Omicron is fast becoming omnipresent

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Omicron is fast becoming omnipresent

As more and more nations shut their borders to Southern Africans, cases of the variant multiply across the globe

Elizabeth Piper

The new Omicron coronavirus variant kept spreading around the world on Sunday, with two cases detected in Australia, even as more countries tried to seal themselves off by imposing travel restrictions.

Health officials in Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, said two passengers who arrived in Sydney from Southern Africa on Saturday evening had tested positive for Omicron variant.

Both people were asymptomatic, fully vaccinated and in quarantine, NSW Health said. Another 12 passengers from Southern Africa were also in 14 days of hotel quarantine, while around 260 other passengers and aircrew had been directed to isolate...

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