Dozens of vulnerable Australians who were due to fly home on the first repatriation flight from India have been barred from getting on board after testing positive to COVID-19.
It’s understood around 40 passengers have returned positive results for the virus, while another 30 people have been identified as close contacts and have also been blocked.
Around 150 people were booked to board the first flight home from New Delhi, which is scheduled to touch down in Australia tomorrow.
DFAT is now reportedly working to get other passengers on board the flight, however due to strict testing requirements it could prove difficult.
Those who have been given the all-clear to fly will spend two weeks in quarantine at the Howard Springs facility in Darwin upon touching down.
It comes as the Government’s controversial India travel ban is due to be lifted at midnight.
Three charter flights have been listed for this month.