Two passengers on a Virgin Australia flight from the Gold Coast to Sydney have tested positive to COVID-19.
The passengers were on the same flight as an infected flight attendant on Saturday afternoon.
Flight VA 524 departed the Gold Coast at 1.26pm and landed in Sydney at 2.47pm.
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New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant confirmed the positive cases at a media conference on Thursday morning.
“We can confirm that two passengers have now tested positive on that flight. We understand that both were isolating, but this is just still being confirmed from the second passenger,” Dr Chant said.
“What we know is both passengers had been tested fairly promptly and had had a negative test, but we are just confirming with the second case that they had remained in isolation after testing negative on that test and had been advised they were a close contact.
“Again, this highlights the importance of us being able to find people very quickly, get them tested and then we can be confident if they are negative that they are not a risk to the community and also the importance of maintaining that isolation when you have been asked to do so.”
Public health alerts remain current for Flight VA524 as well as Flight VA517 from Sydney to the Gold Coast, also on Saturday afternoon.
The two Virgin passengers were among 24 new cases recorded in New South Wales in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday night.