A staff member worked a shift at a busy cafe at Melbourne Airport while infected with Covid-19 – raising fears Victoria’s coronavirus outbreak may already have spread across Australia.
In response Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a five day lockdown across the entire state of Victoria from 11.59pm on February 12.
State health officials said early on Friday morning customers and staff at Terminal 4’s Brunetti cafe may have been at risk at any time between 4.45am and 1.15pm on February 9.
Anyone who was at the cafe during that nine-hour window must get tested and remain isolated for 14 days regardless of the result.
About 3,591 passengers from 29 different flights traveled through the airport during this window.
The New South Wales government has also declared this an exposure site and said anyone in NSW who was at Melbourne Airport, Terminal 4 from 4:45am – 2pm on February 9 needs to isolate for 14 days, get tested, and keep isolating regardless of the result.
Those who were there on February 7 and 8 will also need to isolate until they get a negative test result.
Terminal 4 is one of the busiest transport hubs in the country – with passengers travelling to Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth every day on Jetstar flights.
The exposure comes as a further two infections were linked to the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn cluster on Thursday night – bringing the outbreak to 13 cases.
Customers and staff at the Brunetti cafe at Melbourne Airport (pictured) may have been exposed to the coronavirus for up to nine hours on Tuesday
Under the state’s five day lockdown, residents will be required to remain in the houses unless for essential reasons.
Masks must also be worn in public.
Mr Andrews said the new strain of the virus was ‘moving at a velocity we have not seen before’ and the state required a ‘circuit-breaker’ to get on top of the virus.
Brunetti is among 29 venues listed as ‘tier 1’ sites for potential Covid-19 exposure.
Three other Covid-19 cases were linked to the outbreak earlier in the day – one of whom is believed to be an assistant manager at the hotel.
The sudden outbreak has prompted Premier Daniel Andrews to hold heated crisis talks with health chiefs on Thursday night about plans to send Victoria back into a hard lockdown for a third time.
The road map state government advisers have been instructed to draw up would spell an end to crowds at the Australian Open.
South Australia has already closed their border to residents of greater Melbourne as of Thursday in response to the hotel outbreak.
Passengers collect baggage after arriving at Sydney Domestic Airport from Melbourne on February 4. Jetstar runs flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth every day from Terminal 4 of Melbourne Airport
A queue for testing for Covid-19 is pictured at the Sunbury Respiratory Clinic in Melbourne on February 10
SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said police have been deployed to regional checkpoints to enforce the border closure.
He also said officials were attempting to track down anyone that had already traveled across the border that might have been to the affected areas.
‘Our SA Health experts are reaching out to anybody who might have been in one of the affected zones and particularly the hotel itself. We’re making contact with those people.’
‘But we’re also taking a precautionary step by putting this border restriction in place until we know exactly what’s going on in Melbourne.’
Victorian police are seen guarding the Pullman Hotel in Melbourne on February 11. Those quarantined at the Holiday Inn have been relocated so the hotel can be closed for deep cleaning
A police officer stands guard in front of the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport hotel as quarantining hotel guests are moved to a different hotel on Wednesday
People from Greater Melbourne who travel to South Australia must get tested on day one, five, and twelve and isolate for 14 days. Regional Victoria is not affected.
Queenslanders are meanwhile being warned to reconsider travelling to Melbourne as the state prepares to shut its border to travellers from the Victorian capital’s coronavirus risk zones.
The Queensland government will bar entry to anyone who has been to Melbourne’s 29 exposure sites from 1am on Saturday.
A man speaks to hotel staff and an Australian Air Force personnel at the Swanston Street deliveries entrance to the Pullman Hotel on February 10
People wear face masks as they wait to receive a COVID-19 test outside the Sunbury Respiratory Clinic on February 10
Acting Chief Health Officer Sonya Bennett says Queenslanders should reconsider visiting Melbourne altogether.
‘If the situation takes a turn for the worst, we may need to act, so I continue to ask Queenslanders to reconsider the need to travel to Victoria,’ she said.
‘If you do decide to go, I recommend you have plans in place to get back to Queensland quickly.’
Latest Covid exposure sites:
Melbourne Airport Terminal 4: Brunetti cafe. 04.45am-1.15pm on 9/2/2021
Brighton: North Point Cafe, 2B North Rd. 08.10-09.30 on 31/1/2021. Case dined outside and used bathroom
Brandon Park: Kmart, Brandon Park Shopping Centre, Cnr Springvale Rd and Ferntree Gully Rd. 16.35-17.10 on 31/1/2021. Case attended venue
Clayton South: Nakama Workshop, 85 Main Rd. 11.15-12.00 on 1/2/2021. Case attended venue
Glen Waverley: Commonwealth Bank, 28/32 Kingsway, 1.30pm – 2.15pm on 9.2.2021. Case attended venue
Glen Waverley: HSBC Bank, 38 Kingsway, 2.15pm-3.30pm on 9/2/2021. Case attended venue
Heatherton: Melbourne Golf Academy, 385 Centre Dandenong Rd. 17.19-18.35 on 1/2/2021. Case attended venue
Keysborough: Aces Sporting Club (Driving Range), Cnr Springvale Rd and Hutton Rd. 22.00-23.15 on 30/1/2021. Case attended venue
Keysborough: Kmart, Parkmore Keysborough Shopping Centre, C/317 Cheltenham Rd. 16.00-17.00 on 31/1/2021. Case attended venue
Maidstone: Marciano’s Cakes, 126 Mitchell St. 09.45-10.25, 5/2/2021. Case attended venue
Melbourne: Exford Hotel, 199 Russell St. 23.00-23.35 on 29/1/2021. Case attended bottle shop
Moorabbin Airport: Lululemon, DFO Moorabbin, Shop G-039/250 Centre Dandenong Rd. 17.00-17.45 on 1/2/2021. Case attended venue
Noble Park: Club Noble, 46/56 Moodemere St. 14.36-15.30 on 30/01/2021. Case attended venue
Springvale: Bunnings Springvale, 849 Princes Hwy. 11.30-12.15 on 1/2/2021. Case attended venue
Springvale: Coles Springvale, 825 Dandenong Rd. 17.00-18.00 on 31/1/2021. Case attended venue
Springvale: Sharetea Springvale, 27C Buckingham Ave. 18.50-19.30 on 1/2/2021. Case attended venue
Springvale: Woolworths Springvale, 302 Springvale Rd. 18.30-19.30 on 1/2/2021. Case attended venue
Sunbury: PJ’s Pet Warehouse. 3:37pm – 4:10pm on 5.2.2021. Case attended venue
Sunbury: Bakers Delight at Sunbury Square Shopping Centre. 3:40pm – 4:15pm on 5/2/2021. Case attended venue;
Sunbury: Al Dente Deli at Sunbury Square Shopping Centre. 3:45pm – 4:23pm on 5/2/2021. Case attended venue;
Sunbury: Sushi Sushi at Sunbury Square Shopping Centre. 3:53pm – 4:28pm on 5/2/2021. Case attended venue;
Sunbury: Asian Star at Sunbury Square Shopping Centre: 3:57pm – 4:30pm on 5/2/2021. Case attended venue;
Sunbury: Sunny Life Massage at Sunbury Square Shopping Centre. 4:30pm – 6:30pm on 6/2/2021. Case attended venue;
Sunbury: Cellarbrations 34 Batman Ave. 6:17pm – 7:02pm on 6/2/2021. Case attended venue;
Sunbury: Cellarbrations, 34 Batman Ave. 5:44pm – 6:19pm 7/2/2021. Case attended venue.
Sunshine: Dan Murphy’s, 47 McIntyre Rd. 17.50-18.30 on 5/2/2021. Case attended venue
Sunshine: Dan Murphy’s, 47 McIntyre Rd,18.50-19.30 on 6/2/2021. Case attended venue
Taylors Lakes: Off Ya Tree Watergardens, 399 Melton Highway. 13.00-13.52 on 6/2/2021. Case attended venue
West Melbourne: Kebab Kingz, 438 Spencer St. 23.24-00.15 on 29/1/2021. Case dined outside