Live breaking news: Three charged after guns, drugs seized; Australian tourist falls into sinkhole; Distress after sudden school closure – 9News

Welcome to the 9News.com.au live blog for Friday, July 29, 2022. German police say they are still waiting on their Australian counterparts for information about two arrest warrants linked to the alleged murder of backpacker Simone Strobel. Three teens have been charged with the stabbing murder of a 16-year-old boy in Sydney's west. And an Australian tourist has been hospitalised in New Zealand after falling into a sinkhole.
German police waiting on Australia for details on slain backpacker arrest warrants
Australian tourist remains in serious condition after falling in Rotorua sinkhole
Three teenagers have been charged with the stabbing murder of a 16-year-old boy in Sydney's west
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Sutton said he thought daily COVID-19 testing numbers were probably only capturing about half of the actual number of infections in the community.
"RATs will pick up a lot of symptomatic cases, but they're not perfect," he said.
He said many people with "sniffles" were also likely not testing for COVID-19.
Sutton urged Victorians who are eligible for a fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to get it as soon as possible.
He said people who were not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were over-represented among hospitalisations.
The CHO again urged people to wear masks indoors and to gather outside where possible, despite the cold weather.
Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has said the state is in the midst of "a significant coronavirus wave".
"We're probably at a peak of the wave right now in terms of case numbers," he said in a Friday afternoon media conference.
"I expect that we'll see a flattening in coming days."
He said hospitalisation rates should plateau in about a week's time.
Sutton said deaths in people with the virus had averaged at about 19 per day in recent weeks.
"Of course, that number is of great concern and is too high," he said.
Victoria's Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton will hold a media conference shortly to provide a general update on COVID-19.
You can watch the press conference live at the top of this page.
Nick Kyrgios' day in court to face a common assault charge has been postponed by three weeks.
The assault charge relates to an incident in January 2021 that was reported to ACT police in December.
The family of a man shot dead by police in Melbourne's north say they forgive the officer who killed him.
Gabriel Messo, who had diagnosed bipolar, was stabbing his mother Lilla Messo in her head and neck with a stick at John Coutts Reserve on the afternoon of July 16, 2020, when two officers arrived at the scene.
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