An emergency warning remains in place for a fire burning near Margaret River in Western Australia’s southwest.
Despite conditions easing yesterday, the blaze at the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park is still out of control.
It has burned through about 6,000 hectares, but so far no buildings have been destroyed.
Good morning, this is Cait Kelly – we will be going through the day’s news together.
The number of cases of the Omicron Covid variant from a Sydney Harbour cruise is expected to grow.
Last night, NSW Health added two new Covid exposure sites visited by confirmed cases linked to the cruise that could be the Omicron strain – the Albion Hotel in Parramatta and the Cult nightclub in Potts Point.
There are two suspected Omicron cases in South Australia while Victoria has had three instances of the variant, two of which were in hotel quarantine yesterday. New South Wales has 42 Omicron cases of the strain but none have yet been admitted to hospital.
Overall infections are on the rise in NSW. The state reported 516 new cases on Friday, its highest daily caseload in two months. Victoria recorded 1,206 daily infections and two more deaths.
The ACT detected six additional cases and the Northern Territory four, while there were six locally acquired cases in Queensland.
National cabinet was focusing on Omicron yesterday, with the country’s chief medical officer, Prof Paul Kelly, saying health experts were in the early stages of understanding the variant.
We’re going to be bringing you updates from Margaret River, where a huge bushfire has been raging the past few days.
The clean-up is continuing in the NSW south coast town of Mogo, where there was flooding yesterday, including up to 200mm in some parts.
And with that, let’s get cracking on the news.