In Victoria, another 250,000 workers have been stood down as the state goes to a higher level of restrictions. Follow our live updates here.

In Victoria, another 250,000 workers have been stood down as the state goes to a higher level of restrictions. Follow our live updates here.

Congressional Democrats and Trump administration officials will resume talks aimed at hammering out a coronavirus relief bill on Monday afternoon, after missing a vital deadline to extend relief benefits to tens of millions of jobless Americans.
Top Democrats in Congress and top representatives of President Donald Trump were due to meet at in the US Capitol, according to a House aide familiar with the arrangements. Negotiators reported some progress over the weekend. But the two sides remained far apart, with top Republican lawmakers on the sidelines of the negotiations.
After passing more than $US3 trillion in relief legislation early in the crisis, Congress last week missed a Friday deadline to extend the $US600 per week in enhanced unemployment payments that have played a key role in propping up the US economy.
Nancy Pelosi is leading Democrat demands for more extensive aid to help families and workers who have been laid off. AP
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows have taken the lead in talks after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last week unveiled a $US1 trillion Republican proposal that met immediate resistance from some of his fellow Senate Republicans.
The extension of enhanced federal unemployment benefits has proved to be a major stumbling block in the talks, and a top Federal Reserve official warned that failure to secure some form of extension would result in a weaker economy.
Trump wants to see immediate progress on extending unemployment benefits and protections against eviction, White House adviser Peter Navarro told Fox News. The administration is also considering options for possible unilateral actions if no relief deal is reached, the Washington Post reported.
Democrats are holding fast to their demand that Congress renew the jobless benefits and are continuing to press for about $US1 trillion in aid to state and local governments.

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