Australia’s state of Victoria, the epicentre of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, will see more freedom of movement as of Monday after months-long restrictions, but retailers and restaurants must wait longer, making some of the owners unhappy.
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SINGAPORE - Democratic candidate Joe Biden has maintained his wide lead nationwide in opinion polls over President Donald Trump, including in most battleground states, with just two weeks to go before the United States presidential election. Polls conducted by The Financial Times and the New York Times (NYT) also suggest that likely voters are losing faith in the President's handling of the US economy and the Covid-19 pandemic. Figures on polling data aggregator Real Clear Politics on Tuesday (Oct 20) showed Mr Trump trailing behind Mr Biden 42.5 per cent to 51.1 per cent. Both the NBC News/Wall Street Journal and the Fox News October polls showed a similar trend, with the President trailing Mr Biden 42 per cent to 53 per cent and 43 per cent to 53 per cent, respectively. A Reuters/Ipsos survey published on Oct 14 also found Mr Biden to be leading Mr Trump by 10 percentage points. And 51 per cent of sampled voters an Oct 11-13 poll by The Economist magazine and Britain-based YouGov favoured Mr Biden over Mr Trump who got 41 per cent. The NYT/Siena College poll published on Tuesday showed Mr Biden holding a nine-point lead
LONDON • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday it is now time to prepare for a no-trade deal Brexit in 10 weeks as the European Union had refused to negotiate seriously, adding that unless Brussels changed course there would be no agreement. A tumultuous "no-deal" finale to the United Kingdom's five-year Brexit crisis would sow chaos through the delicate supply chains that stretch across Britain, the EU and beyond - just as the economic hit from the coronavirus pandemic worsens. At what was supposed to be the "Brexit summit" on Thursday, the EU delivered an ultimatum. It said it was concerned by a lack of progress, and called on London to yield on key sticking points or see a rupture of ties with the bloc from Jan 1. "I have concluded that we should get ready for Jan 1 with arrangements that are more like Australia's, based on simple principles of global free trade," Mr Johnson said. "With high hearts and with complete confidence, we will prepare to embrace the alternative and we will prosper mightily as an independent free-trading nation, controlling and setting our own laws." A so-called "Australia deal" means that the