Coronavirus Australia live update: PM announces $1,500 paid pandemic leave as Victoria premier Dan Andrews outlines business restrictions

Premier outlines further details of state’s new lockdown, including business shutdowns. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

8.03am BST

Morrison says he is taking advice from medical officers but is adamant that “parliament will come back.”

“We believe we can put arrangements in place,” he says.

It will meet. I always said it would meet. And I meant that when I said it. We’ll be putting in place arrangements that would comply with the advice that we received both from the Chief Health Officer here in the ACT, and we’ve also sought further advice from the CMO.

8.00am BST

Acting chief medical officer, Prof Paul Kelly, says that the measures just announced today in Melbourne are “proportionate” and “will be effective” in helping the state beat the virus.

“Stage 3 lockdowns have been effective to a point but, if we were to continue in the way we’re continuing in Melbourne at the moment, those large numbers we’re seeing at the moment would continue…

“This would prolong those Stage 3 lockdowns, it would prolong the issues of large numbers of cases and what we’re seeing there in terms of unacceptable illness and even deaths, as well as the seeding into other jurisdictions and the rural areas of Victoria…

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