NSW records 150 new COVID cases as Omicron variant confirmed in overseas travellers

NSW has recorded 150 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm.

No deaths were recorded in the reporting period.

The state's population aged 16 years and over is now 92.4 per cent fully vaccinated, while 94.5 per cent have had their first COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Photo: File

Photo: File

Those aged between 12 and 15 years are 76.5 per cent fully vaccinated, while 81.3 per cent have had their first dose.

There are 170 COVID-19 patients in hospital, with 25 in ICU.

Yesterday, 47,175 tests were conducted which was down on the previous day's total of 54,150.

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NSW Health will release further details of today's cases at 11am.

Genomic testing has confirmed two overseas travellers who arrived in Sydney from southern Africa have been infected with the new Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Both passengers were asymptomatic when they arrived on Saturday night and are in isolation in the Special Health Accommodation. Both are fully vaccinated.

They were among 14 people from nine southern African countries who arrived on Qatar Airways QR908, Doha to Sydney, with the remaining 12 undertaking 14 days of hotel quarantine.

- with Australian Associated Press

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