Good morning. It’s Thursday 7 July, and here’s a round-up of the latest news.
Disaster relief payments for flood-impacted residents
Affected residents will be able to receive the $1,000 emergency payments from Thursday.
Mr Albanese pledged that his government would look beyond an immediate fix for recurring extreme weather events.
Boris Johnson defiant as resignations continue
They claim Mr Johnson is not fit to govern, with former health minister Sajid Javid asserting enough is enough.
But Mr Johnson says he’s determined to honour his role despite a visible loss in support.
COVID-19 flares up in China
Shanghai has only just emerged from a strict lockdown that confined most of its 24 million residents to their homes for weeks, with fears the new outbreak will prompt a return of such measures.
This comes as Beijing announced compulsory vaccination for people wishing to enter crowded public venues, including gyms and libraries.
World Health Organization to reconvene on monkeypox
The UN agency will within weeks reconvene a meeting of the committee that will advise on declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.
Monkeypox, a usually mild viral infection that causes flu-like symptoms and skin abnormality, has been spreading worldwide since early May.
Nick Kyrgios through to Wimbledon semi-finals
It was his 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) straight-sets win against Chile’s Cristian Garín that allowed him to secure a spot in the semis.
Krygios’s on and off-court behaviour has drawn significant media attention as of late – the 27-year-old is due to face court in Canberra over an alleged assault.