Australia Sydney news: Sewage reveals Sydney's at-risk suburbs of coronavirus infections
'We won't break the law': Burnham would accept Tier 3 if imposed on Greater Manchester
Andy Burnham says he will keep to the law and "accept" Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions for Greater Manchester if the government imposes them. The region's mayor told Sky News it was ministers' "prerogative" to announce the measures, if negotiations over the next few hours end in stalemate.He and other local leaders have been given until midday today to reach an agreement on moving three million people into England's highest band of coronavirus controls.
Here's what you need to know this morning.
Sewage reveals at-risk suburbs
NSW Health is renewing calls for residents in south-western Sydney to come forward and get tested for coronavirus.
Fragments of the COVID-19 virus have been found during the state's sewage surveillance program.
It could mean there are yet-undetected active cases within communities serviced by the treatment plant, which includes suburbs like Campbelltown, Casula, Ingleburn, Macquarie Fields, Macquarie Links, Menangle Park and Minto.
Hungary's Orban under fire as virus second wave bites
Hungary's Orban under fire as virus second wave bitesA spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in some European countries has sparked fears of a second wave of infections. The countries include Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Spain, and the UK. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) stated that between Sept. 29 and Oct. 4, the daily case numbers in the European Union and the UK reached record highs of more than 71,000 infections. Several restrictions have been imposed in major cities to curb the uptick in the cases.
NSW confirmed two new local cases on Tuesday linked to the Oran Park cluster.
Schools back after HSC scare
Sydney high schools will resume normal operations today, as detectives investigate the source of threatening emails that forced the.
Some Year 12 students who were sitting their Higher School Certificate exams were disrupted after being told to evacuate along with other students, teachers and staff
NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell told the ABC the emails contained bomb threats.
"Obviously that's incredibly distressing for any students who were impacted and they'll be able to apply through [the NSW Education Standards Authority] for misadventure provisions taking into account that there may have been disruptions to their exams," she said.
Scotland extends coronavirus restrictions as nation heads for new tiered system
Coronavirus restrictions in Scotland are being extended for another week, taking the nation into a new tiered system. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said details of the new system will be published on Friday and the measures will be implemented from 2 November.Restrictions put in place two weeks ago on hospitality businesses had been due to end on 25 October.The measures have also forced the closure of snooker and pool halls, indoor bowling, casinos and bingo halls in the central belt.
Koala habitat stoush
Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley says the approval of a rock quarry expansion north of Newcastle is a "good conservation outcome for koalas".
The project at Brandy Hill in Port Stephens would clear 52 hectares of koala habitat, but in granting her final approval yesterday, Ms Ley said another 74 hectares would be re-vegetated as a koala corridor.
The project has faced fierce opposition from local residents and ecologists who said the quarry area contains breeding koalas, but Ms Ley said her expert found no evidence of that.
"If I thought that the actions that were being proposed under this would set back the local koala population then I would not have approved it or I would have found a way [to say] look sorry this is not happening," Ms Ley said.
"But this actually a good conservation outcome for koalas."
One year anniversary of Sydney's mega-blaze
This week marks one year since the.
Coronavirus: Morning update
Five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Friday morning. We'll have another update for you at 18:00 BST. 1. Tougher Covid rules kick in for millionsWe head into the weekend with millions more people subject to tougher curbs on daily life. In Wales, 3.1 million people will be told to stay at home from 18:00 BST as a 17-day "firebreak" lockdown begins and all but essential shops close. Meanwhile, overnight, Greater Manchester's population of 2.
The fire began in late October, 2019, and burned for around four months, tearing through more than half a million hectares.
Craig Burley from the Hawkesbury RFS was among the first to be alerted to the blaze and said he expected it would grow to around 100-120,000 hectares
However, he said "no stretch of the imagination" could have led him believe that firefighters were going to battle a 520,000 hectare fire.
Redfern unit raided
NSW Police have raided an apartment in Sydney's inner-west, allegedly seizing a gun, more than $100,000 in cash and drugs.
Officers searched the Redfern address and arrested a 45-year-old man who was hiding in the bathroom.
They allege they found ammunition, a ballistic armoured vest, a prohibited pistol and $50,000 worth of MDMA and cocaine.
The man was charged with nine offences, including knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime, supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and possessing or using a prohibited weapon.
Clashes in Spain over virus restrictions for second night .