1. Missing Sydney girl
Update: Police have found missing Michelle Levy after 40 hours away from her North Bondi home. For more, see this post.
11-year old Michelle Levy left her home in North Bondi at about 6:30pm after a family argument. While she has been known to leave home before, it has only been for very short periods of time.
Police hold concerns for her safety and have been searching for her across the Eastern Suburbs, particularly in Centennial Park.
Her father told media that it was not the first time his headstrong daughter had run off, though she had never vanished overnight.
“If we fight, she storms off and sulks like a normal 11-year-old girl but she normally doesn’t go very far, only around the corner to her grandparents’ house,” he said.
“She’s a chip off the old block really, and sometimes we do have a personality clash.
Michelle is described as about 150cm tall and of Caucasian appearance, with a thin build, long red hair, blue eyes and freckles. She was wearing a white dress with black, orange and yellow flowers and a black sash at the time of her disappearance.
The Daily Mail reports that CCTV footage of the young girl has emerged taken half an hour after she went missing – they speculate that it is from outside the Westfield shopping centre in Bondi Junction.
Michelle is wearing the same dress in the CCTV that she went missing in.
2. Ebola scare Brisbane
The first round of test results for an 18-year old woman in Brisbane have come back negative.
The woman recently arrived from Guinea, with eight members of her extended family, including six children is being kept in an isolation ward at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital after developing a fever yesterday.
She will remain in hospital until a second test is performed.
Extraordinary precautions are being taken to ensure that the suspected Ebola case in Brisbane – if it does turn out to be Ebola – does not affect anybody else.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said that 19 people are being isolated in home quarantine in Brisbane that she had come into contact with.
Staff at the hospital treating the woman are being advised to keep a one-metre distance from their own families.
3. Australia to send volunteers to fight Ebola
Meanwhile The Daily Telegraph reports that the Federal Government is considering sending volunteer medical teams to West Africa to help fight Ebola but on the condition that they are quarantined overseas for 21 days before returning to Australia.