Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Young boy catches Covid on a packed Virgin flight after infected crew member worked THREE DAYS with the virus – with health officials saying there is a ‘higher level of concern’

  • A teenage boy has tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in southern Australia
  • He was traveling on a flight where a Virgin Airlines crew member was infected
  • The stewardess worked for three days while he was contagious on six flights


A teenage boy has tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Adelaide on a Virgin Australia flight where a crew member was infected.

He is now in a medi hotel and will remain isolated for the next 14 days with health authorities saying there is a ‘higher level of concern’ for travelers aboard other flights.

The positive stewardess had been working for three days while infections triggered an urgent alarm for interstate travelers.

The crew member was on flights between Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Newcastle between 4 October and 6 October.

A cabin crew member from Virgin Australia has tested positive for Covid after working for three days (stock photo of another employee)

A cabin crew member from Virgin Australia has tested positive for Covid after working for three days (stock photo of another employee)

FLIGHTS EXHIBITED FOR COVID

October 4: VA219 from Melbourne to Adelaide 10:11 to 11-09am

October 4: VA218 from Adelaide to Melbourne 11:38 to 13:19

October 5: VA827 from Melbourne to Sydney 09:09 to 10:32

October 5: VA808 from Sydney to Melbourne 11:16 to 12:53

October 6: VA1593 from Melbourne to Newcastle 12:56 to 14:19

October 6: VA1594 Newcastle to Melbourne 15:02 to 16:38

‘Flight VA219 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,’ SA Health said on Sunday.

A total of six flights have been made of the positive case with health authorities from different states struggling to get in touch with everyone who was on board.

‘Staff members on these flights have been considered close contacts and most live in Melbourne and will be contacted by the department,’ said Victoria Covid-19 response secretary Kate Matson on Saturday.

‘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 case was discovered through Virgin Australia’s surveillance test program.

Everyone on the listed flights is encouraged to be tested and insulated.

This follows the airline’s decision to impose Covid vaccinations on frontline workers by November 15 and office staff by the end of March.

Crew members on the affected aircraft have been contacted, where passengers have been contacted by the relevant authorities

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