Victorian plane passengers wait for COVID tests five days after flying with infected traveller

victorian plane passengers wait for covid tests five days after flying with infected traveller

Passengers on a flight from Perth to Melbourne that transported a COVID-infected man are still waiting to be tested for the virus almost a week after touching down.

All passengers on the Qantas flight QF778 were contacted and all ground crew tested after the man returned a positive test last week, sparking fresh community transmission fears.

Of the 241 passengers, 156 have all tested negative, but Victorian MP Ben Carroll confirmed there were still passengers who were waiting for a test.

“We’ve still got further outstanding tests that are happening today and tomorrow on that Perth flight, and we’ll have updates during the week,” Mr Carroll told reporters on Monday.

The man, 54, from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, flew to the city on Wednesday and returned a positive test result on Friday after becoming the third person to contract the virus at Perth’s Mercure Hotel.

His household contacts – a spouse and two children – have all returned negative test results.

The passengers on his flight, as well as hundreds of people who were at Melbourne Airport at the time, were last week asked to get tested and quarantine for 14 days.

The man, who was asymptomatic, was notified of his close contact status as he touched down in Melbourne and has been in isolation since then…

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