NSW records 251 new cases of Covid-19 as a fifth person is diagnosed with the ...

NSW records 251 new cases of Covid-19 as a fifth person is diagnosed with the ...
NSW records 251 new cases of Covid-19 as a fifth person is diagnosed with the ...
NSW records 251 new cases of Covid-19 as a fifth person is diagnosed with the Omicron variant

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NSW has recorded 251 new cases of COVID-19 and no deaths as the government introduces tough new penalties for people who don't comply with testing and quarantine measures, as the state deals with the Omicron variant.

NSW Health says there were 85,403 tests undertaken in the 24-hours until Tuesday.

Some 94.6 per cent of people 16 and older have had vaccine dose, while 92.5 per cent of adults are fully jabbed.

More than 81 per cent of teenagers 12-15 have had one vaccine dose, while 76.7 per cent have had both.

There are 154 people in hospital, 25 of them in ICU.

Australia's sixth Omicron case visited four busy supermarkets, two shopping centres and two fast-food restaurants within hours of travelling from South Africa

Australia's sixth Omicron case visited four busy supermarkets, two shopping centres and two fast-food restaurants within hours of travelling from South Africa

Meanwhile, penalties for people who don't comply with testing and quarantine measures have jumped five-fold after a woman infected with the Omicron variant unknowingly carried it into the community.

On Wednesday, the penalty for non-compliance with isolation, testing and quarantine requirements increased from $1000 for individuals to $5000, and doubled from $5000 to $10,000 for corporations.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said it's a necessary precaution while the world waits to find out more about Omicron.

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