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Virgin Australia flight attendant’s COVID-19 infection puts three states on alert as Greater Sydney goes into lockdown

Health authorities are scrambling to contact passengers on five flights after a Sydney-based Virgin cabin crew member tested positive to COVID-19.

They tested positive after a rapid result test on Saturday night, Virgin says.

The five flights on Friday and Saturday took passengers either to or from Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and the Gold Coast. “The crew member is now in isolation, and Virgin Australia is rapidly contacting all team members who are close contacts,” the airline said in a statement.

Virgin Australia requires those crew members to cease flying, get tested, and isolate.

“All passengers on flights the crew member operated will be contacted by health authorities and advised on the correct protocol. All of Greater Sydney will go into a two-week lockdown from 6pm on Saturday, as health authorities work to contain a “concerning” coronavirus outbreak and a growing list of exposure sites.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the extension of current lockdown measures after a crisis Cabinet meeting on Saturday, and as the state recorded 12 new locally-acquired infections.  Stay-at-home orders have been extended to apply to all people in Greater Sydney – including the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast, Wollongong, and now Shellharbour – from 6pm on Saturday until midnight on 9 July.

Initially, the stay-at-home orders applied only to four Sydney local government areas – Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick, and the City of Sydney.  “The NSW government has always prided itself on taking the expert health advice,” Ms. Berejiklian said. “Even though we don’t want to impose burdens unless we absolutely have to, unfortunately, this is a situation where we have to. I said that this is the scariest time since the pandemic started,

and that’s proven to be the case. Under orders, everyone in Greater Sydney must stay at home unless it is for an important reason, including shopping for food or other essential goods and services, medical care or human needs – including a COVID-19 vaccination – exercising outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer, or important work or education if you cannot study or work at home.

Molly Aronson

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