Tuesday, August 04, 2020

‘No need to panic’ says returned traveller from India who tested positive after landing in Adelaide

The 59-year-old filmmaker and radio presenter remains in hotel quarantine in Adelaide CBD and is one of two new cases that were recorded in South Australia on Monday, taking the state’s tally of cases to 455 as of 3 August.

Mr Choujar was one of the 170 Australian citizens and permanent residents who made it back home on the Malaysia Airlines charter flight on Saturday.

“I was informed by SA Health over the phone that I have returned a positive test. I was surprised because I don’t have any symptoms as of now and was carrying out my usual routine while I was in Chandigarh in north India,” he says.

Mr Choujar who will turn 60 in quarantine next week has several underlying health conditions such as diabetes and asthma, which can be a cause of concern for someone with COVID, but he remains cautiously optimistic.

“I believe I have joined the ranks of celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who have also tested positive. But on a serious note, its day 3 and so far I am not feeling any discomfort and I am hopeful that the virus will leave as quietly as it came,” he adds.

Giving an update on repatriation flights, SA chief medical officer, Dr Nicola Spurrier on Monday said there are chartered repatriation flights and some commercial flights that will be landing in the state in the coming days.

“But again, they are bringing people home who are Australian citizens and permanent residents back into our state, but importantly with the commercial flights are also bringing in freight and supplies that our state needs,” she said.
04/08/20 Avneet Arora/SBS
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