(ANSA) – SYDNEY, Dec 03 – Australia today recorded its first case of the Omicron variant of the locally transmitted coronavirus: A student from Sydney, who had never been abroad, tested positive for the South African variant despite a ban by authorities on entry Non-residents of the country and restrictions on flights from South Africa. This was announced by the health authorities in New South Wales.
The NSW Health statement declared that the patient “has never traveled abroad, and has no links to people who have traveled abroad”, while stressing that further investigations and searches for people are underway.
Prior to this case, Australia had identified nine infections linked to the Omicron variant, all of which were in people from abroad. The school attended by the infected student – Regents Park Christian School, in a western suburb of Sydney – has been closed and the boy’s family has been placed in quarantine. There are currently around 2,000 cases of COVID-19 per day in Australia. (Dealing).
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