The public is being advised that several venues in Chatswood have been visited by a child confirmed to have the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
The child, who is too young to have been vaccinated against COVID-19, was confirmed to have the Omicron variant earlier today.
The child's parents, who are fully vaccinated, are also COVID-positive and genomic sequencing is underway to confirm that they are also infected with the Omicron variant. They are isolating in the Special Health Accommodation.
The family arrived on flight QR908 from Doha to Sydney on 23 November 2021. NSW Health is concerned transmission may have occurred on this flight as they had not visited southern Africa.
NSW Health is requesting all passengers and flight crew on this flight to immediately get a PCR test and isolate while awaiting further health advice. NSW Health is contacting all passengers and flight crew to discuss these requirements. They can also call NSW Health on 1800 943 553 for further advice.
NSW Health is advising the public of several venues which were visited by the family in Chatswood following their arrival in Sydney.
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. You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.
In line with Commonwealth measures, all travellers arriving in NSW who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini and Malawi during the 14-day period before their arrival in NSW must enter hotel quarantine for 14 days, irrespective of their vaccination status.
All fully vaccinated travellers who have been in any other overseas country during the 14-day period before their arrival in NSW must travel directly to their place of residence or accommodation and isolate for 72 hours. They will only be able to exit isolation at the end of the 72-hour period if they have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken after arrival in NSW. These people must also complete a PCR test on day six after arrival.
Any passengers aged 18 years and over who are not fully vaccinated go directly into 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine.
Anyone who has already arrived in NSW who has been in any of the eight African countries within the previous 14 days must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days after arrival in NSW, and call NSW Health on 1800 943 553.
Penalties for non-compliance with the isolation, testing and quarantine requirements have increased to $5,000 for individuals (from $1,000), and $10,000 for corporations (from $5,000).