Coronavirus live news: Melbourne lockdown extended; anti-mask protests held in Europe

State premier Daniel Andrews extends lockdown by two weeks; Victoria reports 63 new cases and five deaths; thousands attend protests against coronavirus measures in Croatia and Italy. Follow the latest updates

6.27am BST

A further six people have been charged following yesterday’s unauthorised protest activity in Sydney and Byron Bay, AAP reports.

High-visibility policing operations were launched in response to protests yesterday (Saturday 5 September 2020), to ensure the safety of participants, as well as the community and local businesses.

6.06am BST

Business groups have attacked the Victorian Labor government’s roadmap out of the state’s coronavirus crisis, saying it only delivers more despair, AAP reports.

Under the government’s plan announced on Sunday, there will be no substantial change for vulnerable retail and hospitality operators for another seven weeks and even then some restrictions will remain.

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