Infected Virgin crew member sparks COVID alerts in three states

Alerts have been issued in three states after a Virgin Australia cabin crew member tested positive for COVID-19

The staff member worked on six flights across three days this week while infectious.

The flights were all out of Melbourne to Adelaide, Sydney and Newcastle.


“The case was identified through surveillance testing conducted by Virgin and we thank Virgin and their staff for continuing to remain vigilant during COVID and conducting frequent surveillance testing,” Victoria’s Deputy Health Secretary Kate Matson told reporters on Saturday.

Fellow crew members on the affected flights have been deemed as close contact and will be forced into quarantine.

Passengers on the flights are being contacted by their relevant state authorities and will also be forced into quarantine.

The affected flights are:

  • VA219 – Melbourne to Adelaide on October 4
  • VA218 – Adelaide to Melbourne on October 4
  • VA827 – Melbourne to Sydney on October 5
  • VA808 – Sydney to Melbourne on October 5
  • VA1593 – Melbourne to Newcastle on October 6
  • VA1594 – Newcastle to Melbourne on October 6

It comes as Victoria posts a new daily record with 1,965 new infections overnight.

The state also recorded a further five deaths.

Read more: Victoria records 1965 cases, five deaths