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Australian government holds COVID emergency talks amid outbreaks

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced he's convening an emergency COVID-19 meeting with state and territory leaders Monday afternoon, as outbreaks of the highly contagious Delta variant see restrictions return across the country.

Why it matters: This is the first time in months that cases have emerged in multiple parts of Australia simultaneously. Some 18 million Australians, roughly 70% of the population, are now under some form of pandemic restriction, Reuters notes.

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