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Czech Republic confirms Omicron case
Australia toughens up restrictions
Australia’s federal well being minister mentioned he was assembly the prime minister, Scott Morrison, and the chief well being officer, and state and territory counterparts to debate developments across the Omicron Covid-19 variant.
Greg Hunt did a swift u-turn on Saturday by shutting the nation’s border with South Africa and reinstating necessary quarantine for arrivals from 9 southern African international locations as considerations about Omicron mounted. States similar to South Australia are already tightening up their borders once more after solely starting to emerge from the Delta lockdown in place in a lot of the nation since June and July.
New South Wales, nevertheless, is sticking with its reopening plan. State premier Dominic Perrottet mentioned it was “inevitable” that extra variants will emerge and enter Australia, and mentioned the state was taking a “precautionary strategy” with the adjustments to worldwide arrivals introduced yesterday.
“We have to be taught to live alongside the virus and to live alongside the varied strains of the virus that can come our manner, and the most effective factor we will do is get vaccinated and get booster photographs,” he mentioned.
“Pressing” genomic sequencing is below manner after two passengers on a Qatar Airways flight arrived in Sydney on Saturday night time. Perrottet confirmed that 29 individuals arrived in Sydney yesterday, after spending time in southern Africa.
US praises South African response