Do some Overseas Arrivals fake COVID tests?


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Some reports are saying that some passengers on repatriation flights from India were presenting fake COVID test results to be permitted to board flights back to Australia.

This, if correct, might be the reason that the very high number of arrivals from India, in Australian quarantine, tested positive.

This high number also caused the temporary ban on all arrivals from India.

With the new repatriation flights resuming from 15th May 2021, and using Australian tests, the rate of COVID infected passengers on the first flight is seven times as many as previous flights.

About half of the first flight are being refused boarding due to the COVID positive passengers.

From the original 150 passengers, it is reported that 73 are not being alloeed to board.


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Using those figures, under the previous local testing system, only about 10 would have been refused, meaning about 63 or more, infected passengers could have arrived in Australia.

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  2. CRL Diagnostics, who conducted RT-PCR tests for Qantas and others, was suspended in April by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).
    They are however still registered with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a national medical research body, to do COVID tests.

    Ravi Tomar, the CRL Diagnostics managing director, said that the suspension was for a mistake in using the NABL logo, but that has been fixed and the company has appealed against the suspension.

  3. A passenger, who tested negative before boarding the first recent repatriation flight from New Delhi, has tested positive to COVID-19 while in quarantine in the Howard Springs quarantine facility near Darwin.

    Are some positive tests showing negative and some negative tests really positive?

  4. It is of course feasible that the test was negative when they took it, 72 hours before flying.

    Then they were infected during that 3 days before the flight, and were actually positive when they boarded.

    Back in April, on a flight from India to Hong Kong, before Hong Kong banned flights from India, 49 negative tested passengers tested positive, on arrival in Hong Kong.

    This virus spreads too quickly for anyone to be safe.

  5. I would disagree with the news about presenting fake reports. A passenger can not bring a test report (positive or negative) from any hospital or clinic to board flight to Australia. Even if they do, it won’t be considered valid by the airline. The test has to be done at Qantas accredited hospital only ever since these repatriation flights started by the government last year.

    1. The situation gets worse, and Qantas are now investigating if the local accredited diagnostic agency, that did the pre-departure testing, actually used another local laboratory (not accredited) to do the actual tests.

      1. Yes, now with the latest news regarding positive cases not being allowed in repatriation flight on 15th May has raised this question if the testing was accurate or wrong.

        1. Qantas has said that the decision to use CRL (who lost their accredition in April) was NOT made by Qantas, but by the major accredited diagnostic agency that it used in India to conduct the tests.

          One passenger was lucky enough to not get their local test result in time, and had the rapid antigen test at the airport instead. That showed negative and they were allowed to fly.

          The local test result eventually showed positive, but testing at the Howard Springs quarantine facility has now shown negative.

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