THERE have been 128 passengers and 43 workers identified as primary close contacts to a NSW coronavirus case who worked on a flight from Brisbane to Melbourne.
Victoria's COVID-19 testing commander Jeroen Weimar said the Department of Health was following up with people who were on the Virgin Flight 334.
"We're obviously very concerned," Mr Weimar said. "We want to make sure they get tested. It highlights the risk of a significant community outbreak."
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Mr Weimar said the positive NSW case was only in Melbourne on Friday night. He said they did not leave their accommodation near the Melbourne Airport.
The testing commander also noted contacts from the Granites Mine outbreak in the Northern Territory have travelled to Victoria.
Mr Weimar said the three mine workers were in isolation and being tested for COVID-19.
He said anyone who was in Victoria after working at the mine between June 19 to June 25 should contact the Department of Health, get tested, and isolate.
Mr Weimar also encouraged Victorians to avoid any unnecessary travel to NSW.
He said overnight, about 1500 Victorians who were in the red-zone areas have applied for permits to return home.
VICTORIA has recorded three new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to midnight.
All of the new cases were overseas arrivals in hotel quarantine, while there have been zero new cases acquired locally.
Another 14,982 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday, while 20,698 people were tested for the virus.
It comes as the department was alerted to a positive coronavirus case who on Friday travelled to Melbourne from Brisbane on Virgin Flight 334.
The case, who left Victoria on Saturday, was a close contact of a NSW case.
The department said the COVID-positive result was processed interstate and would not be in Victoria's case numbers.
A number of new public exposure sites have been listed at the Melbourne Airport as a result of the NSW case.
The travel restrictions between Victoria and NSW have also changed, as Greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains, and the Central Coast go into a two-week lockdown.
Those regions have already been declared as red zones to Victoria, meaning non-Victorians from those areas cannot obtain a permit or enter the state unless they have an exemption.
Victorian residents who have been in a red zone can obtain a permit to enter the state but must travel directly home and quarantine for 14 days.
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They must get tested within 72 hours of arrival and again on or around day 13 of quarantine.
The chief health officer on Saturday declared all of regional NSW and the ACT an orange zone with effect from 1:00am on Sunday.
Anyone who travels from regional NSW or the ACT needs an orange zone permit to enter Victoria through the Service Victoria website.
Orange zone permit holders entering Victoria must isolate on arrival, get tested within 72 hours, and stay isolated until they get a negative result.
More information about the permit system can be found at www.service.vic.gov.au
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