THE REAL IMPACT OF THE VIRUS
The number of coronavirus fatalities and diagnoses continue to rise as the scientific world rushes to find a vaccine.
Willing Aussies have been evacuated from China and are being held on Christmas Island - where AAP has sent a photographer - for a fortnight quarantine.
Australia has been hit, not just by cases of the virus, but also by the fallout of the potentially-deadly sickness.
Already suffering after ravaging bushfires, Australia’s tourism industry has been dealt another blow by the virus, with the inbound Chinese market contracting. The seafood industry is just one of many sectors impacted by the virus, with overseas demand falling for products including lobster.
The financial impact has been estimated at billions of dollars.
AUSSIE TENNIS ACES
Tennis fans got their money's worth out of the Australian Open men’s final. Novak Djokovic won the title for an eighth time with a five-set victory against Dominic Thiem.
AAP’s team of reporters, photographers and techs did an amazing job to cover the tournament.
The deaths of four kids, who were hit by a car while walking in suburban Sydney, sent shockwaves through the nearby community and right across Australia.
As three other children recovered from injuries sustained during the same crash, police charged a 29-year-old man with offences including drink driving.
BREXIT DOOR FINALLY OPENS
It’s a saga that has cost Britain much, including two prime ministers, but the United Kingdom finally got Brexit done.
After a stinging farewell from the European Union, thoughts turned to a new range of trade deals with countries including Australia.
PARLY GAMES BEGIN
Australia has blasted back into the parliamentary year at federal and state level.
There was no lack of action in Canberra as Bridget McKenzie lost her cabinet position and deputy Nationals leadership over the sports grants controversy.
The Australian Greens also lost a leader with the shock resignation of Richard Di Natale.
State parliament also sat for the first time in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.
Nationals member for New England Barnaby Joyce during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, February 6, 2020. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk speaks during Question Time at Parliament House in Brisbane, Wednesday, February 5, 2020. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)
Greens leader Adam Bandt poses for a portrait at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, February 4, 2020. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)