Coronavirus live updates Australia: NSW eases restrictions as Victoria records 12 new Covid cases and two deaths

Curbs eased at NSW schools and weddings as state reports no new community transmissions, while Victorian health minister Jenny Mikakos tells hotels inquiry she was not involved in decision to use private security. Follow live

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Just stepping away from Covid for a moment, Western Australia police have distributed a statement from the family and friends of Jane Rimmer.

They say they are “pleased that we finally have a verdict which gives us some answers about the abduction and horrendous murder of our beloved Jane”.

For our family and friends there have been 24 years of pain and anguish at the loss of our young, vibrant daughter, sister, niece and close friend.

Jane had her whole life ahead of her, and it is almost beyond comprehension this could have ended in such horrific, heinous circumstances.

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Australia’s share market has finished lower for the fifth time in the last six sessions and the Aussie dollar continued falling towards 70 US cents amid concerns about global economic recovery, AAP reports.

The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index finished down 48.0 points, or 0.81%, to 5875.9 points on Thursday.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Coronavirus live updates Australia: NSW eases restrictions as Victoria records 12 new Covid cases and two deaths ———