The Informer: Travel to Australia from India to restart in May

Vulnerable Aussies to get ticket home from India

Three repatriation flights from India will land in Darwin by the end of May, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed after a National Cabinet meeting on Friday.

Travel from India to Australia was banned until May 15 amid record-breaking coronavirus cases in that country.

Each flight will have about 150 passengers and they will complete their mandatory quarantine period at the Howard Springs facility.

The government-chartered flights will prioritise vulnerable Australian citizens and residents, and their families, who are registered with the high commission and consular offices in India.

"The charters will be undertaken by Australian crews, and they will require rapid antigen testing prior to departure," Mr Morrison said.

There is a possibility an extra three repatriation flights will go ahead this month after Queensland, NSW and Victoria flagged they're open to taking in more flights from India.

NSW has recorded zero new local COVID-19 cases as authorities continue to search for a link between an infected eastern Sydney man and an international traveller with the same strain of the virus.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was "pleased" with the state of the current outbreak.

More than 13,000 coronavirus tests were conducted in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.

Restrictions including mandatory mask-wearing and gathering gaps have been implemented in Greater Sydney.

In non-covid news, Queensland Coroner Nerida Wilson handed down her findings into the disappearance of Jayden Penno-Tompsett.

What happened to Jayden has been a mystery for his family since December 2017 when he failed to return from a summer road trip to Cairns.

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