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Victoria Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has indicated the changes would be more in the social space, prompting petitions from business operators for relief from restrictions that once included an overnight curfew.

Current restrictions include a two-hour exercise limit within 5 kilometers (3 miles) of work or home, and mandatory face masks that cover the mouth and nose when a person leaves home.

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Belgium will tighten coronavirus restrictions from Monday in a bid to keep the disease under control. The new measures include a night curfew and the closure of cafes, bars and restaurants for a month.

Doctors are warning that Europe is at a turning point as the coronavirus returns across the continent, including among vulnerable people, and governments try to impose restrictions without blocking entire economies.

Hundreds of Argentine flags pierced the sand of a beach in the resort of Mar del Plata, a touching memorial to the victims of the novel coronavirus in one of the hottest virus hotspots in South America.

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SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Health Authority reported 418 new confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases and six additional deaths.

At the current rate of transmission, Oregon Health Authority officials predict that new infections will increase significantly to 570 new cases reported per day and 40 hospitalizations.

In addition, Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday that Lane County has been added to the County Surveillance List.

There are currently five counties on the Benton, Clatsop, Lane, Malheur and Umatilla observation lists. A circuit is placed in the watch list when COVID-19 spreads rapidly.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – New Mexico health officials confirmed Friday that the state set another one-day record with 819 cases of COVID-19, bringing the country total to 35,770 since the pandemic began.

New rules to limit gatherings to five people or less, reduce hotel capacity and set a closing time of 10:00 for bars and some restaurants also went into effect on Friday following successive days of record-breaking daily infections.

The previous record of 672 on Thursday already had eclipse records set in recent days.

The state on Friday also reported six additional pandemic-related deaths, bringing the total to 928.

At the University of New Mexico, eight footballers and an assistant coach tested positive for coronavirus, and high levels of positivity in the school district forced the practice to be postponed.

University athletics director Eddie Nuez said if the team is unable to practice for next week, they will not be able to safely play their first game scheduled for Oct. 24 against Colorado State.

SALT LAKE CITY One of Utahs’s largest hospitals had no beds on Friday in its regular intensive care unit, while the governor said states had no sustained rising weeks in cases of coronavirus.

Utah University of Health had to put in extra ICU beds staffed by overtime doctors and nurses to care for its critical patients this week after the unit hit 104% capacity, the Chief of Staff said. Medicine Dr. Russell Vinik.

Weve pulled away where we can but it is unsafe, he said. We are very concerned about the flu season, especially if people are not vaccinated. We can’t take another hit.

MIAMI – Florida reported a slight increase in confirmed daily COVID-19 cases, adding 3,449 to the total case load on Friday.

The new state report raises the seven-day average of new infections close to 2,800, a figure that had dropped below 2,300 in late September and early October, when the state lifted restrictions on restaurants and larger school districts began welcoming students.

The hospitalization and death rates at COVID-19 have been relatively stable in recent weeks.

The number of people being treated in Florida hospitals peaked in late July, at more than 9,500, then dropped for about two months. But the figure has leveled for the past three weeks at around 2,000 to 2,200 with no further decline.

The state recorded 98 new virus-related deaths on Friday, bringing the death toll to 16,030.

RALEIGH, NC The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services unveiled a plan Friday outlining residents who will prioritize when a coronavirus vaccine is approved and made available.

We anticipate that the populations in focus for the initial COVID-19 vaccination will be the critical workforce that provides health care and maintains the essential functions of society, staff and residents in long-term care facilities and people with two or more co-morbidities those at high risk for complications from COVID-19, the department wrote.

The state will also consider the priority of specific countries with vulnerable populations or high levels of prevalence.

The 148-page detailed plan notes that groups of people receiving a vaccine will first be reassessed over time. Jurisdictions should provide that allocations may be shifted during the response based on supply, demand and risk.

The federal government will be responsible for providing the money to North Carolina’s state, tribal and local health departments.

JACKSON, MISS. – The Mississippi state health official said he overestimated the number of people who would continue to wear face masks to prevent the coronavirus from spreading after the mask mandate was lifted across the country.

Why would we widely abandon something that is so simple and easy and effective just because there is no executive order, he has confused me and I am honestly disappointed, said Dr. Thomas Dobbs in a video call with reporters Friday.

After months of declining cases, Mississippi has seen two direct days of new cases exceeding 1,000, something the state has not seen since the Mississippis nationwide mask mandate was set in August.

Gov. Tate Reeves repealed the mask mandate across Mississippi on Sept. 30, citing declining cases. The Republican governor encouraged citizens to continue wearing masks anyway, but the added officials should not use the heavy hand of government more than justified.

Dobbs said Friday that the decision was not taken lightly. But two months after the mandate, people were jumping against him.

There were people who were getting tired of the mandate, and they just violated it when he was still mandated, he said. I think that was a kind of concern, that it lost its kind of firepower.

MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin broke the record for new positive cases of coronavirus on Friday for the third time in a week as an increase that began in early September shows no signs of easing.

The state also reached record highs for daily deaths and hospitalizations this week as a third lawsuit was filed arguing that Democratic Governor Tony Evers had exceeded his authority by issuing public health emergencies and enforcing a masked mandate throughout location and capacity limits for bars and restaurants.

Evers on Friday launched a TV commercial criticizing Republicans for inaction, and the second-largest school district in the states said students would not return for personal classes until the end of January sooner rather than later.

There were 3,861 new cases of coronavirus reported in Wisconsin on Friday, breaking the previous record set just a day earlier of 3,747. Wisconsin continued the pace of setting records for hospitalizations, reaching a new record of 1,101 patients on Friday. A field hospital to treat overcrowded patients opened Wednesday near Milwaukee.

Evers has repeatedly blamed Republicans who control the Legislature for blocking his efforts to take control of the virus. Republicans are part of a lawsuit seeking to overturn the masked state mandate, and the Wisconsin Tavern League is suing to overturn the Evers order limit capacity in bars and restaurants.

A third lawsuit filed Friday requires the Wisconsin Supreme Court to rule that Evers exceeded his authority in issuing subsequent public health emergency orders after the first expired in May.

MEMPHIS Governor Tenn Bill Lee is calling for the temporary suspension of negative consequences for Tennessee schools and teachers in connection with student tests for the current school year due to adjustments and dropouts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Republican governor said Friday that while student testing will continue, he wants to ease any burden related to teacher ratings and school accountability for the 2020-2021 school year.

Lee said school districts lost critical learning time when personal classes were suspended during the spring as the virus pandemic struck. While some districts started holding classes in person when the current school year started a few weeks ago, others have only held online tutoring.

Some teachers and school district administrators have called for the cancellation of tests or the suspension of liability measures. Teacher pay may be affected by teacher evaluation results, and poorly performing schools may be relocated under state control.

Lee said he will work with the Tennessee General Assembly on his call to temporarily halt the accountability we have in our state that links student testing to teacher ratings.

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