Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Two hospitalised after car crash
A woman is in a critical condition and a man is in a serious condition after two cars collided in what is believed to have been a “very high speed” crash in Sydney’s west overnight.
NSW Ambulance inspector Andrew McAlpine said emergency services found “a scene of carnage” when they arrived at the crash site in Merrylands West at 10:30pm last night.
A female driver, aged in her 20s, was rushed to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition.
It took an hour for emergency services to free the other driver, a male aged in his 30s, who was also taken to Westmead Hospital with serious injuries.
Search for missing bushwalker
A search is underway for a woman who went missing while bushwalking with friends in Sydney’s north yesterday.
Stella Lo, 70, became separated from the group between 11:15am and midday while walking in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
She is described as being of Asian appearance with short dark hair and was wearing a purple long-sleeved top and vest, black and blue leggings, and a dark jacket with a blue stripe across the bottom.
Police and state emergency services crews are conducting an air and land search.
NSW is ‘gold standard’ for COVID
It’s being dubbed Australia’s coronavirus success story — open businesses, (mostly) open borders, and slow infection growth.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday described NSW’s test-and-trace strategy as the “gold standard” in COVID-19 suppression.
With several states at odds about how best to manage the pandemic, the Federal Government has made it clear it believes authorities in Sydney have developed the most sustainable model.
COVID warning for Sydney beachgoers
Local mayors are warning they will be forced to close Sydney’s beaches again over summer if crowd numbers swell and COVID-19 restrictions are flouted.
Beachside councils are already planning to manage the potential risks as as the weather warms up.
Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos said she did not want a repeat of earlier this year when Bondi and other beaches had to be closed when hordes of people descended on the tourist hotspots.
“If people don’t do the right thing, and the beach has become too crowded then we’ll have to look at how we manage those numbers,” she said.
False positive COVID-19 result
A Western Sydney school will re-open this morning after health authorities found a student who had initially tested positive to COVID-19 does not have the disease.
The student of Lidcombe Public School tested positive for coronavirus on the weekend, but infection has been ruled out following further testing.
Staff and students who were considered close contacts are no longer required to isolate, as the school returns to face-to-face learning today.
A notice on the school’s website says NSW Health acknowledged the response may have adversely affected families and that it apologised for “any distress this may have caused”.