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Airline scrambles to trace all passengers on Melbourne to Gold Coast Flight of Monday Jan 27

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  • Airline scrambles to trace all passengers on Melbourne to Gold Coast Flight of Monday Jan 27

    Coronavirus alert for hundreds of passengers on Melbourne flight

    Authorities are scrambling to contact more than 150 passengers who were on a flight from Melbourne to the Gold Coast after a man on the plane was diagnosed with coronavirus.

    Tigerair is contacting all passengers on flight TT566 from Melbourne to Gold Coast on Monday, January 27.
    The 44-year-old passenger, who is a Chinese national and has tested positive to the disease
    , is being treated at Gold Coast University Hospital.

    To date, there have been two confirmed cases of coronvirus in Victoria, one in Queensland and four in New South Wales.

    Global airlines, including British Airways, have suspended all flights to mainland China, while other airlines have also scaled back services to halt spread of the virus.
    It comes as Lunar New Year celebrations in Melbourne’s east have been cancelled amid the outbreak.
    The 2020 Box Hill Chinese New Year Festival, which was expected to draw tens of thousands of people on Saturday, has been postponed by organisers who cited "cultural and commercial reasons and out of respect for the difficulties currently being experienced by many people".
    Diners at a popular Chinese restaurant in Glen Waverley may have also been exposed to the coronavirus, with Victoria’s second case being confirmed on Wednesday.
    The patient, a man in his 60s who had travelled to Wuhan in China, is now isolated and recovering at home.

    Whitehorse mayor Sharon Ellis said she was shocked by the decision to cancel one of Melbourne's biggest annual Lunar New Year events and was hoping to have further discussions with organisers..."