Today’s headlines from the Hope News team
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has apologised after the UK became the first country in Europe to pass 100,000 COVID-related deaths.
Official figures on Tuesday showed another 16,000 patients lost their lives to the disease.
More than 100 million people around the world have now been infected with COVID-19.
Data from Johns Hopkins University shows the United States remains the worst-hit country – recording more than 25 million cases.
A $24 million advertising campaign has been launched by the Federal Government, encouraging people to get a COVID vaccine.
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The elderly, frontline workers, and Indigenous Australians will be first in line to receive the jab from late February.
NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian says she will be getting fresh advice on easing restrictions on Wednesday, with an announcement expected later this week.
The premier has expressed concern testing rates aren’t as high as they have been in previous months.
Accused paedophile Malka Leifer is due to land in Australia today.
She’s been extradited to Australia from Israel to face 74 child sexual abuse charges.
Leifer fled to Israel in 2008 after she was accused of abusing three sisters at a Melbourne school.
A record run of heat has come to end for Sydney, with a southerly change dropping temperatures by 10C.
It ends the hottest five-day spell in a decade for the city.
Surf life savers carried out almost 200 water rescues across the State as people rushed to the water to cool off.
A new survey shows 2020 was the deadliest for shark attacks in Australian waters since 1929.
There were eight fatal attacks last year, compared to zero fatalities in 2019.
The international research found there were 57 unprovoked bites globally, down from 64 the year before.
The researchers have described the spike as “dramatic” but said there’s no cause for alarm.