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Covid news live: Australia case rise continues; Omicron grounds nearly 1,200 more US flights

NSW records 6,234 cases and Victoria 1,999 amid reported delays in PCR testing; Omicron surge grounds more US flights over Christmas weekend * Hundreds more US flights cancelled for third day amid surging cases * Australia Covid update: 6,324 Covid cases in NSW and 1,999 in Victoria * Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland reintroduce Covid restrictions * Boris Johnson to examine hospital data before decision on Covid rules * Tory MPs warn Boris Johnson against toughening Covid new year rules * See all our coronavirus coverage Queensland has detected 784 new Covid-19 cases but the health system is coping, state premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said. Quarantine and testing policies are being reviewed and rapid antigen tests may be introduced for some people within 48 hours to take pressure of testing facilities, AAP reports. I don’t want people to be alarmed by that, the real issue here is what is the impact it is having on individuals in hospitals? We are not seeing any massive impacts on our hospitals, which is really good news. Continue reading...

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