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Confronting moment frail Australian man is rushed off a mercy flight from India into an ambulance

Two Australians including a frail man with a heavily taped arm have been rushed off a mercy flight from India and into an ambulance.

Ambulance crew wearing masks and gowns could be seen wheeling the man onto a waiting ambulance at Adelaide Airport after 374 Australian citizens arrived on a Lion Air repatriation flight from Chennai via Denpasar in Indonesia on Monday morning.

Another woman was pictured strapped into a stretcher and being taken by health workers to an ambulance in front of the airport.

A South Australia Police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia passengers were treated for pre-existing medical conditions which were unrelated to the coronavirus. 

Authorities said one female passenger had a chronic illness but did not show any symptoms of COVID-19.

An Australian traveller from a repatriation flight carrying 374 Australians which arrived into Adelaide from India on Monday morning is taken on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance

Ambulance crew wearing masks and gowns could be seen wheeling the man to the ambulance in front of the airport

Ambulance crew wearing masks and gowns could be seen wheeling the man to the ambulance in front of the airport

About six passengers are understood to be being taken to hospital for reasons not related to the virus, The Adelaide Advertiser reported.

Those on-board will be quarantined at the Pullman Hotel in the city’s CBD for 14 days and tested for the coronavirus.

Another flight carrying about 400 passengers, which is expected to leave from the Indian city of Mumbai, will arrive in Adelaide on Tuesday at 8am. 

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

‘We will not be risking the health and wellbeing of our population,’ she said.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said about 45 officers would monitor the building to ensure people don’t leave prematurely.

‘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,’ Mr Stevens said.

South Australia Police said passengers were treated for pre-existing medical conditions which were unrelated to the coronavirus

South Australia Police said passengers were treated for pre-existing medical conditions which were unrelated to the coronavirus

Another woman was pictured strapped into a stretcher and being taken by masked health workers to an ambulance in front of the airport

Another woman was pictured strapped into a stretcher and being taken by masked health workers to an ambulance in front of the airport

The female passenger is wheeled in front of buses waiting to take travellers to the Pullman Hotel in Adelaide's CBD as part of the government's restrictions requiring all overseas arrivals isolate in hotel quarantine for 14 days

The female passenger is wheeled in front of buses waiting to take travellers to the Pullman Hotel in Adelaide’s CBD as part of the government’s restrictions requiring all overseas arrivals isolate in hotel quarantine for 14 days

Travellers leave Adelaide Airport and board buses after the repatriation flight landed in the South Australian capital on Monday morning

Travellers leave Adelaide Airport and board buses after the repatriation flight landed in the South Australian capital on Monday morning 

‘I think we can say we’re not losing the war,’ Professor Spurrier said.

‘We’re in a really good place in South Australia.

‘We’ve got very, very high testing rates and that’s partly because of SA Pathology being able to provide it but also because South Australians are coming forward and getting tested at the right time.’

South Australian police commissioner Grant Stevens said staff providing food to quarantined travellers would be wearing protective equipment. 

A group of travellers use hand sanitiser before boarding waiting buses to take them to the Pullman Hotel in Adelaide's CBD

A group of travellers use hand sanitiser before boarding waiting buses to take them to the Pullman Hotel in Adelaide’s CBD

The arrival of the repatriation flight on Monday was part of an interstate operation to bring home Australians stranded overseas during the coronavirus pandemic

The arrival of the repatriation flight on Monday was part of an interstate operation to bring home Australians stranded overseas during the coronavirus pandemic

Those quarantined meanwhile will have to stay in their rooms for the duration of their 14-day stay – many of whom have arrived in Adelaide from interstate.

The arrival of the repatriation flight on Monday was part of an interstate operation to bring home Australians stranded overseas during the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes as Australia’s falling coronavirus infection rate sparks calls for a loosening of lockdown rules, but experts warn restrictions must stay until after winter.

Police officers wearing face masks oversaw the arrivals from the flight into Adelaide on Monday

Police officers wearing face masks oversaw the arrivals from the flight into Adelaide on Monday

The new arrivals into Australia - who will be given their meals by staff in protective clothing - will be monitored by 45 police officers at the CBD hotel

The new arrivals into Australia – who will be given their meals by staff in protective clothing – will be monitored by 45 police officers at the CBD hotel 

South Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory all reported no new cases of coronavirus over the weekend. 

Queensland also reported no new diagnoses of COVID-19 for the first time in more than two months on Monday. 

SA Health Minister Stephen Wade said it was too soon to remove border controls but other restrictions would ease in the next few weeks, including for elective surgery. 

‘The border control will not be the first wave of restrictions eased. We’re going to be very cautious as we ease back on these restrictions,’ he told ABC News on Sunday. 

A traveller wearing a face mask is seen on a bus at Adelaide Airport waiting to be taken into hotel quarantine for 14 days

A traveller wearing a face mask is seen on a bus at Adelaide Airport waiting to be taken into hotel quarantine for 14 days

SA chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier said the arrivals would be tested after they disembarked and monitored daily for symptoms

Pictured: A woman holds a child while waiting to board buses to take them into hotel quarantine for 14 days

SA chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier said the arrivals would be tested after they disembarked and monitored daily for symptoms

For Queensland it is the first time in 81 days that there are no new cases and leaves the state’s total at 1019. 

Just 20 people are in hospital in the sunshine state, with seven of them in intensive care on ventilators. 

The Northern Territory, with a population of 245,600, had just 28 cases as of Sunday and no deaths. 

‘The Northern Territory is in a unique position, it’s one of the safest places in the world — we want to keep it that way,’ Health Minister Natasha Fyles said. 

Australian Medical Association NT president Rob Parker praised the NT Government for swiftly shutting the borders. 

 

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