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Taylor Swift album party in Australia is connected to COVID-19 outbreak, officials say.

USA TODAY 18/12/2021 Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY

A Taylor Swift album party in Sydney, Australia appears to be connected to 97 new COVID-19 cases, according to the New South Wales Ministry of Health.

The health ministry said the new cases are likely linked to the highly contagious omicron variant and warned anyone in attendance at the Dec. 10 "On Repeat: Taylor Swift Red Party” to get tested immediately. 

"NSW Health is urgently contacting 600 people who attended Metro Theatre at this time and checked in via the QR code and is directing them and members of their households to immediately get tested and follow public health advice," NSW Health's press release said.

Australia has strict COVID-19 regulations such as penalties for non-compliance with the isolation, testing and quarantine requirements. Fines range from $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for corporations.

"Everyone should remain vigilant when celebrating with family, friends and colleagues and should not attend any social functions if they have any symptoms," NSW Health said.

As of Friday, Australia reported 242,767 COVID-19 cases in the past 28 days and 40,887,760 residents who are fully vaccinated, according to data from John Hopkins University.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden said although the U.S. isn't experiencing as great of an omicron surge as Europe, cases are increasing and will continue to do so. He also shared a warning for those who are unvaccinated.

"For unvaccinated, we are looking at a winter of severe illness and death — if you’re unvaccinated — for themselves, their families, and the hospitals they’ll soon overwhelm," Biden said in a White House press briefing.

Follow Gabriela Miranda on Twitter: @itsgabbymiranda

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