First Repatriation Flight From India To Arrive In Australia Tomorrow

14 Mai, 2021, 12:47 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • First Repatriation Flight From India To Arrive In Australia Tomorrow: Officials

Almost half of the 150 people booked to return to Australia from India on the first repatriation flight since last month's flight ban was introduced will now no longer be able to board the plane. This would be the first flight after the Australian government imposed a temporary ban recently with a threat of criminal sanctions, including five years in jail and fines of up to 66,000 Australian dollars for people who try to return from India.

Almost half the passengers intended for the first repatriation flight to Darwin were turned away.

More than 40 of the passengers booked on the first flight out tested positive to the virus and around 30 had been rejected because they were considered close contacts, said an Australian official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

SYDNEY, May 14 ― almost half the 150 passengers booked on Australia's first repatriation flight from India were barred from boarding today, after they or their close contacts tested positive for the coronavirus, an Australian government source said. Including their close contacts, now over 70 people originally scheduled to fly back to Australia will no longer be permitted to board.

The passengers will then head to a converted mining camp in Howard Springs for quarantine, a spokeswoman for the Northern Territory health department said.

The aircraft will make a pit-stop in Darwin, before continuing on to Delhi, and is due to land just after 6pm local time tonight. India's total death toll is now nearing 260,000.

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"It has also carried life-saving oxygen equipment to India to support its Covid-19 response", she said.

"My team across India has worked hard to assist them, to get bookings on this flight, because they are vulnerable", O'Farrell added. Greg Hunt, the Minister for Health and Aged Care, said the Australian Government stood ready to offer further emergency medical supplies if requested by the Indian Government.

"The original decision to put in place that biosecurity order until the 15th of May has proved very effective and it will run its full course until that time without any change", PM Morrison said at that time.

"The challenge we have had with arrivals from India is the higher incidence of infections and the stress that was placing on the quarantine system".

The move to stop repatriating expats in India was a blow to the more than 9,000 in the country who are registered with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as wanting to return.

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