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Australia’s Omicron cases have grown to seven as another traveller from southern Africa – where the new strain first emerged- has tested positive in Sydney.

NSW Health confirmed on Wednesday a man who flew into Australia from Nigeria on board a Qatar Airways flight last week had become the state’s sixth infection. 

The man, aged in his 40s, was named as a suspected Omicron case earlier on Wednesday before it later was confirmed by genomic testing. 

‘The fully vaccinated traveller, who recently visited southern Africa, arrived on flight QR908 from Doha to Sydney on 25 November and tested positive to Covid-19 yesterday,’ the department said in a statement. 

The Cabramatta man from Sydney’s south-west had been living in Nigeria for six months before he returned home last Thursday, three days before NSW Health directed travellers from the region to go into isolation. 

All passengers on flight QR908 from Doha to Sydney on November 25 are considered close contacts and have been ordered to get tested and immediately isolate for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status.

It’s not yet known if the man had been infected on the aircraft or during his travels.

More to come. 

Source: Daily Mail

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