To overseas news briefly, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the country has recorded its first death of someone with the Omicron coronavirus variant.
Coronavirus cases are currently on the rise in the UK and tougher restrictions have been imposed (for example, people are being told to work from home and vaccination certificates are being checked at large venues).
“Sadly, at least one patient has now been confirmed to have died with Omicron,” Johnson told reporters.
“So I think the idea that this is somehow a milder version of the virus – I think that’s something we need to set on one side – and just recognise the sheer pace at which it accelerates through the population.”
It is not yet known if the person in question was unvaccinated, their age or whether they had any underlying health conditions.
Britain’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid says the Omicron variant now accounts for about 40 per cent of London’s coronavirus infections.
The first Omicron cases were detected in the UK in late November.
Australia has not recorded any deaths from Omicron. Yesterday, a person with the Omicron strain was admitted to a NSW hospital.