Omicron COVID-19 variant arrives in Australia as two cases confirmed in Sydney

The Omicron COVID-19 variant has arrived in Australia after testing confirmed two overseas travellers who arrived in Sydney were infected with the new strain.

28/11/2021 9:32:00 AM

The Omicron COVID-19 variant has arrived in Australia after testing confirmed two overseas travellers who arrived in Sydney were infected with the new strain:

The Omicron COVID-19 variant has arrived in Australia after testing confirmed two overseas travellers who arrived in Sydney were infected with the new strain.

Source:AAPGenomic testing has confirmed two overseas travellers who arrived in Sydney from southern Africa have been infected with the new Omicron COVID-19 variant.Both passengers arrived on Saturday night and are in isolation in the Special Health Accommodation. Both are fully vaccinated.

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The two passengers were among 14 people travelling from southern Africa who arrived on Qatar Airways QR908, Doha to Sydney, with the remaining 12 undertaking 14 days of hotel quarantine.Some 29 people who had been in one of the nine southern African countries subject to elevated restrictions touched down in Sydney across two flights on Saturday evening.

They have all been sent to hotel quarantine.All passengers on the Qatar Airways flight are now classified as close contacts and must isolate for 14 days, even if they haven't been in southern Africa.New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said it's a reminder that the pandemic is not over, and described his approach as precautionary.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet.Source:AAPHowever, he cautioned that it must be expected that the variant will spread throughout the world."We need to learn to live alongside the virus. We need to learn to live alongside the variants of the virus," he said on Sunday.

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Although he's ordered all international arrivals to quarantine at home for 72 hours, Mr Perrottet insisted the NSW international and state borders would remain open.Read MoreIsrael closes its borders over Omicron as world races to contain new COVID-19 variant

"We can't be a hermit kingdom on the other side of the world," he said."There's only so much governments can do. The best thing we can do as a people is to get vaccinated, get a booster shot, and that will keep you and your family safe."

The three-day quarantine order is on top of a federal government requirement for travellers to enter quarantine for two weeks if they've been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi or the Seychelles within the past 14 days.

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There are no plans to adjust the state's reopening roadmap, Mr Perrottet said, so restrictions will still ease for the unvaccinated on December 15.Omicron testing underway after passengers with COVID-19 arrive in Sydney from AfricaThe new variant, named Omicron by the World Health Organisation on Saturday, has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

It has double the number of mutations as the Delta variant, which sparked a third wave of outbreaks and lockdowns in Australia this year.Flights from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, the Seychelles, Malawi and Mozambique will cease for two weeks under "precautionary"

.Non-citizens who have been in those countries aren't allowed into Australia.Australian citizens and their dependants face mandatory two-week quarantine if they have been in the region.Read MoreWhat you need to know about Omicron, the new COVID-19 'variant of concern'

NSW, Victoria and the ACT will make all overseas arrivals quarantine at home for 72 hours.People already in the state who have been in the nine countries in the past two weeks must isolate for 14 days and be immediately tested.Anyone in those jurisdictions who have been to the nine countries in the past 14 days must get a PCR test and quarantine immediately.

In response to Omicron, South Australia extended the length of its quarantine requirement for fully-vaccinated Australian international arrivals to two weeks, and made small changes to its interstate arrival regime.West Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced SA would be designated "low risk", introducing a quarantine requirement for international arrivals from the state.

He said it was necessary because of quarantine requirements being loosened in recent days.The changes mean WA is only allowing quarantine-free travel from Tasmania and Queensland. A hard border remains in place for the other state and territories.Tasmania will bar entry to people who have been in southern Africa unless they have first completed two weeks of supervised quarantine on the mainland.

Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said Omicron was spreading quickly, but it wasn't clear that it caused more severe symptoms than existing strains.It is not yet known whether existing vaccines are any less effective against the new variant than prevailing strains.

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Friend arrived from London, went through airport without any instructions about isolating. Caught normal taxi home. Friend arrived on flight with omicron positive passenger. Found out via tv news. Never contacted by authorities. 400 unaware passengers freely waling our streets... THE MEDIA ARE THE VIRUS!

We have a new variant that we don’t yet understand, and all unvaxxed people will be released from lock down on Dec15 in NSW, so can we please keep the precautions we already have - QR Check in & masks, until we know we are safe from this? Omicron Seems there were many on the flight, told must they must go home (?) and behave...I feel secure. LNP a breathless political option ⚰️💩🤮🤞

who are fully Vaccinated or they wldn't be here.... I thought people had to have a PCR test negative to COVID before boarding to come to NSW 🤔 Interview Dr David Martin on the truth behind this story please 🙏 Does it need pointing out with regards to this variant that these people are supposed to have been fully vaccinated and test negative 3 days before travel, wear masks during transit and *still have tested positive?

Not Sydney as the epicenter again!

Travellers test positive to Omicron COVID-19 strain after arriving in Sydney from southern AfricaNSW Health confirms two returned travellers have tested positive for the new Omicron COVID-19 variant in Sydney. When can we officially panic Both fully vaxxed and asymptomatic, excellent news!

Hope NSW government quarantine all close contacts of these two cases. You were told by the world... yet you still allowed a plane load to land. Sent on pushbike. Not paying any TROLL fare High risk. Better to close borders before its too late and out of control. Faaaaaaaaark We’ve had the time to build quarantine stations in the area around major airports to isolate travellers straight off the plane with minimal community contact, medical facilities available and a methodical plan to deal with potential outbreaks. But it didn’t happen.

What about the other countries…it isn’t just 9 countries ..a women had been to Egypt and Turkey …quarantining returning travellers is the major response required for the new variant Are travellers no longer required to prove negative test prior leaving the country from where they came. If not, we need to just open the doors and let it happen. What are we thinking? What is the point of locking down internally if this government is just not preventing entry.

No Christmas folks.

Israel closes its borders over Omicron as world races to contain new COVID-19 variantIsrael has banned the entry of all foreigners, making it the first country to shut its borders completely in response to a new and potentially more contagious COVID-19 variant. When will Australia wake up that the precautionary principle is more important than the neoliberal / Qantas first principle... auspol Australia needs to close to those countries that it has now entered. Israel included. Where have I heard this story before?

How often, for how long & at what cost to Australians & our economy will our Politicians & 'health experts,' keep mandating us to get jabbed, lock us up & lock us down against a flu like virus which kills less than 1 in 100 ? Do we need to start accepting we'll have to live it? Two DOUBLE VACCINATED overseas travellers you mean! Unvaccinated don't travel, remember?

What about everyone else on that flight? Not good at all. Here it is. This is for all you vx’d australians that ran out, got jbbed to be ‘free’. They’ll say you can’t be free now, oh sorry last shots don’t work on this variant, you’ll need two more!!! Until you wake up, this will continue FOREVER!!!!

Dom_Perrottet can take his glib HermitKingdom comments & shove it where the sun don’t shine. We need sensible leadership but we have a smart arse in Macquarie st ..step up quarantine & avoid your RubyPrincess NSWHealth NSWCHO BradHazzard RyanPark_Keira covid19nsw New variant arose in a Country where 24% of the population are vaccinated

Despite it’s high transmissibility seemingly this new strain is not as virulent nor contains as high a viral load as Delta. The fact that both parties are doubled vaccinated, asymptomatic and isolating in quarantine is very encouraging. Stay safe. AlanaFoxx7 it’s an anagram of “moronic” which kind of says it all! 😂

So good that we have built the quarantine station. Eh Morrison and Gladys whatcha got to say? Gotta keep the people scared hey

Sydney arrivals from southern Africa infected with COVID-19 tested for OmicronUrgent genomic sequencing is underway to establish if two COVID-positive people who arrived in Sydney from southern Africa have the new Omicron variant. Premier Dominic Perrottet to address the media on Sunday. Oh for Fck sake. Why didn’t we close the boarders days ago 🤦🏼‍♂️here we go again. And NSW will help spread to the rest of country because they like to share 'I'm Back' Omicron is on a seek and destroy mission for the unvaccinated.

Stop the hype and hysteria. This variant has been known to south African scientists for months and they say its far less dangerous than any other and are wondering why the West is making such a fuss. FUCKKKK WJAT ARE WE GOONG TO DO NOWWWW 😱😱😱😱 OH I KNOW 🤔🤔🤔 I’LL THE GET THE NEXT JAB 💉💉💉AND AFTER THAT 🥵🥵🥵😩😩😩 I’LL GET THE NEXT ONE ☝️☝️🥴🥴AND THE ONE AFTER THAT 😘😘😋PLEASE JAB ME UP UNTIL THE END OF TIME DADDY 🥵🤪🤪🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳

You mean the new COVID variant XI 'If Daniel Andrews wasn't such a communist, we wouldn't be in this situation.' - all NewsCorp papers, SkyNews, Ch7, Ch9, and Ch10 about a week from now. Then then ABC a week later. Whatever keeps me WFH, bring it on. Here we go again If there’s a new strain that doesn’t care about vaccines, why have so many people lost their jobs for choosing to stay safe in ways other than vaccination ?

allisonBeDemure “Special Health Accommodation”. Is that just another name for hotel quarantine? Lol nobody cares

Explainer: What we know about Omicron, the new COVID-19 variant in South AfricaEXPLAINER: It's still unclear where the new COVID19 variant, Omicron, arose from, but the WHO has confirmed it is a variant of concern and said the first known infection was from a specimen collected on November 9. 9News Really? Dated JULY 2021 Appearing in fully vaxed peeps! What a surprise NOT! Censored & ignored scientists & experts been warning mass vaxing will drive cases & new variants! We're officially in uncharted waters, mass vax of a virus with animal reservoirs was dangerous anti science from the start! It was reported that on November 6th four (4) International diplomats, from another country (not named) tested positive to Omicron when they arrived in Botswana. So is SA responsible?

No ones fucking buying it, give it the fuck up Who gives a fuck. One step closer to the communism variant. Horsey has bolted Holy mother of god. It's here! FUUUCK. 😱 NSWHealth has confirmed that the two overseas travellers that tested positive overnight have been infected with the new Omicron variant. Both passengers arrived from southern Africa yesterday and underwent testing last night.

UK tightens COVID-19 restrictions after two Omicron cases were detectedBoris Johnson has introduced a raft of new measures including compulsory face coverings in shops and on public transport after the UK reported two new cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. Christi75367510 Can you imagine what he would have done if they were 3 cases. Xmas cancelled. Again Lockown and give me furlough money!🤡🤡🤡🤡 People seem to miss the obvious its to stop the over worked hospitals health care workers and in general health system collapsing so your mother father son daughter grandparent's ever need emergency hospitalisations their is room for that to happen

World races to contain new COVID-19 variant OmicronSeveral European nations have announced the first cases of Omicron, as governments worldwide began pulling down the shutters to contain the new variant. This is some shoddy reporting. Omicron hasn't yet been *proven* to be more transmissible than delta. In fact, every expert is making it painfully clear that as of right now we just don't know enough to make conclusive statements on it at all. Aussie media is a shitshow...