On Friday, Victoria State reported 288 new cases, a record daily increase for any part of the country, and sparking fears of a wave of community transmission in a country where the majority of cases involved returning travelers. “The Victoria news is still really troubling,” Morrison told Canberra reporters. “The news about Victoria is still really disturbing,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra.
Australia will now enforce a limit of 4,175 people permitted to return per week and those returning will now have to pay for a mandatory fourteen-day quarantine in a hotel that had been paying for by state governments until now. “We made the call … This was to ensure that we could concentrate on the resources needed to carry out the research and monitoring and not have to divert resources to other tasks, “said Morrison.
Earlier this week, Neighboring New Zealand implemented legislation to restrict the number of people coming home, hoping to reduce the pressure on their overflowing quarantine facilities. The announcement of the new restrictions comes days after Victoria re-imposed a six-week lockdown in Melbourne following an rise in cases connected with violations of social isolation in hotels where returning travelers were kept in quarantine.