Ban on Australians Returning From India is Now in Effect [Headlines] – Hope 103.2

Ban on Australians Returning From India is Now in Effect [Headlines]

Australians stuck in India who breach the rules could face up to five years in jail and a $66,000 fine. And more top stories.

By Hope NewsroomMonday 3 May 2021News

Today’s headlines from the Hope News team. You can listen to hourly bulletin updates at hopenews.com.au.

Australians stranded in India are officially prevented from returning home, with a flight ban kicking in this morning.

Australians stuck in India who breach the rules could face up to five years in jail and a $66,000 fine.

India has recorded its highest daily death toll since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nearly 3700 people have died of the virus in the past 24 hours with almost 400,000 new infections reported.

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All Australians over the age of 50 are now eligible for a coronavirus vaccine.

Nine Commonwealth respiratory clinics in Sydney and 27 in regional areas will offer the AstraZeneca shot.

It will be available from GPs in New South Wales in a fortnight and from hospital hubs on May 24.

Fog and smoke are making visibility difficult on Sydney’s roads and waterways this morning.

The haze is expected to lift during the day as temperatures rise.

The F3 Parramatta River, F4 Pyrmont Bay and F8 Cockatoo Island ferries aren’t running because of the heavy fog.

An 11km tunnel could be built between Blackheath and Mount Victoria as part of road upgrades to better connect Sydney and the Central West.

The NSW Government is looking at joining two existing tunnel projects.

Four astronauts are back on Earth, after spending six months aboard the International Space Station.

South Africa’s government is banning the breeding of lions in captivity for trophy hunting or for tourists to pet.

But, the country’s environment minister Barbara Creecy said the regulated hunting of animals in the wild will continue.