We have more detail about the two travellers from southern Africa who tested positive for Covid-19 in Sydney.
A Qatar Airways flight from Doha landed in Sydney around 7pm last night. Fourteen of the passengers were from one of the nine southern African countries of South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi, and the Seychelles.
The passengers were tested on arrival. Two of them tested positive for Covid-19 and urgent genomic sequencing is underway to determine if they have been infected by the new Omicron B.1.1.529 variant.
The two passengers have been transported to the Special Health Accommodation where they will undertake 14 days of quarantine, NSW Health said in a statement.
All travellers who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi, and the Seychelles during the 14 day period before their arrival in NSW must enter hotel quarantine for 14 days.
NSW Health says that other passengers on the flight may be also considered a close contact and will be contacted and requested to get tested immediately, and isolate for 14 days in accordance with a public health order.
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Australia is bracing for Omicron as states and territories tighten border restrictions for overseas arrivals. The variant has already been detected in UK and across Europe.
Urgent genomic testing is underway in Sydney after two travellers from southern African nations tested positive for Covid-19. The flight arrived in Sydney last night. Health authorities are trying to work out whether they carry the heavily mutated Omicron variant.
A traveller who arrived in the Northern Territory on a repatriation flight from South Africa has tested positive for Covid-19. Authorities are now testing to determine whether the person is infected with the Omicron variant. The traveller has been in supervised quarantine at the national Howard Springs facility, south of Darwin, since arriving.
The federal government yesterday closed international borders to non-citizens arriving from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi and the Seychelles. Anyone who has already arrived in Australia from these countries needs to begin a 14-day quarantine.
New South Wales and Victoria also announced that all vaccinated travellers from other countries would be required to isolate for 72 hours on arrival into their states.