A newly-confirmed traveller infected with the Omicron variant of Covid has been circulating in NSW since returning to Sydney from Africa, health officials said.
"Initial testing strongly indicates another overseas traveller, who recently arrived in NSW from southern Africa, has been infected with the Omicron Covid-19 variant of concern," NSW Health said on Wednesday.
The man, who is aged in his 40s, spent six months in Nigeria before flying into Sydney on Thursday on flight QR908 from Doha — the same flight as a Central Coast woman in her 30s who was deemed the state’s fifth case on Tuesday.
He tested positive to Covid-19 on Tuesday and is fully vaccinated, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.
The man, from Cabramatta in Sydney's southwest, has been circulating in the community.
Man visited Chemist Warehouse in Liverpool
NSW Health put out an alert for one venue on Wednesday afternoon; Chemist Warehouse at 18 Orange Grove Road in Liverpool.
Anyone who attended the venue on Monday November 29 between 8:10pm – 8:15pm is considered a casual contact who must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
"The reason he was tested is he does have symptoms. But I understand at this point they're mild symptoms," Mr Hazzard said during a press conference on Wednesday.
"He's been out and about. My alert to the community is watch what happens today in terms of advice from Health (NSW).
"If you have been in those same locations [as advised by NSW Health] at the relevant times, please go and get tested," he said.
The new infection brings the total number of confirmed cases of Omicron in NSW to six. The Northern Territory has also recorded one case.
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