Australia detects first COVID-19 Omicron infections

Australia detects first COVID-19 Omicron infections

28/11/2021 9:46:00 AM

Australia detects first COVID-19 Omicron infections

SYDNEY: Health officials in Australia said Sunday (Nov 28) they had detected the COVID-19 Omicron strain for the first time after testing two passengers from southern Africa who flew into

for the first time after testing two passengers from southern Africa who flew into Sydney.The eastern state of New South Wales' health authority said it had conducted urgent genomic testing and confirmed the new strain was present two passengers who landed in Sydney on Saturday.

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Both passengers came from southern Africa and arrived in Australia on a Qatar Airways flight via Doha, NSW Health said in a statement.They tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after arriving, leading to an urgent analysis for possible infection by the heavily mutated Omicron strain.

"The two positive cases, who were asymptomatic, are in isolation in the special health accommodation. Both people are fully vaccinated," NSW Health said.Another 12 passengers from southern Africa in the same flight did not test positive for COVID-19 but have been placed in quarantine, it said.

About 260 passengers and crew on the plane have also been told to isolate, the health authority said.TIGHTER BORDER MEASURESAustralia had earlier on Saturday imposed new restrictions on people who have been to nine southern African countries, as theOmicron variant raises concerns about another wave of the pandemic.

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Britain, Germany and Italy detected Omicron cases on Saturday as more nations imposedfrom southern Africa.New Zealand also announced fresh measures from Sunday evening, Radio New Zealand reported.COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said late on Saturday that only New Zealand citizens will be allowed to travel into the country from the nine southern African nations, according to the news service.

Citizens would be required to stay in managed isolation for a full 14 days, as well as undergo testing, he was quoted as saying.Australia early this month eased its international border restrictions for the first time during the pandemic, allowing fully vaccinated residents to return to the country without quarantine after higher vaccination levels.

Australia had largely stamped out infections for most of this year until an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant in late June spread rapidly across its east. About 205,000 cases and 1,985 deaths have been recorded so far, lower than many other countries in the developed world.

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Where’s the data that says Omicron is worse than Delta? Or was this never about science. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Breaking news... Guess the moment it was detected, and assessed as a new variant, it was already widespread 🤷‍♀️. More infectious...Let’s just hope disease itself is not more severe and vaccines still offer protection

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