First mercy flight from Covid-riddled India will fly half empty after FORTY passengers tested positive to the virus – with thousands still begging to come home
A repatriation flight bound for Australia from coronavirus-ravaged India will be half empty after 40 passengers tested positive.
The flight will be the first to touch down in Australia in several weeks after the federal government imposed a ban on flights to and from India, which has recorded more than 300,000 daily coronavirus infections over the past three weeks.
The flight is scheduled to touch down in Darwin on Saturday with passengers whisked away to an old mining camp at in Howard Springs to undergo two weeks of quarantine.
The flight’s capacity has been reduced to 150 passengers due to social distancing but more than 70 will be unable to fly.
The figure includes more than 40 people who tested positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts.
Stranded citizens and permanent residents must test negative for COVID-19 before getting the green light to board a flight home.
Around 10,000 Australians, permanent residents and immediate family members remain stranded in India, desperate to remain home.
More to come.