Eleven flight crew members check constructive to coronavirus in Victoria, says COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar

“It’s most likely one of many highest hit charges we’ve seen of any cohort and a key space of threat,” Mr Weimar mentioned.

Different states and territories are to introduce the identical testing regime following a call at national cabinet on Friday.

“We’re more than happy, in fact, to see the opposite states adopting these sorts of ideas to ensure we cannot solely safeguard Victoria however safeguard the broader Australian group,” Mr Weimar mentioned.

COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar.

COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar.

Mr Weimar mentioned at a press convention on Sunday that each worldwide aircrew member arriving in Melbourne was subjected to testing and accommodated for his or her layover in a devoted resort.

Most crew members had one or two days earlier than their subsequent flight and constructive circumstances have been repatriated overseas on a crew-only flight, Mr Weimar mentioned.

He mentioned there have been two circumstances when crew members have been on board a aircraft and conducting pre-flight checks when their check outcomes got here again and so they have been prevented from flying with passengers.

In a single case, a crew member was escorted off the flight and into the resort, and his colleagues had to enter isolation, Mr Weimar mentioned. The passengers, who hadn’t boarded, needed to catch one other flight.

International airlines have objected to Melbourne's strict rules on the testing of crew.

Worldwide airways have objected to Melbourne’s strict guidelines on the testing of crew. Credit score:Luis Ascui

Airlines threatened to suspend flights to Melbourne over the testing regime due to considerations that pilots and cabin crews could be stranded in Australia and nobody may fly their planes out.

The regime doesn’t apply to crew who’ve their subsequent flight inside eight hours. That cohort are instructed to remain on the terminal and never entry public areas.


Victoria’s coverage dictates that testing ought to happen inside 90 minutes of checking into the devoted resort and relying on their size of keep, airline crew can even be examined on days three and day 11. Check outcomes are supposed to come back again to flight crews inside 12 hours, in line with the Division of Well being and Human Companies.

Since mid-December, NSW has had a coverage of accommodating crews in government-managed accommodations when the workforce is in transit by way of Sydney. However Victoria was the one state to require crews to take a COVID-19 check on arrival.

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