Australias Victoria state mandates coronavirus testing for travellers – Reuters

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australias Victoria state will execute obligatory coronavirus tests for returning tourists after a sharp spike in infections over the previous two weeks, the states premier stated on Sunday.
The countrys second-most populated state had 49 brand-new cases on Sunday, its highest in more than 2 months and the 12th successive day of double-digit increases. The rest of Australia has actually seen nearly no infections.
” Much like a bushfire, putting this out is challenging,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews informed an interview, alluding to wildfires at the end of in 2015 that burnt through vast swaths of the country.
” Containing it, however, is something that we can do, and test and trace is the most efficient thing to do.”
Victorias officials stated earlier today that some 30% of returning visitors refused a COVID-19 test, and Andrews stated it will be a necessary treatment. Australia likewise needs all locals who return to quarantine in hotels for 2 weeks.
Individuals in quarantine will be checked twice, first on day 3 and then on day 11 of their-two week quarantine duration. Those still declining screening will be needed to stay in quarantine for a further 10 days, Andrews said.
New South Wales, Australias biggest state by population and which on Sunday taped just 3 new cases, carried out comparable measure on Friday.
About 40,000 people have actually been evaluated considering that Friday in Victoria as public health officials increased efforts to prevent more spread of the infection. Since the start of the year, almost 12% of the states population has actually been evaluated.
Despite the spike in Victoria, Australias 7,700 cases and 104 deaths remain well below that of many other countries.
Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Tom Hogue