Four-Week Lockdown Extension for Sydney Expected to be Announced [Headlines] – Hope 103.2

Four-Week Lockdown Extension for Sydney Expected to be Announced [Headlines]

Some rules for constructions workers are expected to be eased, and rapid antigen testing is being considered for critical workers and HSC students.

By Hope NewsroomWednesday 28 Jul 2021NewsReading Time: 2 minutes

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

A four-week extension of Sydney’s COVID lockdown is expected to be announced by the NSW Government.

Some rules for constructions workers are expected to be eased, and rapid antigen testing is being considered for critical workers and HSC students.

The federal finance minister says new financial support during the Sydney lockdown is being considered.

Dozens of new COVID exposure sites have been identified across Sydney.

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A Christian charity says our young people need support as they struggle with the flow-on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Mission Australia survey, taken at the height of the pandemic last year, found 15- to 19-year-olds were most concerned about the impact on their education, mental health and the experience of isolation.

Leading Australian freight and transport firms reportedly have been infiltrated by organised crime groups so they can distribute illicit drugs.

The Federal Police Commissioner reportedly is set to reveal a global encrypted app bust has led to the arrest of 29 “trusted insiders”, including some logistics workers.

Four US police officers have told lawmakers they were beaten, taunted with racial insults, and thought they might die as they struggled to defend the US Capitol on January 6 against a mob of then-president Donald Trump’s supporters.

At the Tokyo Games:

Kyle Chalmers will contest the 100 Metres Freestyle Semi-Finals after qualifying third fastest in his heat.

In basketball, the Opals lost to Belgium 85 to 70.

The Matildas will meet Great Britain in the Olympic Quarter Finals, after a nil-all draw with the US.

And American gymnast, Simone Biles, has withdrawn from the team event, saying she is taking a break to have a mental health rest day.