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WA COVID-19 new cases jump to 24 overnight, with another Fiona Stanley Hospital scare
Western Australia has recorded the highest daily total of 24 new cases, with Omicron in the community and a scare at Fiona Stanley Hospital on Saturday night. Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said hospital attendees are now considered casual...

NSW and Victoria school reopening plans focus on Covid surveillance testing but scrap contact tracing
New South Wales and Victoria have announced near-identical plans to slow the spread of Covid as students return to classrooms next week with both states relying on rapid antigen tests (RATs) in the first month.

Free RATs, booster mandate for Vic schools
Twice weekly rapid testing and mandatory COVID-19 vaccine booster doses will form part of Victoria's strategy to avoid a return to remote learning. The Victorian government has unveiled its back-to-school plan ahead of students returning to classrooms...

Australian travellers may be locked out of Europe as Omicron surges
Australians hoping to book a holiday in Europe may be locked out, after the European Council advised member states to block visitors from Australia, which it singled out as a “COVID danger zone” due to surging Omicron case numbers.