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How to Live With Endemic Covid in a Place That’s Still Getting Used to Masks

Doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine booster shots.

Doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine booster shots.

Photographer: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg

How to abandon Covid Zero, the problem with rechargeable batteries, and another salary bump for (some) junior bankers. Here are a few of the things we’ve been thinking about in Australia this week.

So, Western Australia is keeping state borders closed just a little bit longer, with State Premier Mark McGowan warning omicron could bring a “flood of disease” to one of the world’s last remaining Covid-Zero strongholds. To be fair, he probably has a point: The rapidly spreading variant seems able to infect even fully vaccinated people more easily than previous strains and cases across Australia (and virtually everywhere else) have ballooned.