9th Omicron case detected in NSW, possible community transmission

New South Wales health officials are on high alert after a high school student with no history of overseas travel tested positive to the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

It is the ninth case of Omicron detected in the state.

“NSW Health can confirm one further case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant of concern, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to nine,” a statement said.


“The case is a student at Regents Park Christian School in western Sydney. The senior school has been dismissed for the year. Contact tracing and further investigations are underway.

“NSW Health is concerned the virus may have been acquired in the community as the case has no overseas travel history or links to people with overseas travel history.”

It comes after NSW Health revealed a person who flew into Sydney on Sunday on a flight from Singapore had also tested positive.

“As announced yesterday, a traveller on flight SQ231 from Singapore which arrived in Sydney on Sunday 28 November has been infected with the Omicron variant of concern,” the statement said.

“They are fully vaccinated and had recently been in southern Africa. The person has been in hotel quarantine since arriving, as required under the NSW public health order.

“NSW Health is requesting every person who was on flight SQ231 from Singapore to Sydney on 28 November to immediately get their first COVID-19 PCR test if not already completed and isolate until they receive a negative result.”

There were 337 new COVID cases detected in the last 24 hours in NSW.