Tue. May 17th, 2022

Several Virgin flights over three major Australian cities are on alert after a cabin crew member tested positive for coronavirus.

Victorian health authorities announced that the employee was working while he was contagious from October 4th to 6th.

The cabin crew flew on six flights in and out of Melbourne.

The flights include:

  • VA219 – Melbourne to Adelaide on 4 October
  • VA218 – Adelaide to Melbourne on 4 October
  • VA827 – Melbourne to Sydney on 5 October
  • VA808 – Sydney to Melbourne on 5 October
  • VA1593 – Melbourne to Newcastle on 6 October
  • VA1594 – Newcastle to Melbourne on 6 October

Employee colleagues have been considered close contacts and contact tracking is underway in Victoria, NSW and South Australia to identify passengers on these flights.

The infected cabin crew member flew between three states.
The infected cabin crew member flew between three states. Credit: Rick Rycroft/AP

Vic COVID update

Victoria registered 1965 new cases on Saturday and five more deaths.

Of the new cases, 735 were registered in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, the majority of which were in the local areas of Hume and Whittlesea.

A further 464 cases were discovered in the west of the city, with the vast majority in Melton.

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In Melbourne’s southeast, there were 533 new cases, the majority of which were in the Casey LGA.

A further 125 cases were discovered in the eastern suburbs of the city.

In the Victoria region, there were 90 new cases.

Close contact quarantine changes

The Victorian health department announced Saturday that authorities are no longer administering secondary close contacts.

Primary close contacts – those who have come into contact with a confirmed case – will continue to be notified and will need to be isolated.

But secondary tight contacts no longer need to insulate.

“This is good news for people who isolate themselves as primary close contacts because their household members do not have to isolate with them,” said COVID Deputy Secretary of State Kate Matson.

“We still ask primary close contacts to isolate themselves away from the rest of their household. This has not changed.

“A text message will be sent to our 16,000 secondary close contacts this weekend to notify them of this change and release them from quarantine.”

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