One of the first Aussies who flew home from Covid-ravaged India has ALREADY tested positive to the virus – despite assurances they could only fly if infection-free
- The first flight after the travel ban with India ended landed in Darwin on Saturday
- One of its passengers has since tested positive in the Howard Springs facility
- Passengers returning to Australia from India need to return a negative result
- Saturday’s flight from New Delhi carried 78 people after about 70 were rejected
One of the first Australians brought back from Covid-ravaged India on Saturday has already tested positive to the virus in Darwin.
The first flight after the travel ban with India ended landed on Saturday, with one of its passengers since returning a positive result in the Howard Springs quarantine facility.
Passengers returning to Australia from India are required to return a negative result from two tests before they are allowed to board their plane.
Saturday’s flight from New Delhi carried 78 people after about 70 were knocked back after either recently testing positive or being a close contact of a Covid case.
More to come.
The first flight after the travel ban with India ended landed on Saturday, with one of its passengers since returning a positive result in the Howard Springs facility (pictured)
Saturday’s flight from New Delhi carried 78 people after about 70 were knocked back after either recently testing positive or being a close contact of a Covid case
Meanwhile, Australia’s 38-strong Indian Premier League contingent touched down in Sydney on Monday.
Players, coaches and commentators were on board a charter flight from the Maldives.
Former Test batsman Mike Hussey, who has been self-isolating in India after contracting the coronavirus, is expected to arrive later on Monday via a commercial flight from Qatar.
The cricketers will spend a fortnight in NSW’s hotel-quarantine system.
They have been given no exemptions or concessions but are being accommodated outside the state’s cap on returned travellers.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison indicated the IPL charter flight was only given the green light on the basis that cricketers ‘did not take one place in quarantine that anyone else may have otherwise had’.
‘That’s something we insisted on with the NSW state government,’ the prime minister said on Monday.
David Warner is greeted by Australian Federal Police at Sydney Airport ahead of his mandatory two-week hotel quarantine on Monday morning
Former Australian cricket captain Steve Smith wheels his luggage before getting on a bus for hotel quarantine
Cricketers and officials are assisted by the ADF as they load their luggage into a bus
‘It has to be over and above the caps.’
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is believed to be funding travel and quarantine arrangements for Australians involved in the IPL.
Cricket Australia’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley had previously insisted ‘we are not seeking any kind of special exemptions whatsoever’.
‘We will work with the Australian government and the relevant state governments to make sure we’re not taking spaces of anyone else,’ Hockley said.