The Qantas flight is forced to return to Sydney due to a cluster of coronavirus cases among baggage handlers
- A Qantas flight turned over halfway through Tuesday due to COVID-19
- Six baggage handlers tested positive for COVID-19 at Adelaide Airport
- In total, seven flights were affected by a lack of baggage handlers
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A Qantas flight from Sydney to Adelaide has been forced to reverse because of the corona virus.
The plane was approaching the South Australian border on Tuesday when it was forced to fly back to Sydney due to a lack of baggage handlers.
Six baggage handlers have tested positive for COVID-19 at Adelaide Airport, meaning there is a lack of staff to unload and load aircraft.
“Seven flights to and from Adelaide have been affected,” a Qantas spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
A Qantas flight from Sydney to Adelaide has been forced to reverse because of the corona virus
“This includes a flight from Sydney on its way to Adelaide returning to Sydney and passengers will receive accommodation and alternative services tomorrow.”
The spokesman said the airline is working with the state’s health department to provide contact tracking for the confirmed cases.
Other employees who have come into contact with them have been instructed to isolate themselves.
“We are working to minimize any disruptions to customers flying in and out of Adelaide, although passenger numbers have decreased significantly due to government travel restrictions,” said the spokesperson.
The airline said they are also introducing improved cleaning measures as a result.
South Australia Health announced on Tuesday that they are investigating a COVID-19 cluster at Adelaide Airport.
Six baggage handlers have tested positive for COVID-19 at Adelaide Airport, meaning there is a lack of staff to unload and load aircraft
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 4559
New South Wales: 2.032
Western Australia: 364
South Australia: 337
Australian Capital Territory: 80
Northern Territory: 15
TOTAL CASES: 4,559
About 100 people working in the immediate vicinity of the infected Qantas baggage handlers have to isolate themselves for 14 days.
SA Health confirmed the outbreak and announced 32 new cases in the state.
“We are currently discussing risk mitigation with Qantas and therefore a significant number of staff will need to be quarantined,” said Nicola Spurrier, Chief Public Health Officer.
“This is a serious situation.”
Dr Spurrier said they have met Qantas and will implement measures to ensure that luggage can be unloaded despite contamination.
“I absolutely hope that the flights are not interrupted,” she said.
“Qantas has done a fantastic job of bringing people home internationally and also transporting people in Australia on domestic flights.”
Dr Spurrier advised travelers who have flown in the past 24 hours to ‘wipe’ their suitcases and keep track of coronavirus symptoms.
The latest contamination cases in South Australia bring the total to 337.