The Informer: Five things you need to know now as the week winds down

Five things you need to know now

It's Friday and sometimes at the end of a week dot points are the best form of communication.

Let's give it a go. In no particular order, here are five subjects from today's news cycle that might be of interest.

The state of COVID: There were 66 new cases of coronavirus in Australia on Friday, all from Victoria. It marks the 17th day of double-digit increases in the state, but the numbers are slightly better than the 77 new cases on Thursday.

Victoria's government is under pressure after serious breaches were alleged in hotel quarantine and a coronavirus-infected man left his two-week stint without being tested.

Meanwhile South Australian Premier Steven Marshall wins the straight-talking pollie award for the week. he said border restrictions with NSW and Victoria would remain in place until officials are absolutely sure both states "have got their act together" on the movement of people from COVID-19 hotspots. Simple as that.

 Some Melbourne suburbs are experiencing a second round of lockdowns to stem the COVID-19 outbreak.

Some Melbourne suburbs are experiencing a second round of lockdowns to stem the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ghislaine Maxwell: was arrested in the early hours of our Friday on US charges of luring underage girls so disgraced financier, the late Jeffrey Epstein, could sexually abuse them.

She appeared briefly by video from jail at a hearing on Thursday in New Hampshire federal court, where a judge ordered her to face the criminal charges in New York. She did not enter a plea and bail was not determined.

The arrest of Ms Maxwell, long regarded as Mr Epstein's girlfriend, is another twist in a the mysterious life of Epstein that has been a source of international intrigue and conspiracy theories. The case has drawn in prominent academics, politicians, business leaders and even British royalty.

The British press tiptoed around the issue, as you'd expect.

Closing the gap: Indigenous leaders and governments have agreed on 16 new targets to improve the health, education and job prospects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The details of the targets won't be released until the July 10 national cabinet meeting. The areas understood to be covered are revealed here

Hong Kong: New national security laws imposed by Beijing have been condemned across the globe.The popular protest slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times" has been called subversive and is now illegal the government says. Meanwhile one prominent activist who has lobbied the international community to take action against Beijing's increasing authority in Hong Kong has fled.

AFL on the move: All 10 Victorian-based AFL sides will spend at least 32 days outside their home state as the league attempts to keep its season running with hubs in Western Australia, Queensland and NSW.

Round five will go ahead as planned, but the AFL has been forced to change their fixtures for rounds six and seven due to the mandated mass exodus of teams from Victoria following the state's fresh COVID-19 outbreak.

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