Victoria hints for short quarantine stays for fully-jabbed travellers

 Wednesday, September 8, 2021 

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has hinted at shorter quarantine stays for travellers who have been double dosed with the COVID-19 vaccination.

When asked about what hotel or home quarantine would look like next year the Victorian Premier flagged the standard 14-day quarantine from interstate or overseas travellers could be slashed.

He said that there will be more people who are double vaccinated coming from lower risk countries that will be coming into Victoria and do their quarantine at home. The quarantine may not even be 14 days. If they are double dosed, it may be two, three or four days, get two negative tests and then tourists are on the way.

Mr Andrews also said a dedicated quarantine facility in Mickleham would be operational next year. They won’t have to use hotels anymore which aren’t designed for the work they are currently doing.

This is going to work and it will be a big part of our future.

It comes as a massive proportion of Victoria’s active coronavirus cases were revealed to be under the age of 50 as the Delta variant runs rampant among the unvaccinated. Victoria recorded 221 new locally acquired infections of coronavirus on Wednesday.

Mr Andrews said 86 per cent of the state’s 1920 active infections were aged below 50. He said 285 cases were aged between zero and nine, 305 were in the 10-19 age bracket, 498 were in their 20s and 315 were in their 30s.

There was no one in Victorian hospitals who had been fully vaccinated, Mr Andrews said.

The 221 new cases were a slight decrease from two consecutive days of 246 daily cases on Monday and Tuesday.

Of the new cases, only 98 were linked to known cases and outbreaks, with the remainder under investigation. A total of 42,419 Victorians were tested in the past 24 hours and more than 36,700 vaccine doses were administered. About 61.59 per cent of Victorians have received the first dose of the vaccine.

The state officials have flagged COVID-19 restrictions could ease once that figure reaches 70 per cent, which could be as soon as September 19.

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