Entire Plane From Melbourne To Sydney Allowed To Disembark Without Being Checked For Coronavirus
A Jetstar flight from Melbourne to Sydney allowed passengers to disembark without being screened for coronavirus.
Sydney Airport has leaked an email to the ABC alleging JQ520, which arrived last night at 6:20pm last night (July 7), let all the passengers and crew off the plane without the proper health screenings.
"The final JQ flight arrived and staff enabled disembarkation without NSW Health and police in attendance, breaching the arrivals screening protocols," the email read.
New South Wales has banned people from Greater Melbourne from travelling to the state except for 'exceptional circumstances'.
The passengers were screened before they left Victoria, however, the decision not to test them on the NSW side has caused concern with the way the state is handling new arrivals. Jetstar has admitted to the issue and will ensure a situation like this doesn't happen again.
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"We assisted by locating passengers in the terminal who had disembarked without being screened and provided the aircraft manifest to the department to assist them in contacting passengers," a spokesperson said.
People living in Victoria will only be allowed to cross over to the NSW side if they live in close proximity to the border.
NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant has confirmed that there was 'an issue' at Sydney Airport last night.
She said: "The airport has now put in protocols to ensure that the health teams are there and able to do the screening, and no-one is allowed to disembark before that happens.
"All of those individuals are known, obviously you get tickets when you're on a plane, we are in the process of tracing them up, if anyone is found to have travelled in breach of any orders we'll refer them to police and take the appropriate action, depending on whether anyone is symptomatic, to ensure the community is protected."
Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will go into Stage 3 lockdown from midnight tonight to prevent more cases of coronavirus from spreading.
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