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Welcome to SBS News in Easy English.

I'm Sofija Petrovic.

Joe Biden has become the 46th President of the United States.

The 78 year old is  the oldest president in American history.

His team has  begun signing  orders on issues such as climate change, racial injustice and the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Biden has stopped a travel ban on mostly Muslim countries and funding for former President Donald Trump's border.

People in America must also wear masks in certain places.

President Biden says there is a lot of  work to do.

"We'll press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril. Much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build and much to gain."

Kamala Harris is now the first female vice president in American history.

She is also the first South Asian and Black person to have this role.

Queensland has recorded no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases.

As a result, some restrictions will be eased in the Greater Brisbane area

Masks do not have to be worn in public indoor areas.

Social distancing indoors will be one person per two square metres.

The changes begin on Friday January 22nd at 1am.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palazczcuk says people still  need to be careful.

"We're asking people, that you're encouraged, if you are going into a crowded area, or on public transport, or in a shopping centre, and you can't socially distance, and you feel uncomfortable, just put a mask on. I mean you can do that, that's entirely up to you."

Dancing and gatherings of up to 50 people in private homes and 100  people in public will be allowed.

And seated ticketed venues will return to 100 per cent capacity.

One new case has been recorded in hotel quarantine.

There are no new cases of community transmitted coronavirus in Victoria and just one in hotel quarantine.

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews says he is happy with the number of people getting COVID-19 tests.

More than 20,000 tests were counted yesterday.

"I am advised that we're working very hard to not only process those tests, but also try and get a break down of exactly how many people have come back via the permits, and how many of those have had their testing in compliance with the three day, 72 hour rule. That brings the total number of tests to 4, 321 565. One of many metrics that shows how hard Victorians have worked."

34 refugees in detention in Melbourne will soon be released on bridging visas.

A bridging visa is a temporary visa that lets people stay in Australia while their immigration status is resolved.

It comes after at least two dozen detainees were released on Wednesday.

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has criticised Cricket Australia for its decision to stop using  the term 'Australia Day' in its promotions.

Three teams will wear Indigenous jerseys that are inspired by Aboriginal culture during matches on Australia Day long weekend, on the 23rd, 25th, and 26th of January.

Players will also stand in a circle with their shoes off - this is called a Barefoot Circle.

Before the games, a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony will take place.

I’m Sofija Petrovic.

This is SBS news in Easy English.