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Covid Australia: Omicron cases grow to FIVE after two more are confirmed in Sydney #englishheadline #Covid #Australia #Omicron #cases #grow #confirmed #Sydney

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Omicron cases in Australia grow to FIVE after two more are confirmed in Sydney – but all are vaccinated and asymptomatic in hotel quarantine

  • Two new cases of Omicron have been confirmed in overseas travellers in Sydney
  • Both people arrived in Sydney on a flight from southern Africa on Sunday night 
  • The infections bring Australia’s cases of the South African Covid strain to five
  • Two other travellers have tested positive in Sydney as well as a man in the NT 










Australia’s Omicron cases have grown to five after two more infections have been confirmed in Sydney. 

The two travellers arrived in Sydney from southern Africa on Singapore Airlines flight SQ211 on Sunday night. 

NSW Health said they were both fully vaccinated and isolating in the special health accommodation. 

There are now five cases of the super-mutant South Africa strain in Australia after the two travellers tested positive in Sydney as well as a man at a quarantine facility in the Northern Territory. 

All of the cases were asymptomatic and detected in hotel quarantine.  

Under new federal restrictions, incoming international travellers who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi, and the Seychelles in the past 14 days must undergo two weeks hotel quarantine.  

Travellers in personal protective equipment load luggage into a taxi outside the international terminal at Sydney Airport on Monday, as countries react to the new coronavirus Omicron variant amid the coronavirus disease

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said 141 people have come to the state from the nine countries of concern over the past 24 hours, and all have been sent to hotel quarantine for 14 days.

Although he has ordered all international arrivals to quarantine at home for 72 hours, Mr Perrottet insisted the NSW international and state borders would remain open. 

‘Ultimately we need to open up to the world (and) we need to do so safely'” he told reporters on Monday.

‘We don’t need to have a knee-jerk reaction, we need to have a proportionate and balanced response to the situation that’s in front of us.’

‘The responses should not be ”Let’s shut down”.’

Mr Perrottet also stressed NSW was better equipped to confront new variants.

‘We’ve got to learn to live alongside the variants of the virus that come our way,’ he said.

‘And the vaccination rate here is one of the highest in the world.

The latest infections bring the number of Omicron cases in Australia to five after two Sydney travellers and a man in the NT tested positive. Pictured: travellers undergo Covid tests at the pre-departure testing facility at Sydney airport on Monday

The latest infections bring the number of Omicron cases in Australia to five after two Sydney travellers and a man in the NT tested positive. Pictured: travellers undergo Covid tests at the pre-departure testing facility at Sydney airport on Monday 

‘That is not the case in the southern African nations.’

The premier has said there are no plans to adjust the state’s reopening roadmap, which has restrictions easing for the unvaccinated on December 15.

However, restrictions will be tailored in response to the variant if needed, he said.

Meanwhile, the state added 150 new infections to its caseload on Monday.

For the fifth consecutive day, no new deaths were reported.

Hospitals are treating 170 patients, five more than the previous day, including 25 people in intensive care. Ten require ventilation.

NSW is 94.5 per cent single-dosed for everyone 16 and over, while 92.4 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Of 12- to 15-year-olds, 81.3 per cent have received one jab and 76.5 per cent both.

More to come.  



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