Schools hit by Omicron outbreak

TWO schools in Regents Park have been hit by an outbreak of Covid’s Omicron variant.

All Year Three and Four students and their teachers at St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School in Regents Park, have been asked to self-isolate while Regents Park Christian School has been dismissed for the year.
NSW Health is continuing to investigate the outbreak, with one of the confirmed Omicron cases a student at St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary who attended the Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym in Villawood on Saturday, November 27.
It is also investigating 13 cases of Covid at Regents Park Christian School with at least one confirmed as being the Omicron Covid-19 variant of concern.
Contact tracing and genome sequencing is underway on several cases of Covid-19 identified in the school community.
To help protect the community, the NSW Government has increased penalties for non-compliance with the isolation, testing and quarantine requirements.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said the measures were a necessary precaution to help keep people safe until more was known about the Omicron variant.
“We are well prepared here in NSW but it is important we take the necessary steps to protect the community and adopt measures that will allow us to learn to live with Covid,” Mr Perrottet said.
“We will continue to make any necessary changes as we receive updated information. Our overriding message, as always, is to continue to get vaccinated. It is still the best way to protect yourself and your family.”