Australia's Victoria state on Friday reported a record daily increase in COVID-19 cases while neighboring New South Wales said it was banning dancing, singing and mingling at weddings as authorities struggle to contain a new wave of infections. Libby Hogan reports.
Australia will halve the number of citizens allowed to return home from overseas each week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as authorities struggle to contain a COVID-19 outbreak in the country's second most populous city. Libby Hogan reports.
(CNN) A 15-year-old boy died in a suspected shark attack while surfing in New South Wales, Australia, police said Saturday. "Witnesses have told police a shark attacked the teenager while he was surfing at Wilsons Headland at Wooli Beach, near Grafton," New South Wales police said in a statement. First aid was rendered for serious injuries to his legs and despite CPR efforts to revive him, the 15-year-old died at the scene," police said.
Australians wanting to enter New South Wales state from Victoria in the early hours of Wednesday (July 8) were forced to show permits allowing travel or be turned around, as officials scramble to contain a coronavirus outbreak. Libby Hogan reports.
CNN reports a light aircraft overloaded with cocaine crashed on take-off on its way to Australia. Police say the crash exposed a Melbourne-based crime syndicate and led to the arrest of five men with alleged links to the Italian mafia. The Cesna aircraft was stuffed with more than 1,100 pounds of cocaine. It went down while trying to leave Papua New Guinea on July 26. Five suspects were arrested in Queensland and Victoria in recent days.
Amazing drone technology has helped researchers count turtles on the Great Barrier Reef. Researchers at Raine Island, the world’s largest green turtle rookery, have used a drone to conduct accurate population surveys. Drone vision, captured in December 2019 as part of the Raine Island recovery project, showed up to 64,000 green turtles around the island waiting to come ashore and lay clutches of eggs. Dr Andrew Dunstan from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) said researchers had been investigating different ways of conducting turtle population surveys. “New scientific research published on Monday 8 June in PLOS one found that drones were found to be the most efficient survey method,” he explained. Credit: Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Queensland Gov./Cover Images
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