Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tests for Covid-19
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tests for Covid-19

SYDNEY: Australia – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was tested for Covid-19 late Tuesday after coming into a casual contact. Following his attendance at a school graduation ceremony in Sydney last Friday, he was subjected to testing. According to reports, a Covid case was detected among the 1,000 people who attended the event.

Morrison's office acknowledged that New South Wales (NSW) authorities judged him a casual contact, but he has since returned two negative Covid polymerase chain reaction tests, and New South Wales  Health and the Chief Medical Officer have instructed him that he is not needed to isolate.

The incident occurred while the virus, including the new Omicron variant, was wreaking havoc in New South Wales once again. On Wednesday, the number of new daily cases increased by more than 50 percent from the previous day's total of 804 to 1,360.

Morrison will fly to Queensland on Wednesday, despite being listed as a casual contact. Queensland recently reopened its borders with NSW and Victoria, which had been blocked for months due to fears of the virus spreading.

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