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Omicron NSW Covid Australia: State reports 25 variant cases in total

BREAKING NEWS: Omicron case numbers surge to 25 in NSW amid growing fears about school clusters in Sydney’s west

The number of Omicron cases in NSW has surged to 25, authorities have revealed.  

NSW Health reported 10 new cases of the variant overnight and the state reported 208 new Covid cases in total. 

Of the 25 cases, 11 were caught either overseas or on an international flight, while the remaining 14 are local community cases. 

Health officials are continuing to investigate the source of a cluster of Omicron cases at two schools and a gym in southwest Sydney. 

Genome sequencing has linked an additional nine Omicron cases to the The Regents Park Christian School, the St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School also in Regents Park, and the Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym in Villawood . 

More to follow. 

Premier Dom Perrottet (pictured) has vowed NSW will remain open despite the new Omicron Covid variant

Changes to Covid-19 restrictions at 95 per cent vaccination

Masks will only be required on public transport and planes, at airports, and for indoors front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated  

No density limits (previously one person per 2sqm)  

Covid safety plans will be optional for businesses and will be supported by SafeWork NSW

QR check-ins will only be required at high-risk venues including hospitals, aged and disability care facilities, gyms, places of worship, funerals or memorial services, personal services (e.g. hairdressers and beauty salons)

Hospitality settings like pubs, small bars, registered clubs and nightclubs and for indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people will still require QR codes 

Proof of vaccination will no longer be required by Public Health Order for most activities (businesses can still require proof at their own discretion).

Proof of vaccination will still be required for indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people.