NSW records 179 new Covid cases


NSW has recorded 179 cases of Covid-19 and three deaths as the Omicron strain threatens to spread.

NSW has recorded 179 new cases of Covid-19 as the Omicron strain threatens to spread in Australia.

There are now 160 people in hospital with the virus, with 26 in intensive care.

Of the population aged over 16, 94.5 per cent have had one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 92.4 have had at least one shot.

As of Monday there were a total of four confirmed cases of the Omicron strain in NSW after travellers were confirmed to have been infected.

Four overseas travellers arriving in NSW have so far been infected with the virus, arriving in Sydney from southern Africa.

NSW Health said the travellers were fully vaccinated and isolating in Special Health Accommodation.

Everyone on the same flight is considered a close contact and must get tested immediately then isolate for 14 days regardless of their vaccination status.

“NSW Health is contacting all passengers and flight crew to advise them of isolation requirements,” the department said in a statement on Monday.

The World Health Organisation has warned the Omicron variant could be “severe”.

“Omicron has an unprecedented number of spike mutations, some of which are concerning for their potential impact on the trajectory of the pandemic,” the UN Health body tweeted.

“If another major surge of Covid-19 takes place driven by Omicron, consequences may be severe.

“The likelihood of potential further spread of Omicron at the global level is high.”

Premier Dominic Perrottet on Monday said 141 people from nine southern African countries hit by the variant had arrived in NSW in the past 24 hours and were in quarantine.

The new strain is circulating in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini and Malawi.

Mr Perrottet said Omicron didn’t require a “kneejerk” reaction in Australia and ultimately people would need to learn to live alongside the virus and different variants.

“We want to rejoin the world. There are major challenges facing the state,” he told reporters.

“There is a major labour shortage. There are many families and many businesses that depend on international tourism.

“What is most important is that as we assess the situation, we understand the health impacts and we make the decisions accordingly that are in the best interest of the people of NSW.”

Originally published as NSW records 179 new Covid cases and three deaths



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