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Brekky Wrap: TV News Anchor's Awkward On-Air Blunder Goes Viral

All the news you need to know this Thursday morning.

A British news anchor's slip of the tongue has gone viral after she blurted out "fart phone" instead of "smartphone" on live TV.

ITV's Nina Hossain made the embarrassing blunder during a lunchtime segment about smart phones and the increasing use of tablets among children and teens.

“By age 10, 50 percent of children own a fart, smart phone,” she said.

The 44-year-old anchor quickly corrected herself but the mistake certainly didn’t go unnoticed, with many taking to social media to point out the hilarious mishap.

Hossain hosts ITV’s Lunchtime News,  a 25-minute segment aired every day at 1.30pm.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says experts will meet in Switzerland next week to set research and development priorities for coronavirus drugs, diagnostics and vaccines.

WHO epidemiologist Dr Maria van Kerkhove said participants would include experts in clinical investigations and research into an animal source of the virus which emerged at a market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

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Coronavirus Whistleblower Was 'Silenced' By Chinese Government In December

A Chinese doctor who tried to raise the alarm about the new coronavirus before it was even identified was threatened by his government to stop "making false comments".

Currently there are "no proven effective therapeutics for novel coronavirus," Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO emergencies programme, added.

Twenty agencies in the tourism and travel industry, as well as several airlines, took part in a teleconference on Wednesday to discuss concerns including protection of crews and passengers when flights to and from China resume.

Australia's alliance of former emergency services chiefs has warned Prime Minister Scott Morrison that a bushfires royal commission will fail unless it focuses on climate change.

The Emergency Leaders for Climate Action group has written to Morrison noting that it sees "little value" in a federal inquiry but concedes one will likely go ahead.

Former Fire and Rescue NSW commissioner Greg Mullins says it is clear increased temperatures and extreme weather driven by climate change set the scene for NSW and Queensland's "worst fires" in history.

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Albanese Says It's 'Fiction' That The Bushfire Crisis Couldn't Be Predicted

Claims that Australia's "black summer" bushfire crisis was unforeseeable is "fiction" and the country is at "a turning point", said Labor leader Anthony Albanese as federal parliament mourned the fire victims.

"Any royal commission that fails to feature climate change prominently in the terms of reference will fail at the first step," he said in the letter on behalf of the group.

The group claims by failing to focus on climate change, the commission would ignore the ethical and moral responsibility to future generations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fire risks.

"I've been fighting fires for almost 50 years and this summer I've seen things I never imagined," Mullins said.

Hospital waiting lists in Victoria continue to grow, leaving  patients in limbo while impacting ambulance response times. 

Victorian hospitals have experienced a 27 percent blowout in their waiting lists during the last six months, The Herald Sun reports.

According to the publication about 11,000 Victorians have been added to public hospitals’ elective surgery waiting lists since the start of the financial year.

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As of the end of 2019, 50,697 people were waiting for surgery, which is up from 39,843 on June 30.

The growing list is having a ripple effect on ambulance response times in the state with paramedics taking an average of 19 seconds longer to reach 'code one' (critical) patients than they did 12 months earlier.

Our beloved wombat population is at serious risk of extinction in Tasmania.

Advocates warn that if an effective solution is not implemented to treat wombats that are struck down by mange, the species could die out completely, damaging tourism numbers on the island state.

Wombats in the Cradle Mountain area with suspected mange are currently being investigated, according to The Mercury.

The publication reports that John Harris, members of Wombat Warriors, wrote to Premier Peter Gutwein and Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment staff demanding action.

After a trip to the Cradle Mountain region last week, Harris declared there were at least four wombats living in the area were afflicted with mange.

“Unless we do something, not only will we lose the species but we will lose wombats as a red-hot attraction," he said.

The world's biggest iceberg is about to enter the open ocean after breaking free from Antarctica in 2017. 

Named A68 by scientists, the colossal iceberg has travelled so far north it is now at the limit of the continent's perennial sea-ice, BBC News reports.

When it broke free it covered an area of about 6,000 sq km.

Scientists say it has trimmed down over the last two years but still has a "thickness to length ratio akin to five sheets of A4".

Image: Copernicus data/European Space Agency

However, they believe it will struggle to maintain its bulkiness once it reaches the unforgiving rough waters of the Southern Ocean.

"I am astonished that the ocean waves haven't already made ice cubes out of A68," Professor Adrian Luckman, from Britain's Swansea University, told BBC News.

"If it survives for long as one piece when it moves beyond the edge of the sea-ice, I will be very surprised."

Heavy rain forecast for Sydney threatens to wash out Saturday's Big Bash League final.

About 50mm is forecast for the capital, meaning the Sydney Sixers could become the first team in BBL history to win the competition by default unless they manage to squeeze in five overs apiece.

There have since been countless calls for the league to introduce a "reserve day" after Cricket Australia rejected calls for the final to be moved to the MCG.

Tickets had sold out within 48 hours.

The bushfire relief match which was to serve as a curtain-raiser for the final has also been cancelled, with organisers investigating alternative options for the match.

Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden, who was supposed to feature in the Bushfire Bash, said fans have every right to be disappointed.

“If you are going to play a two-month tournament, you’ve got every right as a fan to be disappointed should there be a rain out,” Hayden said.

“That (reserve day) should happen, no matter what I reckon.”

And you're all caught up with 10 daily.

Featured image via ITV.