Coronavirus scare as passenger on flight to Ballina tests positive

There are growing fears Melbourne’s COVID-19 outbreak has spread further across NSW, after a person who flew into Ballina on Sunday tested positive to the virus.

The person touched down in Ballina from Melbourne on Jetstar flight JQ466 on 12 July, with anyone who was on the flight now urged to monitor for symptoms of the virus.

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant confirmed the worrying case on Thursday morning.


“The person was wearing a surgical mask and was self-isolating,” she said.

It’s understood the passenger was also screened upon arriving at Ballina Airport and went straight into 14-day isolation.

Contact tracing is now underway in a bid to track down everyone who was on board the flight, with Dr Chant confirming any potential close contacts are also being followed up.

It comes following recent concerns Victorians have been trying to dodge the border restrictions by flying into Ballina in NSW as a way to easily make their way into Queensland.

That was before the sunshine state’s new border declaration system kicked in on July 3, requiring anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past two weeks to declare it, or face copping a $4003 fine.

At this stage, all of Victoria and two local government areas in NSW, including Liverpool and Campbelltown, have been banned from entering Queensland.

The Ballina plane passenger was one of 10 new cases of coronavirus recorded in NSW in the past 24 hours.

Of those, six are linked to the cluster from the Crossroads Hotel in south-west Sydney, while three are still under investigation.

“Obviously, we are concerned, when we find cases that can’t be linked back, because it does indicate we have missed a chain,” Dr Chant said.

“So we’ll be re-interviewing cases and trying to ascertain any contact points and updating the community about additional actions.”

It comes after 22,836 people were swabbed for the virus in NSW overnight.

Residents living in the virus hotspots are again being urged to come forward and get tested.

“Now is not a time for complacency,” Dr Chant said.

“People tend to think their social networks or social groups aren’t the ones that are going to infect them, but the data tells differently.”

The state total now stands at 3338.

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Just close the boarder again… Obviously nobody can be trusted.
Getting beyond a joke now.
Surely propping up several hospitality Jobs is better than 300+ victims a day???