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Australia detects two cases of Omicron COVID-19 strain

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Two travellers who arrived in Sydney from southern Africa have become the first in Australia to test positive for the Omicron variant


 

Highlights

  • Genomic testing on Sunday,November 28, revealed two people who flew from southern Africa to Sydney tested positive to the variant; both were asymptomatic and fully vaccinated.
  • Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT  are enacting additional quarantine measures following the discovery of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, which will see all overseas arrivals and household contacts required to isolate for 72 hours upon arrival.
  • Non-Australian citizens who have been in nine southern African countries* of concern are currently not permitted to enter the country.

 

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