Sydney Covid outbreak: Virgin flight attendant tests positive after working on five flights to three cities – live

Good morning. My name is Michael McGowan and I’ll be bringing you all of today’s developments as much of Sydney wakes to its first full day of this Covid-enforced lockdown.

The troubling news overnight is that health authorities have confirmed that a Sydney-based flight attendant who worked several shifts for Virgin Airlines has tested positive for the virus.

The crew member worked on five services while potentially infectious on 25 and 26 June, including Brisbane, Melbourne and the Gold Coast.

Virgin said in a statement that the crew member is a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case from a known cluster in Sydney, but was not aware they were a close contact of a positive case until after they completed their last flight on Saturday.

The cluster grew to 83 cases on Saturday, prompting the state government to expand the previously limited lockdown to all of greater Sydney and extend it to midnight on 9 July.

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