Australia news live: NSW records seven new Covid cases, six linked to Avalon cluster

Seventh case lives on northern beaches with source under investigation, as Avalon cluster grows to 122. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

1.10am GMT

A total fire ban has been declared in much of Victoria’s north-west and parts of the NSW Riverina as the states brace for scorching temperatures and dry winds.

The Victorian Country Fire Authority says large parts of the state face a very high to extreme fire risk on Sunday, with the biggest potential danger for the north-west, where temperatures are set to peak at 41C.

A Total Fire Ban is in force today, Sunday 27 December for the Southern and Eastern Riverina areas due to forecast hot and windy weather. Discuss your bush fire survival plan and report any unattended fires to Triple Zero (000) immediately. #NSWRFS

12.57am GMT

A man was arrested yesterday after escaping a hotel quarantine site near Melbourne airport.

He was arrested by four police officers outside the Holiday Inn hotel on Saturday afternoon, the Age reports.

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