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Omicron Australia: Cruise revellers test positive to Covid as Melbourne records first Omicron case

Hundreds are exposed to Omicron at a ‘super spreader’ boat party on Sydney Harbour – as the first case of the mutant Covid strain is recorded in Melbourne

Dozens of revellers have been plunged into isolation, amid fears a dance party cruise could become an Omicron super spreader event, with Melbourne likely to record its first case of the variant.

Five attendees who attended the Friday night cruise on Sydney Harbour so far have tested positive to Covid-19 with at least two ‘likely’ to have the new Omicron variant, according to NSW Health.

Further genome sequencing is now underway. 

All cases are isolating at home, NSW Health added.

Victorian authorities are also racing to confirm if the state has recorded its first Omicron case after a traveller who arrived on an Etihad flight from the Netherlands from Abu Dhabi tested positive to Covid.

Preliminary results are consistent with Omicron. The passenger is in hotel quarantine and hasn’t been infectious in the community.

There are fears this party cruise last Friday night could become an Omicron super spreader

NSW Health is now scrambling to contact 140 revellers who attended the Flow Fridays – 90s Themed Boat Party, which left King Street Wharf 9 at 7.30pm and returned about 11pm.

Individuals who were on board and members of their households are urged to immediately get tested and isolate.

The cruise was jointly marketed as ‘Flow Fridays – 90s Themed Boat Party’ and ‘Freaky Sunday Afrovibe: The Last Dance’.

Revellers danced the night away on three levels of the cruise with a different musical stage on each level, along with confetti and CO2 canons.

Five attendees on last Friday night's party cruise (pictured) have tested to Covid so far, with two 'likely' to have the Omicron

Five attendees on last Friday night’s party cruise (pictured) have tested to Covid so far, with two ‘likely’ to have the Omicron

‘We’re going back to the 90s for this Flow Fridays Boat Party,’ an event description read.

‘Think 90s hits, double denim, the old RnB bangers that you found on a So Fresh CD in your brothers bedroom and combine that with our rooftop stage setup, 360 people partying, Co2 Cannons to bring you the ultimate 90s boat party!’

NSW recorded 260 on Tuesday, up from 208 reported 24 hours earlier.

More to come.