Virus Warning over Qantas Flight

Authorities in Victoria have issued an urgent warning over a Qantas flight that flew from Canberra to the Victorian capital with a potentially infectious woman onboard. 

It’s believed a woman in her 30s, transiting through Canberra Airport on Wednesday was travelling from Townsville to Melbourne and has tested positive to the corona virus, three days later.  

“The individual, who tested positive three days after arriving in Melbourne, was asymptomatic during her stopover at Canberra Airport from 8:30am and 10am and wore a mask on all flights and in the airport,” ACT Health said in a statement.  

Victoria’s DHHS are warning anyone who flew onboard flight QF2149 between the two cities from 8:30am to 9:15am to be on the watch for symptoms.  

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has hinted at a “significant” lockdown announcement on Sunday as case numbers continue to fall. 

He said the government would make some “significant announcements” in the coming weeks. 

Mr Andrews said the announcement would be “broadly in alignment with our foreshadowed stage 3”, although the state would need to “wait and see” as it depended on numbers continuing to fall. 

However, he did confirm what was not on the table this weekend, included golf clubhouses and travel into regional Victoria.  

It’s urged that anyone who may have been aboard flight QF2149 to get immediately tested and self-isolate until firm cases are at bay. 

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