Melbourne cases rise by seven with McDonald's, meatworks infections

It came as the number of cases connected to an abattoir in Melbourne's north grew again.

The current stage of restrictions took effect this morning and allows Victorians to host up to five visitors in their homes and gather outside in groups of 10, provided distancing is maintained.

With seven new cases recorded overnight, the total tally of Victoria's Covid-19 cases has risen to 1514 - a net increase of five after two cases were reclassified to other states' counts.

McDonald's: CEO Steve Easterbrook fired after dating employee

The US fast food giant said it had been consensual, but Mr Easterbrook had violated company policy and shown poor judgement.

In an email to staff, the British businessman acknowledged the relationship and said it was a mistake.

"Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on," he said.

Mr Easterbrook, 52, who is divorced, first worked for McDonald's in 1993 as a manager in London before working his way up the company.

McDonald's to launch ordering app, expand delivery

The company said Wednesday that it plans to launch an app where diners can place orders for pickup. It will also start expanding its delivery services.

The burger chain says the kiosks it's already bringing to U.S. stores will be able to access customers' app profiles, which can store "customized favorites and preferred payment methods."