Auslan Update - 17 December, 2021

Five children have died after a jumping castle incident yesterday in Tasmania

  • The school was holding a "Big Day In" event for an end-of-year activity day. It usually holds a school picnic but switched to a different event last year due to COVID.
  • A gust of wind picked up a jumping castle and threw it into the air at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport.
  • Five children have died all in grade 5 and 6, on their final school day of the year, and four others remain in hospital.
  • Several grade 5 and 6 students fell from a height of about 10 metres, causing serious injuries, when wind blew the jumping castle into the air.
  • Police have not confirmed what was used to anchor down the jumping castle, as police are investigating and gathering evidence.

Victoria records 1,510 new cases

  • Victoria has recorded 1,510 new local COVID-19 cases and seven deaths.
  • The seven-day average for hospitalisations has been rising in Victoria for the past week.
  • There are 386 people in hospital, of whom 82 are in intensive care and 43 are on a ventilator.
  • Premier Daniel Andrews has returned a negative test result this morning after being at an event with a positive COVID-19 case over the weekend.

Lewis Hamilton receives knighthood at Windsor Castle

  • Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has been knighted by Prince Charles at Windsor Castle in the UK.
  • Just days after missed out of winning his eighth drivers' championship in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
  • He is the fourth F1 driver to be knighted and the first to receive the honour while still competing.
  • It entitles Lewis Hamilton to the honorary title "sir".