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Lack of free Covid rapid antigen tests forces Australian small businesses to close

Many hospitality and tourism operators have shut during the crucial summer holiday period due to a lack of staff * Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates * Vaccine rollout tracker; Cases and data tracker * Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Small businesses have been forced to close during the crucial summer holiday period because of the failure of state and federal governments to bring in free Covid rapid antigen tests, the sector’s peak body says. Alexi Boyd, the chief executive of the Council of Small Businesses of Australia (Cosboa), said she welcomed an announcement by the New South Wales premier, Dominic Perrottet, that the state had ordered 20m rapid antigen tests, which he expected to be available by the end of January. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...

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