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