Australia COVID numbers surge as Omicron outbreak strains domestic politics

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia recorded another surge in COVID-19 infections on Tuesday as an outbreak of the highly infectious Omicron variant disrupted a staged reopening of the economy, while state leaders argued over domestic border controls. The three most populous states, New South Wales (NSW), Victoria and Queensland, reported just under 10,000 new cases between them the previous day, putting the country on course to eclipse the previous day’s record total of 10,186 cases. There were five COVID-19 deaths reported, although the authorities did not specify whether any were related to the Om…

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