Category Technology

Northern Territory to be freed from lockdown after no new cases

The entire Northern Territory is soon to be free from lockdown, with Katherine's stay-at-home orders set to lift at midday (ACST). However, some restrictions will remain in place across the territory. Katherine's lockdown will be lifted at 12pm today after the NT recorded no new cases of COVID-19 overnight. LIVE UPDATES: NSW flags possible freedoms by October The move comes after Darwin, 300km further north, was released from lockdown at 12pm yesterday. Katherine was kept under stay-at-home orders for an extra 24 hours. READ MORE: Darwin lockdown lifted after no new virus cases The lockdowns were sparked by a man who tested positive after leaving quarantine, but no more cases were found.

Two people dead after Melbourne car explosion

Two people have died after a car exploded in Melbourne's inner-north this morning. The car was engulfed in flames and destroyed when emergency services arrived outside the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Parkville about 10am. Police believe the car was travelling south along Flemington Road near Grattan Street when it struck the curb, crashing into a pole about 9.50am. READ MORE: Victoria records 55 new coronavirus cases"At this stage it is believed two people, the driver and a passenger, are deceased," Victoria Police said in a statement. "It is not believed the incident is CT related or that there is any ongoing threat to the community." Firefighters remain at the scene assisting police on Flemington Road and Grattan Street. Traffic is closed on Flemington Road in both directions. The exact circumstances of the crash are under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Queensland restrictions to ease as state records one new local COVID-19 case

Queensland has recorded one new local case of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the case, a young child linked to the Indooroopilly Delta cluster, was in home quarantine for their entire infectious period. The contained new case means restrictions on community sport, gatherings, weddings, funerals, indoor and outdoor events across 11 LGAs will ease from 4pm today. READ MORE: NSW anxiously waits for case numbers as freedoms flagged for October Easing of restrictions will affect the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Lockyer, Somerset, Logan, Redland, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa and Scenic Rim. Thirty people will be allowed in homes and public spaces, while weddings and funerals can have up to 100 people. Community sport can resume with reduced spectators and there will be a 75 per cent capacity for indoor ticketed events and stadiums.

Toxic algae bloom considered in death of California family

Investigators are considering whether toxic algae blooms or other hazards may have contributed to the deaths of a Northern California couple, their baby and the family dog on a remote hiking trail, authorities said. The area in the Sierra National Forest where the bodies were found on Tuesday had been treated as a hazmat site after concerns were raised about the deaths being linked to potentially toxic gases from old mines nearby. But the hazmat declaration was lifted on Wednesday, and Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese said he didn't believe the mines were a factor, the Fresno Bee reported on Thursday. LIVE UPDATES: NSW introduces new permit system for travellers “This is a very unusual, unique situation,” said Kristie Mitchell, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office. “There were no signs of trauma, no obvious cause of death. There was no suicide note." John Gerrish, his wife, Ellen Chung, their one-year-old daughter, Miju, and their dog were all found dead on a hiking trail ..

South Australia opens border to multiple areas

South Australia has announced changes to its border rules with Queensland and the Northern Territory after low coronavirus numbers. Restrictions within South Australia are also changing, with many rules being lifted from midnight. The border with regional Queensland is now open, effective immediately, after the sunshine state recorded just one new case today, in home quarantine. LIVE UPDATES: Tougher restrictions now in place for NSW South-east Queensland, which includes Brisbane, will move to level three, meaning all arrivals will need to take a COVID-19 test on days one, five and 13. Those who do arrive from Queensland's south-east must isolate until they receive a first negative test result. South Australia has also reopened its border with the Northern Territory, except for Katherine where restrictions are still in place. The Northern Territory recorded no new cases of the virus yesterday, lifting Darwin's lockdown but extended the stay-at-home measures in Katherine for 2..

School children lead effort to pardon wrongly convicted ‘witch’

More than three centuries after a Massachusetts woman was wrongly convicted of witchcraft and sentenced to death, she's finally on the verge of being exonerated — thanks to a curious eighth-grade civics class. State Senator Diana DiZoglio, a Democrat from Methuen, has introduced legislation to clear the name of Elizabeth Johnson Jr, who was condemned in 1693 at the height of the Salem Witch Trials but never executed. Sen DiZoglio says she was inspired by sleuthing done by a group of 13- and 14-year-olds at North Andover Middle School. READ MORE: The strange life of 'Witch of Wall Street' Hetty Green Civics teacher Carrie LaPierre's students painstakingly researched Johnson and the steps that would need to be taken to make sure she was formally pardoned. “It is important that we work to correct history,” Sen DiZoglio said on Wednesday. “We will never be able to change what happened to these victims, but at the very least, we can set the record straight.” If lawmakers..

Permit system for travel between regional NSW and Greater Sydney

Anyone travelling from Greater Sydney to regional New South Wales must have a permit or they will face fines of up to $5000. The permit system will kick in from midnight in an attempt to control further spread of Sydney's Delta outbreak into the regions. You will need a permit if you live in Greater Sydney and need to travel further than 50 kilometres for work. LIVE UPDATES: Treasurer says Australians will have to live with COVID-19 If you're from Sydney's local government areas of concern, you will also need to have a COVID-19 test within the last week. People travelling to a second home will also need a pass and will only be allowed to go if it's for work, or to do urgent repairs. Only one person from a family can go at a time. People inspecting a house they intend to move into are also allowed to leave. Passes are available for people seeking to move permanently. "For the purposes of this public health order and permit, Greater Sydney will no longer include ..

Taste of summer on way for Sydney, rain hangs around elsewhere

A taste of summer is heading for NSW, with temperatures set to push close to 30C in Sydney early next week. After a warm and mostly sunny weekend when temperatures set to hit 24C, Sydney - which remains under coronavirus lockdown- is expected to be a sunny 27C on Monday. Western Sydney is forecast to be 28C that day. READ MORE: Sydney landmark restaurant Golden Century goes into administration However it won't be as hot on much of the rest of the south and east of the nation. The ACT is in for a week which will see morning frost expected some days, amid lows of -2C. Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart will see a week of showers. Perth will see showers to start the weekend but it'll clear into the week with the warmest day to be 25C on Wednesday. Darwin will remain typically hot, with highs of 33C. Weather todayToday Sydney will reach 23C, and Brisbane 25C. Darwin will reach 34C. Showers will ease in Perth where it will be a cooler 19C. Melbourne will be a cooler 16C with showers, ..

Man charged with COVID-19 breaches after driving from Queensland to NSW

A Victorian man allegedly involved in organising a protest has been charged with breaching COVID-19 public health orders after driving from Queensland to Sydney. The 29-year-old was arrested by NSW Police at Hornsby train station in Sydney's north at about 3pm yesterday. Police said he was unable to provide a reasonable excuse for travelling, allegedly claiming he was lost. LIVE UPDATES: Victoria records 55 new local cases The man was later charged with four breaches of public health orders. Police had been earlier alerted he had allegedly travelled from Queensland to Sydney without a reasonable excuse. Officers attended a hotel at North Sydney on Wednesday but the man had left. Police will allege in court that the man has been involved in organising an unauthorised protest planned for this weekend. He was refused bail and is due to appear at Hornsby Local Court later today

NSW schools should return for Term Four, says infectious diseases expert

New South Wales school students should return to the classroom for Term Four, an infectious diseases expert said. Professor Robert Booy told Today that on-site schooling was important for young people's mental health and it should resume by early October for the start of Term Four. "School is so necessary for families and teachers ... for students for their education, socialisation and mental health and exercise," Professor Booy said. LIVE UPDATES: 55 new coronavirus cases in Victoria "Schools need to go back when it is safe and that won't be too long. Term Four is certainly on the cards." Professor Booy, of the University of Sydney, also said expanding COVID-19 vaccinations for people aged 16 to 39 should make 'a world of difference' to stemming the Delta outbreak. "If we can get them vaccinated rapidly it will make a real dent to the numbers and transmission and get this under control." Professor Booy said Greater Sydney is "winning pandemic battles but still losi..