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Three cases now linked to flights into Adelaide


South Australian authorities announced on Thursday three new COVID cases have been linked to three separate flights from Sydney and Melbourne, in the first infections recorded at Adelaide Airport since the borders reopened.

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According to an update from SA Health this afternoon, today’s new positive cases include a man in his 50s and a woman in her 20s who both acquired their infection interstate.

The third case is a man in his 60s who acquired his infection overseas.

All three are now in isolation and have been transferred to a quarantine facility, while household close contacts are also in quarantine.

The three travellers are the first positive cases recorded at Adelaide Airport since the borders reopened on Tuesday. One of the cases was foreshadowed this morning, when SA Health released a list of exposure sites related to the Sydney flight QF733.

Everyone on board Qantas Flight QF0739, which arrived from Sydney at 2:10pm on Wednesday, has been ordered to isolate.

Passengers seated between rows one to four on the Qantas Flight QF733 that flew in from Sydney at 10:15am on Wednesday have been given the same instructions.

Passengers seated between rows 15-19 who flew in from Melbourne on Tuesday aboard Qantas Flight QF679 at 10:20am are also to go into isolation.

Other passengers on the plane will be contacted by SA Health with further instructions.

Krispy Kreme at Adelaide Airport has been listed as a casual contact site, with anyone there between 10:40am to 11:20am on Wednesday ordered to isolate until they get a negative test.

Anyone at Adelaide Airport between 10:15am to 11:25am on Wednesday, Brighton Central (Foodland, Brighton City Meats, Brighton Fresh Seafoods) between 12:45pm to 1:15pm, and  Brighton Central (Foodland) between 5:00pm to 5:20pm should monitor for symptoms and get tested if any develop.

People at those locations at other times are also encouraged to get tested if they develop symptoms.

They follow one case on Wednesday of a young girl who tested positive after travelling with her family by car from Nhill in Victoria to visit relatives in SA.

The family returned to Victoria to quarantine after the child tested positive at Tailem Bend.

Another traveller was found to be “viral shedding” because the person had tested positive some weeks ago in Victoria, but won’t be counted as a SA case.

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