Omicron cases in NSW: Eighth case confirmed in returned overseas travelers

NSW Health has confirmed an eighth case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the state.

The infected person arrived in Sydney on Flight SQ231 from Singapore on Sunday 28 November.

The traveler is fully vaccinated but had recently been to southern Africa, NSW Health said.

They are now in hotel quarantine.

NSW Health requests all persons who were on flight SQ231 from Singapore to Sydney on 28 November to immediately have their first COVID-19 PCR test, if they have not already completed it, and isolate it until they receive a negative result.

They must also be tested on day 6 after arriving in NSW, which is this Saturday, December 4th.

Singapore Airlines aircraft seen at Sydney International Airport
The infected person arrived in Sydney on Flight SQ231 from Singapore on Sunday 28 November. Credit: AAP

All travelers arriving in NSW who have been to South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini and Malawi within 14 days prior to their arrival in NSW must be in hotel quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status.

Anyone who has already arrived in NSW and who has been to one of the eight African countries within the previous 14 days should be tested and isolated immediately for 14 days and call NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

All passengers should be monitored for symptoms and if symptoms occur, they should be tested again.

All passengers arriving from abroad aged 18 and over and who are not fully vaccinated must go directly into the 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine.

Earlier Thursday, NSW Health confirmed a seventh case of Omicron in a child too young to be vaccinated.

The child’s parents have also tested positive for COVID-19.

Genomic sequencing is underway to confirm whether they also have the Omicron variant.

Booster shots encouraged

Health Minister Brad Hazzard is urging anyone eligible for a booster shot to maintain protection following a 40 per cent increase in admission since last week.

Sir. Hazzard said 500 previously tested inoculations of travelers who had returned to NSW since November 22 had been retested to ensure they did not contain the Omicron strain.

The jury is still in doubt as to whether the latest strain is more dangerous and can overwhelm hospitals, or simply more transferable and able to replace stronger varieties.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard is urging state residents to get a COVID vaccine booster jab. Credit: AAP

NSW tal

271 cases were registered in NSW within 24 hours until 20 Wednesday from 81,877 tests and no deaths.

It is less than two weeks before more restrictions are lifted in NSW when the unvaccinated will be able to return to hospitality sites and all shops.

About 94.6 percent of people 16 and older have received one vaccine dose, while 92.6 percent of adults have received both.

More than 81 percent of teens ages 12-15 have received a shot, while 76.8 percent are fully vaccinated.

There are 144 people in the hospital, of which 24 in the intensive care unit and 10 ventilated.

– with AAP

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