Two Cases Of “Omicron” Variant Detected In Australia, Both Travelled Through Singapore to Sydney On Flight SQ211


Two passengers who travelled through Singapore to Sydney have been tested positive for “Omicron” the newly detected COVID-19 Variant.

In a official press release New South Wales health ministry said “Both passengers arrived in Sydney from southern Africa on Singapore Airlines flight SQ211”. Both of them were fully vaccinated and have been isolated in special health accommodation, Health ministry added.

“Everyone on the flight is considered a close contact and will need to get tested immediately for COVID-19 and isolate for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status,” NSW Health is contacting all passengers and flight crew to advise them of isolation requirements.

In line with Commonwealth measures, all travellers arriving in NSW who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi, and the Seychelles during the 14-day period before their arrival in NSW must enter hotel quarantine for 14 days, irrespective of their vaccination status.

Any unvaccinated arrivals go directly into 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine, NSW said in the press release.

According to Singapore Airline Flight Status, the website shows that flight SQ211 departed Singapore at 10.30am on Sunday and landed in Sydney at 9.20pm”.

Update : ST reported, All Singapore Airlines staff who worked on the flight from Singapore to Sydney where two cases of the Covid-19 variant Omicron were detected will self-quarantine and get tested for the disease. Singapore Airlines said on Monday (Nov 29) that its pilots and crew who operated on Flight SQ211 will abide by these measures, in accordance with the guidance from the authorities.

Update From Ministry Of Health Singapore : The NSW Ministry of Health has confirmed that two travellers who arrived in Sydney from southern Africa on Singapore Airlines SQ211 on 28 November had tested positive for the Omicron variant of concern.

The travellers departed from Johannesburg on 27 November via Singapore Airlines SQ481 and arrived at Changi Airport on the same day for their transit flight. Their pre-departure tests in South Africa on 26 November were negative for COVID-19 infection.

Most of the travellers had remained in the transit area at Changi Airport until their departure for Sydney on 28 November, and did not enter Singapore or visit other areas in Changi Airport. Seven disembarked. Six are currently on 10-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at a dedicated facility and will be PCR tested.  One was a close contact of an infected individual on the flight, and has been quarantined. Contact tracing is ongoing for airport staff who may have come into transient contact with the cases.

As of 29 November 2021, 12pm, Singapore has detected a total of 1,103 new Covid-19 cases on Nov. 29.

  • Community cases: 1,070
  • Dorm cases: 25
  • Imported cases: 8
  • Deaths: 9

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