Thursday, June 03, 2021

Person set to board flight from India to Adelaide tests positive to COVID-19, passengers to be tested daily

A person due to fly on the first flight direct from India into Adelaide since the May ban has tested positive to COVID-19, as health authorities announce all travellers will be tested every day they are in hotel quarantine.

A chartered Qantas flight is due to fly into Adelaide Airport from New Delhi tomorrow with about 150 passengers onboard.

One person will not take up their seat on the flight after testing positive for coronavirus in India. 

A man who flew into Adelaide indirectly from India last month later tested positive for coronavirus while home in Melbourne, starting the latest outbreak there.

SA Health believes he contracted it through an open doorway at his hotel.

Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Emily Kirkpatrick said everyone who comes off tomorrow's flight will be tested every day rather than on days one, five, nine and 13 as usual.

Staff have also received extra PPE training.

"We can really spread people out in that hotel," Dr Kirkpatrick said.

03/06/21 Eugene Boisvert/ABC Radio Adelaide

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