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Andy Murray in doubt, Madison Keys out as Tennys Sandgren boards flight to Melbourne for Australian Open despite recent positive COVID-19 test


Andy Murray’s return to the Australian Open is in doubt after the Scotsman tested positive for COVID-19 just days before he was due to fly to Australia via a charter flight.

The three-time grand slam champion and five-time Australian Open finalist is isolating at home near London, the tournament said in a statement.

“The AO fans love Andy, and we know how much he loves competing here in Melbourne and how hard he’d worked for this opportunity.”

Murray has reportedly not given up on making the trip and had earlier backed out of the Delray Beach Open in Florida to “minimise the risks” of contracting the virus through international travel.

However, that could prove difficult with players and officials required to arrive in Australia during a 36-hour window from Thursday and needing to serve a mandatory isolation of 14 days.

Murray has been given a wildcard entry into the first grand slam tournament of 2021.

Murray is not the only player to suffer a COVID blow with women’s world number 16 Madison Keys pulling out after testing positive for COVID-19.

“I’m very disappointed to not be able to play in the coming weeks after training hard in the off-season and knowing Tennis Australia and the tours did so much to make these events happen,” Keys wrote on Twitter, while also announcing her positive test.

Sandgren allowed to come to Australia despite positive test

While Keys is out, Murray could potentially compete in Australia, after American player Tennys Sandgren was given special clearance to board a charter flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne despite testing positive for COVID-19 in November and again on Monday.

Sandgren received an exemption after Australian health officials assessed his case history.

Sandgren tweeted he tested “COVID positive” on Monday, after originally testing positive in late November, and was initially barred from the flight containing international players out of Los Angeles.

But the world number 50 said he was then allowed to join the delayed flight, calling Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley a “wizard”.

Sandgren, a two-time Australian Open quarter-finalist, tweeted he was not contagious and had “totally recovered”.

“My two tests were less than eight weeks apart. I was sick in November, totally healthy now,” his tweet read.

COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria released a statement this afternoon saying it had reviewed Sandgren’s positive test result “as per standard processes” and he was cleared to travel to Australia.

It said the evidence in Sandgren’s case “suggested he had recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection and is still shedding viral particles”.

“For people who have previously tested positive and have since recovered, it is common to shed viral fragments for some time — which can trigger another positive result,” the statement read.

“Any person who returns a positive test result has their medical and case history reviewed by a team of public health experts.

“Only those who are determined to be recovered and no longer infectious will be allowed to travel to Australia.”

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Victorian Police and Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville supported the decision to allow Sandgren to board the flight to Australia.

“Tennys Sandgren’s positive result was reviewed by health experts and determined to be viral shedding from a previous infection, so was given the all clear to fly,” Ms Neville tweeted.

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Tennis Australia said it was following Victorian Government guidelines on players being allowed to fly to Melbourne.

“Any recovered case must go through this process in order to have an opportunity to travel here for the Australian Open,” Tennis Australia said in a statement.

“No one can travel without either proof of a negative test or this special clearance from authorities confirming they are not infectious.

“Upon arrival all players are immediately placed in a secure quarantine environment for 14 days under the authority of COVID Quarantine Victoria and will undergo a more rigorous testing schedule than most returning travellers.”

The Australian Open will start at Melbourne Park on February 8 and run until February 21.

The first charter flight carrying players contesting the Australian Open arrived in Melbourne this evening.

Earlier this week, three hotels were added to Victoria’s hotel quarantine program to accommodate the arrivals.

These are the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne, the View on St Kilda Road, and the Pullman hotel in Albert Park.

The entrance to the Grand Hyatt Melbourne.
There will be three quarantine hotels for Australian Open tennis players and staff in Melbourne.(ABC News: Chris Le Page)

Players and their support people will be allowed to leave their hotel rooms for up to five hours per day to complete training.

Each hotel will have its own dedicated training facility.

Dedicated training venues have also been set up at Melbourne Park, the National Tennis Centre and Albert Reserve.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams are on a separate charter flight that will fly direct to Adelaide for a planned exhibition event in the South Australian capital.

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Tennys Sandgren boards flight to Melbourne for Australian Open despite recent positive COVID-19 test


American tennis player Tennys Sandgren says he has been allowed to board a chartered flight to Melbourne for the Australian Open, despite recently testing positive for coronavirus.

Sandgren tweeted he tested “COVID positive” on Monday, after originally testing positive in late November, and was initially barred from the flight containing international players out of Los Angeles.

But the world number 50 said he was then allowed to join the delayed flight, calling Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley a “wizard”.

Sandgren, a two-time Australian Open quarter-finalist, tweeted he was not contagious and had “totally recovered”.

“My two tests were less than eight weeks apart. I was sick in November, totally healthy now,” his tweet read.

Tennis Australia (TA) would not comment specifically on Sandgren’s situation but said it was following Victorian Government guidelines on players being allowed to fly to Melbourne.

“Some people who have recovered from COVID-19 and who are non-infectious can continue to shed the virus for several months,” TA said in a statement.

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“Victorian Government public health experts assess each case based on additional detailed medical records to ensure they are not infectious before checking in to the charter flights.

The Australian Open will start at Melbourne Park on February 8 and run until February 21.

The first players contesting the Australian Open are scheduled to arrive in Melbourne this evening.

Earlier this week, three hotels were added to Victoria’s hotel quarantine program to accommodate the arrivals.

These are the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne, the View on St Kilda Road, and the Pullman hotel in Albert Park.

The entrance to the Grand Hyatt Melbourne.
There will be three quarantine hotels for Australian Open tennis players and staff in Melbourne.(ABC News: Chris Le Page)

Players and their support people will be allowed to leave their hotel rooms for up to five hours per day to complete training.

Each hotel will have its own dedicated training facility.

Dedicated training venues have also been set up at Melbourne Park, the National Tennis Centre and Albert Reserve.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams are on a separate charter flight that will fly direct to Adelaide for a planned exhibition event in the South Australian capital.

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Eleven flight crew members test positive to coronavirus in Victoria, says COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar


“It’s probably one of the highest hit rates we’ve seen of any cohort and a key area of risk,” Mr Weimar said.

Other states and territories are to introduce the same testing regime following a decision at national cabinet on Friday.

“We’re very pleased, of course, to see the other states adopting those kinds of principles to make sure we can not only safeguard Victoria but safeguard the wider Australian community,” Mr Weimar said.

COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar.

COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar.

Mr Weimar said at a press conference on Sunday that every international aircrew member arriving in Melbourne was subjected to testing and accommodated for their layover in a dedicated hotel.

Most crew members had one or two days before their next flight and positive cases were repatriated out of the country on a crew-only flight, Mr Weimar said.

He said there were two cases when crew members were on board a plane and conducting pre-flight checks when their test results came back and they were prevented from flying with passengers.

In one case, a crew member was escorted off the flight and into the hotel, and his colleagues had to go into isolation, Mr Weimar said. The passengers, who hadn’t boarded, had to catch another flight.

International airlines have objected to Melbourne's strict rules on the testing of crew.

International airlines have objected to Melbourne’s strict rules on the testing of crew. Credit:Luis Ascui

Airlines threatened to suspend flights to Melbourne over the testing regime because of concerns that pilots and cabin crews would be stranded in Australia and no one could fly their planes out.

The regime does not apply to crew who have their next flight within eight hours. That cohort are told to stay at the terminal and not access public areas.

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Victoria’s policy dictates that testing should occur within 90 minutes of checking into the dedicated hotel and depending on their length of stay, airline crew will also be tested on day three and day 11. Test results are supposed to come back to flight crews within 12 hours, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Since mid-December, NSW has had a policy of accommodating crews in government-managed hotels when the workforce is in transit through Sydney. But Victoria was the only state to require crews to take a COVID-19 test on arrival.

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Woman flies into Queensland on Virgin flight before testing positive


Queensland health authorities have added a number of venues to a contact tracing alert after a woman infected with coronavirus travelled into the state from Sydney.

The patient, in her 50s, linked to the cluster on Sydney’s northern beaches was infected when she flew into Brisbane on Virgin flight VA925 landing about 9.30am on Wednesday.

Queensland Health has now issued new alerts about places the woman visited across Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

The woman is said to have visited these places on Wednesday December 16:

  • Virgin flight VA925, Sydney to Brisbane – Arrival time 9.00am/9.30am
  • Brisbane Domestic Airport, Brisbane City – 9.00am/09.30am to 09.54am
  • Hertz Car Rental, 1980 Sandgate Road, Boondall – 10.00am (Exchanged vehicle at 10.15am) to 10.30am
  • The Glen Hotel, Eight Mile Plains – 11:00am to 2.30pm (Any patrons after 2:30pm should continue to monitor for symptoms and get tested if any develop)
  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Birtinya – 5pm to 8.30pm
  • Kawana Waters Nightcap Hotel, Buddina – 9.00pm to 7.00am the following day
  • Hungry Jacks, Kawana Waters – 8.00pm to 10.00pm

She also visited these places on Thursday December 17:

  • Hertz Car Rental, 1980 Sandgate Road, Boondall – 8.30am (Exchanged vehicle at 8.55am) to 9.00am
  • The Prince Charles Hospital Fever Clinic, Chermside – 10.19am to 10.26am
  • Coles Express, Mooloolaba – 7.00am to 7.30am

The woman travelled to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane and stayed overnight at a hotel before returning to Brisbane on December 17 to get a test at Prince Charles Hospital after a friend notified her of the outbreak in Sydney.

The woman was considered to be infectious in Queensland for two days but is now self-isolating back on Sydney’s northern beaches after driving home following her test which came back positive on Thursday night.

Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said the woman had been an “excellent individual” who left the state straight after her test.

“She got a hire car and drove straight down to Sydney,” she said.

“She did stop along the way but again she managed her interactions.”

Dr Young said the woman “didn’t realise” she was a risk during her stay in Queensland and she was “confident” that Queensland Health would track down all potential contacts.

She is now asking anyone who was sitting near the woman on the Virgin flight to get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days.

“Passengers on flight VA925 on 16 December seated in rows 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 are required to get tested and quarantine for 14 days from Wednesday 16 December,” she said in a statement.

“If you were in one of those rows, you should be contacted directly by our contact tracers. Alternatively, these passengers can contact 13HEALTH.

“While the risk is low, I’m also asking all other passengers from flight VA925 on 16 December to remain vigilant and if you develop any symptoms to get tested.

“Similarly, any close contacts who dined at the Glen Hotel in Eight Mile Plains on 16 December will be contacted directly by our contact tracers.

“However, I am also asking anyone else who was at the Glen Hotel on 16 December after 11.30am to be vigilant and if you develop any symptoms to get tested immediately.”

The northern beaches has been declared a hotspot in Queensland and any resident who travels to the state from Saturday will need to quarantine for 14 days in a government hotel.

NSW Health said in a statement on Friday woman’s case was one of two fresh diagnoses under “urgent investigation”.

NSW’s chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant told media in Sydney the woman attended Avalon RSL on December 11 and left the state not knowing about the virus outbreak that had flowed from the venue.

The number of cases linked to the RSL club and the Avalon Bowling Club now stands at 28, with 15 cases of community transmission recorded in the last 24 hours.

“That individual was identified through our contact tracing efforts in NSW and we contacted that individual and that individual had already departed and was in Queensland at the time,” Dr Chant said.

“We advised them to isolate and get a test. They then contacted the Queensland officials prior to the test result coming back and were advised about safe transport back to NSW so they drove their own car and made their way back here and during that journey, they received a positive test result.”



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Coronavirus borders: Qantas, Virgin flight changes


Australia’s major airlines are scrambling to adjust their schedules as passenger change fights amid a coronavirus outbreak that has Sydney’s Northern Beaches region exiled from many parts of the nation.

So far 28 cases have been detected across Sydney’s Northern Beaches with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian telling residents on Friday to brace themselves for the number of COVID-19 diagnoses to increase.

Queensland has declared Sydney’s Northern Beaches a hotspot while WA has implemented self-quarantine measures for NSW arrivals. Victoria has also reintroduced a permit system for NSW travellers, and said northern beaches residents and visitors would not be eligible.

A Qantas representative said they will be contacting passengers affected by the border changes although they are already being inundated with calls.

They have asked passengers to not contact their call centre which is being placed under pressure.

“We are seeing a high level of inquiry from customers in Sydney looking to change their travel plans, so we’d ask anyone not travelling in the next 14 days to please avoid calling our contact centre to help us manage these volumes,” they said.

“Customers can manage their booking directly via qantas.com and jetstar.com or via the Qantas app.”

Virgin Australia has already started making changes to its schedule as it meets the demand of those wanting to return from Sydney to avoid quarantine.

A Virgin Australia spokesman said their scheduling changes would be flexible to deal with passengers, either wanting leave Sydney or return from interstate.

“While New South Wales services are currently operating as normal, changes to customer demand and booking trends may require us to adjust our forward schedule,” the spokesman said.

“Any impacted customers will be provided with options to re-book on alternative services or be able obtain a travel credit for use at a later stage.”

One new case in Queensland involved a woman from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, said Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“We are on high alert,” she told reporters on Friday.

Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young has instructed any Queenslanders who had been to the Northern Beaches since December 11 to isolate at home for 14 days and come forward for testing.

“From midday tomorrow, anyone who has been in the Northern Beaches region in NSW since December 11 2020 will not be able to visit Queensland residential aged care centres, hospitals or correctional facilities,” Dr Young said.



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Flight costs soar as people rush to beat border closures


Anyone hoping to make a last minute escape from NSW and head to Queensland ahead of Christmas can expect to pay a premium price with the current outbreak causing flight costs to surge.

Recently Virgin Australia was offering $89 flights from Sydney to Brisbane but since the northern beaches COVID-19 cluster was uncovered prices have increased dramatically.

Prices for one-way flights have now jumped to almost $800 in some cases, which is an increase of about 800%. The cheapest options start at about at $195 and increase from there.

Qantas prices have also surged for flights from Sydney to Brisbane, with the cheapest options for Saturday starting at about $300.

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It comes as hundreds of people have rushed to Sydney Airport in a bid to leave the state following fears more border restrictions will be announced.

Multiple states and territories have already reimposed border restrictions for the northern beaches, with some even requiring all NSW residents to go into mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

In response to the recent border changes, Virgin Australia is offering fee-free changes to all bookings until January 31. Change fees can also be waived up until March 31, 2021 for COVID-19 reasons.

“Due to the evolving situation in New South Wales, some States and Territories are implementing revised border restrictions. Customers should ensure they check the latest information on the respective Government websites prior to travel,” a Virgin Australia spokesperson said in a statement.

“While New South Wales services are currently operating as normal, changes to customer demand and booking trends may require us to adjust our forward schedule.

“Any impacted customers will be provided with options to re-book on alternative services or be able obtain a travel credit for use at a later stage.”

NSW confirmed 10 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the northern beaches cluster to 28 infections.

People living in the northern beaches have been asked to stay at home for the next three days and only go out for necessary reasons.

All public spaces in the area have been shut down and will remain closed until at least Sunday.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she is hopeful increased restrictions won’t have to be placed on the northern beaches, but said she wouldn’t hesitate to do so if it becomes necessary.

“We don’t want to go down the mandatory path but we will if we have to but at this stage, let’s see how the next 24 to 48 hours goes,” Ms Berejiklian said on Friday.

“I will not hesitate to take on health advice if Dr Chant and her team give us advice to the alternative but at this stage we believe what we have in place is commensurate or matches what the risk is.

“But I also do want to stress we don’t want to be in a position just before Christmas to have to restrict the easing of restrictions we have put in place a couple of weeks ago. We don’t want to do that unless we absolutely have to do but I cannot rule that out until we know what the next 24 to 48 hours looks like.”

The premier said for the moment people in hotspot areas appeared to be following health advice but said the need for restrictions could change if cases continue to rise.

Ms Berejiklian said it might not just be the northern beaches community being impacted, with restrictions possible encompassing greater Sydney if the outbreak spreads.



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Flight Centre bosses not required to ‘stand over’ staff to take breaks


The claimant group, which also gave evidence, spoke of pressure to attend regular so-called “buzz nights”, where they received food and drinks but were not paid, and working outside their rostered hours to attend meetings and finish tasks or sales.

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Many of the broader group of witnesses spoke of the standard practice among staff to take only half their one-hour lunch breaks.

The union alleges the company also failed to give an additional two 10-minute paid breaks to four of the five claimants.

Delivering oral submissions before Judge Michael Jarrett on Wednesday, Christopher Murdoch, QC – acting for Minter Ellison on behalf of Flight Centre – argued those breaks were simply provided for under the award.

“The words don’t say breaks must be taken,” he said, adding that should they be intended to for an employer to “stand over” workers there would be a more “dogmatic” approach.

The four former staff members had also given insufficient evidence they had not in fact taken them, he said.

But Charles Massy, for Maurice Blackburn on behalf of the union, argued while it may be difficult in a retail sales environment, a more formal process could have been established.

“The employee can’t discharge that [obligation around the breaks] by simply pushing it down to the employees,” he said.

The breaks remain just one of the disputed aspects of the case.

The union is also arguing the company operated a since dropped “dubious system” for years, featuring below award wages topped up by a parallel commissions-based incentive scheme.

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Flight Centre denies that was so, saying their obligations under both contracts with staff and the award were met.

An audit of the companies broader staff base within 30 days is also sought by the union, which suggests thousands of other workers could have been impacted under the system.

Mr Murdoch argued the court did not have the power to make such an “unacceptable” order as it extended well beyond the five former staff members who brought the case, which would also “not be practical” given the size of the company.

Both parties are expected to make further submissions on the amount of compensation claimed ahead of a further hearing.

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ASIC reprimands Rex over failure to disclose capital city flight plans


The corporate regulator has reprimanded the airline Regional Express for failing to tell investors about plans to launch flights between Sydney and Melbourne before they were splashed across a national newspaper.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission said on Wednesday it would restrict Regional Express (Rex) from using exemptions for reduced disclosure in fundraising documents for one year, meaning it must issue a full prospectus if it wants to raise funds from investors in that period.

ASIC has pulled Rex into line over its failure to inform the market about its capital city flight plans.

ASIC has pulled Rex into line over its failure to inform the market about its capital city flight plans. Credit:Andrew Taylor

ASIC’s action was triggered by an interview Rex’s deputy chairman John Sharp gave to The Australian Financial Review in May this year revealing the airline was considering an investment of $200 million to launch flights between Sydney and Melbourne, taking on Qantas and Virgin Australia on the highly lucrative route.

The ASX put Rex’s shares in a trading halt after the article was published on May 12, with Rex confirming to the market the following day it had “been approached by several parties interested in providing the equity needed for Rex to start domestic operations in Australia” and that the amount of equity required would be around $200 million.



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China tells flight cabin crew to wear nappies on risky COVID routes


  • Medical protective masks
  • Double-layer disposable medical rubber gloves
  • Goggles
  • Disposable caps
  • Disposable protective clothing
  • Disposable shoe covers

Flight crew should wear masks and goggles, but they don’t need nappies.

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Other advice for the flights includes dividing the cabin into “clean area, buffer zone, passenger sitting area and quarantine area,” separated by disposable curtains. The last three rows should be designated as an emergency quarantine area, CAAC said.

China’s aviation market was hit hard at the onset of the outbreak in Wuhan and subsequent spread around the country. But it has recovered — on the domestic front at least — to close to pre-pandemic levels, while other regions such as Europe and the US struggle to bring COVID-19 under control.

Airlines have insisted that it is safe to fly during the pandemic, partly thanks to the hospital-grade air filters on planes, but some researchers say it isn’t yet clear to conclude there’s minimal risk.

Some cases have documented transmission on flights when passengers wore masks and sat far apart.

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Perth flight prices spike after reopening


Australians planning to reunite with family and friends in WA will be slugged thousands of dollars in flights once the border reopens next week.

Flights between Sydney and Perth will cost at least $1000 next week, while one trip with Qantas on December 9 – the day after the border reopens – will set travellers back more than $2000.

A return flight booked from Sydney on December 9 and leaving Perth on December 15, seen on the Qantas site on Wednesday morning, will cost upwards of $4000.

The average cost of a flight before the coronavirus pandemic and border closures was between $300 and $400.

Flights between Melbourne and Perth are just as expensive, with the only direct trip on December 10 set to cost $1027.

Virgin Australia is also costly, with a flight on December 9 setting travellers back $1199.

But savvy travellers could save hundreds by delaying their trips, with prices dropping dramatically just days later as more flights are added.

A Qantas spokeswoman said the airline was caught off guard by WA’s announcement and was trying to add extra direct flights from December 8 as soon as the border reopened.

A flight with Virgin from December 14 will cost just $329 between Sydney and Perth, while the same journey with Qantas will cost $487 from December 15.

“We have been scrambling to add new flights to our schedule, following the WA government’s surprise decision to lift border restrictions,” the Qantas spokeswoman said.

“At this stage, we haven’t added any flights for the first week that borders will be open.

“The flights that are on sale that week are those that were in place for essential travel, so there is limited availability.

“We are looking to add more flights that week, which will see more lower fares available.

“We have added flights from December 14 with fares starting that week from $314 for a flight from Perth to Sydney.”

WA Premier Mark McGowan announced on Tuesday that the state’s border with Victoria and NSW would reopen from December 8 without the need to quarantine.

Mr McGowan said he was disappointed to see such expensive flights.

“I’d urge the airlines to be reasonable,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

“Obviously there’s going to be considerable demand.”

The WA Tourism Council has suggested subsidising flights, but Mr McGowan has ruled that idea out.

“The key to more affordable airfares is more flights,” he said.

“I expect as demand increases there will be additional flights.”

The Premier reiterated he would not hesitate to reimpose the hard border if there was an outbreak in another jurisdiction, but dismissed concerns the message could discourage tourists from coming to WA.

“I’m just being honest,” he said.

“If there’s outbreaks over east, we’ll have to put in place new measures.

“I don’t expect there will be, but what we saw with South Australia is anything can happen at any point in time.

“So all we would say is that we’re open for business, but if we need to put the hard border back in place we will.”

Under WA’s controlled border rules, airport arrivals must undergo a health screening and temperature test, and be prepared to take a COVID-19 test if deemed necessary.

Travellers must also complete a G2G Pass declaring they have no coronavirus symptoms and outlining the jurisdictions they have been in over the past two weeks.

WA has not had any community transmission of the virus in eight months.

In a statement on Tuesday, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the airline would add extra flights from December 14.

Qantas and Jetstar will operate more than 65 additional return flights from Perth to Melbourne and Sydney each week after the WA border reopens.

“NSW and Victoria have done such a great job getting the virus under control that it makes complete sense for WA to open the borders to Sydney and Melbourne,” Mr Joyce said.

“This is news that many families and tourism operators have been waiting so long to hear, but they don’t want borders shutting again when there is a temporary spike in one state or another.”

A Virgin Australia spokeswoman said the strong demand for flights to and from Perth following the announcement was causing fare prices to fluctuate.

She said the airline would also progressively increase services to Perth between December 8 and early January in line with customer demand.

“We are working to add additional services over the coming weeks and look forward to reuniting travellers with loved ones, friends and family soon,” she said.

“Fare prices fluctuate based on demand and due to the number of people making bookings to and from Perth (on Tuesday). Some services have limited seat availability.”

By early January, Virgin will operate up to 16 flights a week between Perth and Melbourne and 14 between Perth and Sydney.

WA recorded two new cases of coronavirus overnight — two men, aged in their 30s and 50s, who travelled from overseas and are in hotel quarantine.

It brings the state’s total number of confirmed infections to 823.

Meanwhile, two women have been caught allegedly breaching self-quarantine after returning to WA from interstate.

Police visited a home in Rockingham on Tuesday where a 37-year-old woman and her four-year-old daughter were supposed to be quarantining, but they had allegedly walked to a nearby park.

“The woman will be infringed for failure to comply with a direction,” police said on Wednesday.

In a separate incident, a 50-year-old woman in Rivervale allegedly breached self-quarantine to go to a fast food restaurant.

Police further allege she left her motel three other times to buy food.

She has been summonsed with four counts of failing to comply with a direction and is scheduled to face Perth Magistrates Court on December 22.



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