Covid-19 Australia: NSW has confirmed eight cases of Omicron variants

Concerning theory emerges as to how a child caught Omicron – as authorities confirm an EIGHTH case of the variant in Australia

  • Eight cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant have been detected in NSW
  • A child has tested positive for the strain after some time in the community
  • Location warnings issued for Chatswood between November 23 and Wednesday
  • NSW registered 271 cases of Covid-19 on Thursday and no further deaths


NSW has confirmed eight cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, including a child who is too young to be vaccinated, with genomic sequencing underway to confirm whether their fully vaccinated parents also have it.

NSW Health confirmed an eighth Omicron case on Thursday evening in a traveler who flew to NSW after being in southern Africa.

That traveler has been in quarantine since Sunday evening since arriving on Singapore Airlines flight SQ231.

NSW confirmed an eighth case of the Covid-19 Omicron variant on Thursday (pictured, a traveler arrives at Sydney International Airport on November 29)

The child, who became the state’s seventh case on Thursday, sparked a number of new location warnings in the Chatswood area of ​​northern Sydney between November 23 and Wednesday. Full details can be found on the NSW Health website.

Casual contacts should be tested and isolated while waiting for a negative result, and retested if they develop symptoms.

The family is in special health facility but was out in the community before the rules were changed on Saturday in response to the detection of Omicron cases.

NSW Health is concerned they may have contracted the virus while flying to Sydney on Qatar Airways flight QR908 from Doha last Tuesday.

The three relatives had not been to southern Africa.

The department will contact other travelers on that flight to have them tested and put into isolation.

Eight countries in southern Africa are of particular interest to health authorities.

A child has tested positive for the Omicron variant while genomic sequencing is underway to determine if parents are also infected (pictured, a traveler is being tested for Covid-19 at a pre-departure facility on Nov. 29)

A child has tested positive for the Omicron variant while genomic sequencing is underway to determine if parents are also infected (pictured, a traveler is being tested for Covid-19 at a pre-departure facility on Nov. 29)

A sixth case confirmed on Wednesday was in Nigeria, which is not a country of concern.

They arrived on the same flight last Thursday as a woman who had been to southern Africa and visited a number of shops and restaurants in NSW before the rules changed.

The first four cases and the eighth case confirmed in NSW were placed in special health facilities before they were found to have Omicron, after the rules for access were changed.

On Thursday, NSW reported 271 cases recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm Wednesday of 81,877 tests.

There were no further deaths.

The state’s vaccination rate remained at 94.6 percent of first-dose coverage and 92.6 percent of double-dose.

Restrictions will be lifted in NSW on Dec. 15 or when the state reaches 95 percent vaccination coverage.

From that moment on, most restrictions will lapse, including for unvaccinated people.

Density limits are being removed, QR check-ins are only required in high-risk locations and masks only need to be worn on public transport, at airports and on airplanes.

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