Fewer flights, quar­an­tine hit for trav­ellers UNI STAYS ON­LINE

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - JADE GAILBERGER NATALEE KERR

FLIGHTS re­turn­ing Aus­tralian res­i­dents from overseas will be slashed in half, and pas­sen­gers will have to pay for ho­tel quar­an­tine un­der changes agreed to by the na­tional cabi­net.

Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son has also an­nounced a na­tion­wide re­view of ho­tel quar­an­tine.

The changes, to take ef­fect from Mon­day, will see ar­rivals drop to about 4000 a week.

Perth will re­ceive a max­i­mum of 525 in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals a week, Bris­bane 500 a week and Syd­ney 450 a day.

Mel­bourne is not cur­rently re­ceiv­ing any in­ter­na­tional flights.

“The de­ci­sion that we took to re­duce the num­ber of re­turned trav­ellers to Aus­tralia at this time was to en­sure that we could put our fo­cus on the re­sources needed to do the test­ing and trac­ing and not have to have re­sources di­verted to other tasks,” Mr Mor­ri­son said.

States still re­ceiv­ing flights are ex­pected to make an­nounce­ments re­gard­ing the cost of ho­tel quar­an­tine, and any hard­ship sup­port. But uni­for­mity on pric­ing is ex­pected.

Since the start of July, Queens­land has been charg­ing peo­ple in ho­tel quar­an­tine —– $2800 for one adult, $3710 for two adults, and $4620 for two adults and two chil­dren.

The na­tion­wide re­view of ho­tel quar­an­tine will be un­der­taken by for­mer health sec­re­tary Jay Holton, who is on the COVID com­mis­sion.

Mr Mor­ri­son said the re­view was not a re­sult of suspi- cions that other states may have ho­tel quar­an­tine breaches sim­i­lar to Vic­to­ria.

“The re­view is be­ing ini­ti­ated on the ba­sis of good ad­vice from the med­i­cal ex­pert panel and good prac­tice,” he said.

Aus­tralians were also put on no­tice about so­cial dis­tanc­ing with Mr Mor­ri­son and Deputy Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Paul Kelly warn­ing the mea­sures still ap­plied in­side homes.

“It is still not OK for hugs and hand­shakes,” Mr Mor­ri­son said.

LEC­TURES and classes at Deakin Uni­ver­sity will con­tinue on­line for the next trimester due to COVID-19 dis­tanc­ing re­stric­tions.

Ex­cep­tions would be made for a “very small num­ber of cour­ses” with stu­dents no­ti­fied on their unit sites and timetable, Deakin said.

“We will con­tinue to ad­just our op­er­a­tions as nec­es­sary and will com­mu­ni­cate reg­u­larly with the Deakin com­mu­nity,” it said.

Deakin said it was work­ing on a plan for the grad­ual rein­tro­duc­tion of on-cam­pus de­liv­ery of prac­ti­cal classes and ac­tiv­i­ties that re­quired cam­pus fa­cil­i­ties.

It said it was es­sen­tial that any stu­dent who felt un­well in “any way” did not at­tend any of its cam­puses. “We are do­ing as much as we can to sup­port our stu­dents and staff, both in Aus­tralia and overseas, dur­ing this chal­leng­ing time,” it said.

Trimester two is set to be­gin on Mon­day, run­ning un­til Oc­to­ber 2.

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