Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Pop-up clinic to address hotspot
A pop-up coronavirus clinic is opening at Bondi Beach today to address large numbers of COVID-19 cases in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
The clinic, which is a joint effort by St Vincent’s Hospital and the State Government, will operate at Bondi Pavilion from lunchtime.
NSW Health ordered all doctors in the area to ramp up testing after an outbreak of coronavirus erupted amongst backpackers.
Of more than 2,000 cases of coronavirus across the state, 140 of those are in the Waverley local government area which includes Bondi, 79 are in Woollahra and 48 are in Randwick.
Infected staff see plane turn back
A flight that departed Sydney yesterday was turned around in the air after six baggage handlers in the plane’s destination, Adelaide, tested positive for COVID-19.
Qantas cancelled seven flights after the scare, and some stranded passengers spent the night in Sydney hotels.
A Qantas spokesperson said the six cases were receiving treatment and extensive cleaning was underway at Adelaide’s airport.
“We’re working with SA Health who are conducting a thorough tracing process for each of the confirmed cases,” a Qantas spokesperson said.
Man, 81, charged with domestic violence offences
An 81-year-old man has been charged with attempted murdered after a woman was allegedly assaulted with a meat tenderiser in Sydney’s west.
Both the 81-year-old man and the woman, 72, were taken to Westmead Hospital after police responded to a domestic violence report yesterday morning.
Officers arrested the Ermington man at the hospital and charged him with attempted murder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The man was refused bail and is expected to appear at Parramatta Local Court tomorrow.
Appeal to rescue Ruby Princess crew
The operator of the Ruby Princess cruise ship, which has been linked to hundreds of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, has demanded the Federal Government repatriate its crew who remain onboard.
Carnival Australia president Sture Myrmell said it was an appeal to the country’s humanitarian responsibilities and that “Australia has maritime obligations to protect the welfare of seafarers”.
He said the cruise ship left NSW territorial waters as requested by the State Government, but there were sick crew members onboard and it needed to remain within reach of Australian healthcare services.
“We need to care for foreign nationals as we would expect other nations to care for Australians in similar circumstances abroad,” Mr Myrmell said.
Teenager accused of spitting at woman
A teenaged girl has been charged after allegedly spitting at and abusing two women in Sydney’s inner west on Monday.
The 17-year-old allegedly approached two women in Marrickville and verbally abused them with racial slurs.
Police allege the teenager spat in the eye of one of the women before leaving the scene.
The teenager was charged with several offences after being arrested in Marrickville yesterday.
Drug trial aborted over COVID-19 fears
A Sydney drug trial has been aborted after an accused’s lawyer withdrew because of concerns about COVID-19.
The matter was referred to the Court of Appeal after a district court judge refused to abort the trial.
The lawyer for one of the two men standing trial argued he wanted to self-isolate because of his age, 69, his compromised immune system and concern that he had been near his client and a solicitor who had flu symptoms.
The Court of Appeal ordered that the jury be discharged and the trial will go ahead at a later date.
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