International flights, hotel quarantine to restart in Victoria on December 7, Australia

International flights into Melbourne – and the quarantining of overseas travellers in hotels – will restart on December 7, five months after the program that sparked the state’s deadly second wave of coronavirus was shut down.

An Andrews government spokeswoman said on Friday that Victoria had asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison to lock in the date of December 7 “to allow the final preparations for Victoria’s reset quarantine accommodation program for returned travellers to take place”.

The request comes a fortnight after retired judge Jennifer Coate released the interim report into Victoria’s botched hotel quarantine scheme and means the government now has 17 days to ensure the new quarantine system operates with “clear control and accountability structures in place”, as recommended by Justice Coate.

Her report suggested a hybrid model of hotel and home quarantine, where international arrivals from low-risk countries could be electronically monitored at home via smartphone technology or even ankle or wrist bracelets.

Sources: The age

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