New South Wales has reported its ninth case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, with the state’s health body fearing it was acquired in the community.
The case is a student with no history of overseas travel or links to anyone who has recently returned from overseas.
“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,” NSW Health 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.”
Health Minister Brad Hazzard indicated a further two students at the school were being looked at closely by NSW Health.
“This is of concern to the extent that this is the first case that we know of that appears not to have had any travel history so it would appear that the case could well be an on NSW soil transmission,” he said.
“There are two other students that NSW Health are currently investigating, they have had early indications… of possible Omicron, and I’m expecting that those results should be back later today.
“It is a challenge, to the particular school in the south west of Sydney and senior students at this time of the year.”
It comes after a child was reported as having Omicron on Thursday.
The child is suspected of having acquired the infection on a flight into Australia last week.
Their parents have also tested positive for COVID-19 and genomic sequencing will establish whether they, too, have Omicron.
All three spent time in the community while potentially infectious, given that they flew into Australia before escalated isolation measures were introduced for international arrivals.
NSW Health advises anyone who attended these venues at the times listed is a casual contact who must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
- Chatswood, Mantra Serviced Apartments 10 Brown Street Tuesday 23 November to Wednesday 1 December (all day)
- Chatswood, Vodafone, Level 3, Westfield Shopping Centre 1 Anderson Street Wednesday 24 November 12.25pm to 12.40pm
- Chatswood, Centrelink and Medicare 56-64 Archer Street Wednesday 24 November 1pm to 2.30pm
- Chatswood, Priceline Pharmacy, Chatswood Interchange Shop 40, Concourse Level, Chatswood Interchange, Victoria Avenue Wednesday 24 November 1pm to 1.10pm
- Chatswood, Woolworths, Chatswood Interchange, Shop 55, Chatswood Interchange, Victoria Avenue Wednesday 24 November 1pm to 2.30pm
There were 337 cases and no virus-related deaths reported in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.
Some 140 patients are in hospital with the virus, including 25 in ICU.
Australia has reported 10 cases of Omicron, with nine in NSW and one in the Northern Territory.