Today’s headlines from the Hope News team
Patients are being diverted away from a western Sydney hospital, after a person with COVID-19 visited the Emergency Department.
A patient with COVID symptoms went to Mount Druitt hospital on Saturday night, and was moved to an area for suspected cases, before testing positive yesterday.
Health alerts have been issued for several new venues in Sydney’s south west and inner west, after they were visited by people confirmed to have COVID-19.
Anyone who was at Bankstown Central Shopping Centre at certain times last Wednesday and Friday must get tested immediately and self-isolate.
Stores particularly impacted include Target, Myer, Big W, Smiggle, and Oporto.
The same advice is being given to people at the Thai Hung Supermarket in Marrickville on the afternoon of December 31.
The number of coronavirus cases globally has surpassed 90 million.
1.9 million people have died of COVID-19.
Household incomes have increased by about $7 billion over the past six months due to tax changes.
The Tax Office says it’s a result of bringing forward the Stage 2 tax cuts, and one-off tax breaks.
More than 11 million Australians are expected to benefit from tax relief this financial year.
Three girls are being treated for burns after a boat fire north-west of Sydney.
The boat caught fire on the Hawkesbury River at Cumberland Reach yesterday afternoon.
A New South Wales man is due in court today charged with sending threatening emails to a Victorian MP.
The 53-year-old was arrested at a home in Nimbin last month, where police seized a number of electronic devices.
Cricket Australia and New South Wales Police are investigating claims of racial abuse directed at Indian players at the SCG.