By Hope NewsroomFriday 8 Jan 2021
Today’s headlines from the Hope News team
US Democrats are calling for President Donald Trump to be immediately removed from office, following yesterday’s violence in Washington DC.
Four people died when Trump supporters converged on the Capitol building, clashing with police before some forced their way inside.
US Congress has formally certified Joe Biden’s presidential victory, after the vote was delayed by the unrest.
President Trump has released a statement, saying there’ll be an orderly transition of power.
New South Wales health officials are scrambling to identify the source of a coronavirus case that will be in today’s official figures.
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The man is linked to the Avalon cluster.
New health alerts have been issued for two places on the northern beaches.
Anyone at Avalon Woolworths at certain times between January 2–6 must immediately get tested and self-isolate.
An infected person visited the Chemist Warehouse at Avalon at around 1pm on Sunday 3 January.
The fast-spreading UK COVID-19 strain will be a key focus when state and federal leaders meet to discuss new border rules for returning travellers.
Additional testing for overseas arrivals is expected to be approved at today’s national cabinet meeting.
A driver has been charged over a crash in Sydney’s west which left a 17-year-old in a critical condition.
The teenager was struck by a car at Casula yesterday afternoon.
This year’s mango harvest is about 30 per cent down on the past three years, largely because of 2020’s dry conditions.
A shortage of international workers to pick the fruit is also being blamed.
Australians felt the force of high temperatures, drought, intense rain and giant hail during a year of weather extremes in 2020.
The Bureau of Meteorology says it was the fourth-warmest year on record, with temperatures 1.15 degrees above average.
It was also wetter than average.