Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

Health officials have issued a COVID-19 warning of a flight from Melbourne to Newcastle after a cabin crew member tested positive.

Virgin flight VA1593 departed on Wednesday, October 6 at 12.56 AEDT from Melbourne and arrived at. 14.19 to Newcastle Airport in Williamtown.

NSW Health said it was notified that the flight was linked to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

It added that once tested, they must insulate for 14 days since they were there, regardless of the result.

It was not the only flight the cabin crew had been on.

Victoria health officials said the person had been on six flights 4-6. October between Melbourne and Adelaide, Sydney and Newcastle.

Fear of flying increases when the number of cases decreases

The flight warning coincided with a drop in the daily number of cases in Hunter New England.

56 cases were registered in the health district during the 24-hour reporting period.

That brought the total number of Delta cases in the district to 1,686 since August 5th.

Of the new cases, 16 were from the Lake Macquarie Local Government Area (LGA), 15 from the Cessnock LGA, six from Newcastle and four from Maitland.

To the north, there were seven cases from Tamworth, three from the MidCoast LGA, two each from Singleton and Port Stephens and one from Upper Hunter.

The Hunter New England Local Health District said 24 cases were isolated throughout their infectious period, 27 were contagious in the community, and five are still under investigation.

Forty cases, or 70 percent of them, were linked to known exposures or clusters, 11 were not linked, and the source of five cases is still being investigated.

Wax flash for the vulnerable

Health officials have been involved in several vaccination flashes over the weekend.

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Seventy percent of the Hunter New England case is related to known exposures or clusters.(

ABC News: Ben Millington

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Sunday was called “Hospitality Super Sunday” at the Belmont Mass Vaccination Center.

Workers called for getting jabs including club workers, restaurant and hotel workers.

At East Maitland, a pop-up clinic prioritizes people who are considered vulnerable.

The Pfizer Clinic is open to anyone aged 12 and over.

Priority is given to people who are homeless or living in social housing, as well as Aboriginal or Torres Strait islanders and people with a disability or significant health problems.

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