Australia Govt to boost quarantine capacity
Berejiklian thanks SA, takes aim at Qld
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has thanked the SA government for considering opening the border to NSW, while again taking aim at her Queensland's counterpart.The NSW premier and Annastacia Palaszczuk have been at loggerheads for months over the border issue, with Ms Berejiklian saying there is no logical reason for the COVID-19 restrictions to remain.
A majority of states are reluctant to allow extra returned travellers back into the community even after a 14 day quarantine due to fears of another Victoria-style COVID-19 outbreak, according to Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell.
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“It is clear the reluctance of the states - except for NSW - post the Victorian outbreak to wear the blame should there be an outbreak from quarantine is not helping in terms of getting an estimated 24,000 Australians home from overseas,” Mr Clennell said.
“The other big sticking point with Western Australia and Queensland is the amount of domestic travellers with exemptions they are quarantining at the moment - taking up quarantine spaces.”
The comments come after the government flagged its considering using Darwin’s Howard Springs facility, which housed those evacuating from Wuhan, as part of quarantine facilities to get as many as 3,000 extra Australians a fortnight home from overseas.
Video: 'NSW continues to hold the line': Gladys Berejiklian (Sky News Australia)
Mikakos denies involvement in hotel quarantine security decision .
Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has joined the chorus of officials who claim they do not know whose decision it was to use private security guards to secure Melbourne’s hotel quarantine program. When she fronted the inquiry on Thursday, Ms Mikakos said she was “not at all” involved in the making of that decision. The question of who made the call remained one of the inquiry's top priorities as it was believed the hotel quarantine breach led to the state’s devastating second wave, which since claimed the lives of 781 Victorians.