170 Australians arrive from coronavirus hot spot

State on high alert after flight carrying 170 Australians touches down from a coronavirus hot spot

  • Malaysia Airlines flight MH8461 arrived in Adelaide from New Delhi on Saturday
  • The flight had 170 Australians onboard who were all subject to health tests 
  • All passengers will be forced into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14-days 
  • There are currently four active cases of coronavirus in South Australia 

A flight carrying 170 Australians from the world’s third biggest coronavirus hot spot has landed in Adelaide.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH8461 arrived in South Australia from New Delhi on Saturday morning. 

The flight had 170 Australians on board who were all subject to health tests and screening upon arrival.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH8461 arrived in Adelaide from New Delhi on Saturday morning

Malaysia Airlines flight MH8461 arrived in Adelaide from New Delhi on Saturday morning

All passengers will be forced into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14-days to ensure they don’t have the deadly COVID-19 virus.

A Facebook group called Australians Stuck in India has done a survey and found that more than 2,000 people are trying to get back to Australia. 

India has recorded 1.7million positive coronavirus tests since the pandemic began as the country struggles to combat the virus. 

There are currently four active cases of coronavirus in South Australia. The state has suffered four deaths. 

South Australia and Western Australia have offered to help with quarantining people returning from overseas as Victoria shuts is borders due to a surge in cases.

Victoria is struggling through a second wave of COVID-19 cases and recorded 397 new cases on Saturday and three deaths. 

Travellers board buses at Adelaide Airport in Adelaide, Monday, April 20, 2020

Travellers board buses at Adelaide Airport in Adelaide, Monday, April 20, 2020

Premier Daniel Andrews hinted at further restrictions and an extension to the stay-at-home order after the state announced a shocking 694 cases on Thursday.   

Mr Andrews said community transmission remained a top priority and cited 49 ‘mystery’ cases.

‘Those community transmission cases are of greatest concern to us.

‘The challenge is that they are a mystery and this is all about trying to know as much as you possibly can, as much intelligence and evidence and data as you possibly can.’

Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are halfway through stage three restrictions which are due to end in mid-August.

The stage three restrictions allow residents to leave their homes for essential reasons such as exercise, care, attending school or purchasing essential items.

It is also mandatory to wear a face covering in public and anyone flouting this rule risks a $200 on-the-spot fine.

Victoria could go into strict Stage 4 lockdown from Wednesday after initial attempts to control a deadly second wave failed. (people wearing masks in Melbourne pictured on July 19)

Victoria could go into strict Stage 4 lockdown from Wednesday after initial attempts to control a deadly second wave failed. (people wearing masks in Melbourne pictured on July 19) 

Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured, arriving at a press conference on Saturday) is expected to send Victoria into a strict stage four lockdown on Wednesday

Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured, arriving at a press conference on Saturday) is expected to send Victoria into a strict stage four lockdown on Wednesday 

The state could go into strict Stage 4 lockdown from Wednesday after initial attempts to control a deadly second wave failed.

The state is set to close all but essential businesses and send high-school students back to learning from home.

They are expected to be the harshest restrictions that Australia has seen and will be similar to the lockdown imposed by New Zealand.

The announcement is expected on Sunday and will see nearly all cafes, restaurants and shops closed for a further six weeks, The Australian reported.

Victoria recorded 397 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday (pictured). A stage four lockdown will see nearly all shops close and high school students back to learning from home

Victoria recorded 397 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday (pictured). A stage four lockdown will see nearly all shops close and high school students back to learning from home 

Exercise will still be allowed under the new restrictions but Melbourne residents must continue to adhere to the mandatory mask rule (people exercising in Melbourne pictured)

Exercise will still be allowed under the new restrictions but Melbourne residents must continue to adhere to the mandatory mask rule (people exercising in Melbourne pictured) 

Only supermarkets, pharmacies and service stations will be allowed to stay open across Melbourne and key regional areas of Victoria.

Residents will likely be restricted to their own suburbs and further limits will be imposed on the numbers allowed in supermarkets.

Cafes and restaurants are likely to continue to provide takeaway services.

Police will also step up their checks and increase patrols to stop potential breaches.

Licence-plate recognition technology will be used to identify non-essential travellers.

It is expected construction sites will remain open and tradies will be given special consideration to access hardware stores.

Public transport will also be continue in a limited capacity and outdoor exercise may continue while following the existing rules on wearing a mask.

The decision to move to stage four restrictions and its announcement rests on the Victorian Government and Premier Daniel Andrews.

A Melbourne local walks past Australian Defence Force personnel as the city continues to trudge through stage three lockdown

A Melbourne local walks past Australian Defence Force personnel as the city continues to trudge through stage three lockdown

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