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NSW records Australia’s highest daily Covid cases since pandemic began as scrapping of mask mandate condemned

Victoria records seven Covid deaths and 1,504 new cases as Scott Morrison says national plan ‘not about case numbers’ * Follow the Australia live news blog * ‘A hell of a decision to make’: why Covid cases are exploding across NSW * NSW considers shortening Covid booster shot interval to four months as Omicron spreads * Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing New South Wales has recorded Australia’s highest ever daily Covid case tally as the Omicron variant, combined with a wave of Delta cases spread at Christmas gatherings, has caused the number of infections to spike. The spike comes just days after the NSW government decided to go ahead with removing almost all remaining Covid restrictions, including the requirement to wear masks in crowded retail settings. Continue reading...

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