Shepparton News

NSW plans to halve arrivals

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SYDNEY: NSW will halve its hotel quarantine intake to allow health staff to be redirected to other areas until vaccinatio­n coverage reaches 70 per cent, at which point arrival numbers will rapidly rise.

The state recorded 1164 new local COVID19 cases in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Monday, as well as three deaths.

Premier Gladys Berejiklia­n says thousands of staff are taking care of internatio­nal arrivals, with 1505 returning travellers landing at Sydney airport every week.

Ms Berejiklia­n said she wanted staff diverted to the under pressure NSW health system as COVID-19 cases climb, or to the state’s vaccinatio­n program.

But once the state reaches 70 per cent double-dose vaccinatio­n — roughly in midOctober — she hopes to rapidly scale up internatio­nal arrivals and consider home quarantine options.

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