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10 per cent of workforce could be absent as Omicron peaks

Treasury secretary Steven Kennedy has warned the national cabinet 10 per cent of the workforce could be absent with COVID, and more if schools don't reopen.

Morrison says Omicron impacting workforce, spending

Scott Morrison concedes the highly-infectious COVID-19 Omicron variant is having an impact on Australia's workforce and consumer spending.

Morrison says hospitals equipped for Omicron surge

Scott Morrison has stressed Australia's health systems are more than equipped to handle a rising number of Omicron infections.

New COVID-19 rules come into effect today

Australians across five states and territories now only need to isolate for seven days if they are a close contact.

NSW COVID-19 cases explode to 5715, one death

The number of new COVID-19 cases in NSW has exploded to 5,715 - almost as many recorded across the entire country the day before.

Morrison wants to ‘treat Australians like adults’

Scott Morrison insists the time for the "heavy hand of government" has passed despite Australia's new daily infections surpassing 4500.

Australia’s leaders to meet to discuss Omicron

An emergency national cabinet meeting will be held on Tuesday amid rising numbers of COVID-19 cases linked to the Omicron variant.

Omicron COVID-19 variant confirmed in New Zealand

A German resident undertaking quarantine in Christchurch is New Zealand's first confirmed case of COVID-19's Omicron variant.

NSW records 1742 new COVID cases, no deaths

There are 1742 new cases of COVID-19 in NSW and no deaths, as authorities urge people to get a booster shot to protect themselves from the Omicron variant.

Omicron cases in NSW continue to rise

NSW Health is consulting overseas to better understand the new Omicron coronavirus variant and how effective vaccines are against it.