NSW signals two more possible omicron cases

NSW Health is investigating the potential that two more students might have the omicron strain after a south-west Sydney student with no overseas links tested positive to the variant.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says the students have shown an “early indication of possible omicron”. Their inclusion would bring the omicron cases in the state to 11.

“I’m expecting those results should be back later today, possibly late this afternoon or early evening.”

However, he says people need to keep the emergence of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in perspective.

Hazzard says there’s no evidence omicron will cause the same amount of earlier variants of the coronavirus.

“At the moment, it’s very early days. My advice to communities is just be cautious as you always have been,” he says.

NSW case numbers have hit a six-week high today.

In light of that, Hazzard says the government is trying to “strike a gentle balance” in the state with keeping the community open and safe.

He says the 337 new cases today – up from 271 – amount to a “very modest increase”.

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