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Australia closes border to southern Africa amid Omicron variant concerns

Australia has suspended all flights from nine southern African countries and ramped up quarantine restrictions against the new COVID-19 variant.

Australia ‘prepared’ for new COVID variant

The federal health minister insists Australia is well prepared should a new COVID-19 variant, which has experts alarmed, arrive in Australia.

Pauline Hanson kicks off fight over vaccine mandates

Pauline Hanson has brought to parliament a bill to remove vaccine mandates, as the government faces cracks in its ranks over the pandemic.

Thousands gather for anti-mandate protests in Melbourne and Sydney

Rallies across Australia in opposition to COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other restrictions have attracted several thousands of protesters.

Vic child with ‘serious comorbidities’ becomes youngest COVID-19 death

A Victorian child with "serious comorbidities" has died after contracting COVID-19, becoming the nation's youngest person to die with the virus.

NSW has 216 COVID cases, QR codes reviewed

Another 216 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 in NSW as the government considers retiring QR codes in lower risk settings.

Coalition opposes excluding the unvaccinated

The Morrison government does not want people who choose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 excluded from participating in society.

Morrison attacks state-imposed vaccine mandates

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has hit out at vaccine mandates for people entering retail and hospitality venues, imposed by state or territory governments.

NSW records 262 COVID cases, three deaths

A total of 262 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 in NSW in the latest reporting period, with three more deaths.

South Australia introduces teacher vaccine mandate

South Australian authorities have announced a mandate requiring all state education workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Desperate race in NT after nine new COVID cases

The NT has nine new COVID-19 cases, as a federal senator reveals her infected sister carried the virus into a remote Aboriginal community.

NSW reports 212 COVID-19 cases, two deaths

NSW has recorded 212 cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths as major charities call for volunteers to help out in the lead up to Christmas.

Doctors want more jabs for poorer nations

The country's peak medical group wants Australia to pull its weight to help ensure poorer nations can vaccinate their populations.

Northern Territory lockdowns after two new COVID-19 cases

The Northern Territory's Greater Katherine region and the Robinson River community will enter a 72-hour lockdown from 6pm on Monday.

COVID workers comp repeal harsh and unnecessary

Unions NSW has slammed the Government's heartless decision to repeal the presumption an employee will get workers compensation if they contract COVID-19. Unions NSW Secretary...

NSW posts 195 new coronavirus cases, one death

NSW has recorded 195 new coronavirus cases and one death. 

NSW records 286 COVID-19 cases, two deaths

Two deaths and 286 locally acquired COVID-19 cases have been recorded in NSW, 25 more cases than the previous day.

NSW vaccine mandate withstands latest challenge

A second bid to overturn COVID-19 vaccine mandates in NSW has failed, opening the door for a veteran paramedic and religious objector to be sacked.

NSW reports 216 COVID cases, three deaths

NSW has recorded 216 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths after a health alert was issued for three inner Sydney gyms.

Darwin lockout extended for unvaccinated, Katherine lifted

The Greater Darwin lockout of unvaccinated people has been extended as authorities race to find people potentially exposed to COVID-19.

NSW woman wins Million Dollar Vax prize

A fully vaccinated woman in NSW has become an instant millionaire after winning the Million Dollar Vax campaign.

Pfizer pill ‘slashes risk of severe virus’

Pfizer's experimental antiviral pill to treat COVID-19 reportedly cuts by 89 per cent the chances of hospitalisation or death for adults at risk of developing severe disease.

NSW prisons COVID-19 outbreak infected hundreds

A COVID-19 outbreak in NSW prisons is finally under control after hundreds of prisoners tested positive to the virus.

National vaccine rate set to hit 80 per cent

Australia is poised to reach the target of 80 per cent of the national population over 16 being fully vaccinated later on Friday.

Limit boosters to immunocompromised: WHO

WHO has called for vaccine makers to prioritise deliveries of COVID-19 jabs to the COVAX dose-sharing facility for poorer countries.

Victorian doctors investigated for COVID breaches

Multiple Victorian doctors are under investigation, suspected of breaching the chief health officer's COVID-19 directions.

Calls to COVID test overseas arrivals at airport

A leading epidemiologist wants to see international arrivals in Australia tested for COVID-19 before they leave the airport.

China dismisses US COVID origins intelligence report

A declassified US intelligence report saying it was plausible the COVID-19 pandemic originated in a laboratory is unscientific and has no credibility, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin says.

COVID safety urged for Halloween night

The governments of Australia's two major states are urging people to stay safe at Halloween gatherings on Sunday.

COVID support to shift to home health care

The federal government is expecting more COVID-19 patients to be treated at home as Australia's vaccination rate continues to climb.