Coronavirus Australia: People entering Western Australia from SA in Omicron variant scare quarantine


Travellers entering Western Australia from SA are forced into quarantine as Covid ‘fortress’ state brings in tough new rules to lock out new super-variant Omicron


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An Australian state has slammed shut its border in a reaction to fears over the new Omicron African variant of Covid-19.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has blocked access to people from South Australia because of emerging panic over the new strain of the virus and recent cases of Delta in its neighbouring state.

The ruling means only double vaccinated South Australians can enter WA, where they must immediately go into quarantine for 14 days.

They must also undergo regular Covid-19 tests. 

‘The new variant emerged in southern Africa and is now understood to have been detected in Europe, Asia and the Middle East,’ Mr McGowan said. 

‘With little known about the variant, it is important we act with an abundance of caution in dealing with potential spread into WA from overseas travellers arriving in other States. 

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