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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.

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.

Australia sends help to riot-hit Solomons

Australia is sending police, diplomats and defence personnel to the Solomon Islands to provide stability and security after rioting in the capital Honiara.

Victoria scraps domestic travel permits

Victoria's domestic travel permit system has ended, with anyone from Australian states and territories permitted to enter regardless of their vaccination status.