Evacuations are underway in New Zealand After Magnitude 8 Earthquake [Headlines] – Hope 103.2

Evacuations are underway in New Zealand After Magnitude 8 Earthquake [Headlines]

A shipment of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine bound for Australia is being blocked from leaving Europe. More News headlines.

By Hope NewsroomFriday 5 Mar 2021

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

Evacuations are underway in New Zealand — and other nations in the Pacific are on tsunami watch — after a magnitude 8 earthquake.

It followed two other powerful earthquakes this morning.

People along the east coast of the North Island have been told to head to high ground.

A shipment of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine bound for Australia is being blocked from leaving Europe.

Italy has stopped the shipment of 250,000 doses.

The Premier is calling on the Commonwealth to re-think how the Nation is dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Gladys Berejiklian suggests daily reports of cases will soon be unnecessary. She will present her plans when National Cabinet meets today.

The State’s Health watchdog has found a mobile dental service provided “excessive” and “inappropriate” treatment to children.

It says the Liverpool based Sydney Dental Services made claims for excessive treatment and says parents and guardians were mostly absent and unable to give informed consent.

A dawn candlelight vigil has been held in the Queensland town of Biloelato mark three years since a Tamil family was taken from their home and put in immigration detention.

It follows a billboard campaign, which was launched this week in the Prime Minister’s and other Liberal electorates, calling for the family to be released.

And Prince Philip has undergone surgery for a pre-existing heart condition in a London hospital.

Buckingham Palace says the 99 year old  will remain in hospital for a number of days.