Thursday, June 25, 2020

Two Air India passengers treated at Auckland Airport

Two people from an Air India repatriation flight were treated for medical events at Auckland International Airport on Wednesday.

Neither person was showing signs of coronavirus, an Auckland Airport spokeswoman said on Thursday.

"We can confirm our Aeronautical Emergency Services team attended to two separate incidents involving passengers who had arrived into New Zealand on the Air India repatriation flight yesterday.

"Both call-outs related to medical events and neither person was displaying known Covid-19 symptoms. Both passengers continued into the mandatory 14 day quarantine."
An estimated 10,000 passengers have arrived or departed at Auckland Airport on repatriation flights since early April, the spokesperson said. There were three Air India repatriation flights last week.
A witness, who did not want to be named, said one of the passengers had got into a shuttle for the Jet Park Hotel, which is being used as a quarantine facility used for symptomatic arrivals. The hotel had a higher level of security than isolation facilities like Novotel Ellerslie.

"I saw two adults, male and a female, getting into the Jet Park shuttle, then a party of three afterwards," he said.

"Then after when everything was loaded up and they were ready to depart the driver hopped out very quickly and urgently and let off the family of three quickly, and then attention was brought to the other man who had got on first.
"They were in distress sort of, then a few minutes later police were in attendance and the rest of their police colleagues came in, then the fire was in attendance, the ambulance came in."
25/06/20 Melanie Carroll/Stuff
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