Victoria records 535 new COVID-19 cases as police mobilise for planned protests

Victoria has recorded 535 new COVID-19 cases and one death over the past 24 hours as thousands of police patrol central Melbourne ahead of planned anti-lockdown protests.

Police in Melbourne are this morning checking every entry point to the CBD for anti-lockdown protesters.

A ring of steel has been placed around the city with public transport halted and 2000 officers patrolling the streets.

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Victoria Police are locking down the CBD between 8am and 2pm on today to stop people convening and creating a COVID-19 "super-spreader event".

All public transport services to the CBD will be suspended between 8am and 2pm.

Hard barriers have also been set up at key access points.

Meanwhile, the first doses of the mRNA vaccine Moderna have arrived in Australia.

The precious cargo came into the country last night on an Emirates flight, which landed at Sydney Airport.

The second shipment of the vaccine is expected to land on our shores in the coming days.

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