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FAR SOUTH COAST REX PASSENGER NOT ALERTED TO CORONAVIRUS INFECTION

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Above: At a media briefing this morning the NSW Premier said the number of cases is rising in NSW. The first cases of children under 10 to have coronavirus have been recorded. 

While Far South Coast residents and businesses are being asked to do their bit to stop the spread of the coronavirus, at great cost to many in the community, NSW Health is lagging in letting at-risk people know they need to be tested. 

NSW Health says on its website a Rex flight from Sydney to Merimbula last Thursday, Flight ZL133, is among flights known to have carried passengers now testing positive to coronavirus. Rows 6,7,8,9 and 10 are in the 'close contact' category. However, one man from the Pambula Merimbula area who contacted East Coast Radio this morning, and was in one of the 'close contact' aisles,  says he's had no notification from NSW Health.  

He says he tried to get tested on Friday because he travels a lot and his job brings him in close contact with large groups of people. He says he was not given a test because he did not have a temperature.  He says he was sitting close to someone on the flight who was coughing and spluttering. 

The number of confirmed cases in NSW has risen to 1029. Cases in Eurobodalla remain at 2, in the Bega Valley officially there are 3 cases. 

The Far South Coast man says he will try and get tested again today, and that he has a sore throat and a bit of a cold. He says he has been out in the community to pay bills, but has been keeping a distance. 

Failure at the state and federal government level seen thousands of people disembark from cruise ships to spread the virus - latest figures are that 211 people from the Ruby Princess which disembarked in Sydney last week, have now tested positive for coronavirus. A woman in her 70s who was on the cruise passed away yesterday. Eight people have now died in Australia.