Thousands of South African Government Employee Information Stolen in Cyber ​​Attack; Hundreds of new cases of the virus in New South Wales; ADF military ditch helicopter fleet; Bush fire emergency and more storms

That concludes today’s news live blog.

Here’s what made the headlines today:

Wild weather has lashed the eastern states of Australia. A woman’s body has been removed from floodwaters in Queensland, another woman has died in flooding in New South Wales and dozens of children have had to be evacuated from a Sydney day care center. The NSW SES received more than 600 calls for help in the 24 hours through 5 p.m. today.

Former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed she will not be entering federal politics in next year’s election, despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s backing as a candidate potential at Warringah headquarters.

NSW recorded a further increase in COVID-19 cases, registering 516 new infections. Queensland has registered nine new cases, six of which were infectious in the community, while Victoria has confirmed two new cases of the Omicron variant in the community.

And up to 80,000 South Australian government workers have had their personal information stolen in a cyber attack. State government payroll service provider Frontier Software is the victim of a ransomware attack in what Treasurer Rob Lucas called a “very significant breach.”

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