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World 04 Dec 2021 | 10:50 AM

Australia Omicron variant spreads, testing reopening plans

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Omicron coronavirus variant spread in Australia on Saturday, testing plans to reopen the economy as a cluster in Sydney grew to 13 cases and an infection was suspected in the state of Queensland.

World 02 Dec 2021 | 12:57 PM

Australia Omicron count edges higher, health authorities on edge

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's tally of people with the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 edged higher on Thursday, prompting state governments to bolster domestic border controls as health experts wait to learn more about the dangers posed by the strain.

World 01 Dec 2021 | 9:36 AM

Sydney braces for more Omicron cases but no lockdowns for now

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian authorities on Wednesday flagged another probable case of the Omicron variant in Sydney as they braced for more infections after at least two international travellers visited several locations in the city while likely infectious.

World 22 Nov 2021 | 8:43 AM

Australia to reopen to foreign visa holders in bid to revive economy

CANBERRA/SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia will allow foreign visa holders to enter the country from the start of December, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, the latest step to restart international travel and support its economy.

World 02 Nov 2021 | 9:39 AM

COVID-19 restrictions in Sydney to ease weeks ahead of schedule

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's biggest city will lift more COVID-19 curbs for vaccinated residents ahead of schedule next week, while delaying freedoms it has promised for unvaccinated Sydneysiders as officials aim to boost inoculations.

World 31 Oct 2021 | 10:17 AM

Australia set for international border reopening for vaccinated public

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia will resume from Monday, Australia's tourism minister said on Sunday, as the country readies itself for a partial reopening of its international borders for the first time since March 2020.

World 14 Oct 2021 | 1:51 PM

Former NZ corporate raider jailed for 14 months for possessing child pornography

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Ron Brierley, the New Zealand-born former corporate raider who shot to fame by launching high-profile takeovers through the 1980s, was sentenced to 14 months in an Australian prison on Thursday after pleading guilty to child pornography offences.