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Aid flight to tsunami-hit Tonga forced to return after positive Covid case found onboard

The island country is coronavirus-free and also has a stringent boundary control plan

As help trickles right into the South Pacific country of Tonga, ravaged by a volcanic eruption and also tidal wave, an Australian help trip was compelled to go back to base because of a favorable Covid-19 situation onboard, a support authorities stated on Friday.

Tonga is Covid-free and also has a stringent boundary control plan, and also is needing contactless distribution of help that started showing up by airplane on Thursday.

The Australian help trip left Brisbane on Thursday mid-day yet was reversed midflight after being alerted of the favorable Covid-19 situation, an Australian protection spokesperson stated.

All staff had actually returned unfavorable fast antigen examinations prior to separation, yet PCR examinations later on revealed the favorable outcome. The products were transferred to one more trip that removed on Friday.

The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano eruption last Saturday set off tidal wave that damaged towns, hotels and also numerous structures and also knocked senseless interactions for the country of regarding 105,000 individuals, and also sent out shockwaves and also tidal wave throughout the Pacific.

3 individuals have actually been reported eliminated, authorities stated.

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