Coronavirus updates LIVE: Push to lift curfew; CBD economy hit hard; US to pass 190k cases

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Push to lift curfew; CBD economy hit hard; US to pass 190k cases

September 9, 2020

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Daniel Andrews says he will not be guided by frustration or anger.Credit:Wayne Taylor

There is a push to lift Melbourne’s curfew, our state team reports.

Premier Daniel Andrews is facing calls to lift Melbourne’s controversial COVID-19 curfew after confirming the decision to impose a night-time stay-at-home direction was introduced only to make it easier for police to enforce the general lockdown.

"It's not a matter for Brett [Sutton], that's not health advice, that’s about achieving a health outcome. His advice is 'do whatever you can to limit movement'. Police then say 'we need rules we can enforce'. These are decisions ultimately made by me," Premier Andrews said.

The state opposition seized on the comments, calling the curfew a "captain’s call" by the Premier and demanding it be lifted immediately.

And things are looking bleak for Melbourne’s CBD economy, reports Bianca Hall

Inner Melbourne is projected to lose 79,000 jobs annually and bleed more than $110 billion in revenue over the next five years as the COVID-19 recession savages the central city.

New modelling predicts the Andrews government's decision last month to move from stage three to stage four restrictions will cost the city's economy $61 billion over five years – although the modelling did not take into account the economic or health impacts of a worsening pandemic.

An empty Bourke Street in the Melbourne CBD in August.Credit:Wayne Taylor

Job losses across Victoria have already far eclipsed the height of the 1990s recession and are projected to hit almost 400,000 annually over five years.

America to pass 190,000 deaths today

Let's start with the global situation. As of 6.20am, there have been 27,628,190 recorded COVID-19 cases around the world, per Johns Hopkins University, and 898,757 deaths.

The US should clock over 190,000 deaths today, from about 6.3 million infections.

Mexican Lucha Libre wrestler Gran Felipe Jr. gives sanitizing gel to a man in the street as part of a local campaign to promote the use of face masks as a preventive measure against coronavirus Credit:Getty

The top 10 hardest-hit countries, by cases:

6,334,158 US
4,370,128 India
4,162,073 Brazil
1,037,526 Russia
691,575 Peru
679,513 Colombia
642,860 Mexico
640,441 South Africa
534,513 Spain
500,034 Argentina

Good morning

Good morning, and welcome to The Age's live coronavirus blog. My name is Liam Mannix, I'm the national science reporter for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and I'll be with you till about 2pm.

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