Today’s headlines from the Hope News team
More than 20 flights are scheduled to leave Sydney today for Queensland after COVID-19 border restrictions were eased overnight.
Thirty visitors are allowed in a home, and up to 50 if there’s an outdoor area.
Smaller hospitality businesses are allowed to double their COVID-safe capacity today.
Rules allowing pubs and small bars to expand onto footpaths and public spaces are being expanded across NSW, after a trial in the Rocks and Darling Harbour.
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The NSW State Opposition is joining calls from religious leaders for coronavirus restrictions to be lifted in time for Christmas church services.
Pharmaceutical company Moderna is filing for emergency approval of its COVID-19 vaccine in the US and Europe.
Clinical studies have shown the vaccine is more than 94 per cent effective at shielding people from the virus.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry official claims the Australian Government needs to do some “soul searching” in the wake of alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has angrily demanded Beijing apologise after one of its senior officials posted a “fake image” depicting an Australian soldier as a child killer.
Labor says the NSW Governments needs to act urgently to address a funding shortfall for health services in Sydney’s south west.
A parliamentary inquiry has found the south-western Sydney local health district has lower overall funding and health workers per capita than most areas of Sydney.
Soaring temperatures and gusty winds have fire fighters on high alert.
Temperatures are forecast to exceed 40C degrees in Sydney’s west, and reach 47C degrees in the State’s central west.
Water restrictions are being scrapped, in favour of new Water Wise Guidelines.
Households and businesses will only be fined in cases of “extreme” waste.