Wed. May 18th, 2022

An infected cabin crew member worked contagiously on six flights over three major Australian cities, receiving an urgent warning about Covid-19.

Victorian Department of Health Deputy Secretary Kate Matson said the Virgin employee had been working from Oct. 4 to 6.

The worried flights were:

  • October 4: VA219 from Melbourne to Adelaide
  • October 4: VA218 from Adelaide to Melbourne
  • October 5: VA827 from Melbourne to Sydney
  • October 5: VA808 from Sydney to Melbourne.
  • October 6: VA1593 from Melbourne to Newcastle.
  • October 6: VA1594 Newcastle to Melbourne.
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Camera iconVictorian Department of Health Deputy Secretary Kate Matson says all passengers on affected flights were contacted. NCA NewsWire / Paul Jeffers Credit: Corp Australia company profile

“Employees on these flights have been considered close contacts and most live in Melbourne and will be contacted by the department,” Matson told reporters at Victoria’s Saturday Covid-19 media briefing.

“Passengers on these flights are contacted by the relevant jurisdictions and we have been in close contact with both NSW and South Australia and worked closely with them to contact the relevant passengers.”

Virgin took up the positive case through the airline’s ongoing Covid-19 surveillance test of all its employees.

More details about the flights and any subsequent locations of exposure will be given in the Victorian head of the health officer’s media release later on Saturday.

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Camera iconThe infected Virgin employee had worked from 4-6. October. NCA NewsWire / Brenton Edwards Credit: Corp Australia company profile

Victoria and NSW are battling ongoing Covid-19 outbreaks, with Victoria announcing a national record of 1965 new infections on Saturday.

South Australia is largely unaffected by any societal infections at the moment.


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