The latest data issued by the Government reveals that 8000 people have flown here since the closure on 20 March! Between 20 March and 1 June 2020!
On Wednesday 10 June Australia had only two new cases of Covid-19. Both had returned from overseas and were in Sydney in hotel quarantine.
How come not all travellers are forced into quarantine?
Not everyone has been forced into quarantine when they arrive in Australia – and some returned travellers, including a diplomat who lives in Canberra, have exposed others to the virus.
Those exempt include:
-airline and boat crews (excluding cruise ships)
-unaccompanied minors can seek exemption as with those on compassionate or health grounds
Most returning were citizens or Permanent Residents. With the increase in Permanent Residency since 2013 particularly from China through Real Estate Tourism perhaps stronger measures ought to be taken? They may not have spent long prior here in Australia …
What could be more compelling than ensuring the well-being of Constituents? Why increase the risk for Australians from some foreigners made exempt due to compassionate or compelling reasons?
The WHO has advised that it can take longer than 14 days to become infected!
So a traveller could be infected with the virus after release from hotel quarantine.
Government funding for Qantas and Virgin Australia has run out with these airlines now regrounded for international flights. Yet some overseas airlines have resumed flights to Australia!
Four new CoronaVirus cases from returned travellers were found in a Melbourne hotel last week with hotel staff members in self-isolation!