Warning for Qantas flight after an infected passenger flew from covid-free Canberra to Melbourne

Urgent warning for Qantas flight after an infected passenger flew from coronavirus-free Canberra to Melbourne – as another busy Woolworths is put on high alert

  • Woman aged in her 30s flew from Queensland to Melbourne via Canberra 
  • She landed in Melbourne on October 7 and tested positive three days later
  • Victorian health authorities have issued a warning for her flight nine days later 
  • A Melbourne Woolworths store has also been listed as a high risk location 

A warning has been issued to anyone who travelled on a Qantas flight nine days after an infected passenger flew from Canberra to Melbourne.

The woman aged in her 30s from Townsville, in Far North Queensland had travelled to Cairns and Brisbane before arriving in Melbourne on October 7.

She had briefly visited coronavirus-free Canberra before flying to Victoria for medical treatment.

She tested positive to COVID-19 three days after arriving in Melbourne and on Friday Victorian health authorities issued an alert for the ‘high risk’ flight.

The woman had contracted coronavirus three days after landing in Melbourne from her flight QF2149 from Canberra

The woman had contracted coronavirus three days after landing in Melbourne from her flight QF2149 from Canberra

The infected passenger had flown on the QF2149 flight from Canberra to Melbourne on October 7.

Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles previously said it was believed she had contracted the virus while in Melbourne.

The woman had also visited various medical centres in Queensland with staff being placed in isolation for two weeks.

Contact tracing was earlier conducted for those on the QF2302 flight from Townsville to Cairns on October 3 and Virgin VA782 flight from Cairns to Brisbane on October 6 – along with the Qantas flight QF1543 from Brisbane to Canberra.

ACT Health said there was a ‘low likelihood of virus transmission to Canberrans’.

Meanwhile Victorian health authorities also issued an alert on Friday for a Woolworths store in Melbourne.

A Woolworths store in Box Hill, in Melbourne (pictured) has been listed as a high risk location after being visited by infected shoppers

A Woolworths store in Box Hill, in Melbourne (pictured) has been listed as a high risk location after being visited by infected shoppers

The supermarket on Main Street in Box Hill has been listed as high risk for any shoppers who visited the store on October 9 between 1.30pm-1.50pm, October 10 from 1.30pm-1.50pm and October 12 from 6pm – 6.20pm. 

It comes as the state recorded its lowest infection rate on Friday since July with just two new cases and no deaths.

A string of Melbourne’s coronavirus restrictions are expected to ease this Sunday including limits on outdoor public gatherings and guests allowed outdoors at restaurants.

Victoria recorded its lowest infection rate on Friday since July with just two new cases and no deaths (pictured: Melburnians sunbake on grassland next to St Kilda Beach)

Victoria recorded its lowest infection rate on Friday since July with just two new cases and no deaths (pictured: Melburnians sunbake on grassland next to St Kilda Beach)

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