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Omicron Covid variant: Greg Hunt backflips as Australia shuts border to southern Africa

Australians attempting to return home from southern Africa will be allowed into the country, but ordered into mandatory hotel quarantine * Follow the Australia news live blog * Omicron: everything you need to know about new Covid variant * Omicron variant spreads to Europe as UK announces countermeasures * Covid live: world scrambles to combat Omicron variant; New York declares ‘disaster emergency’ * Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Australia has suspended flights from nine southern African countries and closed its borders to any foreign nationals who have been to the region, amid concern about the emerging Covid-19 variant of concern, Omicron. The announcement, made by the federal health minister, Greg Hunt, on Saturday afternoon, followed travel restrictions imposed by the United States, United Kingdom and European Union. Continue reading...

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