64 Fijians in India repatriated

Sixty-four Fijians left India last night and are on their way home after being stranded there for 76 days because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

The group consists of 11 patients who travelled to India for medical treatment and the rest are family members who accompanied them and students.

“They have gone through a lot of financial and psychological distress,” said Medivisor Health director Kumar Sushant, who was at the airport in New Delhi to see off the group.

“Please give them a warm welcome when they arrive.”

Mr Sushant claimed all the departing passengers were confirmed to be Covid-19 negative.

Each passenger paid $3500 for the New Delhi-Sydney flight on Air India and the Sydney-Nadi route will cost them $1500 each.

They arrive into the country on a Fiji Airways repatriation flight at 7pm tonight and will be living in isolation for 28 days.