#AceHealthReport – May.07: It is understood the first repatriation flight will leave Australia for India almost as soon as the ban is lifted on May 15 and will have the capacity to bring home around 200 passengers:
#CoronavirusNewsDesk Australia to resume repatriation flights with India from May 15: Before the government imposed the travel ban, it had been chartering two flights to India each week to bring Australians home after losing court case
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to announce the details tomorrow, in what will come as a relief to the estimated 9,000 Australians stuck in the #COVID19 ravaged country:
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All Australians returning from India will quarantine outside Darwin at the Howard Springs facility, which is expected to be nearly empty by next Saturday.
Around 900 Australians who have been listed as “vulnerable” by the Department of Foreign Affairs will be given priority. But they will need to return two negative COVID-19 tests before they are allowed to fly.
It is unclear whether commercial flights will also be able to restart, with one government source saying it would be a slow and steady process.
The government has come under sustained pressure for not only banning anyone in India from flying to Australia but making it a criminal offence to do so, punishable by hefty fines and imprisonment.
Earlier today, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke warned the repatriation process was “very complex” and would “take some time”.
“This second wave is very bad, the logistics in India are very difficult, people are living in remote towns and villages and to get them safely to an airport is a very difficult undertaking,” he said.
“These are the real, practical consequences. There are thousands of people, many dying on the streets in India. So it’s going to be very complex.”
#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: May.07: 2021:
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