Australia Hotel at centre of Melbourne's virus outbreak to reopen
Australians stranded overseas 'exhausted' as Victoria's coronavirus hotel quarantine remains closed
Georgina Trigg and her family have been packing up their belongings and preparing to leave Dubai. But with Melbourne Airport still closed, they have just received the news they've been dreading.But their upcoming plans were again thrown into chaos over the weekend by a familiar email: Their flight into Melbourne had been cancelled.
Theat the centre of the COVID-19 outbreak that forced Melbourne into a snap lockdown will reopen today.
9News can reveal the hotel will open its doors to around 30 Brisbane residents who failed to make the 6pm deadline into Victoria last night before the state slammed its borders shut to the city.
The residents were taken to the Park Royal Hotel following a lengthy delay on their plane.
They will be transferred to the Holiday Inn hotel at Melbourne Airport today, which is reopening for the first time since its notorious coronavirus outbreak.
Push to slash international arrivals as flights resume within a fortnight
International flights into Melbourne will resume on April 8 after they were halted in mid-February following an outbreak at the Holiday Inn hotel. Arrivals will be capped at 800 per week during the first week and then rise to 1120 from April 15, the same number of returned travelers that Victoria was accepting before multiple outbreaks triggered a five-day lockdown and closure of the quarantine program on February 13.Prior to February's lockdown, the government had committed to accepting 1310 returned travellers a week into its quarantine hotels.
The outbreak led to 24 infections, with the hotel eventually shut down and residents evacuated, triggering the state to plunge into a five-day lockdown.
COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria told 9News the revived hotel had undergone a number of works, including ventilation upgrades, and it had been been approved by the Chief Health Officer to "resume quarantine activities".
Victoria declared Greater Brisbane a "red zone" under its travel permit system earlier this week, meaning returning Victorian residents must self-isolate for 14 days.
Others who have been in the Greater Brisbane area have been locked out of the state and cannot enter without an exemption.
The state's quarantine hotels will be put to the test when, following an extensive overhaul of the program.
The revamped quarantine system will accept 800 returned travellers per week, before ramping up to 1120 arrivals on April 15, subject to capacity and the completion of a newly developed ventilation system.
Highly anticipated trans-Tasman bubble to potentially reopen by Friday .
Thousands of separated families either side of the Tasman Sea await New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's bubble announcement that could open as early as Friday.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is scheduled to announce the start date of the bubble tomorrow that will allow Australians and New Zealanders to travel without having to undergo hotel quarantine at either end.