Covid 19 coronavirus: 70 Aussies barred from flying out of India

15 Mai, 2021, 06:50 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Australia is sending COVID-19 supplies to India

The figure includes 48 passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 and around 24 close contacts.

The passengers on the repatriation flight were administered the first Covid test 48 hours before boarding, The Guardian reported.

Payne said the passengers from India would undergo a strict quarantine at the Centre for National Resilience at Howard Springs in the Northern Territory.

The next government-facilitated flight from India is expected into Darwin on 23 May, bringing it to a total of 40 such flights since March 2020.

Australian politician Penny Wong, the Labor party spokesperson on foreign affairs, noted one of the stories of a man from Melbourne who had tested positive for Covid-19.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that the Qantas aircraft, VH-ZNE, took off from Sydney on Friday morning, carrying crucial ventilators and medical supplies, headed for India.

Sunny and his mother have been stuck in India since last May after facing multiple flight cancellations. "This will be the second flight of essential medical supplies to support our partners in their Covid-19 health response under the Morrison government's 37.1 million Australian dollar support package for India, which is experiencing a severe rate of Covid 19 infections", she said.

Australia's High Commissioner to India Barry O'Farrell is disappointed those who tested positive won't be able to get on the flight.

"Clearly that will be disappointing for them and it's disappointing for my team across India", he told SBS News.

"Regrettably those people will have to return home and deal with the Covid that they have, or continue to isolate to prove that they don't have Covid".

Mr Gunner said there was a lot of compassion in Darwin for the Australians and residents trying to get home.

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"Clearly the flight will come home with not all seats occupied", he said.

The NT took in the first returning Australians in February previous year from Wuhan, China, which was then the global epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the controversial weeks-long pause had worked.

Despite the requirement for pre-departure testing, health authorities at the Howard Springs quarantine facility are preparing to handle cases of the mutated COVID-19 strain now spreading in India.

In the Northern Territory, where the first repatriation flights from India will land, the number of active cases has fallen from 53 to four.

"But importantly we can now do it and do it safely and we can do it consistently and sustainably and I'm pleased we are going to be able to do that".

Stranded citizens and permanent residents must test negative for COVID-19 before getting the green light to board a flight home.

Mr O'Farrell said those now missing out on the first repatriation trip would be in line for other flights.

The flight's capacity has been reduced to 150 passengers due to social distancing but 72 will be unable to fly.

"People need to know where to go for treatment".

The rollout is expected to get a massive shot in the arm when Global Positioning System start administering jabs to all over-50s from Monday.

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