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Drowning deaths increase in Australia

One in four Australians are weak swimmers or can't swim at all as the nation records an increase in drowning deaths, new research has revealed.

Restrictions return after Omicron surge

Multiple jurisdictions have reintroduced pandemic restrictions, as experts warn it could still be several weeks until the peak of the Omicron wave.

New Vic rules for COVID-positive RAT tests

Positive rapid COVID-19 tests will be counted as "probable" cases in Victoria and anyone who returns one will have to isolate for seven days and notify contacts.

Tasmania to make RATs primary virus test

Tasmania will shift to rapid antigen tests as the primary tool for diagnosing coronavirus, following a recent national cabinet decision to alter testing requirements.

Key role for Rapid tests as virus surges

The national cabinet has agreed to multiple changes to COVID-19 testing requirements to help alleviate pressure on stretched health systems around the country.

Tas cases 'could be twice' reported figure

Tasmania has surpassed 3000 active COVID-19 cases three weeks after reopening as coronavirus-free, with health authorities saying the actual figure could be double.