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Young people in England – and maybe some older ones – have not universally heeded government warnings about not going out and partying in big groups ahead of the new restrictions on gatherings.
Pictures from Leicester Square in central London showed people in large groups enjoying the city’s nightlife.
Those latest figures from Victoria for the past 24 hours take the state’s death toll to 723 and the national count to 810 since the start of the pandemic.
The state capital, Melbourne, is still under hard lockdown but the restrictions could ease by the end of the month if cases continue to fall. Regional areas of the state are expected to ease its restrictions within days.