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The week the country took a step back

It felt like a big week this week. It was hard to define but something has shifted.

Many regional areas began welcoming back tourists and coronavirus restrictions eased further across the country. Then the numbers continued to climb in Victoria, forcing the question of whether the country had moved too soon to relax restrictions.

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg repeatedly warned of tough days ahead as the COVID-19 outbreak that started in Victoria nearly a fortnight ago intensified.

Emergency text messages were sent to residents in the Melbourne suburbs of Keilor Downs and Broadmeadows encouraging them to get tested.

Mr Frydenberg is also concerned by reports that around a third of returned travellers quarantined in Melbourne hotels are refusing to take COVID-19 tests.

Australia's major banks assured the Morrison government they will continue supporting customers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Mr Frydenberg met with the banks on Friday amid growing concerns about the economic impact from a suite of support measures coming to an end in September.

These include wage subsidies and extra unemployment benefits, as well as mortgage relief through six-month deferred loan repayments.

"The banks were very clear. They supported their customers on the way in to this crisis and they will be supporting their customers on the way out," Mr Frydenberg told reporters in Melbourne on Saturday.

Perhaps the best respite from a week of worry came on Friday, when it was announced Australia was awarded the right to co-host the 2023 Women's World Cup with New Zealand.

"It's a dream come true."

The same five words were on the lips of Matildas, past and present, wrote Canberra Times Lucie Bertoldo

No matter the time of day or where they watched the FIFA Council vote in favour of the trans-Tasman bid on Friday morning, Australia's female footballers created history 'As One'.

Stay safe soccer fans.

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