Coronavirus live news: Vaccine trial restarts as cluster worsens in Victoria, Australia

Dr Fauci says White House task force meeting less despite rising infection rates; WHO warns of ‘exponential’ rise in cases. Follow updates

1.53am BST

A total of 9,405 tests have been conducted for staff, students or close contacts at the East Preston Islamic College, Victoria’s head of contact tracing, Jeroen Weimar says.

There are 101 close contacts associated with the college isolating, and 307 secondary contacts isolating. There are 34 close contacts of the Croxton special school also isolating.

1.47am BST

Daniel Andrews flags the long-awaited easing of restrictions announcement tomorrow should not be “banked on”. He says the announcements will still come tomorrow, but the actual easing will depend on the thousands of results waiting to come back as a result of the testing blitz in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

Now is not the time for us to start ignoring when we find significant virus … whether it be in a given community or in a given geographical area … We are still optimistic that we will be able to have positive things to say, but I’m just … It’s a note of caution, with so much information yet to come to us, we need to be guided by that. That has always been the way. That is what has delivered these low numbers.

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