COVID-19 Update – Omicron case linked to Regents Park Christian School in western Sydney – Friday, 3 December 2021

NSW recorded 337 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. NSW Health can confirm one further case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant of concern, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to nine.

The case is a student at Regents Park Christian School in western Sydney. The senior school has been dismissed for the year. Contact tracing and further investigations are underway.

NSW Health is concerned the virus may have been acquired in the community as the case has no overseas travel history or links to people with overseas travel history.

Three cases have been excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 82,325.

Of the 337 cases reported to 8pm last night, 76 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD), 67 are from Western Sydney LHD, 58 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD, 34 are from Sydney LHD, 26 are from Northern Sydney LHD, 24 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, 23 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, 10 are from Western NSW LHD, seven are from Hunter New England LHD, six are from Mid North Coast LHD, three are from Murrumbidgee LHD, one is from Central Coast LHD, one is from Northern NSW LHD, and one is from Southern NSW LHD.

There are currently 140 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 25 people in intensive care, 10 of whom require ventilation.

There were 80,930 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 81,877.

Requirements for international arrivals

As announced yesterday, a traveller on flight SQ231 from Singapore which arrived in Sydney on Sunday 28 November has been infected with the Omicron variant of concern.

They are fully vaccinated and had recently been in southern Africa. The person has been in hotel quarantine since arriving, as required under the NSW public health order.

NSW Health is requesting every person who was on flight SQ231 from Singapore to Sydney on 28 November to immediately get their first COVID-19 PCR test if not already completed and isolate until they receive a negative result. Under the public health order, they are also required to get a COVID-19 PCR test on day 6 (4 December 2021) after arriving in NSW.

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

Anyone who has already arrived in NSW who has been in any of the eight African countries within the previous 14 days must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, and call NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

All passengers must monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

Any passengers arriving from overseas aged 18 years and over who are not fully vaccinated go directly into 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine.

Penalties for non-compliance with the isolation, testing and quarantine requirements have increased to $5,000 for individuals (from $1,000), and $10,000 for corporations (from $5,000).

Vaccination update

Across NSW, 94.6 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 92.6 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Of the people aged 12 to 15, 81.3 per cent have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 76.9 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 12,913,286 with 4,168,005 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 8,745,281 administered by the GP network, pharmacies and other providers to 11.59pm on Wednesday 1 December 2021.

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccination yet, please don’t delay. Even if you have had COVID-19 and recovered, you should get vaccinated.

NSW Health encourages everyone who is eligible to book into a NSW Health vaccination clinic or another provider without delay through the COVID-19 vaccine clinic finder.

Get tested

If you are directed to get tested for COVID‑19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the self-isolation rules.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative test result.

Western Sydney Local Health District have extended testing hours at key clinics across western Sydney including:

Western Sydney University (North Campus) – 70 Pemberton Street Parramatta – Drive Through, All Ages, 8am-8pm (until 8pm 3 December)

Wentworthville Community Centre – 69 Veron Street Wentworthville – Walk-in, All Ages, 7am-8pm, 7 days a week

Third Avenue Blacktown – Drive Through and Walk In, All Ages, 7am-8pm, 7 days a week

There are more than 450 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.