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Hundreds fly into Adelaide from India, quarantine at city hotel


The first of two flights bringing hundreds of Australian citizens home from India has landed in Adelaide, with SA police to ensure none leave the city hotel where they will spend 14 days in quarantine.

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The Lion Air flight landed at Adelaide Airport this morning, carrying more than 370 passengers after leaving the southern Indian city of Chennai.

Passengers were met by police and SA Health officials and taken in buses to the Pullman hotel at Hindmarsh Square, where they will be in held quarantine for 14 days.

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Another flight bringing hundreds more residents home from Mumbai will arrive in Adelaide on Tuesday.

SA Health chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier said the arrivals had been tested after they disembarked and will be monitored daily for symptoms.

She said three people had been required hospitalisation – one of whom had since been cleared and the other two with pre-existing conditions not linked top COVID-19.

“There was no-one at all during that initial screening that had any symptoms consistent with COVID-19,” she told reporters on Monday.

“Given the excellent results we’ve seen in terms of limiting the spread of the virus in South Australia, we’re taking the security of these people extremely seriously,” Stevens said.

Premier Steven Marshall said he felt “very proud that SA is playing our part in this national repatriation mission”.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said none of the passengers would be allowed to leave the hotel during their quarantine, and staff would wear protective equipment at all times.

“Just a few weeks ago, people’s mindset around the significance of this virus was probably less developed than it was now and we, as a state, have had the opportunity to learn from the experiences of other jurisdictions which we are very grateful for,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.

“Obviously the logistics and planning that has gone into receiving these 370-odd passengers today, and another cohort tomorrow, is well advanced and I am very confident we will eliminate any risk of these passengers potentially undoing the good work that has been done in South Australia in restricting this virus.”

No new cases of coronavirus were recorded in the state over the weekend or on Monday despite a testing blitz in recent days.

The total remains at 435 after a third consecutive day of no new cases.

-with AAP

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