Papua New Guinea banned all repatriation flights from India as a result of deliberate deception by the Indian High Commission that allowed unauthorized arrivals.
PNG Prime Minister James Marape said that several of the 114 passengers who arrived from India on Thursday have fled from their quarantine facility.
“I have called for an investigation to ascertain how the passengers from India boarded the Garuda jet and to determine whether they had strictly complied with all our COVID-19 protocols,” Marape said.
PNG police commissioner David Manning said in a statement that as a consequence of the “deliberate show of disrespect” against the people and government of Papua New Guinea, an indefinite ban on further repatriation flights from India was put in place.
“India must respect Papua New Guinea as a sovereign nation, and not participate in actions involving unscrupulous people to violate our laws and undermine public health and safety measures,” Manning said.
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