Covid grounds flyers being repatriated to Australia

Started by devikad, May 15, 2021, 07:34 PM

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Covid grounds flyers being repatriated to Australia

Around half the passengers due to arrive on a flight from India to Australia on Saturday after a two-week travel ban have been grounded because they either have Covid-19 or are considered a close contact of someone who does.

The Australian government-chartered Qantas flight is capable of flying home 150 Australian citizens and permanent residents stranded in India. It will be the first passenger flight between the two countries since Australia imposed a travel ban on April 30.

Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O'Farrell said "a number" of passengers booked to fly would not board the flight in New Delhi on Friday because they had tested positive for Covid.

"I'm disappointed, as are those Australians who will not be on today's flight," O'Farrell told Australian Broadcasting Corp. "My team across India has worked hard to assist them, to get bookings on this flight, because they are vulnerable," O'Farrell added.

There are 10,000 Australian citizens and permanent residents registered with Australian authorities in India as wanting to come home. Almost 1,000 were classified as vulnerable and the Australian government was giving them priority.


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