Coronavirus Australia: Virgin flight from Melbourne to Perth is forced into Covid isolation 💥👩💥

Devastated families were left in tears after their flight from Melbourne to Perth landed 15 minutes too late to beat Western Australia‘s tight new Covid restrictions.

Police boarded the Virgin Australia plane at Perth Airport and told passengers anyone arriving from Victoria must now go into 14-day quarantine or fly straight back to Melbourne.

But if the plane had landed just 15 minutes earlier, they could have strolled through arrivals without a hitch.

More tough Covid restrictions are expected to be imposed on Melbourne in the coming days after the city recorded eight new cases, with the virus having snuck in with two infected removalists from Sydney.

Virgin Australia jet VA681 touched down at 1.15pm on Wednesday, just 15 minutes after the Western Australia State Government changed its Covid travel rules for visitors from Victoria at 1pm, Perth-time.

Police boarded their plane at Perth Airport and told passengers anyone arriving from Victoria must now go into 14-day quarantine

Devastated families were left in tears after their flight from Melbourne to Perth (pictured, left and right) landed 15 minutes too late to beat Western Australia’s tight new Covid restrictions

Virgin Australia jet VA681 touched down at Perth Airport (pictured) at 1.15pm on Wednesday, just 15 minutes after the Western Australia State Government changed its Covid travel rules for visitors from Victoria at 1pm, Perth-time

Virgin Australia jet VA681 touched down at Perth Airport (pictured) at 1.15pm on Wednesday, just 15 minutes after the Western Australia State Government changed its Covid travel rules for visitors from Victoria at 1pm, Perth-time

The state was upgraded from very low risk to low risk, forcing all arrivals from Victoria to go into mandatory isolation for two weeks, or turn around and go home.

But the change in the rules only happened as the Melbourne flight was on final approach to land at Perth Airport, causing emotional scenes as passengers tried to disembark.

One passenger on the flight who was travelling for work said a police officer boarded the plane shortly after it landed.

‘He said that we have to immediately quarantine for 14 days,’ the man told Daily Mail Australia.

The change in the rules only happened as the Melbourne flight was on final approach to land at Perth Airport, causing emotional scenes as passengers tried to disembark (pictured)

The change in the rules only happened as the Melbourne flight was on final approach to land at Perth Airport, causing emotional scenes as passengers tried to disembark (pictured)

‘I have a wife and young children at home, so I’m trying to get a ticket back to Melbourne as we speak.’

The man said there were several mothers with babies on board, and a woman was crying as she disembarked the plane.

‘But it now looks like many of the passengers are going to be able to get back on the same plane and head back to Victoria, so that’s good news,’ he added.

A spokesman for Perth Airport said it was routine for all interstate flights to be met by WA Police under their Covid restrictions to check travellers’ paperwork.

However WA state government’s change of status for Victoria had caused police to enforce the quarantine or return home ultimatum as soon as the Virgin flight arrived.

The Ariel Apartment Complex in Melbourne (pictured) has been plunged into lockdown after being visited for hours by two infected removalists from Sydney

The Ariel Apartment Complex in Melbourne (pictured) has been plunged into lockdown after being visited for hours by two infected removalists from Sydney

Perth Airport said it was routine for all interstate flights to be met by WA Police under their Covid restrictions to check travellers' paperwork. Seen here is an officer questioning a visitor

Perth Airport said it was routine for all interstate flights to be met by WA Police under their Covid restrictions to check travellers’ paperwork. Seen here is an officer questioning a visitor

Victoria is desperately hoping to avoid yet another outbreak that could prompt a fifth lockdown after Sydney’s Delta plague spilled over the border.

Three removalists from Sydney picked up furniture from a flat in Melbourne and dropped it of in Adelaide last week, while two were infected with coronavirus.

Covid requirements such as mask wearing and social distancing were reportedly not followed, and seven people in the apartment building have since tested positive.

Melbourne is as a result staring down the barrel of another wave of restrictions just as it relaxed measures form its last outbreak, and potentially a fifth lockdown.

Visitors to homes and the number of patrons allowed inside venues could be reduced as the city grapples with the new outbreak.

A spokesman for WA Premier Mark McGowan said changes needed to be implemented immediately despite the havoc it caused with travel plans for visitors.

Melbourne is as a result staring down the barrel of another wave of restrictions just as it relaxed measures form its last outbreak, and potentially a fifth lockdown (pictured, the infected Ariele Apartments in Melbourne on Wednesday)

Melbourne is as a result staring down the barrel of another wave of restrictions just as it relaxed measures form its last outbreak, and potentially a fifth lockdown (pictured, the infected Ariele Apartments in Melbourne on Wednesday)

A spokesman for WA Premier Mark McCormack said changes needed to be implemented immediately despite the havoc it caused with travel plans for visitors. Seen here is the Virgin Australia check-in at Perth Airport

A spokesman for WA Premier Mark McCormack said changes needed to be implemented immediately despite the havoc it caused with travel plans for visitors. Seen here is the Virgin Australia check-in at Perth Airport

‘With the NSW outbreak spreading to Victoria, adjustments to our border with Victoria need to take effect immediately,’ the premier’s office told Daily Mail Australia.

‘WA remains in a State of Emergency due to the global pandemic. Border arrangements are constantly reviewed and have the potential to change rapidly, based on the latest health advice.

‘Western Australia has always taken an extra cautious approach to its border controls and this has proven effective in keeping WA safe from COVID-19.

‘Naturally these immediate changes will cause inconvenience but they are necessary to protect the health of Western Australians.

‘The State Government thanks everyone for their understanding.’

Coronavirus Australia: Virgin flight from Melbourne to Perth is forced into Covid isolation

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