‘Likely’ Omicron case visited Parramatta Westfield, Top Ryde

NSW Health has issued a lengthy list of exposure sites for Sydney and the Central Coast after a woman who had recently spent time in southern Africa was identified as a “likely” case of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The woman in her 30s tested positive this week and has been isolating at home on the Central Coast since Sunday in line with health advice for recent arrivals.

The woman visited Parramatta Westfield on Friday.

The woman visited Parramatta Westfield on Friday.Credit:Getty

She arrived in Sydney on flight QR908 from Doha last Thursday night. Anyone who was on that flight is considered a close contact of a COVID-19 case and must get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days.

NSW Health said “initial testing strongly indicates” the woman has the Omicron variant, likely bringing the number of cases of the variant in the state to five.

The woman will be the first case of the Omicron variant who has been infectious in the community, as she arrived in Sydney before mandatory quarantine was introduced for arrivals from nine southern African nations.

In a departure from its usual response to COVID-19 infections, NSW Health has also issued a number of exposure site locations, including shops at Sydney’s Top Ryde and Parramatta Westfield shopping centres, which were visited by the woman before she returned to the Central Coast.

Anyone who was at the following venues should immediately get tested for COVID-19 and isolate until they receive a negative result, even if they have recently received a test.

  • Coles Top Ryde on Friday from 9.30am to 10.45am;
  • Multiple shops within Parramatta Westfield on Friday: Target from 10.45am to 11am, H&M from 11am to 11.15am, the Athlete’s Foot from 11.15am to 11.30am, JD Sports from 11.15am to 12pm, and Rebel Sport from noon to 12.45pm;
  • North Wyong IGA on Friday from 6.15pm to 7pm;
  • Wyong Pizza Hut on Friday from 7pm to 7.15pm;
  • North Wyong KFC on Friday from 7.15pm to 7.30pm;
  • Wadalba Woolworths on Friday from 7.30pm to 8.15pm;
  • Toukley Aldi on Saturday from 4.45pm to 5.45pm.

Health authorities are continuing to test COVID-positive recent overseas arrivals for the Omicron variant, which has prompted tightened border controls due to the lack of information available about its impact and the possibility it may evade vaccine protection.

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A second COVID-19 case on the same flight has been identified. However, health authorities say initial testing of this case, who lives in Broken Hill in western NSW, indicates it is unlikely to be the Omicron variant.

The case comes after COVID-19 infections in two passengers on Saturday’s flight QR908 from Doha to Sydney and two passengers on Sunday’s Singapore Airlines flight SQ211 were confirmed to be the Omicron variant.

All four were young people who had recently spent time in southern Africa. They were double-vaccinated and their infections are asymptomatic.

People on these flights are considered close contacts of a COVID-19 case and are being contacted by NSW Health.

Confirmed cases of the Omicron variant are being cared for by NSW Health in its Special Health Accommodation, where all arrivals from southern Africa since Saturday night have been sent to complete 14 days of quarantine.

After Victoria was placed on alert for a possible case of the Omicron variant over the weekend, NSW health authorities confirmed on Tuesday that a man who arrived in Sydney from southern Africa on November 23 and travelled to Melbourne for one day last week did not have the Omicron variant, and was actually infected with the Delta variant, possibly while in Australia.

NSW recorded its first deaths from COVID-19 in five days on Tuesday, all locally acquired cases of the Delta variant.

They were a man in his 40s from western Sydney who died at Nepean Hospital, a woman in her 60s from south-eastern Sydney who died at St Vincent’s Hospital and a man in his 50s from Tamworth who died at Tamworth Base Hospital.

All three had only received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

There were 179 new local cases of COVID-19 reported in NSW on Tuesday.

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