Coronavirus scare in Western Australia as six travellers returning from Dubai test positive
- Four women, two men flying Dubai to Perth on Emirates EK420 test positive
- Passengers in rows 26 to 31 are considered ‘in close contact’
- New cases bring WA’s coronavirus tally to 618 of which nine are active
Six people who returned to Western Australia on a flight from Dubai have tested positive to coronavirus, with authorities examining their contact with other passengers.
The passengers, four women and two men aged between 40 and 64, arrived in Perth on Wednesday and returned positive test results two days later.
They are in hotel quarantine, along with the other passengers from the flight.
Pictured: Emirates Airbus landing at Perth Airport in January. All six new coronavirus cases flew in on Emirates flight EK420 on Wednesday
The WA Department of Health says it is interviewing all passengers from Emirates flight EK420 to determine whether there was any close contact with those who tested positive.
Those in rows 26 to 31 are considered to have been in close contact with the six flyers with the virus, the West Australian reported.
Flight details, including the rows the passengers were sitting in, have been uploaded to the HealthyWA website.
The WA Health Department is interviewing all passengers from the flight, and considers those in rows 26 to 31 to have been in ‘close contact’ with the infected passengers. Picture: stock photo of coronavirus testing
Pictured: Passengers arriving at Perth International Airport in February. The six new international arrivals with coronavirus bump the state’s tally up to 618 of which nine are active
All of the new cases are from the Perth metropolitan area.
West Australia has so far had 618 cases in total of which nine are now active.
The news comes one day after the $11 million Royal Perth Show 2020 was given the go-ahead.
Perth Now reports that this year’s show will focus on industry sectors affected by the pandemic including tourism, small business, arts and entertainment and non-profit organisations.
Government funding support will provide a 25 per cent reduction in ticket prices for family and adult entry to encourage attendance.