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Omicron Surge Pressures Australia Reopening as Leaders Urge Calm

  • Negative-test demands causing havoc at Covid-19 testing sites
  • Some governments reject mask mandates, stricter density limits
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WATCH: Deakin University Chair in Epidemiology Catherine Bennett discusses the spread of the Omicron variant and measures being taken in Australia.Source: Bloomberg

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is urging Australia’s state and territory leaders to move ahead with reopening plans as omicron outbreaks push daily coronavirus infections to record levels, causing havoc ahead of the nation’s summer vacation period.

“The idea that you’re going to suppress it at any extreme level or you’re going to eliminate it, that’s nonsense,” Morrison said of the omicron variant in a television interview on Wednesday. “We have to live with it and we have to just stay calm.”