Coronavirus LIVE updates: Andrews prepares to ease some restrictions from tonight, Australian COVID-19 death toll hits 870

'This is not ideal': More COVID cases confirmed on vessel in Port Hedland

Western Australia's Health Minister has confirmed seven further crew members from the bulk carrier anchored off Port Hedland have tested positive for COVID-19.

Two crew members on board the vessel that was due to dock earlier this week tested positive to COVID-19 late on Wednesday evening.

NSW Police patrolling near the Sydney CBD soon after the public health orders took effect.Credit:Kate Geraghty

The top five suburbs and towns with the most number of fines and charges based on where police issued the ticket were Mount Druitt, Sydney CBD, Liverpool, Potts Point and Kempsey. The top five based on where the fine recipients actually lived were Mount Druitt, Liverpool, Green Valley, Blacktown and Redfern.

Over the three and a half months, NSW Police issued 1209 personal infringement notices – fines of $1000 for individuals – plus 210 other fines and charges for more serious breaches. Most of these were in the first six weeks and there was no relationship between where fines were issued and the location of COVID-19 infections.

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'I don't run from problems and challenges': Premier stares down calls for him to quit

Premier Daniel Andrews has declared he does not "run from problems" and stared down calls for his resignation following the dramatic departure of Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos in the middle of a pandemic.

On Saturday, Ms Mikakos became the first major scalp of the state government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, announcing her resignation a day after the Premier said she was "accountable" for the botched hotel quarantine program which unleashed Victoria's second deadly wave of coronavirus.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says he doesn’t run from his challenges.Credit:Darrian Traynor

When asked on Saturday whether he would yield to the opposition's calls for him to resign, a steadfast Mr Andrews said he had no intention of walking away from the top job.

"I don't run from problems and challenges," he said.

"I've got a very important job to do, which is to continue to get these case numbers down and then to begin the biggest recovery project that our state has ever seen."

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Good morning everyone

G'day all! It's Roy Ward here and I'm on the clock once again for this lovely Sunday where, hopefully, Victorians find out what restrictions will be eased and how much easing will happen as we begin our revival after some long weeks of lockdown.

As always you can leave a comment on the blog or shoot me a tweet directly at @rpjward on Twitter.

Please enjoy the day to come.

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