines would be “unlawful”. His white t-shirt sported black hand-written scrawl about Bill Gates.

“We’re trying to educate people, we’re trying to tell people what’s going on,” he said after police had him handcuffed.

Another woman toting a hand-painted sign which said ‘end the lockdown, end the suffering’ told the gathered media through tears she was “asking the world to help us”.

Police told the woman to move away, as she’d already received a fine for breaking the Chief Health Officer’s stay at home directions.

NSW has recorded five new coronavirus cases on Saturday.

One of the new cases is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine, and the remaining four are all locally acquired and linked to the CBD cluster. The total number of cases in that cluster now stands at 61.

NSW Health’s Dr Christine Selvey said there were 30,339 tests carried out in the 24 hours to 8pm Friday.

When asked about the heavy police presence in central Melbourne on Saturday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews revealed his own car was stopped on the way to work this morning.

“There is a very visible, very significant police presence in the city,” he said.

“Some people have forecast that they in a selfish, dangerous and unlawful way protest and police are taking appropriate steps.”

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