Australia SA expands home quarantine trial
NSW home quarantine trial: What you need to know
The NSW Government has announced a home quarantine trial will begin next month for fully vaccinated returned overseas travellers. The trial will mean people only have to quarantine at home for seven days, instead of the 14 days in a medi-hotel.It will involve 125 people and be conducted over a period of four weeks, consisting of about 30 pre-selected people per week.
South Australia has expanded its COVID-19 home quarantine trial to Australians returning from overseas.
The system uses a new app to electronically monitor those in isolation, employing facial recognition technology and in-person checks.
The international traveller trial involves about 90 Australian Defence Force personnel who are returning this week from lower-risk countries.
All participants were pre-selected and had to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have a suitable home available that was self-contained with no shared corridors, lifts or other facilities.
NSW trials home quarantine with returning Paralympians
NSW Health has confirmed 17 Paralympians are undergoing quarantine at their homes after exemptions by the state government. Every Paralympian who competed in Tokyo was double-vaccinated before departure, with those quarantining at home undergoing the same COVID-19 testing as those in the hotel system."This model has been included as part of the NSW home quarantine trial which has allowed more Paralympians to participate," a NSW Health spokeswoman said in a statement.
They travel in their own vehicles from the Edinburgh RAAF Base to their accommodation with a police escort, where they will stay for the full 14 days of their quarantine period.
The trial participants need to provide a negative test result 72 hours before the flight departs for Australia, another on arrival and then further tests on days three, five, seven, nine and 13.
They will be subject to random location check-ins using live facial verification three times a day, while police will conduct at least one random physical compliance check each night.
It comes after a similar trial using people returning to SA from interstate.
Video: South Australia introduces trial of home quarantine (Sky News Australia)
"The innovative home quarantine SA app has received great feedback from users, with about 50 people involved in the domestic trial so far," Premier Steven Marshall said.
SA to expand home quarantine again
South Australia is set to home quarantine up to 250 returned travellers each week from October using its app-based system.The system has so far been trialled on a number of arrivals from interstate and with about 90 Australian Defence Force personnel who returned this week from lower-risk countries.
"Eighteen of those people have successfully completed the trial so far, with the remainder expected to complete their quarantine in coming days.
"What we learn from the domestic and international trials could help the entire nation to safely repatriate more Australians coming home from overseas."
Mr Marshall said while the hotel quarantine program had been highly successful, allowing people to quarantine at home would reduce the burden on the system and improve conditions for returning Australians.
Health Minister Stephen Wade said the strict measures surrounding the trial were in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering the South Australian community.
"This trial will provide us with important feedback on the viability of adding home quarantine as another option for Australians returning home from overseas, but it must be done in the safest way possible," he said.
"Throughout the pandemic, quarantine has been one of our most important forms of defence from the virus and, as we further increase vaccination rates, it is hoped that expanding international quarantine to home isolation will become more prevalent."
Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Doctor Emily Kirkpatrick, said the home quarantine app would also provide essential support and resources for those taking part.
"Daily symptom checking and access to support and resources will help us look after the health and wellbeing of the participants during the trial," she said.
"The app will include handy reminders of the testing schedule and expected quarantine completion date, with users receiving an end-of-quarantine certificate via the app once they've received a negative day 14 test."
NSW's rules for returning international travellers will change soon — this is what you need to know .
Sydney is taking the first steps to regaining its status as an international city, with plans for some overseas arrivals to skip hotel quarantine for the first time in 18 months. Under a trial program being run by the NSW and Commonwealth governments, 175 people who arrive in the Harbour City from overseas will be able to quarantine at home for one week.That's significant because right now, they have to spend two weeks in a hotel room.The pilot could offer a glimpse at what international border arrangements might look like in NSW when the state has fully vaccinated 80 per cent of its population aged over 16.