Australia International flights into Adelaide to resume as countries where COVID–19 cases from revealed

07:30  28 april  2021
07:30  28 april  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Flights from Singapore and Doha are scheduled to arrive in Adelaide tomorrow after an unannounced "three-day pause" on international arrivals ended today.

Several people with coronavirus arrived on a flight from the Indian city of Chennai via Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, bringing the total number of active cases in South Australia to 32.

All but one of them are in medical quarantine at Tom's Court Hotel; the other is at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Two flights from Singapore and one from Doha were diverted interstate during the Sunday–Tuesday pause revealed by Premier Steven Marshall yesterday.

South Australian Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Emily Kirkpatrick said the pause allowed time to reset COVID–19 accommodation in Adelaide in case of another surge in patients.

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"We did request a pause to be able to recalibrate our system so we could expand our capacity within our dedicated COVID–19 facility," Dr Kirkpatrick said.

"We've now had the opportunity to undertake that with Sunday, Monday, Tuesday pausing international arrivals and we will be resuming international flights with passengers to SA."

She said the future of the Chennai–Kuala Lumpur–Adelaide route would be reviewed.

"We do know that there was that risk associated with that flight and we'll need to review moving forward over the coming weeks whether the flight will continue in its current capacity," she said.

A freight-only flight from Singapore is scheduled to land in Adelaide this afternoon.

Flights from India into Australia are suspended until May 15.

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Most cases acquired in Australia

SA Health has revealed where people who have tested positive for coronavirus in South Australia are believed to have acquired it, since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago.

More than a quarter of the 720 infections recorded so far were acquired within Australia — either within South Australia or interstate.

Another large source was from cruise ship passengers at the start of the pandemic.

About 6 per cent of cases originated in India, although this has jumped to one-third over the past two weeks, with 18 of 52 likely acquired in India, according to SA Health.

"Please note that some of these cases were old infections and not considered active, and have been added to our case numbers as they have not been counted overseas," an SA Health spokeswoman said.


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Doctors helping Indian patients remotely

Meanwhile, an Adelaide GP who has family in India says she has been inundated with calls from her loved ones as the COVID–19 crisis there deepens.

Dr Deepti Singhal said she and other Indian-Australian doctors were offering a pseudo-telehealth service to family and friends back home.

She said the group was finding it hard not to be able to return to India to help and was providing advice over video call to try to keep those with the illnesses as well as possible.

"People are able to seek help on Zoom, on telephonic consult," she said.

"I know family members who are doing that, but then when it comes to needing a hospital bed, needing a place where to get oxygen, things are bleak.

"That's why we are trying to facilitate from our side what we can to see if we can keep people at home as far as we can."

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While yesterday, Indian Australian Association of SA president Amarjit Grewal said the local community would support a ban on travel from India, the national co-director of anti-racism organisation Democracy in Colour pointed out there had been no ban on travel from the United States despite its large number of coronavirus cases.

"Today it's India; when COVID first started, it was flights from China and south-east Asia. We're more than a year into this pandemic and Scott Morrison still doesn't have a consistent repatriation policy," Neha Madhok said.

"We need consistent, evidence-based policy that ensures all Australians are able to return home safely.

"We don't need one rule for people of colour and another for everyone else."

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