NSW omicron case may have travelled to Victoria

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet says there may now be three positive cases of the new omicron strain of COVID-19 in NSW.

“The pandemic is not over but we need to continue to open up our state, open up our economy,” Perrottet says.

NSW reported two new cases of the omicron strain over the weekend after forcing travellers from select African countries into a fortnight of hotel quarantine and all other travellers into 72 hours of isolation.

A traveller who landed in NSW from an African country of concern and is a suspected omicron case travelled to Victoria before returning to NSW.

The Victorian health department is investigating the traveller’s movements and contacting their close contacts, in case they were in Victoria while infectious.

The state’s health authorities are working with NSW on the matter.

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