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Authorities on high alert for Omicron variant as NSW records 179 new COVID-19 cases #englishheadline #Authorities #high #alert #Omicron #variant #NSW #records #COVID19 #cases

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Some 94.5 per cent of people aged 16 and older have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 92.4 per cent are fully jabbed.

More than 81 per cent of teens aged 12-15 have had one dose of a vaccine while 76.5 per cent of them have had two doses.

There are 160 people in hospital with COVID-19 and 26 are in ICU.

Meanwhile, genomic testing has confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in two international travellers who arrived on a Saturday night flight from Doha. Two more people who arrived on Sunday after travelling from southern Africa via Singapore also have the virus.

All travellers arriving in NSW who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, and Malawi in the 14 days prior to arriving in NSW must stay in hotel quarantine for two weeks, in line with Commonwealth measures.

That includes travellers who are fully vaccinated.

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NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet on Monday said his government would pursue “a proportionate and balanced response to the situation that’s in front of us”.

He said 141 people have been sent to hotel quarantine for 14 days after arriving in the state from the countries of concern.

On Monday, before the number of Omicron cases rose to four, the premier said there were no plans to adjust the state’s reopening roadmap.

Restrictions will ease for unvaccinated people on 15 December but Mr Perrottet said restrictions could be tailored in response to the variant if required.

If any changes are announced, they will likely come after a special meeting of the national cabinet on Tuesday afternoon.

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Opposition Leader Chris Minns said “rapid decisions will need to be made” but he was “not going to criticise the government for what’s happened over the last 48 hours”.

He urged the premier to publish any related health advice provided to the government by NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant.

It comes as Victoria recorded another 918 new COVID-19 infections and six deaths.

The state is now managing 11,417 active COVID-19 cases.

There are 305 COVID patients in the state’s hospitals, 41 of them are actively infected with the virus in intensive care and 19 requiring ventilation.

The seven-day hospitalisation average is 298.

Virus testers processed 45,658 results on Monday, while 3726 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in state-run hubs.

There’s now 91 per cent of Victorians aged over 12 fully vaccinated.





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