Queensland border reopens; Omicron COVID-19 cases expected to grow in NSW, Victoria

Nearly 700 people have been deemed close contacts after attending a nightclub in Newcastle last Wednesday night, with their households also asked to get tested for COVID-19 and isolate.

In updated advice issued late last night, NSW Health said 24 people linked to The Argyle House nightclub in Newcastle had so far tested positive for COVID-19.

Argyle House in Newcastle.

Argyle House in Newcastle.Credit:Google StreetView

“A number of these cases are likely to be the Omicron variant,” the department said.

The state government yesterday announced a public health investigation into transmission at the nightclub.

All 680 people who used the QR code to check in to the venue from 9pm to 3am AEDT on December 8 (through to December 9) are considered close contacts and must get tested and isolate for seven days.

“NSW Health is appealing for anyone who did not check in using the QR code to urgently get tested and isolate, and for the community to ensure other potential attendees are aware of this advice,” the department said.


“Given the high transmission of COVID-19 at the venue, we ask household contacts of anyone who attended to also immediately get tested and isolate until the close contact tests negative.”

On Facebook, The Argyle House said it had been notified by Hunter New England Health of multiple confirmed cases who had attended during the six-hour period while potentially infectious.

The nightclub is linked to an outbreak on a Sydney Harbour party boat cruise on December 3.

NSW Health has been asking people to remain vigilant this festive season and get tested if they display any coronavirus symptoms.

There have been 55 cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant recorded in NSW and one person has been admitted to hospital for treatment.

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