Omicron Covid variant: Possible case visited VICTORIA for a short trip before returning to Sydney

Potential Omicron case visited VICTORIA for a short trip before returning to Sydney as authorities desperately try to trace close contacts

  • Officials investigate whether Omicron-infected person traveled interstate
  • Victoria Health has confirmed they are investigating a person who arrived from Africa
  • Person landed in Sydney from one of the countries of concern and traveled to Vic


Health officials are investigating whether a person infected with the Omicron strain traveled back and forth to Victoria from Sydney.

Victoria’s Health Department confirmed they spoke to the positive case after the person flew in from one of the nine countries of concern.

In a statement, a spokeswoman confirmed that officials interviewed the positive case Sunday night.

Health officials are investigating whether a person infected with the Omicron strain flew to Sydney before traveling back and forth to Victoria

The person is believed to have landed in Sydney after traveling from one of the nine African countries of concern, before entering Victoria and then back to New South Wales

The person is believed to have landed in Sydney after traveling from one of the nine African countries of concern, before entering Victoria and then back to New South Wales

“Victoria is also aware of a case that has returned to Australia from a country of concern and tested positive in NSW,” the health official said.

The case traveled from NSW to Victoria and then returned to NSW.

‘Victorian health officials will conduct full interview on this case’ [on Sunday].

“The Department of Health will communicate directly with identified contacts to provide advice – and may also provide this advice publicly if needed.”

So far, no one who arrived directly in Victoria from any of the nine countries of concern has tested positive.

The countries currently classified as high-risk by the Australian government are: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Seychelles, Malawi and Mozambique.

So far, no one who arrived in Victoria from any of the nine countries of concern has tested positive

So far, no one who arrived in Victoria from any of the nine countries of concern has tested positive

The person is believed to have landed in Sydney before traveling to Victoria and back to New South Wales

The person is believed to have landed in Sydney before traveling to Victoria and back to New South Wales

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for calm over the Omicron variant, revealing that experts believe it could be “even less serious” than Delta.

Morrison called Kyle and Jackie O’s radio show Monday morning to give the Australian public an update on the new Covid mutation, as he scrambles to convene a national emergency cabinet meeting.

“There is nothing to indicate that the impact is more serious. There is nothing to indicate that the vaccines have no effect on it,” he said.

“There are indications that it may even be less bad.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for calm over the Omicron variant, revealing that experts believe it could be 'even less serious' than Delta

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for calm over the Omicron variant, revealing that experts believe it could be ‘even less serious’ than Delta

Morrison says only people from New Zealand and Singapore are currently allowed to enter the country, except for Australians’ immediate family, and said the country remained protected from the virus.

“In Victoria they have over 1,000 cases a day, but the health system is fine. If we stay calm, make good decisions and react quickly,” he said.

Let’s not be alarmed by this, Australia has done extremely well to be vaccinated. Australia is doing great and we will continue to do well if we stay sensible and balanced.”

He told Today that mutated variants are nothing new and that the country was well equipped to deal with any Omicron outbreak.

“It’s not the first we’ve had. We have had 13 variants of care. I think it’s important that we stay calm. Australia is 86.7% vaccinated,” he told the program.

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