Two arrivals from southern Africa tested positive for Covid-19, as some countries have detected the new Omicron variant. Australia’s most populous state was testing people entering the country urgently on Sunday (Nov 28), after two arrivals from southern Africa tested positive for Covid-19, as some countries have detected the new Omicron variant.
On Saturday, Australia put further restrictions on anyone who had visited nine southern African nations, as the highly infectious Omicron type raises fears of a new pandemic wave, according to THE STRAITS TIMES.
On Saturday, Omicron cases were discovered in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Israel, while more countries enforced travel restrictions from southern Africa.
“Urgent genomic sequencing is underway to identify if they have been infected with the novel Omicron… variation of concern,” the New South Wales health agency said in a statement.
On Saturday evening, passengers arrived in Sydney, the state capital, and were taken to a hotel for a quarantine period of 14 days.
Other passengers on the trip may be considered close contacts, requiring prompt testing and isolation for 14 days, as well as compliance inspections, according to the state health agency.