Passengers on Virgin flight ordered to isolate immediately

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All passengers on a Virgin Airlines flight that landed in Sydney last month have been ordered to self-isolate as NSW's list of Covid exposure sites expands.

Dozens of new sites including Woolworths, Coles and Aldi supermarkets were announced on Sunday morning. Fifteen more sites added in the afternoon, including Virgin flight VA524.

The flight departed from the Gold Coast at 1.26pm and arrived in Sydney at 2.47pm on June 26 with a person infected with Covid onboard.

"Multiple Covid-19 transmissions have now occurred on this flight," NSW Health said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian during Covid presser.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced 16 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday. Source: AAP

All passengers and staff are considered to be close contacts and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.

On Sunday, NSW reported 16 new Covid-19 cases, a drop from 35 locally-acquired cases announced the day before.

While Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the drop in cases was "encouraging", she warned the next few days are "critical" for the state, especially for the parts currently subjected to the lockdown.

A stock image of Virgin plane.
All passengers on a Sydney-bound Virgin flight are now considered close contacts. Source: AP

New Covid-19 exposure sites

Anyone who visited the venues below at the set time is deemed to be a "close contact" and must isolate.

New close contact venues include:

  • Ostar International bathroom supply store, Revesby, Saturday 26 June, 1.15pm to 1.30pm

  • Commonwealth Bank, Roselands, Monday 28 June — 8am to 5pm, Tuesday 29 June — 8am to 5pm, Wednesday 30 June — 8am to 3.30pm

  • Bendo’s Premium Meats, Five Dock, Tuesday 29 June, 10.30am to 11.15am

Casual contacts must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

New casual contact venues include:

  • Big W, Eastgardens, Thursday 24 June, 2.45pm to 3.15pm

  • TAB, Gladesville, Saturday 26 June, 9.30am to 10am

  • Panetta Marcato, Marrickville, Saturday 26 June, 5pm to 5.20pm

  • Coles, Clemton Park, Sunday 27 June, 6.55pm to 7.20pm

  • Coles, Randwick, Monday 28 June, 4.20pm to 4.50pm

  • Fruit World, Roselands, Monday 28 June — 1.55pm to 2.05pm, Tuesday 29 June — 1.55pm to 2.05pm, Wednesday 30 June — 1.55pm to 2.05pm

  • Coles, Five Dock, Tuesday 29 June, 8.30am to 9am

People who visited several stores in Roselands need to monitor for symptoms and if any appear, get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Those venues are:

  • Roselands Shopping Centre, Roselands, Monday 28 June — 8am to 5.15pm, Tuesday 29 June — 8am to 4.45pm, Wednesday 30 June — 8am to 3.30pm

  • Priceline, Roselands, Tuesday 29 June, 4.40pm to 4.55pm

  • Kmart, Roselands, Tuesday 29 June 4.35pm to 4.50pm

  • Coles, Roselands, Wednesday 30 June, 7.45am to 7.50am

The full list of exposure sites can be found on the NSW Health website here.

"Anyone with even the mildest of cold-like symptoms is urged to immediately come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received," NSW Health said.

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