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New quarantine rules for Omicron variant

Australia has shut its borders to nine southern African countries and NSW, Victoria and the ACT have brought in new rules for all international arrivals amid concern over the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

African arrivals test positive in Sydney

Scientists are working quickly to establish whether the "concerning" new Omicron variant of COVID-19 is already in Sydney after two arrivals from southern Africa tested positive to the virus.

UK announces new measures to slow Omicron

The United Kingdom has announced new measures to try to slow the spread of the newly identified Omicron coronavirus variant and a top health official says there is a "reasonable chance" that vaccines could be less effective against it.

Evacuations ordered in NSW flooding

An evacuation order has been issued to residents of towns along the Hunter River in NSW as rising floodwaters threaten power and water services.

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.