Coronavirus is shocked in Western Australia as six travelers returning from Dubai test positive
- Four women, two men flying Dubai to Perth on the Emirates EK420, are positive
- Passengers in rows 26 to 31 are considered to be in close contact
- New cases bring WA coronavirus count to 618, nine of which are active
Six people who returned to Western Australia on a flight from Dubai have tested positive for the corona virus, with authorities investigating their contact with other passengers.
The passengers, four women and two men between the ages of 40 and 64, arrived in Perth on Wednesday and returned positive test results two days later.
They are in the hotel quarantine, along with the other passengers on the flight.
Pictured: Emirates Airbus lands at Perth Airport in January. All six new cases of coronavirus arrived on Emirates flight EK420 on Wednesday
The WA Department of Health says it interviews all passengers on Emirates flight EK420 to determine if there was close contact with those who tested positive.
Those in rows 26 to 31 are believed to have been in close contact with the six fliers with the virus, the Western Australian reported.
Flight details, including the rows the passengers were in, have been uploaded to the HealthyWA website.
The WA Health Department interviews all passengers on the flight and believes that those in rows 26 through 31 have had “close contact” with the infected passengers. Image: Stock Photo of Test Coronavirus
Pictured: Passengers arriving at Perth International Airport in February. The six new international arrivals with coronavirus push the state up to 618, nine of which are active
All new cases are from the Perth metropolitan area.
Western Australia has had 618 cases so far, nine of which are now active.
The news comes a day after the $ 11 million Royal Perth Show 2020 got the green light.
Perth Now reports that this year’s show will focus on industries affected by the pandemic, including tourism, small businesses, arts and entertainment, and nonprofits.
Government-funded support will cut entrance prices for families and adults by 25 percent to encourage participation.