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NSW records 420 new COVID-19 cases as pub trivia night cases climb

New South Wales has recorded 420 new COVID-19 cases as dozens of infections emerge from a pub trivia night in Sydney’s Inner West.

Eight of these cases are the Omicron strain of the virus, taking the total to 42 in the state.

One death was also recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday.

More than 80 per cent of 12- to 15-year-olds have had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine across the state, while 93 per cent of people aged over 16 are fully vaccinated.

The Oxford Tavern pub in Sydney’s Inner West has been linked to 44 coronavirus cases from a trivia night held there. (Photo: Brook Mitchell) (Nine)

Earlier, health authorities said 44 people have tested positive to coronavirus after attending the event at the Oxford Tavern in Petersham on November 30.

It has not been determined if the pubgoers have the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the virus or the Delta strain.

Anyone there that day between 4pm and 10.30pm is considered a close contact.

Staff from the pub are also getting tested. The pub will be closed for cleaning until Saturday.

Under the NSW isolation rules, fully vaccinated close contacts can leave isolation if they have had a negative test on or after December 6 but need to undergo a further test on December 12.

“If you have not been fully vaccinated, please remain in isolation until December 12, and have another test on this date,” Sydney Local Health District said.

Woody's Surf Shack in Byron Bay has been listed as a COVID-19 exposure site.
Woody’s Surf Shack in Byron Bay has been listed as a COVID-19 exposure site. (Supplied)

There is a new alert for a nightclub in Byron Bay, in northern NSW, where many teenagers have been celebrating Schoolies.

NSW Health is contacting staff and patrons who attended Woody’s Surf Shack Nightclub on November 30; December 1; December 2 or December 3 from 8pm – 3.30am each day.

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated is considered a close contact and anyone who is fully vaccinated is considered a casual contact.

The venue was also linked to a COVID-19 case on December 1, and on November 23.

NSW residents have been urged to receive their booster jabs after a rise in COVID-19 cases. (AP)

Earlier five cases of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant were confirmed after an outbreak on a Sydney Harbour party boat.

More cases are expected from the party outbreak, with NSW Health instructing 140 people who checked in with a QR code to get a test and isolate.

The cruise, operated by Cadman Cruises, left King Street Wharf 9 at 7.30pm and returned about 11pm, last Friday.

NSW Health said in a tweet: “Operated by Cadman Cruises, the cruise was jointly marketed as ‘Flow Fridays – 90s Themed Boat Party’ and ‘Freaky Sunday Afrovibe: The Last Dance’.”

Genome sequencing to confirm the Omicron variant is underway and NSW Health is urgently contacting around 140 people.”

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said residents should be “beating down the doors” to get their booster jab.

He was speaking after NSW recorded 403 COVID-19 cases yesterday – a major rise in transmissions.

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