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14th June 2021

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Boris Johnson sets final deadline for easing England’s COVID-19 restrictions

In overseas news, Boris Johnson has delayed the final unlocking of England’s economy because of resurgence in coronavirus due to the more transmissible Delta variant.

The British Prime Minister – already under pressure for waiting until April 23 to impose hotel quarantine on arrivals from India, where the Delta variant was originally detected – announced the decision at a press conference at Downing Street.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday postponed the easing of England’s remaining COVID-19 restrictions.Credit:Getty

Johnson said he bitterly regretted the four-week delay to restoring normal life, but that holding off would save lives.

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Source of Melbourne’s highly infectious Delta outbreak set to remain mystery

Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng says it is unlikely to ever be known how the highly infectious Delta variant of coronavirus leaked out of Victoria’s quarantine system and seeded an outbreak in Melbourne.

Professor Cheng said the state’s health officials had exhausted every avenue in their four working theories probing how the Delta variant crept into Melbourne unchecked, sparking a cluster that has so far infected at least 15 people, including several children.

The Holiday Inn on Flinders Lane.Credit:Luis Ascui

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This morning’s headlines at a glance

Good morning and thanks for your company. It’s Tuesday, June 15. I’m Broede Carmody and the national news blog is back after a long weekend.

It’s set to be a busy day across the country, so let’s jump straight into this morning’s headlines:

  • A Tamil asylum seeker family who has spent the last two years on Christmas Island could be released from immigration detention as early as today. It’s significant because the federal government has so far resisted pressure to settle the family in Australia, arguing it would undermine the country’s border policies.
  • There’s a new twist in the Swimming Australia saga. The mother of a teenage swimmer has lashed out at media coverage of her son wearing girl’s bathers, saying the picture has been misrepresented and is not evidence of a cultural problem in the sport. Australian silver medallist Maddy Groves withdrew from the Olympic swimming trials last week, blaming “misogynistic perverts”, kicking-off a wider discussion about the treatment of athletes of all genders.
  • Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is holding a series of meetings in London after the G7. It comes as Australia and the UK attempt to finalise a post-Brexit free trade deal.
  • And in Melbourne, the Victorian government is on track to further ease coronavirus restrictions on Friday as planned. However, Health Minister Martin Foley has warned any changes will be gradual and cautious.
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