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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.


We'll also be answering YOUR questions - DM them to us on social media or email us: contact@6newsau.com


Read some FAQs about the variant:

Is this the same as the 'Nu' variant?

Is Omicron vaccine resistant?

Where did it originate?

Scroll down to read the latest updates:

 

Confirmed cases


Cases have been confirmed in the following locations:

  • UK (246)

  • South Africa (228)

  • Zimbabwe (50)

  • USA (39)

  • Ghana (33)

  • Denmark (32)

  • Portugal (28)

  • Botswana (23)

  • Canada (19)

  • Norway (19)

  • Netherlands (18)

  • Australia (16)

  • France (16)

  • Germany (15)

  • India (12)

  • Austria (11)

  • Israel (11)

  • Hong Kong (9)

  • Italy (9)

  • South Korea (9)

  • Spain (7)

  • Sweden (7)

  • Belgium (6)

  • Switzerland (6)

  • Brazil (5)

  • Finland (5)

  • Iceland (3)

  • Nigeria (3)

  • Japan (2)

  • Réunion - French Territory (2)

  • Romania (2)

  • Singapore (2)

  • Zambia (2)

  • Chile

  • Czech Republic

  • Greece (1)

  • Ireland (1)

  • Luxembourg (1)

  • Malaysia (1)

  • Maldives (1)

  • Saudi Arabia (1)

  • Sri Lanka (1)

  • UAE (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:

  • South Africa

  • Zimbabwe

  • Botswana

  • Namibia

  • The Seychelles

  • Lesotho

  • Eswatini

  • Malawi

  • And Mozambique

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:

  • Angola

  • Argentina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • China

  • Egypt

  • European Union (27 nations)

  • Fiji

  • India

  • Indonesia

  • Israel

  • Japan

  • Kuwait

  • Malaysia

  • Maldives

  • Malta

  • Morocco

  • New Zealand

  • Oman

  • Pakistan

  • Philippines

  • Russia

  • Rwanda

  • Saudi Arabia

  • Singapore

  • Spain

  • Sri Lanka

  • Thailand

  • Turkey

  • UAE

  • UK

  • USA

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Have your say


Have we missed new cases or restrictions? Do you have a question about Omicron?


DM us on social media or send us an email: contact@6newsau.com


We'll try to get back to you as soon as possible!