Coronavirus live news: Victoria faces stage 4 lockdown as South Africa cases pass 500,000

Daniel Andrews expected to hold press conference at 2pm AEST; Australian state braced for new announcement; South Africa accounts for more than half of Africa’s diagnosed Covid-19 infections. Follow the latest updates

2.54am BST

The media will be barred from the Republican national convention where Donald Trump is set to be renominated as presidential candidate later this month, a spokeswoman said on Saturday, citing coronavirus restrictions.

While Trump called off the public components of the convention in Florida last month, citing spiking cases of the virus across the country, 336 delegates are scheduled to gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, on 24 August to formally vote to make Trump the GOP standard-bearer once more.

Related: Media to be banned from Republican convention due to coronavirus restrictions

2.38am BST

Various outlets, including the ABC, are suggesting Victoria will report more than 650 coronavirus cases later on Sunday when the premier is also expected to announce tough new stage 4 restrictions.

The state on Saturday recorded 397 new infections and three more deaths.
Overall, there were 5,919 active cases in Victoria, of which 637 were healthcare workers, the Department of Health and Human Services said.

Meanwhile people are sharing photos on Twitter of queues forming at supermarkets in Victoria, as residents anticipate stricter lockdown measures:

Greensborough same, butcher normally walk up to counter now 20 in queue as Aldi & Coles out of meat pic.twitter.com/Vqvkki5g0L

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Source: The Guardian
Coronavirus live news: Victoria faces stage 4 lockdown as South Africa cases pass 500,000