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Virus alert for six Virgin flights

    An infected cabin crew member worked while infectious on six flights across three major Australian cities, prompting an urgent Covid-19 warning.

    Victorian Department of Health deputy secretary Kate Matson said the Virgin employee had worked from October 4-6.

    The flights of concern were:

    • October 4: VA219 from Melbourne to Adelaide
    • October 4: VA218 from Adelaide to Melbourne
    • October 5: VA827 from Melbourne to Sydney
    • October 5: VA808 from Sydney to Melbourne.
    • October 6: VA1593 from Melbourne to Newcastle.
    • October 6: VA1594 Newcastle to Melbourne.

    Victorian Department of Health deputy secretary Kate Matson says all passengers on affected flights were being contacted. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Paul Jeffers

    Victorian Department of Health deputy secretary Kate Matson says all passengers on affected flights were being contacted. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Paul Jeffers

    “Fellow crew members on those flights have been deemed close contacts and most do live in Melbourne and will be contacted by the department,” Ms Matson told reporters at Victoria’s Saturday Covid-19 media briefing.

    “Passengers on those flights are being contacted by the relevant jurisdictions and we have been in close contact with both NSW and South Australia and working closely with them to contact the relevant passengers.”

    Virgin picked up the positive case through the airline’s ongoing Covid-19 surveillance testing of all its employees.

    More details about the flights and any subsequent exposure sites would be provided in the Victorian chief health officer’s media release later on Saturday.

    The infected Virgin employee had worked from October 4-6. Picture: NCA NewsWire /Brenton Edwards

    The infected Virgin employee had worked from October 4-6. Picture: NCA NewsWire /Brenton Edwards

    Victoria and NSW are battling ongoing Covid-19 outbreaks, with Victoria posting a national record of 1965 new infections on Saturday.

    South Australia is largely unaffected by any community infections currently.

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