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‘It’s a big crisis’: Covid staff shortages in Australia more disruptive now than at height of Delta

Business and unions call for free rapid antigen tests and other support from government as consumer confidence hammered

Staff shortages during the current Omicron case surge are proving more disruptive than during the height of the Delta wave, Australia’s businesses warn as they plead for greater access to rapid antigen tests and a unified message from governments.

An unofficial lockdown in Sydney and Melbourne has also hammered consumer confidence and spending as people stay at home rather than risk catching the virus.

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