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Australian states reinstate COVID-19 curbs as Omicron cases jump

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By Renju Jose and Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia’s two most populous states re-introduced COVID-19 curbs on Thursday as daily infections hit their highest amid an outbreak of the highly infectious Omicron variant and a rush on already-stretched testing clinics. New South Wales state, home to a third of Australia’s 25 million population, said it was again making it mandatory to wear masks indoors in public places, while venues were told to limit visitors and re-activate customer check-in via QR code. Victoria state, which has nearly the same population, also re-introduced a mask mandate…

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