Former premier infected with Covid at high school reunion

A high-powered 40-year school reunion has become the site of at least three new Covid infections, including an ex-premier.

Former leader Jay Weatherill tested positive to along with two others after partying the night away with long-time mates at the Henley High School reunion at Theatre Bugs in on November 27.

The trio of cases are the first in the state since SA reopened its borders to vaccinated travellers on November 23.

At this stage it is not known if the infections are the new Omicron variant, but lab tests are underway.

Former South Australia leader Jay Weatherill (left) tested positive to Covid-19 along with two others after partying the night away

Former South Australia leader Jay Weatherill (left) tested positive to Covid-19 along with two others after partying the night away

Mr Weatherill met with several former colleagues since Saturday night's shindig and also attended media events before learning of his positive result

Mr Weatherill met with several former colleagues since Saturday night’s shindig and also attended media events before learning of his positive result

State health officials suspect an interstate traveller at the function was the source of the transmission, spreading it to the other two.

A message on Facebook first alerted health authorities that there may have been an infected guest at the reunion, prompting testing.

The string of cases caused havoc in the state Labor Party, with opposition leader Peter Malinauskas forced into isolation.

Mr Weatherill met with several former colleagues since Saturday night’s shindig and also attended media events before learning of his positive result.

Mr Weatherill (pictured) tested positive to Covid-19 after partying the night away with long-time mates

Mr Weatherill (pictured) tested positive to Covid-19 after partying the night away with long-time mates

Two others who attended the Henley High School (pictured) reunion in Adelaide on November 27 also became infected

Two others who attended the Henley High School (pictured) reunion in Adelaide on November 27 also became infected

‘Upon hearing this news, out of an abundance of caution, I cancelled my planned appearance at a high school graduation tonight,’ Mr Malinauskas said on Social media.

‘Subsequently, upon hearing the news this evening that Jay Weatherill has tested positive, I immediately left Parliament at 8.20pm and went to Victoria Park to get tested.

‘I will isolate while I await the test results and further advice from SA Health.’

The state has now listed six Covid exposure sites including Theatre Bugs at Norwood, Cardone’s Seafood and Grill at Glenelg, Hey Darling Espresso on in Adelaide, Business SA in Unley and Forth and the Wine Bar at Gleneg.

The string of cases has caused havoc in the state Labor Party, with opposition leader Peter Malinauskas (pictured waiting for a test) forced into isolation

The string of cases has caused havoc in the state Labor Party, with opposition leader Peter Malinauskas (pictured waiting for a test) forced into isolation

The high-powered gathering at the Theatre Bugs venue in Adelaide (pictured) has seen three new Covid cases emerge

The high-powered gathering at the Theatre Bugs venue in Adelaide (pictured) has seen three new Covid cases emerge

Meanwhile, Australia’s  cases have grown to seven as another traveller from southern Africa, where the new strain first emerged, tested positive in Sydney.

NSW Health confirmed on Wednesday a man who flew into Australia on a Qatar Airways flight last week was the state’s sixth infection.

The man, aged in his 40s, was listed as a suspected Omicron case earlier on Wednesday before it was later confirmed by genomic testing.

The vaccinated traveller is in isolation, but authorities confirmed he was infectious in the community for up to six days.

All passengers on flight QR908 from Doha to Sydney on November 25 are considered close contacts and have been ordered to get tested and immediately isolate for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status.

The trio of cases are the first in the state since SA reopened its borders to vaccinated traveller on November 23. Pictured: A couple reunite at Adelaide Airport after SA borders were reopened

The trio of cases are the first in the state since SA reopened its borders to vaccinated traveller on November 23.Pictured: A couple reunite at Adelaide Airport after SA borders were reopened

It’s not yet known if the man was infected on the aircraft or during his travels.

An urgent warning has been issued for every passenger on a Qatar Airways flight that brought a woman infected with the Omicron Covid-19 variant to Australia.  A Sydney man on the same flight is expected to be confirmed as Australia's seventh Omicron case

An urgent warning has been issued for every passenger on a Qatar Airways flight that brought a woman infected with the Omicron Covid-19 variant to Australia.  A Sydney man on the same flight is expected to be confirmed as Australia’s seventh Omicron case

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the man was experiencing only mild symptoms.

‘The gentleman has been in the community and NSW Health is currently interviewing him,’ he said.

‘He’s been out and about.My alert to the community, watch what happens today in terms of advice from health.

‘The reason he was tested is he does have symptoms. But I understand at this point they’re mild symptoms.

NSW has recorded its sixth Omicron case - bringing Australia's total infections to seven - as contact tracers scramble to identify the man's movements through the community in recent days. Pictured: The Cavanbah Covid 19 Testing centre at Byron Bay, Monday, November 29

NSW has recorded its sixth Omicron case – bringing Australia’s total infections to seven – as contact tracers scramble to identify the man’s movements through the community in recent days.Pictured: The Cavanbah Covid 19 Testing centre at Byron Bay, Monday, November 29

The latest suspected Omicron case was on the same flight as an infected woman, in her 30s, who went on a two day shopping and fast food spree before she discovered she had the new strain at the weekend.

She arrived in Sydney on Thursday and almost immediately hit up major malls, gainesville va pizza hut Hut and KFC before she discovered she had become infected with the new strain of Covid-19. 

Covid vaccines are effective against Omicron, but experts fear the variant could be far more infectious than the dominant Delta variant and that the woman’s shopping spree could lead to a surge of fresh cases.

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