Passengers on a flight from Perth to Melbourne that transported a COVID-infected man are still waiting to be tested for the virus almost a week after touching down.
All passengers on the Qantas flight QF778 were contacted and all ground crew tested after the man returned a positive test last week, sparking fresh community transmission fears.
All 10 staff exposed to the case tested negative.
Of the 241 passengers, 156 have all tested negative, but Victorian MP Ben Carroll confirmed there were still passengers who were waiting for a test.
“We’ve still got further outstanding tests that are happening today and tomorrow on that Perth flight, and we’ll have updates during the week,” Mr Carroll told reporters on Monday.
The man, 54, from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, flew to the city on Wednesday and returned a positive test result on Friday after becoming the third person to contract the virus at Perth’s Mercure Hotel.
His household contacts – a spouse and two children – have all returned negative test results.
The passengers on his flight, as well as hundreds of people who were at Melbourne Airport at the time, were last week asked to get tested and quarantine for 14 days.
The man, who was asymptomatic, was notified of his close contact status as he touched down in Melbourne and has been in isolation since then.
Victoria’s COVID-19 testing commander Jeroen Weimar said efforts to test all remaining passengers were continuing.
“Yesterday we had people doing home visits to passengers who hadn’t picked up the phone,” Mr Weimar told ABC radio on Monday.
“We’re very confident we’ve got good engagement and response from all the people on the plane and we’ll continue on that vein.”
Meanwhile, players and staff from North Melbourne football club have all returned negative results after playing at Perth’s Optus Stadium on Saturday night.
The team was granted an exemption to return to Victoria on Sunday and were tested on arrival and forced to isolate.
Victoria recorded no new cases of COVID-19 on Monday from more than 12,000 test results.