Positive COVID-19 case detected on plane as ship with sick passengers looms off Western Australia

Western Australia’s Police Commissioner, Chris Dawson, says authorities are dealing with a positive COVID-19 case entering on a military plane while a ship with half its crew sick with the virus is sailing towards the state.

A military flight — which departed an RAAF base in Queensland today — was carrying one crew member who was positive for COVID-19.

The flight was met at Perth Airport by police and health officials and the sick man and 21 other people aboard the Russian Antanov plane were transferred to quarantine hotels in Perth.

It is understood the passengers and crew on the flight were tested prior to departure and the result came back during their journey. The positive case was a foreign military crew member.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Dawson said there was a ship “steaming” towards Fremantle with half of its crew infected with COVID-19.

Crew members of the ship reported feeling ill on Sunday and were checked using rapid antigen testing.

The results revealed 11 of the 22 crew were likely to be positive for COVID-19.

Commissioner Dawson said WA Police was working with health authorities and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to manage the ship’s arrival.

It is due to arrive in Fremantle on Friday.

The Commissioner also blasted the actions of four people accused of breaching COVID-19 quarantine restrictions to attend the AFL grand final, labelling them the “third threat” facing Western Australia.

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