Partner of coronavirus case also tests positive after Jetstar flight from Melbourne to Darwin

Northern Territory health authorities say the female partner of a man who tested positive to coronavirus yesterday has now also tested positive to the virus.

The family arrived in Darwin from Melbourne yesterday on Jetstar flight JQ 678, which departed Melbourne at 9:15am and arrived in Darwin at 1:10pm.

The woman’s partner found out he had tested positive while he was on the flight, and went straight into isolation at the Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH).

Authorities yesterday said the man was wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) on the plane and was asymptomatic during the flight.

Since the family’s arrival the woman had been under the care of RDH in isolation.

The family was returning to Darwin after accompanying a person who had gotten essential medical care in Melbourne.

There have been 34 cases of coronavirus diagnosed in the NT, and all have been related to international or interstate travel, with no cases of community transmission.

All arrivals into the Northern Territory from declared coronavirus hotspots (Victoria, Greater Sydney, Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Port Stephens, Eurobodalla Shire) must quarantine for two weeks at a government-approved facility.

The flight was the only Jetstar flight on the Melbourne-Darwin route on Friday.

The NT Health Department said contact tracing on the flight had been completed.

The case is the second to be diagnosed in the NT since a US marine tested positive on July 10.