Live breaking news: Foot and mouth disease detected in Australia; PM holds back on calling for work-from-home measures; Three children found dead after WA house fire; Aussie swimmer sent home from Commonwealth Games camp; Victoria gas supply cris – 9News

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Welcome to the 9News.com.au live blog for Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Investigations have begun after three children were found dead in a house fire in Western Australia. Australian swimmer Isaac Cooper has been sent home from a Commonwealth Games training camp for disciplinary reasons which includes the misuse of medication. And Australia's central bank will be reviewed for the first time in decades.
Australian swimmer sent home from Commonwealth Games training camp
Three children found dead after horror house fire in Western Australia
Government launches first Reserve Bank review since the '90s
That's the end of the 9News.com.au live blog for Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
Here's what happened today:
Three young children were found dead after a house fire in Western Australia.
Agriculture Minister Murray Watt announced the detection of foot and mouth disease in an undeclared beef product at an Australian airport.
Two of Australia's biggest employers, Westpac and Telstra, have told their staff to work from home as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
An inquiry heard John Barilaro's former chief of staff claim the former NSW deputy premier said he would create the New York trade role for himself to coincide with his exit from parliament.
And Treasurer Jim Chalmers outlined the terms of reference for the federal government's review into the Reserve Bank of Australia . He said the review was needed because the economy is facing "very difficult" challenges in the medium and long terms.
We'll return tomorrow with all the latest breaking news.
Until then, keep an eye on 9News.com.au and nine.com.au.
Two of Australia's biggest employers, Westpac and Telstra, have told their staff to work-from-home as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
Westpac recently adjusted their threat measuring system from 'green' to 'amber', the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Telstra has announced a hybrid system and has advised staff to work remotely if possible.
The changes impact about 40,000 Westpac employees and about 27,000 Telstra employees.
State governments have not enforced work-from-home mandates, instead leaving it up to individuals and businesses to make their own decisions.
Yesterday, Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly called on "employers to allow work from home if feasible" and consider mask wearing during the winter Omicron wave.
"We are at the start of this wave, not the end," Kelly said.
There are over 5000 Australians currently in hospital with the virus.
Four teenage boys have been charged in relation to two violent home invasions, one of which left a man in hospital.
Police said a group forced entry into a home at Mt Druitt in May where they assaulted two occupants – a 30-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man – and stole their personal items.
he following day, the group allegedly invaded a home at Bligh Park and stabbed a 32-year-old man in the arm before fleeing in a vehicle.
The man was taken to Westmead Hospital for treatment and has since recovered.
Each of the teens has been charged with multiple offences.
A mother and her baby have been badly burned in a western Sydney house fire.
The blaze broke out just before 1.45pm in the kitchen area of the Miles Street property.
NSW Ambulance paramedics are treating the 20-year-old woman and her eight-month-old child.
FRNSW investigators are at the scene to determine the cause of the fire.
BoM Meteorologist Jonathan How provided an update on the east-coast low pressure system expected to bring wild winds and surf to NSW and Queensland this week.
He said these types of weather systems "can bring very destructive" conditions and is urging residents to take precaution.
Marine wind warnings are in place with more expected over the coming days as conditions worsen.
Damaging surf will be at its worst on Friday with waves of up to seven metres likely to erode beaches in south-east Queensland.
How said the low pressure system is predicted to move away from Saturday.
Foot and mouth disease has been detected in Australia.
Agriculture Minister Murray Watt said today an undeclared beef product detected at an Australian airport had been found to contain the devastating disease.
Pork products imported from China also contained the disease, along with African swine flu.
Foot and mouth disease does not affect humans, but could have a devastating effect on Australia's agricultural industry.
Last week Watt said an outbreak could cost the Australian economy up to $80 billion.
An outbreak in Indonesia in recent weeks has been the focus of attention from Australian authorities.
We will have more information for you soon on this breaking news story.
In the meantime, you can read more about the impact Aussie farmers have said an outbreak could have here.
Six men have been arrested for attempting to smuggle $50 million worth of cocaine into New South Wales.
Police seized an airfreight allegedly containing 125 kilograms of cocaine concealed within the base of an industrial generator.
"A shipment of this quantity of cocaine from the UK to Australia is unusual but demonstrates the global scale of the class A drugs trade – which causes violence and intimidation throughout its supply chain," said National Crime Agency (NCA) Branch Commander Lydia Bloomfield.
More than a third of Australian primary school teachers and staff say some of their students vape, an alarming new study into e-cigarettes' in schools has revealed.
A massive 84 per cent of teachers and staff working at high schools say some of their students use e-cigarettes, according to the George Institute for Global Health research.
The study, which has been published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal, surveyed 196 Australian teachers and staff online to investigate reports that vaping is increasing among primary school students.
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