Another ‘likely’ Omicron COVID-19 case picked up in NSW

New South Wales Health is investigating another potential case of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron.

The fully-vaccinated man from Cabramatta, aged in his 40s, recently arrived in NSW from southern Africa.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said initial testing “strongly indicates” the man has been infected with the Omicron variant of concern.


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He tested positive to the virus on Tuesday after experiencing some mild symptoms.

“At this stage, the indications are the missing S gene, the first indicator, and we believe it’s likely it will be confirmed later this afternoon as a definite Omicron case,” Mr Hazzard told reporters on Wednesday.

He confirmed the man had been “out and about” in the community, with people urged to immediately get tested if they begin to feel unwell.

It’s understood the man arrived in Australia last week on the same flight as another woman confirmed to have the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

The woman touched down in Sydney on flight QR908 from Doha on 25 November and travelled by private car to the Central Coast, where she resides.

Following her arrival, she visited a number of venues in Sydney including Top Ryde Shopping Centre and Westfield Parramatta on November 26.

“NSW Health reiterates that everyone on the flight is considered a close contact and will need to get tested immediately for COVID-19 and isolate for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status,” NSW Health said in a statement.

“We are contacting all passengers and flight crew to advise them of their isolation requirements.”

If the man’s case is confirmed, it would bring the total number of Omicron cases in NSW to six.

A seventh case has been detected in the Northern Territory.