Coronavirus news live: South Africa sees ‘exponential increase’ in Covid cases, dominated by Omicron variant


Here’s an analysis piece by our reporter Jo Chandler as to why Papua New Guinea’s Covid strategy went so wrong.

Public confusion and distrust over vaccination have been fuelled by what experts say are crippling failures in authorities’ response to the pandemic in the Pacific island nation.

Vaccine hesitancy has been a major issue and cause for concern in PNG, where just over 2% of the population has been fully vaccinated. Some health experts predict that Papua New Guinea will take five years to vaccinate just one-third of its population.

Other countries in the Pacific are also significantly lagging behind in vaccination rates with experts predicting a handful of nations will have less than a quarter of adults vaccinated by the end of the year.



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A large number of temporary and bridging Australian visa holders will be cut off from their families this Christmas despite the planned easing of border restrictions, causing further agony and uncertainty for those stuck in the country.

Restrictions are set to ease for some temporary visa holders in time for Christmas, including those on international skilled, student, humanitarian, working holiday and provisional family visas. This will allow them to leave and re-enter Australia without exemptions from 15 December.

But for holders of other types of temporary visas there is still no end in sight.

Read the full story here.

Omicron becomes dominant variant in South Africa


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