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Czech Republic scraps mandatory jabs as daily cases hit new high; record cases in Bulgaria – as it happened
Czech government scraps decree to avoid ‘deepening fissures’ in country; Bulgaria reports highest daily tally of pandemic with 11,181 infections

Samantha Lock (now); Jem Bartholomew, Lucy Campbelland Martin Belam (earlier)

20, Jan, 2022 @1:13 AM

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Albanese stakes out Coalition seats in Queensland as Morrison zeroes in on NSW ahead of election
Guardian Australia analysis of leaders’ visits since early December shows Labor focused on clawing back ground in northern seats

Sarah Martin Chief political correspondent

19, Jan, 2022 @9:17 PM

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Australia offers visa fee refund to lure international workers and students as Morrison defends handling of pandemic
Prime minister tells backpackers and students to ‘come on down’ as critical workforce shortages bite

Sarah Martin Chief political correspondent

19, Jan, 2022 @7:35 AM

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Scott Morrison says he never said there were no refugees in Melbourne’s Park hotel
Prime minister refuses to apologise for radio interview in which he cast doubt on the status of refugees held in immigration detention

Daniel Hurst, Sarah Martin and Ben Doherty

19, Jan, 2022 @2:31 AM

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‘A ticking timebomb’: Australian doctors use social media to call for sugar tax on soft drinks
Staggering amount of sugary drinks consumed each year puts Australians at risk of developing major health problems, AMA warns

Sarah Martin Chief political correspondent

18, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Scott Morrison rebukes George Christensen for ‘dangerous messages’ on vaccinating children
Prime minister, who has denied it’s hypocritical to deport Novak Djokovic while government MPs spread misinformation, says Covid vaccinations ‘save lives’

Sarah Martin Chief political correspondent

18, Jan, 2022 @7:32 AM

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Private hospital staff diverted to public system as Omicron wave results in Australia’s deadliest Covid day
Seventy-seven deaths have been reported across the country, with 36 in NSW, 22 in Victoria and 16 in Queensland

Mostafa Rachwani and Sarah Martin

18, Jan, 2022 @7:27 AM

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Unvaccinated over-60s face monthly fine in Greece; UK reports another 84,429 cases and 85 deaths – as it happened
Un-jabbed older people in Greece face penalties starting at a €50; UK cases continue downward trend

Samantha Lock (now); Jedidajah Otte, Lucy Campbell and Martin Belam (earlier)

18, Jan, 2022 @1:37 AM

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‘Significant decrease’ in NSW Covid cases predicted as Victoria nears peak – as it happened
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Stephanie Convery and Caitlin Cassidy

17, Jan, 2022 @7:28 AM

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PM accused of ‘outright lie’ after claiming detainees in Melbourne hotel are not refugees
The Park hotel, where Novak Djokovic was also detained, holds 25 refugees and seven asylum seekers

Sarah Martin and Ben Doherty

17, Jan, 2022 @7:22 AM

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Barnaby Joyce proposes to Vikki Campion four years after headline-making affair
Deputy PM says Campion said ‘yes’ at Coffs Harbour restaurant and if she hadn’t ‘I would still be at Latitude 30 getting smashed’

Sarah Martin

17, Jan, 2022 @3:50 AM

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‘Outrageous’: retailers referred to AFP for price gouging rapid antigen tests
ACCC takes action on price markups after reports of retailers charging more than $30 for a single Covid-testing kit

Sarah Martin and Daniel Hurst

17, Jan, 2022 @2:47 AM

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