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Australia

Qantas to cut more domestic capacity after Western Australia delays border opening

The opening planned for Feb 5, was cancelled late on Thursday, with authorities in Western Australia citing health risks from a surge in the Omicron variant of coronavirus in eastern states.

Western Australia state to stay shut as Omicron stalks the east

The state of 2.7 million has for months been effectively closed off to the rest of the country and the outside world, taking advantage of its natural isolation to keep cases low.

Australia court rules minister acted rationally in cancelling Djokovic’s visa

Djokovic's saga has fuelled global debate over the rights of people who opt not to get vaccinated as governments look to protect the community from the coronavirus pandemic.

Australia calls on backpackers to help ease Omicron-fuelled labour shortage

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the government is waiving the A$630 visa application fee for any backpacker or student who arrives in Australia within the next 12 weeks, and encourages them to seek work as they tour the country.

42,000 rapid antigen tests snatched in Sydney heist

A man entered a freight depot in the suburb of Mascot on Tuesday afternoon and 'took possession of the tests', a New South Wales police spokesman says, without giving further details.

Australians told to brace for more deaths amid Omicron wave

Nurses in neighbouring New South Wales state meanwhile staged a rally in one of Sydney's biggest hospitals protesting against staff shortages.

Shortage of Covid-19 testing kits ‘not unique’ to Australia, PM says

The country's competition regulator flagged 'significant concerns' about reports of price gouging of testing kits amid reports of stockpiling and called inflated prices 'clearly outrageous.'

‘Disappointed’ Djokovic deported from Australia

The controversy looks set to rumble, with Djokovic's image seriously tarnished and Australia feeding a growing reputation for being hostile to visitors.

Australia cancels Djokovic’s visa again

The cancellation means Djokovic will be barred from a new Australian visa for three years, except under certain circumstances.

Australia’s worst-hit state says Covid-19 hospitalisations may plateau next week

The surge in cases fuelled by the Omicron variant has piled pressure on hospitals, which are grappling with record admissions, and on other sectors of the economy.

Djokovic waits on Australian government visa decision as Open nears

A decision to again cancel his visa could set up a second court battle by the Serbian tennis star, after a court quashed an earlier revocation and released him from immigration detention on Monday.

French reporter ‘was told not to ask’ Djokovic about vaccination

The journalist says the topic was clearly 'very sensitive'.

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