Australia reinstates COVID quarantine pay amid fresh Omicron wave

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By Renju Jose SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will reinstate support payments for casual workers who have to quarantine due to COVID-19, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Saturday, as a fresh wave of Omicron-driven infections sweeps the country. Australia is battling a major virus outbreak driven by the highly transmissible new Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, with authorities warning it could lead to more people ending up in hospitals and further straining the health system. “I want to make sure that people aren’t left behind, that vulnerable people are looked after,” Albanese told repo…

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