NSW records 325 Covid cases and one death as Omicron variant spreads

NSW records 325 Covid cases and one death – as Omicron variant threatens to ruin Christmas by closing borders

  • New South Wales records 325 new Covid-19 cases and one death on Saturday
  • Health authorities struggle to find source of Omicron cluster in western Sydney
  • Regents Park Christian School Cluster Now Rises to 13 Omicron Infections

New South Wales has registered 325 cases and one new death as more Omicron infections are discovered in the state.

The new cases, confirmed by health authorities on Saturday, come after the state saw its largest spike in cases in weeks with 337 cases of the coronavirus announced on Friday.

Late Friday night, the cluster was confirmed to have exploded to 13 cases at a school in Sydney after three students were confirmed there as the latest victims of the new Omicron tribe.

A schoolboy at the center of confirmed Omicron cases at Regents Park Christian School has not been abroad and is too young to have been vaccinated.

Tests have now shown that two of his classmates are also infected with the newly mutated strain of the disease.

Urgent genome testing is now underway on the other 10 cases.

The entire school has been fired for a year and all students and staff have been identified as close contacts.

“They need to be tested and self-isolate,” NSW Health said.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said it appeared the boy had contracted the Omicron variant in the community – the first time this has happened in Australia.

The discovery of the two new Omicron cases on Friday evening sparked a warning to anyone at the Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym in Villawood on Nov. 27.

NSW Health said the newly confirmed Omicron cases had been at the center and everyone there at any time of the day is a close contact who needs to be isolated and tested immediately.

Meanwhile, NSW Health has released several new exposure sites visited by a separate Omicron case in Chatswood, northern Sydney.

A Woolworths store, Priceline pharmacy, Centrelink outlet and a Vodafone store were among the new locations.

The sites were visited by another family who previously traveled to Australia from Doha on November 23 on Qatar Airways flight QR908.

New exposure sites in Chatswood

Maintain mantra Apartments

Brown Street 10

Tuesday 23 November to Wednesday 1 December

Vodafone, Level 3, Westfield Shopping Centre

Andersonstraat 1

Wednesday 24 November

12:25 pm to 12:40 pm

Centrelink and Medicare

Archers Street 56-64

Wednesday 24 November

2.30 pm to 4 pm

Priceline Pharmacy, Chatswood Interchange

Shop 40, Concourse Level, Chatswood Interchange, Victoria Avenue

Wednesday 24 November

13h to 13h10

Woolworths, Chatswood Interchange

Shop 55, Chatswood Interchange, Victoria Avenue

Wednesday 24 November

13h to 13h10

All passengers on board that flight are forced to mandatory 14 days of isolation and undergo regular PCR testing.

Overnight, NSW registered 337 Covid-19 cases, while health professionals conducted 80,930 tests in the past 24 hours.

The new cases mark a jump in infections with 271 reported on Thursday and 251 on Wednesday.

Despite the new Omicron case and the rise in infections, Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said the state was on track to reopen on Dec. 15.

“The number of cases will increase as we open, which is until December 15 and beyond,” he said.

The Prime Minister added: the public should instead focus on hospital admissions and ICU presentations.

“We expected those (case) numbers to be much higher in circumstances where we opened up our state,” he said.

Federal Health Secretary Greg Hunt today allayed concerns about the severity of the species by saying that the Omicron variety did not seem as ruthless as the Delta species.

“Transmission is always a concern. We need to keep it in perspective right now,” he said.

‘It is not clear worldwide whether this variant will cause us problems like the other variants.

“We don’t see people suddenly being rushed to hospital. What we see are people who are asymptomatic.’

But the success here is due not only to the health personnel who have done an amazing job, but also to the efforts of everyone across the state to get out there and get vaccinated.

‘It worked. We lead the country when it comes to vaccination coverage and, more importantly, the world.”

The jury is still out on the seriousness of the Omicron variant, and whether it causes a more serious illness that could overwhelm hospital systems or is just more transmissible but potentially less dangerous.

There are currently 139 Covid-19 cases hospitalized across the state, with 25 people in intensive care.

The state’s vaccination rate remained at 94.6 percent of first-dose coverage, but the double-dose rate rose slightly to 92.7 percent in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. Friday.



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