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Two more Omicron cases confirmed in NSW as entire flight ordered to isolate

Australia’s Omicron outbreak has swiftly swelled to five cases after genomic testing results confirmed two more overseas travellers are infected with the new variant.

NSW Health said the passengers, who landed in Sydney on Sunday from southern Africa, were both fully vaccinated and are now isolating in the Special Health Accommodation.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: The Singapore Airlines A380 Airbus inaugural passenger flight from Singapore arrives at Sydney's Kingsford Smith airport on October 25, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. The double-deck, four-engine airliner is the largest passenger airliner in the world boasting 50 percent more floor space than the next largest airliner, and seating for 525 people in three classes or up to 853 people in an economy only configuration. It made its maiden flight on April 27, 2005 from Toulouse, France but today's flight sees the superjumbo enter commercial service, before returning to Singapore tomorrow. (Photo by Singapore Airlines via Getty Images)
Genomic testing has confirmed two more overseas travellers, who recently arrived in NSW, have been infected with the Omicron COVID-19 variant of concern. Source: Getty Images

Everyone who was on board Singapore Airlines flight SQ211 is now considered a close contact and will need to immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status.

“NSW Health is contacting all passengers and flight crew to advise them of isolation requirements,” a statement issued on Monday evening read.

Signage at Sydney International Airport in Sydney, Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Source: AAP
Australia has shut its borders to non-citizens coming from nine African countries – including South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Seychelles, Malawi, and Mozambique. Source: AAP

It brings the total number of confirmed cases of Omicron in NSW to four.

A man in his 30s, who was on a repatriation flight to Darwin, has also tested positive to the new strain.

He has been in the Howard Springs quarantine facility since his arrival.

It’s still not known whether the new variant of concern is more contagious, more likely to cause serious illness or more able to evade the protection of vaccines.

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