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Virus Cases Surge in Australia's Most Populous State as Curbs Eased

Travelers receive Covid-19 tests ahead of their flights at a Histopath testing clinic at Sydney Airport on Dec. 7.
Travelers receive Covid-19 tests ahead of their flights at a Histopath testing clinic at Sydney Airport on Dec. 7.Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

Australia’s most-populous state has recorded its highest daily Covid-19 infection tally in more than two months as authorities battle the fast-spreading omicron variant, even as New South Wales readies to remove almost all restrictions.

The state recorded 804 new virus infections in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. Monday, a 50% jump from the day before, officials said in statement Tuesday. It’s the largest tally since Oct. 2, when its largest city Sydney was in the midst of a months-long lockdown to combat the delta variant.