Brekky Wrap: Girl Thought To Have Died In House Fire Found Alive, Charged With Brother's Murder

All the news you need to know this Monday morning.

A teenage girl who was thought to have died in a house fire has been found alive and charged with her brother's murder.

Candace Walton, 16, is accused of killing her 21-year-old brother who has special needs as well as a woman believed to be her mother, by torching the family home.

She then allegedly drove across the US to see her boyfriend in Oregon.

Image: Monroe County Sheriff's Office

The bodies were found "burned beyond recognition", so authorities initially believed one of them belonged to Walton.

The US state of Georgia issued a nationwide alert asking for people to help locate her mother Tasha Vandiver, 46, whose car was also missing.

But police reportedly pulled the car over about 12 hours later and discovered Walton behind the wheel.

She has been charged with two counts of murder and a single count of arson.

Coronavirus cases have surged in Italy and France has closed the Louvre Museum as the number of countries hit by the deadly disease climbs past 60.

The number of people infected with coronavirus in Italy soared 50 per cent to 1,694 in 24 hours, while five died, bringing the nation's death toll to 34.

France raised its number of reported cases to 130, an increase of 30 from the day before, and confirmed there had been two deaths from the virus.



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The famed Louvre closed after workers who guard the Mona Lisa and other priceless artworks expressed fear of being contaminated by the stream of visitors from around the world.

Meanwhile, panic-buying of daily necessities has begun in Japan. Tourist sites across Asia, Europe and the Middle East have been deserted, while some governments closed schools and banned big gatherings.

Australia and Thailand reported their first deaths on Sunday, while the Dominican Republic and the Czech Republic recorded their first cases.



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Iran, Iraq and South Korea, among other places, saw the number of infections rise.

More than 87,000 people worldwide have been infected and nearly 3000 have died as a result of the virus.

Up to $300 million worth of methylamphetamine -- known as the drug 'ice' -- has been found in a shipment that arrived in Sydney from southeast Asia.

The air cargo consignment was intercepted at a Sydney freight depot by Australian Border Force officials last month following a tip-off from NSW Police.

Image: NSW Police

According to authorities it contained about 400kg of a white crystalline substance that tested positive for methylamphetamine.

Officers have seized the drugs and are investigating.

NSW Police will address the media about the find later today.

A national plastics summit taking place in Canberra today will call for more action from state and federal governments to reduce waste.

Advocates demand 100 per cent of plastic packaging be reusable, compostable or recyclable by 2025.

The one-day summit, hosted by federal Environmental Minister Sussan Ley, will bring together 200 attendees from government, industry and community sectors.

In a joint statement, the Boomerang Alliance and the World Wide Fund Australia says plastic enters Australian oceans at a rate of 130,000 tonnes a year.



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South Australia has plans to ban them. McDonald's is looking to phase them out.

But with plastic recycling rates only reaching nine per cent, they say the federal and state governments must intervene where the market has failed.

The Australian Council of Recycling said the summit is an opportunity for real action rather than just rhetoric.

"A summit that puts substance before stylistics is what we need to deal with the plastics problem," the council's CEO Peter Shmigel said.

Australian summers are getting longer and winters shorter, a new analysis of weather data reveals.

The Australia Institute studied two decades worth of Bureau of Meteorology data for the nation's cities, comparing it to a benchmark from the mid-twentieth century.

According to the study, summer temperatures are continuing for 31 days longer than the benchmark, while winters are 23 days shorter.

All Australian capital cities experienced longer summers and shorter winters, while some regional areas like Port Macquarie are experiencing even more dramatic changes to the length of seasons.

Australia Institute's climate and energy director Richie Merzian said having more extreme heat events puts the public at risk and hurts the economy.

"The Australian government's current emission reduction targets are aligned with three to four degrees of warming," he said.

"Which leaves young Australians having ever-lengthening summers with significant consequences."

Federal Greens Leader Adam Bandt will introduce a bill into parliament this week to formally declare a climate emergency.

The bill will be seconded by independent MP Zali Steggall, who knocked off former Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott for the NSW seat of Warringah at the last election.

Bandt's bill will require every government department to be guided by the declaration and mandate the establishment of a 'war cabinet' to tackle the crisis.

"We are in a climate emergency. It's time for parliament to recognise the crisis and take urgent action," Bandt told AAP.

"This bill reflects the scale of the crisis we face and represents the scale of action that is needed."

He said when he moved a motion in October to declare a climate emergency, it fell just four votes short.

The AFL has declared its concussion technology is a priority after investing $100,000 into the further development and research of a customised mouthguard.

The mouthguard is designed to monitor the impact of heavy hits and concussion on players.  It records the acceleration and rotation of the skull — and therefore the brain.



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According to The Herald Sun, players at four AFL clubs and four NRL clubs tested the motion-sensored mouth protection last year.

This year two AFLW clubs and eight AFL clubs will take part in the trial as The League insists it is making concussion technology and testing a priority.

And you're all caught up with 10 daily.

With AAP.