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Australia Plane full of WA MPs in mid-air to Canberra as Perth lockdown hits

12:40  31 january  2021
12:40  31 january  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A Qantas flight full of politicians heading from WA to Canberra have been caught mid - air by the shock lockdown announcement (stock image). Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ben Morton was also aboard along with an unknown number of Parliamentary staffers, The Australian The politicians were heading to Canberra for the next three sitting weeks of Parliament, and their plane took off from Perth minutes before Mr McGowan announced the snap five-day lockdowns . Now they will have to quarantine in Canberra with parliamentary officials saying they must immediately report to

Passengers describe the terrifying moment their flight from Melbourne to Canberra entered a fire-generated weather system over south-eastern Australia. Pyrocumulous clouds emerge when hot air from fires rises into the sky and cools, causing condensation and the formation of clouds. Qantas fleet safety captain Debbie Slade said pilots reacted quickly to hitting the unexpected turbulence. "The pilots ascended to a higher altitude before taking a different approach into Canberra , where the aircraft had a normal landing," she said.

Christian Porter wearing a suit and tie: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

A plane-load of Western Australian politicians was caught in mid-air on its way to Canberra by Sunday's shock lock-down announcement.

At least one passenger on the flight is understood to have visited one of the many exposure sites flagged by West Australian Premier Mark McGowan.

Politicians on Qantas flight QF 856 include Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Attorney-General Christian Porter.

Most of Labor's federal MPs from WA are also understood to have been on the plane except for Patrick Gorman.

a large passenger jet flying through a blue sky: A Qantas flight full of politicians heading from WA to Canberra have been caught mid-air by the shock lockdown announcement (stock image) © Provided by Daily Mail A Qantas flight full of politicians heading from WA to Canberra have been caught mid-air by the shock lockdown announcement (stock image)

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ben Morton was also aboard along with an unknown number of Parliamentary staffers, The Australian reported.

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The department which oversees Australia's response to disasters and emergencies has temporarily closed its Canberra headquarters as the capital continues to be blanketed by smoke from surrounding bushfires. Key points: Fires are still burning to the east, west and south of the ACT. "The department continues to monitor air quality across all its sites in Canberra in the event business continuity arrangements need to be extended," Mr Carpay said in the email, which was obtained by the ABC. "We are also looking into procuring air purifiers for key sites." The smoke is coming from fires surrounding the ACT.

The plane was carrying 78 passengers as well as crew when the right engine flamed out at 11,000 feet as it began its descent to Canberra . A Virgin plane lost two engines mid - air during a flight last Thursday. Source: AAP, file. It reignited five seconds later but then the left engine flamed out, forcing crew to perform manual ignition for the remainder of the flight. The plane stayed at Canberra for three days for testing before it recommenced flights on Monday. It has made almost a dozen trips since the incident. Virgin Australia told 7 News the flight landed safely and no customers were impacted.

The politicians were heading to Canberra for the next three sitting weeks of Parliament, and their plane took off from Perth minutes before Mr McGowan announced the snap five-day lockdowns.

Now they will have to quarantine in Canberra with parliamentary officials saying they must immediately report to staff at Canberra Airport on arrival.

Landing was scheduled at 6.40pm local time in Canberra, while WA's lockdown takes effect at 6pm, WA time.

'As directed by the Speaker, all WA Members and Staff must report to the SAA and Whips staff on arrival at the gate in Canberra airport,' advice from the presiding officers of parliament states.

'You will be directed to quarantine until further advised by the whips office.'

Christian Porter wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Attorney-General Christian Porter was onboard the flight © Provided by Daily Mail Attorney-General Christian Porter was onboard the flight

ACT Health issued a statement on Sunday evening just after the plane's scheduled landing time requesting passengers to go directly to their hotel accommodation.

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Perth endured a three-day lockdown last week after the virus leaked out of one of the hotels. This marked the seventh time since November that an Australian city has plunged into a snap lockdown due to a quarantine leak. But the new quarantine centre will need federal buy-in. He called on Canberra to stump up the A0m (£56m; m) investment needed to build the centre by the end of the year. Experts have also suggested the alternative of home quarantine, which has been a success in nations like Taiwan and New Zealand.

Federal politicians arriving from Perth into Canberra are being told to go directly to their accommodation and await instructions. They were flying to the ACT when WA’s Premier announced his state would go into a five day lockdown after a hotel quarantine security guard tested positive to COVID-19. Finally, the Northern Territory Government has declared Perth , the Peel Region and the South West of Western Australia as COVID-19 hotspots. From 7:30pm CST tonight, any person travelling to the Northern Territory from those areas must undertake 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine.

'ACT Health is requesting that passengers arriving on a flight from Western Australia today go directly to their accommodation and to minimise their interactions with other people,' the statement said.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Vanessa Johnston asked the travellers to take extra precautions.

a man wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Defence Minister Linda Reynolds was also aboard the flight. Some MPs reportedly demanded the flight turn around and head back to Perth © Provided by Daily Mail Defence Minister Linda Reynolds was also aboard the flight. Some MPs reportedly demanded the flight turn around and head back to Perth map: Perth, Peel and the South West will enter a strict lockdown beginning 6pm on Sunday and lasting until Friday - impacting about 80 per cent of WA's population © Provided by Daily Mail Perth, Peel and the South West will enter a strict lockdown beginning 6pm on Sunday and lasting until Friday - impacting about 80 per cent of WA's population

'ACT Health advises that all passengers should wear a mask and go directly to their accommodation,' she said, telling them to also follow all directions from the WA Health authorities.


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The Perth Daily News reported: "The plane was seen by watchers at the Canberra Aerodrome and the Air Force station to circle the drome, and then rise and head south. Mackellar had attested that it would be "fairly safe to assume that all ten men were killed when the plane hit the ground".[25] This conclusion contradicted initial newspaper reports that the victims had been killed by the post-crash fire.[26] There is anecdotal evidence that at least one eyewitness believed there were still people alive after the crash.[a] However, no.

Dr Johnston said ACT Health was monitoring the situation in WA, would make decisions on any new information and would contact the passengers tomorrow.

'Of course, any person who starts to experience symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested immediately,' she said.

Mark McGowan wearing a suit and tie: Western Australia's Premier Mark McGowan held an emergency press conference on Sunday © Provided by Daily Mail Western Australia's Premier Mark McGowan held an emergency press conference on Sunday

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced the snap five-day lockdown on Sunday after a security guard at a quarantine hotel tested positive to coronavirus and visited at least 15 locations around the city.

Perth, Peel and the South West will close beginning 6pm on Sunday and lasting until Friday - covering about 80 per cent of WA's population.

text: Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the days ahead will be difficult for WA residents; they may also be difficult for him with key cabinet ministers sent to their hotels to quarantine © Provided by Daily Mail Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the days ahead will be difficult for WA residents; they may also be difficult for him with key cabinet ministers sent to their hotels to quarantine

The three regions will be closed off to each other with meaning banned from travelling between them without an exemption. Road checkpoints will be set up to ensure compliance.

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The infected employee worked two shifts at Sheraton Four Points in Perth's CBD, and was stationed on a floor where at least one returned traveller was diagnosed with the UK strain of the disease, which is up to 80 per cent more infectious than the original Chinese coronavirus.

LOCKDOWN RULES

Residents in Perth, Peel and the South West are required to stay home, except for the following four reasons:

- Shopping for essentials like groceries, medicine and necessary supplies

- Medical or health care needs including compassionate requirements and looking after the vulnerable

- Exercise, within their neighbourhood, but only with one other person and only for one hour per day

- Work, where you cannot work from home or remotely

If you do leave home, for one of the four reasons you will be required to wear a mask at all times outside and if you need to work indoors, then wearing a mask in the workplace is also mandatory

Mask wearing on public transport is also mandatory

Mr McGowan said genomic sequencing is already underway, but it would be reasonable to accept that the man contracted the mutant strain, and that his close contacts would test positive in the coming days.

The state enjoyed close to 10 months without a single case of Covid-19 in the community, a feat Mr McGowan credits to his tough stance on borders.

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As per the lockdown orders, residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for four reasons; shopping for essential goods like groceries and medicine, seeking medical treatment, exercise for one hour per day and work if a person cannot work remotely.

All pubs, clubs, playgrounds and gyms in Perth will close, while restaurants will be open for takeaway only and visits will be banned to care homes and hospitals.

Schools will remain closed - they were supposed to reopen on Monday for the first day of the year.

Restrictions have also been reintroduced for funerals - limiting them to just 10 people for the duration of lockdown.

Weddings have been cancelled during the lockdown period.

Residents must wear face masks at all times they are outside and face masks are also compulsory at indoor workplaces.

Masks are mandatory on public transport.

Anybody within the locked down regions were urged to stay put to avoid potentially spreading the virus to regional and vulnerable communities.

'We are strongly encouraging that everyone in this area who is from another WA region, stay here,' Mr McGowan said.

'Do not travel further outside of this area until the lockdown is over.'

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