Australian authorities say two passengers who arrived in Sydney from South Africa last night have tested positive for the new COVID variant Omicron.
The two positive cases are in isolation in the Special Health Accommodation. Both people, who are fully vaccinated, arrived in Sydney from South Africa along with 12 others.
The remaining 12 passengers from Southern Africa are undertaking 14 days of hotel quarantine, also in the Special Health Accommodation.
About 260 passengers and air crew on the flight are considered close contacts and have been directed to isolate.
The new variant was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on 24 November, and has also been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel.
New South Wales Health confirmed 14 passengers who arrived in Sydney yesterday were from the Southern African countries affected by the new border rules.
It is less than a month since NSW completely removed all quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated international arrivals.