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Omicron: what we know and don't know

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT OMICRON?South African Health Minister Joe Phaahla said the variant was linked to an "exponential rise" of cases in the country in the past few days.

Omicron confirmed in Sydney passengers

Scott Morrison has assured Australians the country is not facing the same sort of challenges it endured when the coronavirus first arrived in early 2020, as a new variant is confirmed in NSW.

NSW sees a dozen flood rescues overnight

Emergency services volunteers have been forced to perform an "unacceptable" number of flood rescues across NSW as rising waters drive residents from their homes in the Upper Hunter.

Masks return as Omicron variant reaches UK

Boris Johnson has ordered the return of mandatory mask-wearing in shops and on public transport, and for contacts of Omicron COVID-19 cases to self-isolate, even if they are vaccinated, after the concerning variant was detected in Britain.

Australia shuts border to southern Africa

Australia has shut its borders to nine southern African countries and suspended all flights from the region amid concerns about the Omicron variant of COVID-19.