Australia will hold a range of national and community events in 2022 to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Platinum Jubilee celebrates The Queen’s 70 years of dedicated service to Australia and the Commonwealth.

“Seventy years of service is a truly immense achievement, and we are proud to join with other Commonwealth nations to celebrate this milestone,” the Prime Minister said.

“Her Majesty has always held a deep affection and close connection with the people of Australia.”

PRIME MINISTER: Happy New Year Australia!

Despite the tough times we’ve been through these past few years, we can always be thankful in Australia that we live in what we know is the best country in the world.

And it’s not just the physical beauty of Australia, it’s who we are as a people.

It’s the care we show for each other that has been so richly on display during the many trials we have been through this past year.

It’s our freedom and our preparedness to stand up for that freedom when it counts.

Further to National Cabinet on 30 December 2021, and following further consultation with the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Health Officers, leaders have also agreed to remove the requirement for a Day 6 RAT for confirmed cases in isolation.

If confirmed cases remain symptomatic, they should remain in isolation.

Anyone with symptoms will continue to seek a PCR test.

Further details on testing, tracing and quarantine arrangements in the context of high levels of COVID-19 community transmission is available in the National Cabinet Statement from 30 December 2021.

PRIME MINISTER: I said yesterday, Omicron requires us to undertake a gear change of how we’re managing the pandemic. We need to reset how we think about the pandemic, and how we manage ourselves and the things we need to do as governments. Omicron is a game changer. It’s been in the country for just over a month. We’ve taken the careful time to ensure that we’re understanding it as best we can, and examining the impact on our hospital system to ensure we’re recalibrating in the right way so Australia can continue to live with this virus. That is our objective.

National Cabinet met today to discuss our response to COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, new approaches to test, trace, isolate and quarantine and the vaccine rollout and booster program.

Since the beginning of the pandemic there have been 362,690 confirmed cases in Australia and, sadly, 2,226 people have died.

Globally there have been over 284.4 million cases and sadly over 5.4 million deaths, with 1,672,631 new cases and 7,752 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in many countries around the world.

PRIME MINISTER: Good afternoon, everyone. Always taken Omicron very seriously, both at a Commonwealth level and across the states and territories. We met last week, as you know, as a National Cabinet, and with the pace at which Omicron’s moving, it's not surprising that I have called a further meeting of National Cabinet, bringing forward the meeting we had scheduled for next week to tomorrow, and I'll be returning to Canberra with the Chief Medical Officer, who joins me today, for that meeting with the other premiers and chief ministers.

PRIME MINISTER: Merry Christmas, Australia.

This year more than most, we are reminded of what we are truly thankful for. Each other.

PRIME MINISTER: Well, good afternoon, everyone. I'm joined by the Chief Medical Officer Professor Kelly and General Frewen, who heads up Operation COVID Shield. We've just had a very positive, practical and cooperative meeting of the National Cabinet of premiers and chief ministers and myself. The 58th meeting, in fact. And Omicron, we all agree, presents another new challenge. But we have faced so many challenges already during the course of this pandemic.

National Cabinet met today to discuss a range of significant national issues, including our response to COVID-19, the vaccine rollout and booster programme and the Omicron strain.

Since the beginning of the pandemic there have been 264,909 confirmed cases in Australia and, sadly, 2,162 people have died. More than 52.5 million tests have been undertaken. Testing has increased nationally over recent days with 1,910,354 million tests reported in the past 7 days.

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