Australian Medical Association President Dr Omar Khorshid says it is “reasonable” for the government to pause flights to India while the holes in hotel quarantine are “patched up”.
“What the government’s done by making this announcement is it’s said that it doesn’t trust hotel quarantine,” he said.
“That’s a different message from what we heard as late as last week where they were claiming 99.9 per cent efficacy of the hotel quarantine system.
“We agree hotel quarantine has some flaws - they need to be patched up.
“It’s reasonable therefore to pause the flights for a couple of weeks while those holes are patched up and whilst we get some agreement on national standard for hotel quarantine”.
Dr Khorshid told Sky News it was “disappointing” a Qantas plane which could carry 200 passengers will return empty after dropping off Australian aid and said he hopes the government can find a way to put some vulnerable Australians on potential future flights.