Australia detects first Covid-19 Omicron infections

Health officials said Sunday they had detected the Covid-19 Omicron strain in Australia for the first time in two passengers who were tested after flying into Sydney from southern Africa. The eastern state of New South Wales’ health authority said it had conducted urgent genomic testing and confirmed the new[…]

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Australia’s Victoria reports 190 local COVID-19 cases

Australia, largely unvaccinated due to scarce supply of Pfizer shots and public unease about the AstraZeneca vaccine, is battling the worst wave of the novel coronavirus so far. Australia’s second-most populous state Victoria reported 190 new locally acquired coronavirus cases, health officials said on Saturday, as the state struggles to[…]

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Sydney floods: Thousands flee worst flooding in 60 years

Australian authorities were preparing to evacuate thousands of more people on Monday from flood-affected suburbs on the western fringes of Sydney, the country’s biggest city, with another day of heavy rain triggering the worst floods in 60 years. Rivers across the state of New South Wales (NSW) have burst their[…]

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