Nine people have been killed in Australia since the deluge began late last week, with floods submerging towns. Hundreds of people are still stuck at their homes in the northern New South Wales city of Lismore, facing its worst floods on record. Several regions could receive up to 150 mm (6 inches) of rains within a six-hour period on Tuesday afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
Sydney was isolated from the rest of Australia on Sunday after all of the country`s states and territories imposed travel restrictions on its residents as a coronavirus cluster in the city grew to around 70. Queensland police will reintroduce road checkpoints at the New South Wales (NSW) state border to help enforce the new declaration of greater Sydney as a COVID-19 hotspot.