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The person who is reportedly the cause for the Melbourne COVID-19 cluster in Australia, has not entered the country but had travelled via Sri Lanka, Dr. Chandima Jeewandara from Sri Jayewardanapura University said.

Responding to a question by a journalist at a news briefing, he said the person was only a transit passenger, who had arrived from a foreign country and then departed from the country.

“It has been confirmed to us that the said the person did not enter the country but travelled as a transit passenger,” he affirmed.

"Accordingly, there will be no risk that the person, who has been reportedly infected with the Indian variant has associated with the community here," Dr. Jeewandara added.

However, Acting Premier James Merlino recently said the authorities had genomically linked the West Melbourne Delta cluster to a man in his 40s who arrived from Sri Lanka on May 8. The Melbourne Covid cluster had left millions locked down for two weeks. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • VJ Thursday, 10 June 2021 07:06 PM

    The transit area is Sri Lanka, not a foreign country.

    RoaringCreek Thursday, 10 June 2021 07:36 PM

    It may be he was infected in the transit area through airport staff.

    dickie bird Thursday, 10 June 2021 08:09 PM

    VJ, U R Correct. However he was a passing through passenger. Wonder from where this passenger's embarked destination was?

    mahin Thursday, 10 June 2021 08:12 PM

    Because, only country allowed Indians

    Bertie Wooster Thursday, 10 June 2021 08:33 PM

    Rather a sketchy answer, a "foreign country"! Does that country have a name? Why isn't that stated? Why didn't the Dep PM of Victoria mention that the man came from another country via Sri Lanka. Something smells rotten...

    Janitha Thursday, 10 June 2021 08:53 PM

    A indian passenger in transit? Thought indian passenger flights are not allowed in Sri Lanka? How did the transit passenger arrive then to transit?

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Thursday, 10 June 2021 09:20 PM

    If that is the case, then the airline bears the costs and the responsibility.

    A.Rajakumar Thursday, 10 June 2021 10:00 PM

    Origin is the place the passenger embarked from. For contact tracing, it is important to test all persons at the embarkation point as well as transit point.

    GERIATRIC Thursday, 10 June 2021 10:46 PM

    YES; TRANSHIPPED BUT NOT EXPORTED!

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Friday, 11 June 2021 01:19 AM

    The airline is to blame. Before checking in, a negative test must be submitted otherwise the traveler may not board.

    kan Friday, 11 June 2021 09:06 AM

    sri lankan virus


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