An ‘explosion’ in COVID cases was more likely than not without the introduction of social distancing restrictions and would make WA’s hard border ‘irrelevant’, according to an experienced epidemiologist.
Peter Law and Bethany Hiatt
There is no doubt that the Premier’s shock decision to keep the WA border closed indefinitely, leaving WA stuck in a holding pattern, is driven by fear.
Premier Mark McGowan will need to give consumers confidence to continue their spending splurge if local businesses are to weather the blow delivered from last week’s border backflip, leading economist says.
Still recovering from the disruption caused by COVID-19 on their industry, young hospitality workers now face their biggest challenge of the pandemic.
Air purifiers will be rolled out to WA public schools and teachers working in the Education Department’s head office have been warned they may be redeployed as part of COVID-19 preparations .
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has called for a royal commission into the COVID-19 pandemic, after this year's federal election.
An extra two million rapid antigen tests will be delivered to NSW schools by Tuesday night as part of COVID-19 measures for the start of the academic year.
The State Government has given the green light for Wednesday’s Australia Day Skyworks to go ahead despite a jump in local COVID-19 cases.
The social media backlash has been swift and withering to WA Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson’s claim the Eastern States have been experiencing ‘lockdown’ conditions because of the rapid spread of COVID-19.
A COVID positive mother and child were wrongly directed to the ED waiting room of a major Perth hospital in an embarrassing bungle just days after Mark McGowan delayed WA’s border reopening.
Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement on Thursday that the State’s border reopening was being called off indefinitely was a kick in the guts to so many people who had been counting on him to stick to his word.
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Two floors of a government building in Perth’s CBD have been closed down for two days of deep cleaning after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, with their co-workers forced to isolate.
Seven new COVID-19 exposure sites have been added to the Health Department’s website on Sunday night
The latest snapshot of COVID-19 cases, deaths and vaccinations in Australia at 1700 AEDT on Sunday, January 23.
India has reported 333,533 new COVID-19 infections, the fourth day in a row it's posted a figure above 300,000.
A further 24 local COVID-19 cases have been recorded overnight, forcing Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson to concede the Omicron strain cannot be eliminated in WA.
Bethany Hiatt and Peter Law
Queensland has recorded another 10 COVID-19 deaths and 11,947 cases as the state prepares to ramp up its booster rollout after cutting waiting times.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's wedding, due for next weekend, won't be proceeding due to community spread of the COVID-19 variant Omicron.
Victorian school students and teachers will return to classrooms on January 31. Here’s everything parents need to know about the plan.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adern has announced new mask wearing rules and a cap on people at indoor venues amid a growing Omicron cluster.
Two rapid antigen tests per week will be supplied to students and teachers across NSW schools as part of COVID-19 measures for the start of the school year.
Victoria’s chief health officer says the booster vaccine blitz is “going great guns” but has issued a warning about deaths and ICU numbers.
Dominic Perrottet and chief health officer Kerry Chant have revealed the back-to-school plan for students and teachers in NSW.
The head of Pfizer hopes to have a vaccine against COVID-19 that can be administered annually, rather than as a more frequent booster jab.
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