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Contact tracing underway after multiple passengers on Gold Coast to Sydney flight test positive for COVID-19

New South Wales Health has upgraded their alert to passengers on board a domestic flight, after a multiple people on board the flight tested positive. 

The VA524 Virgin Australia flight departed from the Gold Coast at 1.26pm for Sydney on 26 June. 

“Multiple people have tested positive for COVID-19 since travelling on this flight,” the department said on Sunday evening.

The communication updates an earlier alert urging passengers to go into isolation for a fortnight, regardless of COVID-19 test results, as they are deemed close contacts. 

NSW’s 16 locally acquired cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday takes the total infections since the start of the outbreak to 277.

However, it follows the 35 cases reported the day before.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the dip in case numbers was a good sign, but reiterated all people in Greater Sydney and surrounds must adhere to lockdown provisions, which will remain in place until at least Friday.

Queensland recorded a single local COVID-19 case overnight as residents in Brisbane and Moreton Bay ready for their first full day without a lockdown.

The state also recorded an additional case in hotel quarantine and acquired overseas.

The list of exposure sites in NSW has been expanded to include the Commonwealth Bank in Roselands, BIG W in Eastgardens and Panetta Marcato in Marrickville.

Additional reporting: AAP

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