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Australia: Test shortage, price-gouging angers citizens amid record Covid-19 infections

Australians have expressed anger at facing Covid test shortages and price-gouging as the nation battles its most widespread infections yet. Last month Australia lifted most of its strict domestic restrictions after reaching a 90% vaccination target. But the Omicron variant has fuelled a surge in cases now totalling over 25,000 a day. That’s put intense […]

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Sydney lab sends hundreds of erroneous Covid-19 results amid massive testing backlog

A Sydney lab told hundreds of people they did not have Covid when they in fact had tested positive, amid soaring infections in the area. The mistake, which took place over the Christmas period, was due to a “data processing error”. The Australian state of New South Wales is seeing rising infection numbers following the […]

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Australia: School fun day bouncy castle tragedy claims 6th child

A sixth child has died in hospital after a bouncy castle was lifted into the air at a school event in Australia late last week, police said on Sunday. The 11-year-old boy, Chace Harrison, “passed away in hospital this afternoon,” Tasmania Police Commissioner, Darren Hine, said in a statement. “Our thoughts continue to be with […]

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‘Australia’s most wanted man’ caught hiding in car inside shipping container on lorry after elaborate search

A fugitive dubbed “Australia’s most wanted man” has been arrested during an elaborate attempt to cross a state border, police say. Mostafa Baluch, 33, sparked a 17-day nationwide manhunt after allegedly cutting off an ankle bracelet which had tracked his whereabouts in Sydney. Authorities said they pulled over a lorry after receiving a tipoff. Mr […]

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Sydney Airport signs $17.5 billion buyout deal, one of the biggest buyouts ever in Australia

Sydney Airport has agreed to accept a US$17.5 billion takeover bid from a group of investors. If completed, the deal will be one of Australia’s biggest ever buyouts. The agreement came after Sydney Aviation Alliance (SAA) raised its bid in response to the airport’s owner rebuffing its earlier offer. However, the proposed sale faces a number […]

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Australia: 5.9 magnitude Earthquake strikes Melbourne, buildings damaged

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake shook southeast Australia, damaging buildings in the city of Melbourne. The earthquake happened about 09:15am local time on Wednesday at Mansfield, not far from the Victorian state capital. The earthquake was also felt in neighbouring South Australia and New South Wales (NSW). It was followed by two aftershocks of 4.0 and 3.1 magnitude. […]

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3-year-old boy who went missing in Australia four days ago found safe after search

A boy who went missing in the Australian bush four days ago has been found safe after a search. Three-year-old Anthony “AJ” Elfalak was spotted by police helicopters on Monday, drinking water from a creek on his family’s property in rural New South Wales. The little boy, who has autism and doesn’t speak, had been […]

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Surfer dies in shark attack off Australia’s east coast

A man who was attacked by a shark at Emerald Beach on Australia’s east coast on Sunday died after a “significant” injury to his arm, according to New South Wales (NSW) Ambulance. Four crews, including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter medical team which included a critical care doctor and a critical care paramedic were dispatched to […]

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“We’ve been in a war for some time, but never to this extent”: New South Wales tightens restrictions as situation worsens

The leader of New South Wales has warned this is “the worst situation Australia’s been in” since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said rules would be tightened in Sydney, the state capital, which is in lockdown. Covid fines will also go up to AU$5,000 from AU$1,000. “This is literally a […]

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Anti-lockdown protests grip multiple Australian cities, dozens arrested

Protests have been taking place in multiple cities of Australia against restrictions imposed to tackle rising coronavirus infections. Thousands gathered in Sydney, in Melbourne and Brisbane. People chanted “freedom” as they marched through the centre of Sydney. Officers said they had made 57 arrests. Australian governments have re-imposed lockdowns across the country amid a surge […]

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Katie Hopkins: British commentator faces deportation from Australia for boasting about breaching Covid-19 rules

Australia has cancelled far-right British commentator Katie Hopkins’s visa and will deport her after she boasted about flouting the country’s strict hotel quarantine rules, a senior official said. Hopkins had flown into Sydney to appear on a reality television show when she posted a video on Instagram talking about answering the door nude and maskless […]

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Father drowns at Batemans Bay beach trying to save his daughter from a rip during surfing

A man died tragically and a young girl is in the hospital after they were both pulled from the water at a beach in New South Wales, Australia. Emergency crews arrived to Surf Beach in Batemans Bay before 1pm on Monday after they received reports of a man and a child missing in the water. […]