NSW COVID-19 peak still to hit; mouse plague could be returning

There are fears the peak of Australia's third COVID-19 wave has not been reached despite more than 26,000 active cases across the nation.

It comes as NSW is still a month and a half away from the most significant pressure ever placed on its intensive care systems and infections continue to surge with health authorities predicting daily cases will hit a high next week after another 1281 on Monday.

Victoria reached another outbreak-high daily increase of 246 new local cases as Melbourne battles an outbreak.

The federal health department estimates active cases have now surpassed 26,000.

Canberra, which recorded another 11 cases on Monday, continues to lead the nation on vaccination rates with 50 per cent double-dose coverage expected this week.

Nationally, almost 36.43 per cent of population aged 16 and above have been fully vaccinated while 63.16 per cent are covered with a single dose.

Victorian Liberals leadership spill

Former opposition leader Matthew Guy is set to challenge Michael O'Brien for leadership of the Victorian Liberals.

The Bulleen MP will make a tilt for the position during a meeting at the party's headquarters on Tuesday morning. It is the second attempt in six months to oust Mr O'Brien.

AJ found

Police are trying to work out how a three-year-old boy ended up half a kilometre from his rural NSW home after spending three days lost in rugged bushland.

Anthony "AJ" Elfalak was reunited with his overjoyed family on Monday after being spotted by a rescue helicopter following a three-day search.

Women's safety summit

Australian of the Year Grace Tame will address a national summit on women's safety, after accusing Scott Morrison of using survivors' stories for political leverage.

The assault survivor turned advocate is set to speak on Tuesday, along with Federal Circuit and Family Court Chief Judge William Alstergren and Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw.

The mice are coming back

Australia faces another mouse plague with winter crops set for a bumper harvest.

Plenty of rain at the right time and a record amount of land sown means another strong year for growers but also led to high mouse numbers in southern Queensland and northern and central NSW.

There are also high populations in central Queensland and around Geraldton in Western Australia.

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