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Covid-19 Australia: Coronavirus spreads in Melbourne after man travelled from Sydney

Coronavirus SPREADS in Melbourne after an infected dry cleaner flew on a packed Jetstar flight home from visiting his daughter in Sydney

A new locally acquired case of Covid-19 has been detected in Melbourne, the boss of a man who caught the virus in Sydney and flew back to the Victorian capital on a busy Jetstar flight.

Melbourne has only just eased its own coronavirus restrictions after suffering an outbreak last month.

But on Thursday morning, a man in his 60s tested positive to Covid-19 after travelling to Sydney to see his daughter over the weekend.

It was confirmed on Thursday evening that he attended a ‘supers spreader’ birthday party attended by 30 people in West Hoxton on Saturday, which is now linked to 11 cases.

The father, who works as a dry cleaner in Sandringham, travelled back to Melbourne on Jetstar flight JQ523 between 5.30pm and 7.40pm on Sunday.  

Anyone who was in Terminal 4 between 6.55pm and 7.40pm on June 20 has been told to get tested and isolate for 14 days, from the time of exposure.

A second man who visited Sandringham Dry Cleaner, in Melbourne’s south, also tested positive on Thursday.

Residents who visited the store throughout the day between June 21 and 23 should also take a Covid test and isolate for two weeks.

The business has since closed for deep cleaning and genomic sequencing is underway to determine the variant, but health officials believe it is the highly infectious Delta strain. 

The city recorded another local case linked to the Kings Park complex – the site of Melbourne’s outbreak in early June – but the person has been in isolation throughout their infectious period.


More to follow.