Australia confirms two cases of new Omicron strain
11:15, 28 November 2021
The new variant called Omicron B.1.1.529 has been confirmed in Australia after the urgent genomic tests were taken.
Two passengers who arrived in Sydney on Qatar Airways from Doha have been found infected with the new strain after the genomic sequencing was completed.
NEWâAustralia confirms its first 2 cases of #Omicron variant in New South Wales (Sydney region) among flight passengers returning from South Africa , aboard a Qatar Airways flight via Doha. All 260 aboard now isolating. 14 days hotel quarantine for those from S Africa. pic.twitter.com/jZQxvhoQJD
The infected are now self-isolating in the Special Health Accommodation despite them being asymptomatic and fully vaccinated.
“Both passengers came to Sydney from Southern Africa on the evening of Saturday, November 27. They underwent testing on arrival and tested positive for COVID-19 late last night,” NSW said in a statement on Sunday.
Other 12 passengers who had been recently in South Africa were directed to undertake 14 days of hotel quarantine.
All other 260 passengers of that flight are considered to be those who contacted the infected and were ordered to enter a self-isolation phase.
Earlier, the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the the measures against COVID-19 in the country will be ramped up ever since the new variant has occurred in England.