All those who return to the Australian state of Victoria will need to be tested for coronavirus negativity before being released from quarantine, says Victoria Victoria, Andrews Andrews.
Victoria is the only state in Australia to test returned passengers twice – on the third and 11th day.
From Sunday, the 11-day test will become mandatory, and those who refuse to do so will have to remain in quarantine for another 10 days.
Andrews also said some suburbs could be placed under a home stay order or some kind of lock, if needed.
“I’m not publishing it today, but there has been talk in the media today about such suburban conclusions. I hope that can’t happen.”
Background: Victoria has seen a spike in cases in the last two weeks. Last Friday, the state announced it would launch a targeted testing program that will provide residents in 10 suburbs with free testing for the next 10 days.
A total of 40,000 tests have been conducted since the program was launched.
Andrews said the current situation was “very similar to a wildfire”.
“Exposing this is challenging, however, containing it is something we can do.”