By Hope NewsroomThursday 5 Nov 2020
Today’s headlines from the Hope News team
Presidential hopeful Joe Biden says it’s clear his Democratic party has won the election.
Mr Biden has stopped short of declaring a win as vote counting continues, but he says the Democrats have won the crucial state of Wisconsin and are leading in Michigan.
Meantime, the Republicans have doubled down on claims of widespread voter fraud.
Donald Trump’s lawyers have filed a lawsuit against mail-in ballots in the state of Michigan. They’re demanding the vote count be stopped until they can observe the mail-in ballots being opened and processed.
Victoria has recorded a sixth consecutive “double donut” day – with no new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths.
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Premier Gladys Berejiklian says people should be hopeful as the border re-opens with Victoria on November 23.
But she says she’s yet to hear back from Queensland’s premier.
Health Minister Greg Hunt is predicting the first COVID-19 vaccine doses could be administered early next year.
Mr Hunt has announced two new vaccine agreements with Nova-vax and Pfizer which will secure 50 million vaccine doses, to add to those which are being developed in Australia.
Overseas, France has recorded more than 40,000 new coronavirus cases and 385 virus-related deaths.
While England is preparing to go into lockdown for four weeks, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson claiming that without it the health system would be overwhelmed with COVID cases.
Two people have been treated in hospital after being punched by a man who broke into their home at Ermington in Sydney’s west overnight.
An investigation is underway into a light plane crash in the state’s central west last night.
A man and a woman died in the crash in Carcoar.
Blues coach Brad Fittler says his side has been given a wake-up call, after its 18-14 loss to Queensland in the State of Origin opener last night.