LIVE UPDATES: Tracking the Omicron COVID-19 variant
Tracking the B.1.1.529 COVID-19 variant, with information on cases & restrictions - plus we'll be answering your questions.
6 News will be providing the latest information on the B.1.1.529 COVID-19 variant, named 'Omicron,' to help you stay informed.
Here you'll see information on travel restrictions, cases & much more.
Read some FAQs about the variant:
Is this the same as the 'Nu' variant?
Yes, the WHO has now officially named it 'Omicron.'
Is Omicron vaccine resistant?
We don't know yet.
Where did it originate?
It is believed to have originated somewhere in southern Africa.
Scroll down to read the latest updates:
Cases have been confirmed in the following locations:
South Africa (228)
Hong Kong (9)
South Korea (9)
Réunion - French Territory (2)
Saudi Arabia (1)
Sri Lanka (1)
To focus on facts & not fear, 6 News will NOT be listing probable or unconfirmed cases - but we may still report on them on social media.
Australian travel restrictions
The Federal Government has announced new travel & quarantine rules in response to Omicron.
The 9 countries affected are:
Any non-Australian citizens who have been those nations cannot enter Australia, and citizens & their dependents who have been there over the past 2 weeks will need to enter 14 days of quarantine.
Overseas travel restrictions
The following locations (excluding Australia) have implemented travel restrictions as a result of the Omicron COVID-19 variant:
European Union (27 nations)
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Have your say
Have we missed new cases or restrictions? Do you have a question about Omicron?
We'll try to get back to you as soon as possible!