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Reporter on coronavirus flight reveals health advice ‘unclear, constantly changing’

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On Monday evening, a Tigerair flight from Melbourne landed on the Gold Coast. On board the aircraft were two people who have since tested positive to the deadly coronavirus

On Monday evening, a Tigerair flight from Melbourne landed on the Gold Coast.

On board the aircraft were two people who have since tested positive to the deadly coronavirus

I am a 9News reporter and one of the more than 150 people who shared the flight with the infected passengers. 

9News reporter Maggie Raworth.

I received the news yesterday while covering an unrelated story for Nine's Gold Coast news. 

I immediately called Queensland Heath.

I had been interviewing people all week and needed to know if I should be in contact with others.

I was told to leave work straight away, that I was at risk of also contracting the virus and that I needed to go into self-isolation. 

Queensland Health were unable to tell me what seats the infected passengers were sitting in or how long I should isolate myself for. 

After calling again hours later, the message had changed.

The department was still unable to clarify seat numbers but was now saying I had a low risk of contracting coronavirus and that I should go about my business as per usual. 

The messages from Queensland Heath were unclear, constantly changing and lacking detail. 

The infected passengers were on a Tigerair flight from Melbourne to the Gold Coast.

I've been told work is being carried out to get in touch with all passengers, though I have not received a call from health authorities.

In fact, it wasn't until around 7.30pm yesterday I received an email from the airline. 

I am a fit and healthy person and don't feel unwell.

But I can't help but feel concerned with the lack of effort made to reach out to me yesterday. 

I'm lucky I was across the story yesterday, so I knew to call Queensland Heath but I feel those travelling should have been notified sooner.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-9news-reporter-maggie-raworth-on-flight-with-infected-passengers/ae66a82d-9a56-4a6c-a184-84f7e764f7a2

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