Coronavirus: Jetstar passenger positive as NSW records 14 new cases

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·3-min read

NSW has recorded 14 new cases of coronavirus as the health department urges people on board a flight from Melbourne to self-isolate.

NSW Health said in a statement on Tuesday, a woman in her 30s has tested positive to coronavirus after arriving in Sydney from Melbourne on Saturday on board flight JQ506 operated by Jetstar.

A photo of a Jetstar flight.
A Jetstar passenger who arrived in Sydney has tested positive for coronavirus. Source: AAP (file pic)

“Passengers who were close contacts are being placed into self-isolation for 14 days after the flight and asked to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and get tested, even if they have the mildest of symptoms,” the department said.

“She is in isolation and contact tracing is underway.

“Close contacts on the flight were seated in rows 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.”

A Jetstar spokesperson said the airline is now working with NSW Health in terms of contact tracing.

“Passengers travelling on flights to and from Melbourne are required to wear masks on board flights and throughout the airport,” the spokesperson said.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is always our number one priority and we have extra measures in place to ensure the health and wellbeing of our customers, including enhanced cleaning and masks and sanitising wipes.”

NSW clusters grow

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said six of the 14 new cases were linked to the funeral homes cluster, four with Thai Rock at Wetherill Park and another with the Thai Rock restaurant at Potts Point.

In total, there are now 75 cases associated with Thai Rock at Wetherill Park and three with the Potts Point restaurant.

Other cases include a staff member at the Apollo Restaurant in Potts Point, the Jetstar passenger and a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.

Dr Chant urged anyone who attended the Apollo from last Thursday to Saturday to self-isolate for 14 days.

“Any diners who develop symptoms should be tested,” she said.

“And all people who live in or have visited the Potts Point area in the past two weeks should get tested if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 however minimal.”

A couple wear face masks while walking at Bondi Beach  in Sydney, Australia.
A couple wear face masks at Bondi Beach. Source: Getty Images

Anyone who went to Mounties at Mount Pritchard on July 23 between 12am and 3am or the following day between 11am to 3pm or 8pm to midnight is being urged to self-isolate too.

That also includes anyone who visited the venue on Saturday between 12am and 3am.

Dr Chant added people who attended Pritchard’s Hotel on July 23 between 7pm and 7.45pm should get tested if they show any COVID-19 symptoms.

On Monday, NSW recorded a total of 17 new cases.

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