Saturday, June 27, 2020

Hundreds of travellers have arrived in Australia from India, sparking fears there could be another spike in COVID-19 cases.

More than 250 passengers arrived at Adelaide Airport on Saturday morning on a flight from Mumbai via Singapore.

The travellers will now be required to spend two weeks in supervised hotel quarantine.

Authorities wore face masks and provided hand sanitiser to each of the passengers before they were transferred to the Pullman hotel in the CBD by bus.
On Friday, Health Minister Stephen Wade said a number of COVID-19 cases should be expected among the returning passengers.

Mr Wade said all those arriving in SA would be tested when they landed and while in isolation.

'What we've seen interstate is about five to 10 per cent of travellers returning from the subcontinent have tested positive on their arrival,' he said.
'If we see similar figures in SA we could expect up to 25 new cases from these planes.'

In May, about 680 repatriated Aussies also flew into Adelaide on two separate flights from India.

They were isolated in two hotels in the city, with none testing positive for COVID-19.
27/06/20 Australian Associated Press/Zoe Zaczek/Daily Mail

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