Today’s headlines from the Hope News team
New COVID alerts have been issued for venues in Sydney’s inner west, west and Northern Beaches.
People who dined at Blacktown Workers Sports Club on January 3 may need to get tested and isolate for 14 days.
Advice has also been issued for businesses in Warriewood, Ashfield and Brookvale – details are on the NSW Health website.
Four western Sydney ambulance stations have undergone deep cleaning after a man, who went to Mount Druitt Hospital, came into contact with paramedics.
Victoria’s COVID-19 travel permit scheme is now in force, using a traffic light system to determine if people can cross the border.
Anyone who’s been in Sydney, Wollongong or the Blue Mountains is banned.
Pope Francis has formally changed law in the Roman Catholic Church to allow women to administer communion, do readings and serve at the altar.
In the United States, Democrats are pushing ahead with efforts to remove President Donald Trump early.
They’ve formally introduced their resolution to impeach President Trump, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” over last week’s riots in Washington DC.
Meanwhile, the FBI is warning of armed protests by right-wing extremists in all 50 states ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Preparations are underway for the final cricket test between Australia and India at the Gabba.
The tourists managed to survive a full fifth day to force a draw against the Aussies at the SCG.