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Masks Return to Australian Cities as Omicron Sours Christmas

  • Variant yet to overwhelm system as hospitalizations still low
  • Western Australia latest state to implement mask mandates
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WATCH: The Australian state of New South Wales reported 5,715 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 years. Andreea Papuc reports.Source: Bloomberg
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Australia’s two most-populous states are bringing back mask mandates as a surge in Covid-19 cases, led by the highly contagious omicron variant, threatens to roil Christmas plans for a second year.

In New South Wales, where Sydney is the capital, limits will also return on the number of patrons in hospitality venues from Dec. 27, in an attempt to limit the potential impact on the state’s health care system. Numbers are climbing at a slower rate in Victoria, home to Melbourne, which hadn’t eased public restrictions as fast as its neighboring state in recent weeks.