(Reuters) -Mining giant BHP Group on Wednesday joined rival Rio Tinto in warning of further disruptions from COVID-19, including labour shortages, and said the impact of the Omicron variant will last into the second half of its financial year. BHP said the proposed easing of border restrictions in Western Australia on Feb. 5 may also cause some short-term disruption to the operating environment as the pandemic evolves in the state. The mineral-rich state has maintained a hard-line on border controls during the pandemic, while a surge of Omicron cases across Australia has caused a dearth of workers in mines as well as train drivers to transport millions of tonnes of commodities.
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