Mon. May 23rd, 2022

Locals are being urged not to become complacent as restrictions continue to ease as Young records another positive detection, the fourth in a month.

According to NSW Health’s Sewage Surveillance Program, Young’s sample taken on 22 November tested positive after no trace was found in the sample taken on 18 November, but the previous test on 15 November had given a positive result.

The sample taken on 11 November was negative, but two samples taken on 8 and 4 November both gave positive results.

Health authorities agree that it may be people passing by, but they urge locals with even the mildest symptoms to sign up for testing, as there have clearly been cases in the area.

“Everyone in these areas is encouraged to monitor the onset of symptoms and, if they occur, to be tested and isolated immediately until a negative result is received,” a NSW Health spokesman said.

“NSW Health encourages anyone eligible to book into an NSW Health Vaccination Clinic or other provider without delay.”

The warning comes when the World Health Organization listed a new variant of concern coming out of southern Africa, which has been named the Omicron variant.

Although not much is known about the new variant at present, the World Health Organization listed the variant as a concern after they met on Saturday Australian time.

NSW Health confirmed on Sunday that two passengers from the South African region who arrived in Sydney on Saturday tested positive for the Omicron variant.

“The passengers arrived with Qatar Airways QR908, Doha to Sydney, which landed around 7pm on Saturday 27 November,” the NSW Health spokesman said.

“Fourteen passengers who boarded this Qatar Airways flight are from one of the nine South African countries in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi and the Seychelles.

“These passengers have been transported to Special Health Accommodation, where they will take on a 14-day quarantine.

“NSW Health contacts other passengers on the aircraft who are considered close contacts to request that they be tested immediately and isolate themselves for 14 days.”

NSW Health has updated its information for anyone who has arrived from one of the countries of concern.

“In accordance with Commonwealth measures, all travelers arriving in NSW who have been to South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi and the Seychelles must be in hotel quarantine within 14 days of their arrival in NSW. for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status, “the spokesman said.

“All travelers who have been to any other overseas country within 14 days prior to their arrival in NSW must travel directly to their place of residence or accommodation and isolate themselves for 72 hours pending further health advice.

“All flight crews who have been abroad for 14 days prior to their arrival in NSW must travel directly to their place of residence or accommodation and isolate themselves for 14 days or until their departure on another flight leaving Australia, in accordance with the current rules for unvaccinated flight crew.

“Anyone who has already arrived in NSW and who has been to one of the nine African countries within the previous 14 days should be immediately tested and isolated for 14 days and call NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

“All unvaccinated travelers from any overseas country will continue to go in hotel quarantine.”

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