The Australian border wars are continuing, with Western Australia tightening their rules banning all unvaccinated travelers from Victoria, NSW and The ACT from this week. Premier Mark McGowan has added the extra condition for entry from Friday. Children under the age of 12 and those with recognised medical conditions are exempt from the new rule.
Overseas, UK prime minister Boris Johnson has called COP26 the "world's moment of truth". The United Nations summit is getting underway on Sunday. Delegates from 196 countries will discuss global temperatures, advancing net-zero commitments and reducing emissions.
The Children's Hospital at Westmead has issued a warning to parents about a viral TikTok challenge inspired by the Netflix phenomenon Squid Game. Three children have been admitted to the Sydney hospital with burns ranging from mild scalds to nerve damage. The trend involves carving a shape into home made honeycomb without breaking it. The children were burned while making the honeycomb.
The Asylum Seeker Hotel virus cluster is up to 22. The cluster has been growing since the first positive results came back in on October 16. The men in the make-shift detention centre share a dining hall and cannot open windows inside the hotel.
In sport, Australia have brushed aside concerns about Steve Smith's fitness. The cricketer grabbed at his groin after attempting to create a run out in the eight-wicket loss to England in the Twenty20 World Cup. Cricketing alumni Shane Warne has again questioned Smith's inclusion in the tournament, having previously questioned his place before Twenty20 world cup.
-With Australian Associated Press