Both passengers arrived in Sydney from southern Africa on Saturday night.The two positive cases, who were asymptomatic, were in isolation in the Special Health Accommodation – Both were fully vaccinated.The two passengers were among 14 people from southern Africa who arrived on Qatar Airways QR908 flight, Doha to Sydney, which touched down about 7pm.
The remaining 12 passengers from southern Africa are undertaking 14 days of hotel quarantine in the Special Health Accommodation.Around 260 passengers and aircrew on the flight are considered close contacts and have been directed to isolate. Scott Morrison earlier on Sunday avoided making a kneejerk decision on Australia’s border, maintaining there were “too many unknowns” about the Omicron variant.
The emergence of the new variant has led to dozens of countries closing their borders and placing restrictions on multiple southern African countries, with Australia last night closing its border entirely to several destinations.Australian now joins Britain, Germany, South Africa, Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel will confirmed infections of Omicron. headtopics.com
The Prime Minister on Sunday called the new variant “concerning”, but said there were still too many questions about it to prompt rash decisions.“We’ve always said there will be new variants. This is the nature of the pandemic — Australia is in the strongest position as we possibly can be to deal with these sorts of issues,” he said.
Scott Morrison says Australia is well-placed to deal with the new variant.“This is not like it was back in February and March of 2020 — we now have good knowledge, good advice, the uncertainties are not like they used to be, we have good systems.”NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard emphasised that Omicron was still not well understood.
But he said keeping tabs on returning travellers from the countries of concern presented challenges, noting that the Delta variant took three weeks to sweep across 53 countries.“We have to expect that Omicron may well already be here,” Mr Hazzard said.
Authorities are working to determine if the infected travellers have the Omicron variant.Preliminary evidence suggests Omicron can spread rapidly, including between people who are double-vaccinated, and scientists are determining if the new variant can reduce the protection of vaccines. headtopics.com
But Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has downplayed the severity of the new strain.He said preliminary evidence, subject to emerging details, suggested there were no signs the strain was a “more dangerous disease” in terms of its impact on hospitalisation, serious illness or loss of life.
Mr Hunt also said there were no signs as yet that the strain was resistant to Covid-19 vaccines.“But constant updating of medical advice has been what we’ve done throughout the pandemic and will continue to do,” he told reporters on Sunday morning.Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said Australia was in a good position to fight the new variant.
Australia swiftly moved to close its borders to a number of African countries overnight, after dozens of other countries imposed travel rules on southern Africa.All international arrivals into Victoria and NSW regardless of their origin must now quarantine for 72 hours.
Australia has already enforced border restrictions amid the spread of the variant globally.Meanwhile, Northern Territory authorities have beenwaiting on test resultsfor a confirmed Covid case to rule out the new variant.About 20 travellers believed to have travelled from South Africa were repatriated last week and are currently quarantining at Howard Springs. headtopics.com
One person has so far tested positive.Authorities at home are attempting to track down at least 100 Australians who recently arrived home from the nine African nations without quarantine.Those people will need to be tested, and quarantine immediately for 14 days.
Australia chief medical officer Paul Kelly will update state and territory counterparts daily.Read more: news.com.au »
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Fuck I'm like pro Vax or whatever. I got AZ even though in my thirties.... But this shit is futile. Let's just all do the basic shit with masks and go back to some semblance of reality. THE MEDIA ARE THE VIRUS! OMG just STOP incoming flights immediately. Controls on borders cannot be allowed to let it rip this time! Frightening all over again.🤬
Morrison has built no quarantine facilities. Hazzard and Berejiklian suppressed Dr Kerry Chant’s advice. Will Perrottet follow medical advice, unlike Berejiklian? Will Frewen appear? Thanks scomo for screwing up yet again but true to firm it will be someone else’s fault. Muhammad Qasim Ibn Abdul Karim has seen many dreams in which Allah and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) advised him to follow the straight path and the things he should avoid. All these dreams confirm the message of Quran and hadith. He is the Imam Al-Mahdi!
It's another fear mongering campaign to meet Scott Morrisons goal of vaccinating younger Australians and scaring others into getting booster shots. The new Omicron variant is mild according to South African medical experts. auspol No time to die When did these two travel to Australia ( date?). Suck my 🏀 ⚽️ 🏀 ⚽️
Wouldnt holds my breath on Slomo making a decision. He'll just wait till it hits Victoria and blame Dan. He calls it the 'Dan Plan'.
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.
The Federal Government would have known about this virus strain well before it landed. To avoid embarrassment, they just say it’s here already, takes the blame away from their lack of preventive action. Great that the LNP have built so many dedicated quarantine facilities so that we are ready for the variants as they arise. Ho they haven't, my mistake.
It's funny how Omicron was found just reported to the World Health Organisation on Nov 24th. But Australia already has testing for it on November 28th. Calling BS!!! More freedoms in Jeopardy FAKE NEWS!!!! Interview Dr David Martin on the truth behind this story please 🙏 Who cares... Life must go on whether it's the Omicron variant or the Megatron variant...
Breakthrough infections you mean Thats his happy face, now they can all keep on keeping on
Two people have arrived in Sydney from southern Africa with Covid-19Passengers who arrived in Australia from southern Africa have tested positive for Covid-19 as concern brews they may be infected with the new variant of concern, Omicron. They keep slamming Mcgowan foR holding W.A borders shut. This situation of a virus likely going around the system was always going to be. As I said in the tweets a few months ago. Enjoy your Xmas lockdowns NSW. Likely Vic now also. Week polies not looking after the majority. Fools to think 💭 it was ok 👌 in the first place to travel 🧳 Dom_Perrottet BradHazzard by “self isolation” do you mean for some people that are “above the rules” that means woo hoo let’s drop out bags and party at Darling Harbour? flashback memories herewegoagain
Urgent testing after Sydney Airport arrivals from southern Africa test positive to COVID-19Two COVID-positive international flight passengers who arrived in Australia from southern Africa last night are being tested to see if are infected with the new Omicron variant covid omicron
Coronavirus pandemic LIVE: Urgent testing after Sydney arrivals from southern Africa test positive to COVID-19; Border bans flagged as Omicron variant alarms chief health officersUrgent testing has begun to determine if two passengers who arrived in Sydney from southern Africa are infected with the new Omicron COVID-19 variant as Australia has temporarily closed the door to arrivals from nine African nations. What a government failure again. Surely upon banning flights from those African countries you would look at current manifestos from flights already in the air. It beggars belief that a plane load from Doha ex Africa are released into the community. I mean WTF 🤬 Which isn't what Kerry Chant would have advised..... but go on lets have another 1000+ deaths. Typical Liberal. Thank you Dom_Perrottet Please ensure that these individuals receive the care they need. & show that NSW health is a beacon to the world. Treat patients with respect. Contain. Manage. Protect! NSWHealth
Australia COVID LIVE updates: Urgent testing underway for Omicron variant as two Sydney arrivals from South Africa test positive to COVID-19Urgent testing has begun to determine if two passengers who arrived in Sydney from southern Africa are infected with the new Omicron COVID-19 variant as Australia has temporarily closed the door to arrivals from nine African nations. Hunty - lock it down mate! I hate pubs, clubs, restaurants and people! Here’s hoping for a national lockdown until we find out more information. Move too slow and we might regret it.
Australia COVID LIVE updates: Urgent testing underway for Omicron variant as two Sydney arrivals from South Africa test positive to COVID-19Urgent testing has begun to determine if two passengers who arrived in Sydney from southern Africa are infected with the new Omicron COVID-19 variant as Australia has temporarily closed the door to arrivals from nine African nations. No need for an update. We’ve been playing this game by Microsoft and sponsored by Pfizer made in China for the last 2 years. This is the championship round…two weeks to flatten the curve, lockdown, restrict, jab, repeat, collect dine & discover vouchers & proceed to new variant Remember when vaccinations were the “Only way out of this mess”. We all believed the lies. Omicron is an anagram of moronic.