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Latest news: Omicron

Omicron wave sends office return backwards except in Canberra, Perth

Canberra and Perth were the only two capital cities to record an increase in office occupancy in July, according to data released by the Property Council of Australia on Thursday.

Three new Omicron subvariants in Australia, ACT has 1080 new COVID cases

Three new Omicron subvariants have reached Australia and health authorities as the ACT recorded 1080 new cases and one death.

South Korea lifts most COVID-19 precautions as Omicron recedes

South Korea has lifted almost all of its COVID-19 precautions in a major step towards a return to normal life as the Omicron variant recedes and daily infections retreated to a more than two-month low of fewer than 50,000.

Canberra’s office occupancy rates bounce back

After a low few months, Canberra’s office occupancy rates have returned to pre-Omicron levels, hitting the highest percentage in February since July 2021.

Hundreds isolate as Omicron arrives at Perth schools

Hundreds of students across three Perth schools are being forced into 14 days of isolation as West Australian Premier Mark McGowan doubles down on his hardline COVID-19 rules.

Bonuses to aged care workers criticised as sugar hit

Aged care workers will receive bonus payments as the federal government moves to shore up the sector hit hard by the ongoing wave of Omicron infections.

Virus sub-variant Omicron BA.2 ‘not cause for concern’

The new COVID sub-variant, Omicron BA.2, is not yet causing concern among health experts, says Australia's deputy chief medical officer. 

WA border delay makes ‘little difference’

Western Australia faces a peak of 430 hospitalisations and 43 people in intensive care at the peak of its Omicron wave, according to independent modelling.

Concerns for Australia Day COVID-19 spread

A health expert has warned of the potential spread of the Omicron COVID-19 strain during Australia Day events as large crowds gather for protest or celebration. 

NSW mental health patients avoiding care during COVID

Patients in need of mental health care have been avoiding getting the help they need, as Omicron cases surged in NSW.

Omicron has peaked in ACT, NSW, Vic and SA: Hunt

Health Minister Greg Hunt has indicated the Omicron wave may have reached its peak in four jurisdictions, NSW, ACT, Victoria and SA.

Ardern’s wedding off as Omicron hits NZ

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's wedding, due for next weekend, won't be proceeding due to community spread of the COVID-19 variant Omicron.