All travelers on Virgin Flight 838 from Sydney to Melbourne on Saturday are instructed to immediately isolate themselves at home and contact DHHS
Health and border authorities will investigate how two international passengers were allowed to fly from Sydney to Melbourne without quarantine – an act that has quarantined an entire plane load of domestic passengers.
Two travelers, believed to be from Germany, arrived in Sydney on Saturday but were unable to quarantine themselves before flying to Melbourne.
Travelers were stopped at Melbourne Airport by « a little luck » after an airport employee noticed something was wrong. They are now ending their quarantine in Victoria, but their ability to travel freely from Sydney has created frustration within the Victorian state government.
Victoria’s Health Secretary Martin Foley said he had obtained a statement from his New South Wales counterpart, assuring that there would be a « full investigation ». .
« This employee has done a great job and we are very grateful to them and hope that they will be properly honored by their employer. If they don’t, we certainly will, « he said.
He said initial tests on the two travelers gave a negative result for Covid-19. The pair will be retested tomorrow.
« This is not over yet, however, as we have to keep these people in quarantine due to the incubation period and they will be in quarantine for the next two weeks, » he said.
Federal Health Secretary Greg Hunt said Sunday that he directed the Border Force to investigate the failure.
However, Hunt said the couple was picked up by a « failsafe » man who was deliberately built into the border control system.
« There are several security rings within the quarantine and border system, and ultimately these passengers were picked up within those security rings, » Hunt told Sky News on Sunday.
The case also sparked a warning from the Victoria Health Department that anyone who was AEDT on Virgin Airways flight VA 838 from Sydney at noon and arrived in Melbourne at 1 a.m.. On Saturday at 25 o’clock « immediately quarantined at home and contacted DHHS ». .
There were 176 people on the flight, including 170 passengers and four cabin crew as well as two pilots. The vast majority of them have already been contacted by the health authorities.
« Anyone who was at the Melbourne Airport Domestic Terminal on Saturday afternoon is advised to monitor Covid-19 symptoms and test to see if symptoms develop, » the department said.
Another five employees who spoke to the travelers at Melbourne Airport were also identified as close contacts. You have been quarantined.
Victoria has been free of locally transmitted coronavirus cases for more than a month and has effectively eradicated the virus with no active cases.
The state’s impressive zero-case run is about to be scrutinized as international arrivals, which were originally capped at 160 per day, resume.
Five international flights from Colombo, Doha, Hong Kong and Singapore are scheduled to arrive at Melbourne Airport on Monday. This begins the state’s revised hotel quarantine program.
International flights were diverted from Victoria in June after security guards at two quarantine hotels signed Covid-19.
The outbreaks sparked the state’s second wave that resulted in more than 18. 000 infections and 800 deaths.
The government announced on Friday that it would introduce laws to impose mandatory 14-day quarantine.
The fees are 3. $ 000 per adult, 1. $ 000 for each additional adult in a room and $ 500 for children ages three to 18. There is no charge for children under three years of age.
The government has stated that the payments will bring Victoria in line with other states and territories, but there will also be hardship considerations, including fee waivers, discounts, and options for payment plans.
With the exception of the cleaning staff, who have fixed-term contracts with Alfred Health, no security staff will be involved in the new program. All employees are employed or contracted directly by the government.
Hundreds of police officers in Victoria will act as security, conducting ground surveillance in « health hotels » that will accommodate travelers who have tested positive for Covid-19.
Australian Armed Forces personnel will assist the Victoria Police Department by assisting guests on boarding and disembarking, registering personnel movements and performing temperature checks. Some ADF members have already arrived at their posts, and more will follow next week.
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