Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

Another Virgin Australia flight South Australia being treated as a coronavirus transmission site after a teenage passenger tested positive for COVID-19.

SA Health confirmed the new COVID-19 case and location of involvement involving the domestic flight from Melbourne to Adelaide on October 4, in a media statement this afternoon.

“Today’s case is a man in his teens who traveled by plane VA219 from Melbourne to Adelaide on October 4. He has been at a media hotel since his arrival,” the media statement said.

A passenger on board a Virgin Australia aircraft has tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Adelaide.
A passenger on board a Virgin Australia aircraft has tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Adelaide. (Nine)

“Flight VA 219 will now be treated as a transmission site and SA Health will ensure that quarantine arrangements for all passengers reflect this higher level of concern.”

The crew member was on flights from Melbourne to Adelaide, Sydney and Newcastle between October 4 and October 6, said Victoria’s Deputy Minister for COVID-19 Response Kate Matson.

“Employees on these flights have been considered close contacts,” Matson said.

“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.”

The entire Virgin Australia flight is now considered a COVID-19 transmission site.
The entire Virgin Australia flight is now considered a COVID-19 transmission site. (Nine)

The flights are VA 219 from Melbourne to Adelaide on October 4, and the returning VA 218 Adelaide to Melbourne the same day.

On 5 October, the cabin crew member flew with VA 827 to Sydney and on VA 808 the same day back to Melbourne.

On October 6, they flew on VA 1593 to Newcastle and on VA 1594 back to Melbourne.

The case was discovered during Virgin’s surveillance test.

South Australia has a total of 911 COVID-19 cases.

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